You may have been pinning your dream home on Pinterest furiously for the past couple of years and you know what exactly each room is going to look like, But before going into the details of buying a private property in Singapore, let’s decipher the differences between each type of property in Singapore to determine your eligibility.

  1. Condominium vs Apartments what is the difference?

The condominium is one of the most common type of private estate in Singapore. Compared to public housing, it is recognised by its provision of common facilities such as private swimming pools, tennis courts, gym and the presence of security guards on duty.

While the definition of a condominium is pretty similar to what an apartment estate consists of, the key difference lies in the total land area of a condominium development which needs to be at least 4,000 square metres or larger. There is also a lack of facilities(or less) compared to the condominium.

In terms of eligibility of purchase, there is little difference between the two and no restrictions on foreign ownership.

  1. Landed Properties

Landed property tenure is tied to the land title, thus the definition.  Most landed properties are freehold although there are some 99 and 999-year leaseholds in the market as well.

  • Bungalow – refers to a free standing landed house that is clearly separated from others without sharing any common wall or roof.
  • Semi-detached House – refers to one of a pair of landed houses joined by a common wall.
  • Terrace House – refers to a landed house in a row of three or more houses joined with a common wall, side by side to each other.
  • Shophouse – refers to a unit in a typically two-to-four storey structure, attached to another unit of a similar structure and connected to the street by a covered walkway.

What types of property must a foreigner seek approval to purchase?

  • Vacant residential land;
  • Terrace house;
  • Semi-detached house;
  • Bungalow/detached house;
  • Shophouse (for non-commercial use)

Find out more on the 3 Types of Real Estate in Singapore and where we are at the Singapore Housing Cycle.

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Anna Haotanto is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues. Anna has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Business Insider, INC and The Peak Singapore. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).


  1. Your blog describe all the types of property in Singapore very well. In Singapore different kind of properties available. Everyone choose kind of property according to their need, choice and affordability. Now a day’s condo is one of the best type of property in Singapore. Condos are available in different sizes. It is one of the comfortable style of living in Singapore.

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