Me & My Property

Looking for a good buy? Do your research well

Study plans for the surrounding area, not just the estate itself, says property agent Jodia Tay

Ms Jodia Tay and her children Owen, 11, and Megan, 10, in Megan's bedroom at their home in The Clearwater in Bedok. Ms Tay bought the unit at the end of 2012 for $1.35 million and the family moved in after renovations were completed in 2013. She chose The
Ms Jodia Tay and her children Owen, 11, and Megan, 10, in Megan's bedroom at their home in The Clearwater in Bedok. Ms Tay bought the unit at the end of 2012 for $1.35 million and the family moved in after renovations were completed in 2013. She chose The Clearwater partly because it is near her children's primary school and her parents' home. ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
The 1,539 sq ft apartment has three bedrooms, one study room and a balcony which overlooks the condo’s garden landscape.
The 1,539 sq ft apartment has three bedrooms, one study room and a balcony which overlooks the condo’s garden landscape.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI
Ms Tay said she also likes The Clearwater’s landscaping. Even though the property is more than 10 years old, she feels it has been well maintained.
Ms Tay said she also likes The Clearwater’s landscaping. Even though the property is more than 10 years old, she feels it has been well maintained.ST PHOTOS: LIM YAOHUI

Real estate agent Jodia Tay's love affair with property began in 2007 when she bought her first apartment - a 570 sq ft freehold unit - at the age of 29, when she was a marketing manager at Singtel mioTV.

With her annual bonus, she put a 10 per cent down payment for the off-the-plan $512,000 one-bedroom condo unit at Montebleu in Novena, buying it in her parent's name. This was because her HDB flat had not reached the minimum occupation period.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 30, 2019, with the headline 'Looking for a good buy? Do your research well '. Print Edition | Subscribe