Me & My Property: Timing it right, buying within your means

Cushman & Wakefield research head Christine Li with her husband, orthopaedic surgeon Chew Chee Ping, 40, and children Genevieve (in blue), seven, Gwendolyn, five, and Lucas, 10. Their Serangoon Gardens corner terrace house has a land size of 2,800 sq ft a
Cushman & Wakefield research head Christine Li with her husband, orthopaedic surgeon Chew Chee Ping, 40, and children Genevieve (in blue), seven, Gwendolyn, five, and Lucas, 10. Their Serangoon Gardens corner terraced house has a land size of 2,800 sq ft and a built-up area of around 4,000 sq ft. ST PHOTOS: SHINTARO TAY
Ms Li in the living room of her Brockhampton Drive home, which has seven bedrooms, two of which are being used as study rooms.
Ms Li in the living room of her Brockhampton Drive home, which has seven bedrooms, two of which are being used as study rooms.ST PHOTOS: SHINTARO TAY
Ms Li and her family with their house in the background. The previous owner had planted a huge tree in front that blocks out the heat and provides shelter.
Ms Li and her family with their house in the background. The previous owner had planted a huge tree in front that blocks out the heat and provides shelter.ST PHOTOS: SHINTARO TAY

Real estate executive Christine Li bought her first property while still at university

Timing the market is key when buying property, says real estate executive Christine Li, who bought an apartment while still at university.

Her philosophy is about buying within her means and the down payment on that Shanghai apartment was paid for with savings from her university scholarship.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 05, 2020, with the headline 'Timing it right, buying within your means'. Print Edition | Subscribe