Being a single parent is a tough job, especially in Singapore. Aside from single-handedly raising one or more children, these individuals have to deal with being judged for their life circumstances. On top of that, they receive less support from the state, especially when it comes to buying or renting public housing.
Unfortunately, unmarried mothers and their children face more prejudice. We speak to one young woman who was fortunate to get a flat on her first appeal, but the process was tedious and she faced a long wait.
Meanwhile, as part of our ongoing exploration of different housing estates in Singapore, we visit Choa Chu Kang in the northwest. Property agents consider it to be one of the fastest-growing towns with new developments taking shape and more families moving there. It is hard to believe that until recently, this area contained mostly farms.
Elsewhere in this issue, we look at some alternative ways to finance a property purchase. This will come in handy, especially with the tougher measures in place to prevent over-borrowing. There are also feng shui tips on how you can maintain harmony in your home, while in our spotlight on international properties, we look at untapped investment opportunities in several emerging markets in Asia.
Enjoy the read!
Cover Story: Single and stigmatised
Guru View: Appreciating property
Eye on Choa Chu Kang: Urban meets nature