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Why You Should Live In Heartland Singapore To Experience SG

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There are two types of new migrants to Singapore – one type will be the expat who really just wants to work here for a few years and then go back to their home country, while the other type will be the type who loves the country and wants to settle here for good, or at least for the long term. Chances are because you are reading this right now, you probably belong to the latter group of people.

There are actually big differences between the two groups of foreigners living in Singapore, and the way they lead their lifestyles in Singapore and where they live are also largely different. Here is a summary of the differences.

The first group prefers hanging out only with fellow expats, and have zero intention to mingle with the local culture. They are here almost purely for work, and if not for the job position and money, they would not even want to be in Singapore. Most of these people only join expat groups, and tend to live only in mainly expat based condos around Singapore. There are condos in Singapore which are targeting expatriates instead of locals, and those are usually found in Central Business District or right around it, or those nearest to MRT stations, as most of these expats prefer not having a car in Singapore.

On the other hand, the second group prefers mixing around or at least living in and dining at heartland areas, and tend to rent at places nearer to or within heartland areas in the East or West of Singapore. Since most locals stay in heartland areas distributed throughout the city-state of Singapore, if you truly want to experience Singapore, you should live near heartland areas too. This is something that the local Singapore government encourages too as it improves social integration efforts within Singapore. These are examples of heartland areas in Singapore.
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For those who are too apprehensive about doing this, fret not! This is simply because in most condominiums throughout Singapore, there is always a healthy amount of foreigners. In fact, most of the local born Singaporeans live in Housing And Development Board flats, and you will not feel too uncomfortable at any point in time at any condos in Singapore.

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Why Is Singapore PR Much More Popular Than Its Citizenship?

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Did you know that not only is a Singapore permanent residence is highly popular among potential and new immigrants to Singapore, but a Singapore PR is also far more popular than the actual citizenship? There are many rich and famous migrants living and residing in Singapore now, albeit many are doing so under a permanent residency. If you are also interested in becoming a local Singapore permanent resident, you may want to enlist the help of a Singapore PR application agency, which can greatly help advise you on and expedite the PR application process.

Here are some of the good reasons why being a resident here is more popular than being a citizen!

First of all, being a Singapore PR allows you access to virtually all of the benefits that SG has to offer, without any of the potential downsides.

For instance, you get to benefit from Singapore’s generally good tax laws, safe streets, low to nearly non existent crime rates, most housing opportunities and more. Singapore also is top ranked when it comes to world’s most competitive economy, attracting lots of investments and jobs into Singapore.

However, as a Singapore PR, you get the choice to still apply for new, hold multiple or keep your citizenship. If you are a Singaporean citizen, you are only allowed to hold one passport. There is no dual citizenship when it comes to our country.

Additionally, as a PR, your male child or children will not be subject to any NS issues even if they and your family choose to decide to leave Singapore in the future. They can still enter Singapore in future after renouncing their permanent residency without any repercussion with regards to NS. However, that is far from it if they were full citizens instead. If they were full citizens, unless they continually extended their exit permit after renouncing their citizenship before the age of 11, and never collect NRIC and more, they will be liable to NS and get a criminal record, regardless of what age they ever reenter or use Singapore as a connecting flight port.

As a Singapore PR, you still get access to both private residential properties and public Housing and Development Board flats, albeit only those sold in the open market. The only difference between your PR status and a full citizenship is that you cannot purchase a subsidized HDB flat, executive condominiums within 5 year of development completion, as well as good class bungalows. But unless you are looking at one of the above type of property purchases, this should not affect you negatively at all.

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Which Condos Are Popular With Singapore Permanent Residents?

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As a new immigrant to Singapore, or if you are potentially wanting to become an official permanent resident in Singapore, you may be be interested to find out where the other fellow immigrants and Singapore PR live at. After all, Singapore is very popular with foreigners and expats. While many locals live in Housing and Development Board HDB flats, many Singapore PR and expats actually prefer living in a private condominium.

Most permanent residents to Singapore are at least well into the middle class, and thus can afford to live in a better and more luxurious environment, such as a condominium or even landed property for the richer ones who probably entered Singapore via the Global Investor Programme – GIP scheme.

However, since most permanent residents live in condominiums instead, we will talk about that!

Condominiums which are situated near MRT stations

Unlike citizens, most Singapore PR are more than happy with the public transportation, including the taxis and now Grab and Gojek. Therefore, they would prefer somewhere which actually has easy access to public transportation for them and their family. You will find that condos such as Urban Vista at Tanah Merah Kechil Road and the like are very popular with expats and immigrants, due to such condominiums literally situated next to the MRT station.

The truly rich and well heeled would even look at places like The Orchard Residences condominium which is located right smack in Orchard Road and above the Orchard MRT station.

Condos which have playgrounds and private swimming pools

As there are more and more condos being built in Singapore nowadays, there will be many estates with focus on vastly differing facilities within. For instance, some are targeted more at families and have more playgrounds, swimming pools and more. While there are others which are targeted more for investors to buy and rent out to single expatriates, and these usually have a more business like vibes throughout the development.

Since many permanent residents do not just live here by themselves, and also have their families with them, or at least their children, many Singapore PR opt for estates with playground and swimming pool facilities. These are usually more commonly found in heartland area developments. Those located right smack in the Central Business District usually do not have these facilities, and that is because they are not targeting families as their buyers or renters.

Developments with lots of two or three bedroom units available

You will be surprised to know that there are some developments in Singapore do not offer one or two bedroom units. For instance, the super overpriced The Orchard Residences only provides three or four bedroom units available for purchase or rental.

However, most Singapore PR families prefer two to three bedroom units. So when you look at a location, make sure that that location has these, and do not blindly assume that every private residential project in Singapore has them. A good way to go about this is to simply hop on over to Property Guru first, Singapore’s largest property portal to see the listings available.