Wealthy parents in Singapore are buying penthouses for their kids as taxes rise, and it mirrors a change in luxury real estate happening on the other side of the world

Business Insider | 7/31/2019 | Libertina Brandt
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In March of 2019, Singapore was ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world for the sixth year in a row.

In an effort to avoid the new and increased tax on homes in Singapore that are not used as permanent residences, parents are buying luxury homes in their children's names, Bloomberg reported.

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The trend extends to Canada, where buyers are renting mansions to college kids to avoid a new empty-home tax.

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Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Unsurprisingly, wealthy buyers dominate its housing market: In July, for example, British billionaire James Dyson bought the country's most expensive penthouse for $54.2 million.

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But now, a new trend is emerging: Parents in Singapore are buying expensive homes and putting them in their children's names, and it might be an effort to avoid an uptick in second- and third-home taxes, Bloomberg reports.

Singapore first put an additional buyer's stamp duty (ABSD) — a tax on homes that are not used as permanent residences— into place in 2011. At the time, buyers were grouped into three categories with varying rates: Singapore citizens, Singapore permanent residents, and foreigners or non-individuals.

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According to Bloomberg, many Singaporeans accumulate wealth through property investments. For these buyers, the original ABSD on second homes stood at 7% and 10% for all additional home purchases.

In July of 2018, in an attempt to cool its market, Singapore increased the ABSD and added two buyer categories to the existing three: entities and developers.

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For Singapore citizens, the ABSD jumped to 12% for second homes and 15%...
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