PropertyQuants joined 5 other finalists at a pitch battle where the winner would represent Asia to pitch at Expo Real in Munich.

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Proptech is the use of technology for the real estate space. This is a growing eco-system spanning property management, smart technology, data analytics, mobile applications, listing services, tech-enabled brokerages, 3D-modeling, automation and crowdfunding real estate projects.

“The Built World Technology Alliance is a collective who share in a mission to accelerate the digital transformation of Asia’s real estate sector. To revolutionalize the efficiency and safety of construction. To improve the performance of buildings and satisfaction of employees. And to connect global capital to great PropTech ideas made in Asia.” – BWT Asia

At the pitch battle, we see six finalists (shortlisted from 70 submissions) take the stage to share their innovations with the world:

  • Booqed provides a platform for companies to easily find and book work, meeting and event spaces.
  • Foyr develops a cloud visualization platform for interior design and development services.
  • is an Ai-analytics service that inspects building façade using drones.
  • MetroResidences is an online corporate apartment rental platform.
  • PropertyQuants bring quantitative strategies to global real estate investment.
  • uHoo is an air sensor that monitors and analyses indoor air quality.

It was a closely matched pitch contest and won the chance to pitch in Munich come October. PropertyQuants came in third and we would like to share the pitch video prepared specially for this event.

PropertyQuants bring the quantitative strategies to global real estate. Drop us an email if you have any business problems to solve. We’d love to chat.

On Jun 2005, a new infrastructure project, the Downtown Line (DTL), was announced by LTA. At this point in time, details of the stations were yet to be finalised.

On 27 April 2007, phases 2 and 3 of DTL were announced.

Stations under consideration (DT3-DT8) were opened on 27/12/2015, after 8 years of construction.

To track the effect of the announcement and commencement of the DTL on private property prices, three indexes were created via the classic hedonic approach:

  • - DT: private condos and apartments within 500 meters from the newly announced MRT stations (DT3 - DT8)
  • - districts: All private condos and apartments in Districts 10/11/21/23 in which the selected MRT stations locate
  • - all: All private condos and apartments island wide

This chart shows that a new train line has a positive effect on the prices of private property.

DTL effect 1

This chart shows the excess return for private property near the stations compared to private property in other parts of Singapore.

DTL effect 2


England | Data Analysis

A comparative analysis of rental returns for 1-bedroom units Birmingham, Manchester and London

March 04, 2019 | by Pauline Lim
          London asking rental price distribution
          Y: rental price per week(pw),   X:London district code


  1. The median weekly asking rent for 1-bedroom units in Birmingham, Manchester and London are £168, £178 and £334 respectively.
  2. The median asking sale price for 1-bedroom units in Birmingham, Manchester and London are £178k, £165k and £400k respectively.
  3. W6 showed a positive cashflow yield for 1-bedroom units compared to the other districts in London in the £400k price range.

In 2019, returns from rental investment would likely prove to be attractive relative to returns from stocks and bonds. The stock market is facing significant uncertainty and increased volatility. Two major geopolitical events involving the world’s developed economies might make some investors wonder if there are better options for their savings. Yet, the low interest rate environment makes investments in bonds less attractive. However, landlords would enjoy low-cost financing and rentals provide consistent and stable income.

When we look at rental income for 1-bedroom units in Birmingham, Manchester and London, we see that the median weekly asking rent are £168, £178 and £334 respectively. To have a better idea of rental yield, we need the median asking sale price for 1-bedroom units in these 3 cities. We see that the median asking sale price are £178k, £165k and £400k respectively. After taking the costs of holding and maintaining the units into consideration, W6 showed a positive cashflow yield for 1-bedroom units compared to the other districts in London in the £400k price range.

W6 is to the north of River Thames and this is the neighborhood known as Hammersmith. The 2011 UK census indicated that this is the country’s sixth most densely populated are with a density of 111 people per hectare. The age profile of its constituents is typical of an affluent urban population with fewer people near the retirement age and a lower level of younger children, with only 16.2 percent of its population under 16. The housing stock in this area is characterized by a large proportion of flats and maisonettes, standing at 69.5% compared to a London average of 52.2%. These numbers make up one of west London's key transport hubs, as well as a major commercial and employment centre.