2018 Licensing and registration exercise for property agencies and agents

The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) has issued a media release today on the 2018 licensing and registration exercise for property agencies and agents.

As at 1 January 2018, there were 1,269 licensed property agencies and 28,571 registered property agents.

The number of licensed property agencies and registered property agents as at 1 January over the last three years is shown below:

As at

1 Jan 2016

As at

1 Jan 2017

As at
1 Jan 2018
Number of property agents 29,262 28,397 28,571
Number of property agencies 1,369 1,286 1,269

The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) issued 66 new property agency licences and 1,344 new property agent registrations throughout 2017. A total of 44 property agency licences and 2,028 property agent registrations lapsed after 31 December 2017.

Size of property agencies by number of agents as at 1 Jan 2018

Size of property agency

Number of property agencies

>500 agents

7

51-500 agents

18

31-50 agents

14

11-30 agents

64

1-10 agents

1,166

 

10 largest property agencies by size, as at 1 Jan 2018

Property agency

Number of property agents

PropNex Realty Pte Ltd

6,684

ERA Realty Network Pte Ltd

5,882

OrangeTee & Tie Pte Ltd

3,898

Huttons Asia Pte Ltd

3,207

KF Property Network Pte Ltd

689

SLP Scotia Pte Ltd

585

Savills Residential Pte Ltd

543

Global Alliance Property Pte Ltd

457

HSR International Realtors Pte Ltd

377

C & H Properties Pte Ltd

328

Source : CEA

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Lightning protection or hazard? Metal features on roof..

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Some owners of penthouse units at condominium Bedok Residences have avoided using the barbecue pits and jacuzzis on their private roof terraces when they saw that the lightning rods connect to the metal rails and facades of the units (above). However, while it seems counter-intuitive, checks reveal that the roof terrace and accompanying balustrades are safe

Talks are under way to revise a building code that regulates lightning protection to address safety in the growing number of roof terraces in housing developments.

Residents in at least one condominium development have avoided using their own private roof terraces since July last year over such concerns.

The lightning protection system at mixed-use development Bedok Residences has the lightning rods connected to the metal rails and facades of the rooftop units.

“I don’t even want my domestic helper to clean the area since lightning can strike at any time,” said resident Dennis Lim, who is in his 50s.

As a result, he and other residents have avoided using their barbecue pits and jacuzzis on their terraces.

Another resident, Ms Tay Min Li, in her 20s, said: “If I touch the metal rail and the lightning strikes elsewhere, won’t I be electrocuted?”

While it may seem counter-intuitive, checks have revealed that the roof terraces and accompanying balustrades are in fact safe.

Experts explained that the lighting protection system reduces the risk of injury thanks to the concept of “equipotential bonding”, in which metal parts on the roof are earthed if they are connected to the ground.

When lightning strikes, its electrical current will follow the path of least resistance to the ground through the metal instead of the human body, said Mr Ken Jung, vice-president of the Singapore Electrical Contractors and Licensed Electrical Workers Association.

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Both the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and developer CapitaLand Singapore confirmed that Bedok Residences’ lightning protection system was certified by a professional electrical engineer for its temporary occupation permit.

Professor Liew Ah Choy, who chairs the technical committee of the current lightning protection code, however, noted that given the increasing trend towards having accessible or private roof areas, the lighting protection code for roof terraces is being reviewed.

In its current state, the lightning protection code – Singapore Standards 555 (SS 555), which was introduced in 2010 – does not refer specifically to roof terraces, noted the National University of Singapore adjunct professor.

Similar systems can be seen at developments with publicly accessible roofs, such as Marina Bay Sands and the Pinnacle @ Dawson.

The Straits Times understands that one of the ideas mooted in the new lightning protection code involves parapet capping, where the entire edge of the roof is encased in metal.

Another possibility is a trellis, which functions as an enlarged lightning rod.

However, these fully metallic structures may actually look more alarming to some residents, said Mr Jung.

“Most people have a limited understanding as to how lightning works, so it is important to educate people on how a building’s lightning protection works,” he said.

The BCA spokesman said that as a precaution, residents who own units with roof terraces should stay indoors during inclement weather.

Most people have a limited understanding as to how lightning works, so it is important to educate people on how a building’s lightning protection works.

MR KEN JUNG, vice-president of the Singapore Electrical Contractors and Licensed Electrical Workers Association

 

Source : ST Singapore