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When Gold 905 DJ Catherine Robert and her fiancé, who prefers to be known only as Damien, were looking for a home, she was clear about the type of space she wanted. It had to be quiet, private, spacious, and in the east (they are both easties).

Though her 1,540-sq ft resale Executive Apartment ticked all the boxes, Catherine didn’t like the 29-year-old flat at all when she first saw it.

“It felt so old-school and very rundown. When I saw the toilets, I was like, ‘I cannot,’ the 31-year-old tells 8days.sg. “But Damien’s like, ‘You need to see the size and the potential [it has for a transformation.]’”

Well, the $730,888 price tag (“huat huat huat!”) definitely helped. Not only was the high-floor unit within their budget, there was also no cash over valuation. “We bought our place last November and prices are insane now. My neighbour upstairs is listing his home for $1.1 million,” says Damien, 37.

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