The return of the Singapore's RE is merely keeping up with inflation because I didn't know when to sell as what Jamesmabreydallas said, was just buy and hold. I think I learn RE from Singapore market. In any case, no time to monitor the RE or stock market then, once have enough money for downpayment, just buy.
First SFH bought in SV is decided by the decision maker, the second one bought in 2011 is timed by me - which I thought is pretty obvious is the time to buy - I recall the RE market is in doldrums waiting for a catalyst to buy (north wind), rumor of IPO of FB was the trigger decision maker agrees is the North Wind to buy.
SG market is easier because you only need to monitor government's statement and policy on RE... some signs that RE in Singapore is bottoming or has bottomed. Government has started to remove cooling measures.