In a daring move that saw the breaking of a Ministry of Education (MOE) bond to the tune of six figures, a 27-year-old Singaporean successfully pivoted from academics to real estate. Today, he commands an impressive portfolio of eight properties, shining as a beacon of success.
Christian Oh, a prodigious scholar in his teens, secured an MOE scholarship, a coveted prize that many covet. Yet, his ambitions lay elsewhere. Making a bold, maverick decision, Oh broke his bond with MOE to plunge headlong into the real estate world, a move that cost him a six-figure sum.
In a candid discussion on the JNA Real Estate video podcast, Oh shared his journey, attributing his unusual career decision at 22 to “divine intervention” and a desire to bring about change in an industry he felt was subjective. His vision was clear – he wanted to redefine the real estate landscape.
A key turning point in Oh’s decision to join the real estate world was a personal experience that hit close to home. His father, who had intended to sell his BTO flat to upgrade to a condo in 2009, was poorly advised by a realtor to buy a second condo unit before the sale of his HDB flat. This resulted in a financial crunch, forcing his father to sell off both condos and move back to a three-room flat in Ang Mo Kio.
This situation, kept a secret by his father to protect the family, deeply affected Oh. But rather than deterring him, it served as a powerful motivation when he stepped into the real estate arena.
Starting in real estate wasn’t a cakewalk for Oh. He faced significant challenges, and his ‘big break’ materialized nearly a year into his new career. Jevis Ng, the founder of JNA and Oh’s friend of 17 years, recalled an instance when Oh eagerly discussed a “potential product” he wanted to propose to a client.
Ng humorously referred to Oh as a “geek”, someone utterly “obsessed with numbers”. Today, this very obsession has led Oh to become the director of investment at JNA Real Estate. He is responsible for crafting investment strategies for clients and brokers in the company.
By 26, Oh’s real estate prowess had seen him amass a portfolio of eight properties, seven in Singapore and one abroad. His remarkable achievements have already set him on the path to early retirement.
From a scholar breaking his bond to a successful real estate mogul, Oh’s journey is a testament to courage, resilience, and strategic acumen. His loved ones, and indeed, we all have much to be proud of. We wish him continued success in his future endeavors.