- How it began -

The Story Of Colin Ee

When Colin Ee was just seven years old, his family’s property was repossessed by the bank due to business troubles. This was in 1984, and the bank sold his family’s 2,500 sq. ft. landed home in Serangoon Gardens for just $400,000. Today, the value of the property would be in excess of $4 million.

His early life taught him the significance of home ownership and watching his parents overcome the initial struggles developed in him the quality of persistence in the face of challenges.

Expedition to Mount Everest

In 1998, Singapore launched its first expedition to Mount Everest. Colin was inspired and dreamt of doing something similar. But that would require sponsors, and he estimated it would cost around $1 million to make the trip. Without opportunities at the time, he was forced to temporarily shelve his dream.

But Colin didn’t abandon the idea. When he was admitted to NUS, he was a pioneer member of the university’s mountaineering club. Then-President of NUS, Professor Shih Choon Fong, understood the significance of scaling Mount Everest as well; it was not just about sport, but also a testament to the value of determination, team work, perseverance, and other key life skills.

The NUS Mount Everest climb was approved, and this meant a gruelling selection process to find staff, students, and alumni to scale the mountain in 2005. Colin Ee was appointed the expedition leader, and spent four years (between 2001 to 2005) going for eight overseas training climbs to prepare for the expedition.

Colin managed to help three climbers to the summit, and even though he was forced to turn back himself due to bad weather; he reached a height of 8,200 metres (Mount Everest is 8,850 metres). 

Working in Finance

Subsequently, Colin joined HSBC, where he was one of only eight persons selected for the bank’s Management Development Programme. It was Colin’s achievement on Mount Everest that made him stand out, and caused him to be one of the few selected among the 1,800+ applicants.

Finding his own way as a realtor

Colin worked in finance for 10 years, before deciding to leave and find his own way forward. He obtained a license to be a realtor in 2013, and signed up for numerous training programmes.

However, he was dissatisfied by many of the programmes he attended, and found that some trainers and gurus were more interested in selling properties or investment schemes to attendees, than actually teaching about property investment.

This prompted Colin to build a knowledge-driven, no-nonsense approach to property education. This means a more objective and nuanced approach, from analysis of specific properties, to planning property portfolios for individuals. In a short span of time, Colin has already helped over 3,600+ students to better understand what property investing entails, giving them a full sense of the rewards and risks it brings.

Photo taken in 1978 in the garden of the 2,500 sq. ft. landed house.

The same house today. The original ornamental brick wall has stood for the last 50 years.

A climber near the summit. Makalu (8,481m), the world’s 5th highest mountain, looms in the background.

Colin with his team-mates at Mount Everest Base Camp (April 2005).

Colin presenting a memento on behalf of the team at the Istana reception hosted by our late president, Mr S.R. Nathan.

One of the many sessions where Colin has shared his property insights with over 100 home owners and property investors.

Dolf De Roos, international real estate investor and author of 6 best-selling books, including “Real Estate Riches” and “Making Money in Real Estate.”

Tim Kobe, founder of Eight Inc., the award-winning strategic design firm and originator of the Apple store concept.

Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group.

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