How to buy property at auction

December 10, 2020
Property auctions offer good value, but beware of traps for the unwary. (Rawpixel pic) Buying a house at auction is considered a good investment as they are often sold below market value and, therefore, they are cheaper than buying from a developer or a previous owner. A property can be put up for auction for […]

11 Best Islands for Retirement Abroad

November 29, 2020
Clients often dream of retiring to an island in search of romance, fun and adventure. A new report from International Living, a website that covers global retirement or relocation opportunities, suggests that one needn’t be a millionaire to enjoy all that island living offers. “On each of the 11 islands we highlight in our report, […]

A brief guide to successful property investment

November 19, 2020
With the current soft property market, investors are spoilt for choice. For those with sufficient savings to afford a house, backed by a stable income, there is no better time than now to consider property investment. With the soft property market due to the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, potential homebuyers are now spoilt […]

5 considerations when choosing an air conditioner

November 18, 2020
As a general rule, the bigger the room, the more horsepower is needed to cool it. (Pixabay pic) The hot and humid weather in Malaysia can leave you feeling extremely irritable and tired, especially during a heatwave or even during the rainy season when humidity gets bumped up many notches. For many, installing an air-conditioner […]

Urgent need for MM2H programme to be made more attractive

November 2, 2020
The Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme must be made more attractive to retirees. The temporary suspension of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country has brought the high-end property market to its knees. A review of the programme is scheduled to take place by the […]

Malaysia property market will rebound in 2021 – research

October 20, 2020
Rachel Chew / October 19, 2020 | Updated 1 day ago PETALING JAYA (Oct 19): Malaysian real estate industry expects a strong market rebound  in 2022 after prolonged sluggish growth in 2020 and 2021,  according to Juwai IQI’s research. According to its “Property Survey and Index Q3 2020” research report which was released in […]

Subsale or new launch property – Which is better?

October 19, 2020
Here are some considerations Malaysian home buyers should think of when deciding between a brand new house or a subsale one.   © Sean Prior | 123rf   Buying a property can be a daunting experience, for first-timers, second-timers or even for property investors. Whether you are buying to live in or for investment purposes, […]

Can Vacancy Tax help reduce property overhang in Malaysia?

October 19, 2020
The proposed tax on property developers is being discussed as a solution for the burgeoning overhang units in the Malaysian residential market but there is a need to get the objective right before implementing a measure.   © Nirian | Getty Images   The issue of vacancy tax is quite a hot topic in the […]

Pent-up demand on secondary market expected post-moratorium

October 19, 2020
Property market activity has actually been on an upward trend since the Recovery Movement Control Order was implemented. The secondary, or sub-sale, property market is expected to remain steady despite the soft economic conditions. But there is concern among homebuyers and investors that property prices and activity will be subdued in both the primary and […]

Primary property prices may drop 15% post-moratorium

October 19, 2020
Property experts say the drop in property prices will likely be limited to new launches of affordable units. Property prices in Malaysia, particularly the primary market, are likely to be sluggish following the Covid-19 pandemic. In the post-moratorium context, questions are being asked as to whether this will be the result of developers marking down […]

7 ways to choose the right property agent

October 19, 2020
The right real estate agent can make finding a property a good experience to look back on. (Rawpixel pic) Buying a new home is a huge milestone, whether it is to live in or as an investment. Those who are using an agent need to know how to choose the right one. It is true […]

7 ways to save for a down payment on your home

October 19, 2020
Getting together a deposit for that first house can be daunting, but small steps lead to realising the dream. (Rawpixel pic) Those looking to buy their first home have options. The My First Home Scheme, for example, provides full financing via banks such as CIMB, Hong Leong Bank Bhd, RHB Bank Bhd and other financial […]

5 features that differentiate an MRTA from an MLTA

October 19, 2020
It is wise to carefully consider all options for mortgage insurance. (Pixabay pic) A 30-year-old buys an investment property for RM500,000 with a 35-year mortgage of RM450,000, at an interest rate of 3% per annum. The individual plans to hold onto the property for 10 years and then sell it to realise the capital gains. […]

5 useful tips for selling your home fast

October 19, 2020
Selling a home in today’s sluggish market means you have to go the extra mile to impress a prospective buyer. (Rawpixel pic) With the high inventory of homes in today’s sluggish property market, homebuyers can afford to be fussy when choosing which properties to buy. Since a potential buyer will likely only settle for the […]

Buy or rent? Let your age determine it

October 19, 2020
There are pros and cons to either buying or renting a home – but your age plays a significant role in your final decision. (Rawpixel pic) For young couples, apart from starting a family, owning a home is also a top priority. But, might renting not be a better option? For the purposes of this […]