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Subdued property market means it’s a tenant’s market
Last year was a challenging year for the property market, especially with both high-end condominiums and offices witnessing remarkably subdued activity. In its summary of market highlight for the second half of 2016 and the outlook for the current year, global property firm Knight Frank Malaysia (KFM) said homebuyers... Read more
Seoul, the city with soul
BY Zoe Phoon The inaugural Seoul Biennale 2017, or Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, to be held in the South Korean capital from September to November, is an event not to be missed. Why? According to Alejandro Zaera-Polo, a co-director of Seoul Biennale 2017 and a professor... Read more
Shanghai surpasses Tokyo as top Asia-Pac investment destination
Shanghai officially became the top city for real estate investments in the Asia-Pacific region in the fourth quarter of last year, displacing Japan’s capital city of Tokyo which had long-held the top spot. According to a report by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), China’s most high-profiled city is also now... Read more
Make your home an income property (while you live in it)
HERE ARE SIX IDEAS YOU COULD EMPLOY TO GET YOU STARTED   Story Credit: www.onecrazyhouse.com Rent a Room Gone are the days where a roommate needed their own exit/entrance or even their own bathroom. You can rent out individual rooms as bedrooms. We let someone live in our spare... Read more
EOT a tool against Abandoned Projects – Fact or Fallacy?
(Note: Below is an expanded perspective by HBA on the former KPKT minister’s statements defending the use and application of the EOT.) BY The National House Buyers Association The immediate past Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing & Local Government, YBhg Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s purported rationale for the... Read more
Forest City to fight air pollution in China
BY Zoe Phoon Firstly, let us clarify that the “Forest City” in this story is not to be confused with the Forest City development in Iskandar Malaysia, which is a joint-venture smart city project between a China-based and Malaysian development firm. (Read the latest on that project here). This Forest... Read more
Mural hopes to put Komtar back on map
Penangites need no introduction to the towering column that dominates the skyline in George Town, but over the years, the soaring landmark of Komtar Tower has lost much of its lustre. The building, despite still being a landmark, is considered a dated structure with diminished prominence by many. But now... Read more
Trouble brewing for China developers in M’sia?
Beijing’s intensified crackdown on capital flight could spell trouble for China-based developers active in Malaysia, especially down south in Johor’s Iskandar Malaysia region where they are involved in major large-scale projects. Though the Chinese government’s move has little impact on sales operations on our shores, it puts many of... Read more
HBA: We don’t care about politics, we’re concerned about EOT
BY Chris Prasad In the aftermath of a landmark ruling by the High Court last week, bringing into question the validity of Extension of Time (EOT) provision given to developers by the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT), a political storm has erupted with rampant finger... Read more
The town that beer built goes green
  FROM ‘LONG COOL DANE’ TO GREEN COOL DANE BY Zoe Phoon Many of us, especially beer drinkers among the baby boomers, would be familiar with Carlsberg’s advertisement in the 1980s. It featured a long (tall), cool Danish girl as well as the beer when the brewery was penetrating... Read more