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HBA takes on battle for aggrieved buyers
BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar The National House Buyers Association (HBA) is all geared up to take on one of the most important legal battles between homebuyers and the authorities. The association declared that it will be pursuing legal action against the Controller of Housing (COH) under the Ministry of... Read more
High time for mindset change
BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar High-rise living has become a trend for Malaysians, especially urbanites, due largely to diminishing space in city centres as well as the major draw of facilities and security. Over the years, there have been complaints by those responsible to ensure that the facilities are properly... Read more

Bumi lots: a persistent problem Hot

Issues November 20, 2016

BY Chris Prasad Already reeling from the pressure of rising costs and dwindling sales, developers once again have to contend with hard-to-sell bumiputera lots. Compounding the matter is, the overall unsold properties are reaching an all-time high. Varying from state to state, government regulations mandate that a certain percentage of... Read more
Blame it on bad attitude, not nature
BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar Fire incidents in public buildings, especially hospitals and schools, are unthinkable as they are expected to be safe and secure for occupancy, said national chairman of Fire Prevention Council Malaysia (FIPCOM), Datuk Dr Soh Chai Hock. According to Soh, some buildings are relying on temporary certificates and... Read more
Counteractions against counterfeit commitments
BY Prisca Teh Buyers of the Alpinia double-storey terrace houses in the Bandar Putra Kulai township within Iskandar Malaysia, Johor, were unhappy upon handover when they discovered numerous unexpected defects in their homes. Highlighted in Property360 three weeks ago, the buyers had signed on the dotted line with high hopes... Read more
A question of reputation

A question of reputation

Issues October 13, 2016

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A DEVELOPER OF REPUTE FALLS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF QUALITY? WELL, IT GETS A LITTLE MESSY *This article first appeared in the Real Spaces section of The Malay Mail newspaper on 07/10/2016 BY Prisca Teh Premium brands are expected to spell quality and reliability. Inadvertently though,... Read more
Rakyat’s plea for affordable housing continues
BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar The government has never failed to introduce new measures in the national budget every year to help the rakyat own a home, but the people’s plea for affordable housing continues. For Budget 2017, their suggestions for the low- and mid-income groups, especially first-time homebuyers, were... Read more
KL’s competitiveness is its saving grace
BY Chris Prasad On the surface of it, things may look bleak. Yes, there has been a marked dip in transactions, a slowdown in value growth and flattening rental rates – but there is also a positive flipside to this. Despite the economic upheaval, Kuala Lumpur remains one of... Read more
Fee hike on the cards for strata homes
  BY Gunaprasath Bupalan In March this year, the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government’s urban service division undersecretary Mohammad Ridzwan Abidin  said residents should be aware that under the Strata Management Act 2013 (Act 757), in force since June 2015, managing bodies can resort to a... Read more
Developer loans: market just not into it
BY Chris Prasad Just over a week ago, the government announced an initiative that will allow property developers to apply for moneylending licences so they can provide would-be buyers with loans, offering an alternative for those having difficulty securing loans from banks. In the wake of this, reactions to the proposal have spanned from deliriously optimistic to... Read more