S P Setia initiates ‘Starter Homes’ series
DEVELOPER PLANS TO DELIVER A SERIES OF EASY OWNERSHIP PACKAGES, BEGINNING WITH “BARRAS” IN SETIA ECOHILL 2 As part of SP Setia’s ongoing commitment to provide easy ownership solutions to the market, the company initiated a “starter home” programme late last month with the launch of the Barras starter... Read more
Could interest rate hikes lead to price adjustments?
PRICES HAVE TO COME DOWN IN ORDER TO AVOID SOURING INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY MARKET   While Bank Negara Malaysia’s move to raise interest rates is largely seen as unavoidable and necessary by most economists, there is also serious concern about how this may impact the property sector. Currently,... Read more
Chinese buyers up the ante in UK following Brexit
Suddenly, all that wailing and gnashing of teeth seems like it was all for naught. While Brexit remains an incendiary word for many on the British Isles, 19 months after the historic vote the property market (at least) can claim that it isn’t really feeling the pinch. In fact,... Read more
Of UK rate hikes and waning buyer, seller interest
 BY Zoe Phoon The Bank of England has hiked its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than a decade, from record lows of 0.25% to 0.5% on Nov 2. The move is widely expected to affect millions of households as rates on savings, mortgages and other... Read more
Sustainable, attractive housing for the most vulnerable
  FACING AFFORDABLE HOUSING WOES OF OUR OWN, FIND OUT HOW THIS DEVELOPER IN                AUSTIN, TEXAS, NAILED IT BY Zoe Phoon Either non-profit Foundation Communities has got something exactly right, or is doing something perfectly, or both. Of course, credit must also... Read more
The surprising power of peculiarity
UNIQUE DEVELOPMENTS LIKE KL’S UPCOMING M101 SKYWHEEL MAY SEEM ECCENTRIC TO THE NAKED EYE, BUT ITS VALUE RUNS DEEP IF YOU CARE TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK If there is one clear trend that defines our changing world, it is that urbanisation is now happening at a rate that... Read more
Govt to double up on PPA1M offering
The federal government has announced that it will double the number of units to be developed under the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing (PPA1M) programme to 200,000 units. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made the announcement during a handover of keys ceremony for the Selasih PPA1M project in Putrajaya’s... Read more
Ticking time bomb Down Under
RISING HOUSEHOLD DEBT POISED TO HURT, WHILE HOUSE PRICES ARE BEING CITED AS BEING ‘DANGEROUSLY DUMB’   BY Chris Prasad Australians have reportedly borrowed up a storm and are now racking up extreme levels of debt to buy homes in a landscape that already houses some of the world’s... Read more
Bank Negara maintains OPR at 3% (for now)
Some called it wrong, some called it right, but inflation concerns persist and many wonder how long the overnight policy rate can remain unchanged. Although Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) decision to retain an OPR of 3% last week produced an audible sigh of relief among those who have already... Read more
Singapore poised for rebound, say analysts
The long downtrend period for Singapore’s housing market may be coming to an end, say market watchers, noting that there are now signs of a potential rebound. In an interview with CNBC, Cushman & Wakefield’s managing director of Asia Pacific research Sigrid Zialcita told the news network that she... Read more