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RAM maintains negative outlook for KL, Selangor
BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar RAM Ratings Services Bhd has maintained its negative outlook on the Malaysian residential property sector and the commercial (office and retail) sub-segments in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor this year. In its sector commentary report, the agency said consumer and business sentiment is expected to remain... Read more
Sarawak Gov steps in to curb affordable home shortage   
  BY Pavither Sidhu Sarawak is facing a situation where there are too few houses priced below RM300,000 and too many above RM400,000. The unaffordability of the latter is further aggravated by tighter bank controls in giving out loans. State Housing and Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun... Read more
Long road to recovery
  BY Chris Prasad Positive signs may be creeping into the market, but the path to recovery will be long and sluggish, say industry experts. While the market expects to see marginal improvements in sale transactions in the second half of this year, many property consultants predict that it... Read more
ABM: Yes, there ARE loans for first-time buyers
BY Kent Tan  Having been on the pointy end of sharp criticism for some time, The Association of Banks Malaysia (ABM) has finally ended its silence on accusations that financial institutions have been “unfriendly” to first-time buyers. Among the charges hurled at banks is that they have been adopting... Read more
Lend a touch of style to your landscape
BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar To soften concrete jungles, municipalities often plant lots of trees and plants. Similarly, in urban homes especially, a nature-rich landscape is one way to take the edge off hard bricks and mortar. Contrary to what some people think, landscaping is more than simply placing a few... Read more
Suffer the youth

Suffer the youth

ViewPoint April 5, 2016

We have been more than a little unfair on young property buyers across the country. In fact, I believe we’ve royally shafted them. When I say “we”, I mean the “collective we”; developers, politicians, banks, and yes, the media. Basically, I’m pointing the finger at all of us that... Read more
Are foreign graduates better?
  BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar The comparison between local and foreign graduates did not start yesterday. In fact, it has been a regular quandary in just about every industry in Malaysia for some time, but does the argument hold water – that those who have crossed oceans are better... Read more
BY Chris Prasad Some trepidation is seeping into the property industry with news circulating that we could soon lose a sizeable portion of our Ultra High Nett Worth Individuals (UHNWI), who may be seeking to live in greener pastures on foreign shores. Naturally, this will be a bitter pill... Read more
  If there is one word to describe the current market condition, it is “bewildering”. This was voiced by the past president of Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents, Siva Shanker, at the 2016 Malaysian Annual Real Estate Convention held in Connexion @ Nexus last week. Speaking on how to... Read more
LBS Bina Group Bhd proves its mettle amidst the down-cycle after achieving strong sales of more than RM1 billion worth of properties in 2015. The slowdown may have caused many developers to hold back on launches but LBS is expecting to sustain strong sales of RM1 billion to RM1.2... Read more