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The Follies and Foibles in Community Living

Gunaprasath Bupalan – www.property360digest / www.malaysiaglobalbusinessforum.com / www.newshubasia.com Taking a break from its usual serious and educational writings, in this segment, HBA has decided to air its funny bone and show what tickles HBA. A friend once told me that reading HBA’s articles on all things housing is like being immersed in a ‘horror housing series’ of the brutally honest kind. Words like ‘unscrupulous developers’, ‘irresponsible authorities’, ‘abandoned projects’, ‘perpetual renters’, ‘homeless generations’ strikes such terror in her heart that even the most haunted of ghost stories cannot rival its effects. But, I guess HBA tells the truth that housing developers refuse to hear and face as reality but shun such truths as spreading gloom and doom. A question wa...Read More

RPGT won’t hurt genuine buyers

Banning DIBS is the right move FOR many years, the National House Buyers Association (HBA) has been urging the Government to take measures to stem the steep rise in property prices to avoid a “homeless generation” as current property prices are far beyond the reach of many low and middle-income families in urban and suburban areas. This is a ticking time bomb that will result in many social problems if left unchecked. Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) The announcement of the revised rate of tax on gains made in the disposal of properties, namely, the Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT), formerly known as the Anti Speculation Act, under Budget 2014 is far more superior to what had been proposed under Budget 2013 (See table above) This is because, typically, if the property is purchased directly fro...Read More

Rent or buy houses: The HBA’s guide to finding the right time

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 ― Stumped on when is the right time to stop renting? Not sure if you should defer buying a house? The National House Buyers Association (HBA) has some tips. HBA honorary secretary-general Chang Kim Loong explained that since rental does not build personal equity, renters should consider both market conditions and their financial standing. “In our opinion, it is only worth renting if the monthly rentals are approximately 50 per cent or less than the monthly loan installments required to take a housing loan of the same value,” he said. Chang gave an example of a prospective buyers eyeing a 30-year RM300,000 housing loan at a 4.6 per cent interest rate, which results in a monthly installment of RM1,538. “If the buyer has not saved enough money to buy the property and has...Read More

Questioning DBKL’s move on KLites

Justifying the proposed assessment rate hike THE media has reported that two former mayors – Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail and Tan Sri Elyas Omar – have questioned the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) on its proposed assessment rate hike. Ahmad Fuad, predecessor to the current mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, pointed out that he had raised reserves amounting to RM3bil prior to retiring last year. This means Ahmad Phesal inherited RM3bil when he took over. Ahmad Fuad reportedly said that DBKL must provide a detailed budget for 2014, with a breakdown of how much money was needed and how it would be spent. Elyas, meanwhile, noted that DBKL had “bigger revenue compared to what it had 30 years ago”, adding that there was no need to increase rates “even by 10%”. DBKL must be selective and make a di...Read More

Purchasers’ risk in progressive payment

THE National House Buyers Association (HBA) has complained to the Minister and those under his charge about purchasers becoming victims when they lose their homes as a result of foreclosure proceedings taken against them by banks to recover loans taken by developers secured by purchasers’ houses bought from the same developers, because the said developers did not settle the loans taken by them. The crux of the problem is that the Housing Ministry-prescribed sale and purchase agreement (SPA) allows the developer to build the purchaser’s house with the instalments of the purchase price paid by the purchaser from the day the SPA is signed. On top of this, and even more seriously, the developer is allowed to borrow from the developer’s banks on the security of the purchaser’s property. The pur...Read More

PR1MA now chasing profit, not helping first-time owners, says house buyers’ group

(April 20): PR1MA Corporation Malaysia (PR1MA) has strayed from its objective of building affordable homes in urban localities and instead has become profit-oriented, going into joint ventures with private developers, the National House Buyers Association (HBA) said. Its secretary-general, Chang Kim Loong, said the corporation under the Prime Minister’s Office has relaxed many of its housing requirements and allowed private developers to come in as joint venture partners. “We know these private developers are profit-oriented and they are not there to do charity. Therefore, why should PR1MA share their cake with them?” Chang said it has increased the ceiling price of a house from RM350,000 to RM450,000 last year and allowed second-time buyers to purchase PR1MA units. “The ...Read More

Malaysia’s property market in 2016: What to expect & predictions

INDUSTRY EXPERTS Warrick Singh Director of Business Development/Training of Asian Realty Sdn Bhd, Asian Land Auctioneers Sdn Bhd/Starfish Training Sdn Bhd  As we move into 2016, the ‘cloud of uncertainty’ hanging over the Malaysian economy would settle somewhat preceding several recent capital measures, such as the purchase of Malaysian bonds, intra-trade in Chinese Renmimbi instead of US Dollar and the offer of RMB50 billion of a protected Chinese capital market. Also, the development of the LRT/MRT lines which enhances connectivity to Greater Klang Valley including Seremban, Rawang and Klang will bode well for the residential and commercial property market. Malaysia generally has a young population where 80% of Malaysians are below the age of 50, which means the demand for houses is only...Read More

HBA Maintains Easing Lending Guidelines is not the Solution to the Inaccessibility of Affordable Housing Loans

  PETALING JAYA: Relaxing banks’ lending criteria is not the solution to address the issue of access to affordable housing loans, said the National House Buyers Association (HBA) secretary-general Chang Kim Loong. “The current problem is that house prices are too expensive in relation to the buyers’ income. This has resulted in some prospective house buyers having their loan applications rejected. However, the solution is not to relax lending guidelines but to find ways to lower property prices. The relaxation of lending guidelines will surely worsen the situation and speed up the road to a ‘homeless generation’ that HBA has been warning about for years,” he told SunBiz, addressing the Real Estate and Housing Developers Association’s (Rehda) call for banks to be less strict in their l...Read More

Plight of kampung land owners

Where’s the prosecution against the 205 unlicensed housing developers? BUYERS BEWARE BY CHANG KIM LOONG ABOUT two years ago, an English daily highlighted the plight of land owners who had entered into joint ventures with unlicensed developers to build houses on their (home owners’) land. Most of these deals involved land in the kampung (or villages). When these partnerships turned soured and were subsequently highlighted in the press, the Housing Ministry warned it was going to catch these businessmen, most of whom were small-time developers out to make a quick buck. However, until today, no action seems to have been taken on these errant developers while the victims continue in their miseries and financial nightmares due to abandoned projects and botched joint ventures. The Housing Minist...Read More

One abandoned housing project too many

Ministry: 134 abandoned private housing projects in three years. A total of 134 abandoned private housing projects were recorded in Peninsular Malaysia between 2013 and November, 2016, according to Deputy Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique in reply to a question in Dewan Negara Dec 6, 2016. She said the number included 26 abandoned projects this year. The government has allocated RM20mil to revive abandoned private housing projects next year. She, however, noted that next year’s allocation is less compared with the RM40mil this year. Scenario A: “Our sheer bad luck to buy into an apartment that has now been declared as ‘abandoned’. We have to continue to service the interest to the bank especially when the bank has progressively released...Read More

Of speculators and bogus house buyers

Immediate government measures are needed to tackle issue “Harga Rumah Melampau” – that’s the desperate cry of the rakyat against skyrocketing house prices as headlined by one of the widely-read Bahasa Malaysia newspapers. In English, it translates to “House prices are ridiculous”. The National House Buyers Association (HBA) has consistently called for government intervention to prevent a “homeless generation of young adult Malaysians” from emerging, especially in urban and sub-urban areas, who, if not for wild speculation, would be able to buy their own houses. In time, Malaysia will face a “social crisis” with serious political implications if the majority of the lower and middle-income groups do not have affordable houses. The matter is of grave urgency because the homeless hail from the...Read More

New doesn’t mean perfect

Complaint One “I received the keys to our home and to our dismay, the property had many defects, ranging from minor problems to major misalignment of the walls and beams. The developer is rectifying the minor defects but is not willing to ‘align’ the walls or beams that have been placed improperly. How can I have the process for rectification expedited as we have paid in full and are still unable to occupy the house?” Complaint Two “The floor tiles in my apartment’s living room are not properly fixed. When one walks over them, they give a certain hollow sound. There are at least 30 floor tiles with this problem. Also, the edges of the walls where the tiles meet were not properly done. I submitted a complaint form, but the developer has not done anything to rectify them. Now, it’s been almo...Read More

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