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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

New government, new hope for Malaysian property market?

Pakatan Harapan’s policies and programmes as outlined in The People’s Manifesto provide great anticipation for homebuyers, developers and investors alike. If done right, these strategies will go a long way in curbing the housing affordability conundrum.  The 14th Malaysian General Elections (GE14) on 9th May 2018 will go down in history as one of the most memorable days for millions of locals nationwide. The majority voted in favour of the opposition alliance to serve as the country’s new government – the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition trumped Barisan National (BN), which has been in power for 6 decades. We are all excited to see how PH will bring forth positive change; the new government has promised a reformation of Malaysia’s administration and politics as well as sustainable growth and...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

Malaysia Budget 2016 – Part 2

National House Buyers Association (HBA) president, Chang Kim Loong, raises more concerns and issues pertaining property, some which were not taken up in 2016 year’s budget. Pleased by the fact that the government has looked into curbing measures which it implemented in the 2014 budget like increase in RPGT (Exit Costs), LTV and prohibition of DIBS, Chang says: “These have achieved its objectives in partially deterring speculators and ‘bogus’ house buyers. It has also brought some sense of orderliness to the housing arena. “However, HBA have appealed to the government to adopt further measures to be implemented in Budget 2016.” These are outlined below.   A) Increase in entry cost for owners of multiple properties Chang revealed that the association has requested that the government in...Read More

Making housing affordable to the rakyat

The National House Buyers Association (HBA) acknowledges the challenges faced by the prime minister in tabling Budget 2017 in view of the slowdown in the global and regional economies and steep drop of the ringgit. HBA’s wish list to stem excessive speculation in the property sector that had caused the unbridled escalation of property prices will remain. We must also continue to challenge some ill-concocted ideas that may prey on the government’s laxity. It was for this purpose that HBA accepted the Ministry of Finance’s invitation early this month to table a paper entitled Affordable Housing: How the Rakyat could own it? in a focus group dialogue with all stakeholders, both government and private. The government now seems to be serious about doing something. If so, it has to make several ...Read More

Make Kampung Baru a PR1MA Malay suburb

THE 1Malaysia People Housing Programme (PR1MA) is a government initiative with the promise of an affordable home for every couple that deserves it and meets its criteria. The Government’s main contribution to ensuring affordability is its land, which is a significant subsidy. It is necessary for the organisation to have clear criteria for these affordable homes. PR1MA will have to be comprehensive in all aspects of house purchase: criteria for qualifying, build and sell; types of houses, the exclusion of commercial properties, the grievance redressal regime between purchaser and PR1MA, controls over sub-sale and, of course, appropriate sanctions for dishonesty in dealings with PR1MA. They must build the right product at the right place with the right pricing and the right numbers. Already,...Read More

Limit PR1MA’s special end-financing scheme to first-time buyers, says HBA

PETALING JAYA: The Special PR1MA End Financing Scheme (SPEF) and subsequent sale of 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA) homes should be limited to only first-time house buyers, said the National House Buyers Association (HBA). HBA secretary-general Chang Kim Loong applauded the SPEF, which will assist the lower income group to obtain financing to buy their PR1MA homes as many potential buyers have been denied financing by banks. “However, as this is a special financing scheme for the lower income group, HBA hopes that this financing scheme is only reserved for first-time house buyers as PR1MA has already allowed second-time house buyers to buy PR1MA properties,” he said in a statement yesterday. Chang said the subsequent sale of PR1MA units should be regulated and urged Perbadanan...Read More

Lack of Affordable Housing for First-Time House Buyers

Houses listed up to RM165,060 are considered to be affordable to a median family household in Malaysia, according to the Deputy Minister of Finance 1, Datuk Othman Aziz. He explained that the figure was calculated using the Demographia International methodology named the “median multiple” technology recommended by the World Bank and the United Nations for the evaluation of urban housing markets. The methodology defines that if a household can finance the house with less than three times its annual household income, the house is considered affordable. According to Bank Negara Malaysia in its Annual Report 2016, 50% of Malaysian households earned a monthly income of RM4,585 and below in 2014, thus suggesting that houses valued up to RM165,060 are affordable to them. “However, only 21% of new...Read More

Implement ‘Build-Then-Sell’ System To Protect House Buyers, Says HBA

To eliminate cases of abandoned housing projects, the Pakatan Harapan (PH)-led government should include the build-then-sell 10:90 (BTS 10:90) system in its plans for Malaysia’s housing sector, urged the National House Buyers Association (HBA). Under this system, home buyers pay an initial downpayment of 10 percent only when booking a housing unit, with the remaining amount to be paid once the vacant possession of the unit is delivered to them, reported Free Malaysia Today. “Aside from being an eyesore, abandoned projects cause hardship to house buyers who need to continue with their monthly bank instalments for housing loans,” said HBA secretary-general Chang Kim Loong. “The BTS 10:90 is a far safer mode of home delivery system and the new federal government should implement it without fu...Read More

HBA looking forward to new govt’s promises on housing

PETALING JAYA (May 11): As Malaysians witness the establishment of a new government by Pakatan Harapan (Pakatan), the National House Buyers Association (HBA) is looking at the promises made in its election manifesto, especially with regard to affordable housing and homeownership with “high optimism and anticipation”. “The proposals from Pakatan are well thought out and if implemented right, can go far towards increasing the supply of affordable housing and reduce the threat of a homeless generation,” said HBA honorary secretary-general Chang Kim Loong today. First up, he said is the need to define ‘affordable housing”, “to ensure that this term is not abused by unscrupulous housing developers”. To the non-governmental organisation, its definition of “affordable housing” comprises three cri...Read More

First-time house buyers to gain

HBA is happy that more affordable homes are to be built under Budget 2015 and DIBS ban stays. THE National House Buyers Association (HBA) wishes to thank the Prime Minister for the measures announced in Budget 2015 to build more affordable homes for the rakyat. HBA is grateful that the Prime Minister rejected calls from the Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia and other groups with vested interest to reintroduce Developer Interest Bearing Scheme (DIBS) for first-time house buyers. DIBS The HBA is glad the Government has continued to heed our call to ban DIBS or any permutation that entails interest capitalisation. Developers, being entrepreneurs, have to be responsible and bear the risks that come with their investment. They should not be allowed to enjoy profits at the...Read More

Affordable housing: How to own it?

Dream home: 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 have been able to buy their own houses. THE National House Buyers Association (HBA) acknowledges the challenges faced by our Prime Minister in tabling Budget 2017 in view of the slowdown in the global and regional economies and also the weaker ringgit. HBA’s wish list to stem excessive speculation in the property sector that had caused the unbridled escalation of property prices will continue. We have also to continue to challenge some ill-concocted ideas that may prey on laxity by some departments. It was for this purpose that HBA accepted the invitation by the Financ...Read More

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