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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

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

Look at the fine print in guaranteed rental returns

CALL them what you like leasebacks, buy-to-let, cash back, own-for-free developers have come up with creative plans to woo investors with guaranteed rental returns (GRRs) on yet-to-be-built properties. Developers would agree to pay buyers rentals ranging from 8% to 12% per annum or a proportion of the purchase price for a certain length of time. This kind of purchase, which has become increasingly common judging from the press advertisements, sounds enticing to investors who do not want the trouble of managing their own investments. You buy the property, and you get the rental returns thrown in. While GRRs could be very attractive, investors need to know that the scheme is not as simple as it seems, much like ads that appeal to our desire to lose weight quickly, get rich fast or strike the...Read More

Helping the poor own houses

BUYING a home is typically the largest and most complicated financial commitment most people will ever make”. This is the phrase used whenever there is talk of homeownership and it applies to low-income households, too. First-time buyers face many barriers, one of them being the burden of monthly payments, having enough savings to sustain the responsibilities of owning a house, and income stability to qualify for housing loans. Even if they do qualify, potential buyers may be hampered by a lack of affordable homes in a preferred location or even information on how to buy a home. While the basics of acquiring a home is accessible to the educated and higher-income group, the low-income households do not have access to such information and perhaps have no idea about how to become homeowners. ...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

BUDGET 2017 COMMENT The National House Buyers Association (HBA) secretary general Chang Kim Loong

The National House Buyers Association (HBA) acknowledges the challenges faced by our honourable Prime Minister (PM) in tabling Budget 2017 on Friday, 21st October, 2016 in view of the slowdown in the global and regional economies and also the steep drop of the Ringgit. We are grateful that out PM did not heed the advice from business groups with vested interest to relax some of the cooling measures announced previously to stem excessive speculation such as lowering the Real Property Gains Tax or re-introducing the Developer Interest Bearing Scheme for first time house buyers. We are indeed glad that a ‘status quo’ (an existing state of affair) was retained through the wisdom of our PM. The positive take from Budget 2017 in relation to property, in particular Affordable Home are as follows:...Read More

6% levy is looming on the horizon

THERE have been recent public outcry and protests against the imposition of the goods and services tax (GST) on the maintenance charges and sinking fund for all stratified developments in Malaysia save for low- and medium-cost stratified development areas which were recently “exempted” from GST under the gazetted GST Exempt Supply Order dated Oct 13, 2014. Do they not know that to grant “exemption status” is a misfortune? Do they not know the repercussion? It literally means that there would be no relief to the lower income group, despite their residential developments being listed under the “exempt supply list”. The Government thinks that it has relieved those living in low- and low-medium cost stratified units and therefore the owners should be happy. But the reality is they are now forc...Read More

Government Widens GST Exempt Supply To All Stratified Residential Properties

PETALING JAYA – The government has agreed to extend the Goods and Services Tax (GST) exemption list from low-and medium-cost properties to stratified residential properties, say property-related professional bodies. The bodies are the National House Buyers Association (HBA); Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM); Association of Valuers, Property Managers, Estate Agents and Property Consultants in the Private Sector of Malaysia (PEPS); and Malaysian Institute of Professional Property Managers Malaysia (MIPPM). HBA Secretary General Chang Kim Loong, their spokesperson, said following their petition dated Nov 28, 2014 to the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the latter gave a positive response in a letter dated Jan 5, 2015. The petition had requested for a change in classification from the ...Read More