Hot spots include Batu Maung, Bayan Lepas, George Town, Tanjung Bungah, Teluk Bahang, as well as areas around five new proposed highways.
“Despite uncertainties in both external global economy and internal political risks that have caused some investors to slow down in the short term, market analysts believe that the cautiously optimistic trend will continue in 2013 with a stable and positive outlook (in medium to long term) for Penang’s property market, sustained by healthy core demand, manageable mortgage rates, and positive economic growth,” says Henry Butcher Malaysia (Penang) director Jason Teoh, interviewed in conjuction with the upcoming Malaysian Secondary Property Exhibition (Maspex) 2013.
“An active residential sub-sector will continue to spearhead the market, though it might experience less buzz compared to the previous year.”
“On the island, the hot spot or corridor of opportunities would be in Batu Maung, Bayan Lepas, George Town, Tanjung Bungah and Teluk Bahang areas. On the mainland, the investors would be able to get residential properties that are relatively cheap with low density at strategic locations. A new enabler – the second Penang Bridge, will appear in the landscape of Penang soon in the third quarter of this year. The opportunities may arise not only on the island but on the mainland as well. Investors perhaps could look into and analyse the future potential opportunities of the land banks around the intersection of the North-South Highway and the second Penang Bridge,” Teoh advised.
He continued, “Areas around the five new proposed highways under the “Recommended Penang Transport Master Plan Strategy, 2013”, namely, George Town Outer Bypass, The North Coast Pair Road, The Air Itam – Relau Pair Road, The North-South Expressway Link Road, Third Sea Crossing, could be the potential hot locations for the property market in the near future.”
Maspex 2013 will be held over the weekend of April 12 to 14, at the concourse of Tropicana City Mall, PJ. Organised by the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA), it will feature booths by 32 real estate agencies with photos and presentations of previously owned properties for sale.