By Melisa Ng | firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs by Fariz Helmi
This year’s Hari Raya will be a special and memorable one for Mohd Fariz Helmi Husain and his wife not only because they will be welcoming their first bundle of joy but also because they will celebrating in their new home.
Fariz, 29, who works as a senior investment analyst at a real estate consultancy firm is also an avid property investor.
“I have invested in a number of residential properties and I manage my own personal real estate portfolio. I bought my first property when I was only 23 years old, right after I graduated from university and up till now I have acquired 11 properties.
“I’ve always been interested in the real estate industry and I cannot think of anything more rewarding then buying a property, renting it out and making money from it as a side income,” he said.
A place to grow
Previously Fariz and his wife lived in a flat in Section 7 Shah Alam.
“It’s only about 700 sq ft in size – which worked great for a newlywed couple like us. It has only three small rooms which we used as our bedroom, another one as our closet or dressing area and the smallest room as my study because I was also pursuing a Masters degree in real estate at that time.
“The only downside of living in the flat was that the living area felt a bit crammed especially when we have guests over,” explained Fariz.
“After about a year, we found out that we were expecting our first baby in September. My wife’s first thought was to have a room that she can decorate for the baby. It was at that time that I knew it was the perfect opportunity to move into a house that would be better suited for our family’s expansion,” shared the father-to-be.
Their new house, also in Section 7 Shah Alam, is only less than 10 minutes away from the old place. The 20’ x 75’ two-storey terrace house has five rooms – one on the lower floor and four on the top floor.
Fariz said that the previous owner had done quite a fair bit of renovation to the house such as extending the back to create a bigger kitchen. The house is also fully tiled and has plaster ceiling with inset spotlights.
“We only had to repaint the walls and did some minor repair works to the bathroom and kitchen,” said Fariz, adding that he could definitely see his family “growing into” the house and living there for some time.
However, Fariz also said that it would take some getting used to as living in a bigger space means more floors, rooms and outside areas to clean and maintain as well as higher mortgage and utility bills.
A good buy
“To me, this property is a good buy because I managed to negotiate to a price below its current market value. I purchased this house early this year for RM470k when the market price was about RM560k,” said Fariz.
He added: “Apart from that, after studying the property market for this area, I believe that the value of this house will continue to rise and there is a chance of a capital appreciation.”
When asked about the location, Fariz replied, “I have always worked in Kuala Lumpur but I knew that I will not live anywhere else other than in Shah Alam.
“I was brought up here and studied at UiTM Shah Alam. Shah Alam has changed so much. It used to be a quiet neighbourhood when I lived here in the 1990s, but now it has developed into a busy city which is not too crowded yet not boring. It’s a nice and safe neighbourhood with a good mixture of family homes and students renting which makes the neighbourhood ‘lively’ and ‘happening’.”
According to him, it is very convenient and most of the amenities are within five to 10 minutes’ drive from his new house.
“There are several banking facilities, a very wide selection of Malay and Indonesian eateries, fast food restaurants, supermarkets, Aeon Bukit Raja, SACC Mall and Plaza Masalam. The nearest hospital is a private hospital called DEMC and there is a general hospital currently under construction. The Padang Jawa KTM station is also only 10 minutes away.”
The joyous occasion
On moving in just in time for the Hari Raya, Fariz shared, “Although we know moving house while my wife is seven months pregnant is not ideal, I thought it would be better to move in before the baby is born rather than after. So it was quite a coincidence that it was just in time for Raya.”
When asked about their preparations for the festive season, Farid said, “The joy of Hari Raya actually begins before the first day. My wife enjoys getting the house readied for the celebration with new furnishing and decorations.”
He also mentioned that they will spend time with both sides of their family.
“Since my wife is heavily pregnant, we won’t be travelling long distance therefore, instead of us going back to Johor Baru to see my in-laws, they will be coming to celebrate with us here, in our new house. After that, we will join my very big family annual gathering in Tanjung Malim where my parents live,” added Fariz.
StarProperty.my wishes all a Selamat Hari Raya. Maaf Zahir dan Batin.