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Examining the commercial viability of co-living and co-working spaces
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By Kevin Eichenberger; with contributions from Datuk Paul Khong of Savills Malaysia Are co-living and co-working enterprises new property segments or just more short-lived fads? With rising property prices in urban centres around the world, fewer individuals and organisations have access to the convenience and prestige that apparently come with living and working in the city….

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Upsides of UNESCO World Heritage Site status for property investment
During the Public Holiday people take the opportunity to bring their family to visit Jonker Walk and other historic sites in Malacca. Star Photo By A Malex Yahaya / Melaka.  

Contributed by Joshua Lee Malaysia is a beautiful country full of diversity – with a blend of different cultures, people, and food, Malaysia is known to be a country where you can expect to experience diversity and excitement Malaysia is developing a tourism industry at an incredible pace and heritage tourism is a niche of particular…

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Big fish and ikan bilis: A day at the AGM of a mixed development
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Contributed by property valuer Mary Lau An observation of the frustrations that come with unequal voting rights at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) This article gives insight into the property industry where unequal voting rights at the AGM can have a huge impact on a development. It summarises key points to guide owners in similar situations so…

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Lessons learned from buying properties on auction
Unlike broken dreams, properties bought on auction require some investment of time, money, and effort to restore. Photo by Valentin Salja on Unsplash.  

Contributed by Dr Alan Poon Perhaps for good reason, auctioned properties get a bad rap, but there are advantages to be had if due diligence is exercised “Auction” and “property” are two words that make for an oxymoron when combined. Where the latter is the dream of many in their quest to have a roof…

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7 Things Malaysians want with their homes
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By Kevin Eichenberger It seems that homebuyers, with our widely differing tastes and preferences, simply do not have access to the expected range of real estate options The problem of rapidly increasing numbers of completed but unsold real estate far outpacing the numbers of willing and able homebuyers has been addressed with reduced interest rates, fee…

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What you need to know about Malay Reserve Land and Bumiputera Land
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“Malay Reserve Land (Tanah Rezab Melayu)”, “Bumi Lot”, “Bumi Quota”, and “Bumi Discount”, are all terms that appear in various conversations about real estate When you put all these attributes together in a sentence, you might just confuse yourself. Are you able to tell the differences between them? If you’re intending to purchase a Bumi property,…

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Seeking justice: A group lawsuit against an unscrupulous developer
Without the strata titles, owners can be held to ransom by unscrupulous developers profiteering from service and maintenance charges, misappropriating sinking fund money, and providing sub-par services. Photo by Philip Veater on Unsplash.  

Contributed by property valuer Mary Lau A harrowing tale about a legal battle between a group of strata property owners and an unscrupulous developer The details and complexities of this case would fill a book – but the specifics have been omitted to ensure the anonymity of the parties involved. This article is a summary of essential…

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Will more affordable homes raise the overhang unintentionally?
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Contributed by Veena Loh The new government’s enthusiasm to target the construction of 1 million affordable homes in ten years is laudable, but would these meet the needs of people? The current government’s approach to affordable housing has been to build more public housing through PRIMA and other government agencies as well as to impose quotas…

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Urban regeneration: Is legislation needed?
The refurbished Heritage Row in Jalan Doraisamy where 22 shoplots have been refurbished.  

Contributed by property valuer Mary Lau Should old buildings be replaced so that the entire skyline is uniformly made up of modern structures? It is not all about aesthetics – there is a human element to it In the article “Urban renewal law, but what about minority homeowners?” by the National House Buyers Association (HBA), it…

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How to improve your listings on Propwall.my
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By Suriati Ridzuan Developing a successful long-term real estate investing business requires effort, skills, and positive habits – like keeping your listings attractive Online listings have been the most common way to sell homes for almost as long as the internet has been around, and agents tend to invest a lot of money to increase the…

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