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Win the battle for space
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Overcome space limitations with creative and practical ideas By Tharmini Kenas tharmini@thestar.com.my SMALL living space is fast becoming a trend among urban residential developments. For those who are used to lots of elbow room, the lack of space may be frustrating. Urbanite millennials, however, have a different mindset and seem to make do with the…

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Changes in store for property sector
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Review of taxes and mega projects likely to affect the market By Aisyah Suwardi THE change in government after the historic GE14 and the appointment of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia sent shock waves across the country and the international stage as well as jolted business owners and share…

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Top 9 SPA legal jargons that you should know
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Contributed by Messrs Eunice Tan & Partners founder Eunice Tan Mui Lee Are you aware of the legal aspects that you need to take note when you sign a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA)? Will you read the SPA before signing it? There are a few common legal aspects that should be noted by the…

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Considering taking a home loan?
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Buying a house is one of the biggest steps to take in life, but at this point in time, a loan is almost essential in securing your home. Check out these few tips to ensure that you make the best out of your loans.   Read the full article here.

What is a smart home?
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By Viktor Chong viktorchong@thestar.com.my   TECHNOLOGY is improving, and with it, the borders between fantasy and reality are quickly blurring. A long time ago, a house was merely a roof on an individual’s head. But now, it is becoming more than that. If the idea of killer robots and thinking machines might unsettle a homeowner, then…

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Preventing a termite infestation in your house
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By Viktor Chong viktorchong@thestar.com.my   TERMITES are found throughout the world, and they play a vital role in the soil ecosystem. Among their functions include recycling dead organics, regulating soil pH as well as improving carbon and water content. However, property investors and homeowners alike do not appreciate the termite’s ability to recycle wood materials….

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Ask Me Anything: How much does building inspection cost?
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Getting to know Building Inspection Compiled by: Tharmini Kenas tharmini@thestar.com.my   Ask Me Anything is a platform for all readers to ask about all things property. If you have any inquiries, key in your questions http://bit.ly/AskMeAnythingProperty .   This week, Canaan Building Inspection Sdn Bhd project director Sr Joshua Kang deals with readers’ questions regarding…

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How smart is a smart home?
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By Tharmini Kenas We are now familiar with the term “Smart home”. With connectivity in our fingertips and the emergence of the “Internet of Things”, smart home is fast becoming a trendy term across the globe, though it is still considered as a novelty in Malaysia. What is a smart home? A smart home is…

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Which type of first-time homebuyer are you?
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By Ng Pau Ling & Viktor Chong Challenges vary according to the different ages of homebuyers THE first-time homebuyer is defined as a person who has yet to own any property but intends to purchase a home. Depending on the homebuyer’s age, the housing needs will be different and the challenges faced will vary when…

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[T talk] Dealing with Malaysian Racism 101
 

The column reflects the view of the writer By Tharmini Kenas RACE is one of the many taboo subjects that we are careful to talk about publicly in Malaysia. With the recent changes that happened, race and certain privileges that come with it are being discussed and debated openly. So, let’s look at the rental…

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