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Do First-Time Home Buyers Need an Agent?

By Kim Wong / 3 years ago

The National Association of REALTORS® would like me to tell you that all agents are ethical, honest, experienced and care about their clients — especially about first-time home buyers — but that would not be true. It might be true about the majority of the agents in the business, but it’s not true about all […]

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More Investors Enter the Student Housing Sector, as Prices, Sales Volume Rise

By Kim Wong / 3 years ago

Investors are on track to buy $4.5 billion in student housing properties in 2015—up from just $3 billion the year before, according to data from commercial real estate services firm CBRE. “I knew that volume would be up—but not that much,” says Jaclyn Fitts, national director of student housing for CBRE. “It continues to demonstrate […]

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What Are The Benefits To Paying Cash For A Home?

By Kim Wong / 3 years ago

Question: What are the Benefits to Paying Cash for a Home? A reader asks: “We aren’t bragging or anything, but my wife and I have saved enough money to pay all cash for a home. We know we might get a better rate of return in the stock market, but with prices the way they […]

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Only Six Affordable Houses Built In Kulai

By Kim Wong / 3 years ago

KULAI: Kulai Municipal Council (MPK) only managed to complete six units of affordable houses this year due to land conversion issues with the developer. Its president, Abdul Rahman Salleh, however, said that 2,700 units is expected to be completed next year. Some 3,692 people have applied for affordable homes in Kulai which cost below RM200,000 […]

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Tougher times Ahead For Housing Market

By Kim Wong / 3 years ago

Analysts expect Singapore’s private housing market to face tougher times next year, with the lacklustre economic environment dampening sentiment further, reported TODAYonline. The US Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates and the existing property curbs could see prices drop by up to eight percent in the next 12 months. JLL’s National Director for Research and […]

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DTZ Property Times: Q3 2015 Kuala Lumpur

By Kim Wong / 3 years ago

The Malaysian economy expanded by 4.9% y-o-y in Q2, the smallest growth since Q4 2013. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.1%. The Ringgit recorded a year-to-date drop of 27% against the US dollar, driven by the devaluation of the Renminbi amid concerns on China’s economic growth, weakened investor sentiment, and low oil prices. Investment […]

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What Do We Need to Know About Buying an As Is Short Sale?

By Kim Wong / 3 years ago

Question: What Do We Need to Know About Buying an As Is Short Sale? We had been patiently waiting for the bank to approve our short sale for almost two months. We are first-time home buyers, and I can’t believe the great deal we’re getting on this place. The problem is we could not do […]

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Know Your Rights As a Strata Owner

By Kim Wong / 3 years ago

Chris Tan, Founder and Managing Partner of Chur Associates gives the rundown on strata living. Strata living is fast becoming a way of life in Malaysia, currently roughly 30% of the country’s population is living in strata-title buildings. The term “strata” was first introduced legally in 1985 in response to the mushrooming of multi-storey structures […]

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