Rehda: Residential property prices on the rise

It is still a good time to buy property as the market is heading upwards, says Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association Malaysia.

Prices of residential properties will rise 10-20 per cent over the next six months because of cost and inflationary pressures, says Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association Malaysia (Rehda) president Datuk Michael K.C. Yam.

"The current housing market is simmering. There is no boom or bust, but property prices will rise. The increase will be in high-rise and landed properties in all price categories across Malaysia," Yam said at a half-year property market briefing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He said it was still a good time to buy property as the market was heading upwards, noting also the liquid banking sector and improvement in credit facilities for construction players.

According to Yam, developers are planning more launches in the second half and each

project will comprise more than 150 units.

He also said that there was pent-up demand for semi-detached houses, bungalows and terraced houses priced more than RM800,000 each, especially in the Klang Valley and Penang.

"There are a lot of upgraders who want to move from a terraced house to a semi-D or bungalow because of security and to live in a green environment."

Yam said that key challenges for the sector would be higher interest rates, implementation of the Goods and Services Tax and removal of subsidies that would affect the lower-income group.

"We need government support and accommodative policies to ensure the market is simmering. The government should also be more firm in their policies to attract foreigners to buy properties here."


This article appeared in Business Times , August 12, 2010
Sources: http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_News/BTIMES/articles/prop9-2/Article/