It may happen within the next few months or it may happen in a few years. If it does not happen within 2 years, it will happen within five years. If it does not happen within five years it will happen someday. Familiar? Property investment experts / analysts, property related NGOs, your cash rich friends and more. Everyone has said something about what they think of the property bubble. Some way too optimistic which you should not believe. Yet, some are way too pessimistic that if you believe then it should be the next economic crisis.
Everyone has their own version and reasons why. Many followed blindly and either become very rich or bought at the wrong time. Worst, some used up all their wealth because their friends say go and buy. ‘I have earned 100,000 profit just by flipping. Follow me sure no wrong!’ Dear all, investing in property should be done when you understand what you are investing. Read books, pay for some seminars, listen to talks but you must do your homework. Even when you invest in unit trusts, there are great years and there are ‘below FD rate ‘ years. If you do not know for sure why you buy, you better not buy.
When property prices go up too fast, it means the demand becomes an artificial one. As soon as sentiment turns negative, the prices are not sustainable because majority of the purchasers are not for own stay but for flipping / speculating. This was what happened in US a few years back and there are signs of it happening here in Malaysia too, especially for higher priced properties. No matter how much you have earned in the market, it is important never to over leverage. If EVERY SINGLE friend in your circle is telling you about buying properties, just like when uncles and aunties talking about stocks in the market, it may be time to pull out. As for demand, it continues to be strong. At the right price, it will be snapped up almost immediately.
Written on 18 Dec 2013
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