Condo, the new boom in secondary towns?

I just came back from Sandakan after a week long CNY holiday there at my wife’s hometown. Just less than three years ago, I got to know about Sri Utama Condo project by IJM. If you have never heard of this project it is ok because the project is in Sandakan, Sabah. Of course I do not simply buy any condo but when my brother in law told me he booked a unit at just RM210k and the size was 1150sf, I told him I also want a unit. I failed to secure one and by the time the third block was launched, it was RM280k. Yesterday I visited my brother in law’s unit. The bumi allocated units had just been released. Pricing starts from RM380k onwards. Oops, I think I really did miss a good opportunity.

What are the key learnings? Well, if it is a proper condo in a good location by a reputable developer and it is below RM200psf, the answer is clear; buy one. It may or may not rise so high like this one but there is a limit to the overall production cost even if the land may have come cheap. There is another condo project coming up by IJM in Sandakan. It starts from RM280K onwards and today I visited the project. Well, most of the units were taken except for the Bumi units. This time, I do not feel bad. I really cannot afford it. I only have limited resources but unlimited wants.

In terms of opportunity, I think there are still a lot of opportunities in many secondary towns, not just in Sandakan. Reason being, most of these places have not seen a lot of such condo projects. The number of new units offered are still small compared to the total population and thus it would be easily absorbed by the current population as well as the sons and daughters who have gone to work in Penang, KL or Johor and is thus well aware of the new trends. In fact, some working in Singapore or Hong Kong may even opt to buy a bigger property so that their parents would be able to stay in somewhere more comfortable too.

written on 8 Jan 2014

Next suggested article: What is considered reasonable property price?

Alternatively read top 10 most read articles:

Advertisements is everything about property related writings and news. Enjoy reading with a latte.

Related Posts

RM2 billion of savings if state takes over federal project.

Save money and not spend excessively. That’s the right message for all. Pan Borneo Highway is a very important connectivity project. The total length is 872km and this project connects Tawau in Sabah all the way to Telok Melano in Sarawak. Having travelled in car for a few trips from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu and […]

Read More

Property Hunter’s co-founder stepping down

Michael Hiew is good friend to and me. He works very hard and I think this made him put on weight (no time to exercise mah) This person helped to give exposure to when it was just starting. To him, collaboration was the key and not competition. I think this was the reason […]

Read More


  • TJ on February 11, 2014

    Well. not only condo but most of the properties especially terrace and commercial. I believe the properties in sandakan are under value and is the cheapest in sabah.

    • chialih on February 11, 2014

      Wow, cheapest in Sabah??! I love your view TJ. Will let my brother in law know about this. thank you!

      • TJ on February 12, 2014

        The only problem for Sandakan market is the Rental still very low.
        However new launch project has to sale at higher price due to cost push.

      • chialih on February 12, 2014

        haha… Yes, rental is still very low. Cost Push, yeah, this is the same for all areas. Even with low land cost, it is not possible to build a condo if the prices stay the same.

  • Crystal Teh on February 11, 2014

    For your opinion, buy second house better or new launch project, if the price is same.

    • chialih on February 11, 2014

      for rental, of course secondary. for potential capital appreciation, of course new. you decide.

  • Crystal Teh on February 11, 2014

    Does your wife is bumiputra? If yes, could enjoy many more benefits 🙂 My friend from KK bumiputra, apply house loan with very low interest compare to non bumiputra.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Property investment news everyday? Subscribe for free!

An article a day, keeps you updated all the way.

Join 904 other subscribers

LIKE us for property news update, FREE.

%d bloggers like this: