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Buy property asap or don’t buy? You decide.

Still remember last year, before GST many people advise that we should buy properties soonest because with the impending GST, prices will rise further. If we buy later, the GST would have been factored in and the prices even higher. Whatever advice that you hear from any consultant, famous speakers or even best selling authors, remember that you should also decide objectively.
Developers association would never ever tell you that prices are expected to come down because if they said that, no one would buy properties and the developers may not need to develop anything. Nevertheless, are all developments commanding a higher price year after year? Out of 10 developments that you viewed, how many in your opinion are really as real as what the brochure stated? If they said 15 minutes from the nearest school, did you drive around to verify it?
Real estate agents would tell you to buy now. They would tell you that there is another potential buyer who has viewed the property one day before and the owner may decide to sell to him first. If they act on your behalf, they would try to tell the owner that the prices are softening under current market slowdown. The owner should sell asap. If the property is fully renovated, they would then tell you, this saves time and in turn money. If it is not renovated they tell you that this is better as you can design something you love.
Friends who does not own properties would tell you, don’t buy. They heard so and s0 said negative things about the market. That the market is about to crash. How can prices continue to rise without stopping? They would never believe that there are still apartments below RM250,000. Preferring to tell you that all the properties are beyond affordability of majority!
All your friends who invest in property earns huge money. However, do you know that for those friends who invested in money losing properties they would never tell you? That’s the reason why everyone who buys seem to be profitable all the time. Those who lost money just…. stay low.
Whatever you read or hear, be knowledgeable enough to understand. There are no short cuts, you need to read more, view more, listen more to be really knowledgeable. Even then, this does not mean you will be earn profits all the time. Property investment is not like fixed deposit. Do not buy properties like vegetables or even like shares in the stock market. Know why you buy and what are your goals. Last but not least, do not be greedy. Should your property appreciated to a level that has met your expectations, sell. Just like if you gamble and win, it’s time to leave.
written on 4th jan 2014 and updated on 25 Mar 2016
Next suggested article: Why buy Penang property – my personal reasons

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0 Responses

  1. Agree with you..Be it stock or property market, regardless ‘sky-high’ or ‘down-earth’, unless you sell it than you got your profit…

  2. I totally disagree. I am a property agent myself and I think it is good to invest in properties. The key word to make money from buying property is “location”. The area where I specialise in, 5 years back when I started being an agent, the link houses were only selling for 750k. Today, a similar is asking for RM 1.1 mil. At that time, some of my clients felt that the market will slow down and there will be a drop in price. However, the prices did not drop.

    1. hi wearne, good to know that prices are not dropping in your area. I also agree location is the key and this is where everyone differs. Prices will only drop when the prices are no longer acceptable. I am very sure you are a very good agent. Perhaps for my next purchase I can also look for you. For now, no cash. Haha.

  3. Your advice is as good as no advice. What an ambiguous answer! In this case, you win come what may.
    Maybe you should be more professional and forthcoming with an intelligent guess- a calculated guess, even if it is way off the mark, is better than your current non-committal article.
    According to good management theory, a bad decision is better than no decision. I am sure yiu do get what I am trying to get at.

    1. Thks leeweeshing, if that is how you see it. To me, the important thing is never what is right or who is right. It is about us taking actions instead of listening to predictions by so called gurus whom like you mentioned May be way off mark. There are a lot of articles where it is clear where I support though. But for bubble date, Haha… no thanks.

    2. Hi Lee Wee Shing,
      Looking at your comments, you seem to be expecting the direct answer from this article like sitting in front of crystal ball , unfortunately, none of the article would provide you the direct answer, there is no right and wrong, it is individual and objective, instead set your right expectation is a needed for you to view thing in the neutral manner, you may refer to this article as general guideline or reference, that would be more appropriate, if you come across any people tell you 100% for sure about a thing, then, it is time for you to be watch out, it may be lie unless you like the flowery statement.
      In fact, a good article should cover the topic in neutral way by giving reference point for reader to further analyses, even you are very sure thing, the article should articulated in the good way by helping reader to think another scenario which make the session more interactive. my 2cents.

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Charles Tan The Founder The Writer Kopiandproperty
Charles Tan

Charles is Founder of He writes from his investment experience for the the past 20 years in investments including property, stock, unit trust and more as well as readings and conversations with many property gurus in the industry. is an independent property blog which is not affiliated to any media company, property developer or even real estate agencies.


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