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Recession 2014, ending soon?

One of the search keywords to kopiandproperty.com recently happened to be “when will 2014 recession end“. Haha. I assume this is for Malaysia. How can it end if it has not started. Just like the question of when will the property bubble stop. Property bubble will stop only when it bursts, most of the time, … Read moreRecession 2014, ending soon?

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Oh No! Oil prices falling means Bursa stocks and Ringgit will fall too!

Oh no! Bursa Malaysia as well as the Ringgit is falling because of oil prices which has sunk below US$70 per barrel. This was the title of many articles about the current state of Bursa Malaysia as well as Ringgit. The stock market is at its lowest point since mid-October while the Ringgit is now … Read moreOh No! Oil prices falling means Bursa stocks and Ringgit will fall too!

GST on maintenance fees for residential properties

Read any reports recently about some groups of people holding some banners saying that it is unfair that GST will be levied on the maintenance fees for residential units? For example, those high rise ones? There has also been a report on the fact that some high end high rises may be exempted because somehow … Read moreGST on maintenance fees for residential properties

GST for new properties. Higher than 3%? Try it and see.

While the government has announced that GST will be effective from 1st April 2015, there has also been lots of other announcements by everyone that this may not happen. Or this may happen but it will push up house prices. Some say GST will cause transactions to go down. Whatever is said is not really … Read moreGST for new properties. Higher than 3%? Try it and see.

4 reasons why America likes Malaysia as a base in Asia

Actually, it’s pretty easy to choose these days if I am an American MNC looking for a base in Asia. If I am an American MNC and I wanted a good base for everything, I would choose Malaysia. Why not Indonesia? Yeah, there’s the ‘feel good’ factor of the new Indonesian President together with a … Read more4 reasons why America likes Malaysia as a base in Asia

Affordability, Availability, GST and More Money (new income tax rate)

This article was first published in the Property Hunter Magazine, Nov 2014 Issue. For more articles, please refer to their online portal here. Property Hunter.  Budget 2015 tries to address two chief concerns in the property market; affordability and availability. In KL, the average price for property has reached RM700,000 and has shown no signs … Read moreAffordability, Availability, GST and More Money (new income tax rate)

Overnight Policy Rate on 6th Nov meeting? Non-Issue.

Remember at the beginning of this year, everyone was speculating on when would Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)  increase its Overnight Policy Rate (OPR)? It seemed so important but the latest one was no longer so important. Perhaps because no one is expecting any further adjustments until Q3 of 2015? In fact, one reason why the … Read moreOvernight Policy Rate on 6th Nov meeting? Non-Issue.

10% buyers owns 40% of property purchases. Aiming to be that 10%?

10 percent of property buyers are the ‘owners’ of 40% of the property purchases in 2011. This has risen from 35% in 1997. This was revealed by a paper entitled “Is equality in Malaysia really going down?” This is a joint paper by the University of Malaya (UM) and Khazanah Research Institute. In laymen term, … Read more10% buyers owns 40% of property purchases. Aiming to be that 10%?

Sweet 18th in the world today, Ease of Doing Business

Would the long processes of approval for new developments be a thing of the past? It may be, if Malaysia is to continue improving on its current ranking in the world for ‘Ease of Doing Business’. In the latest result, Malaysia has improved its ranking. It’s now 18th instead of last year’s 20th. The report … Read moreSweet 18th in the world today, Ease of Doing Business

Petrol Subsidy cut totally beginning June 2015. Get ready.

Today, a friend said that she read online that from June 2015 onwards, there would be no more petrol subsidy. She was upset that the subsidy would be no more. After all the world oil prices are going down, why can’t the government just maintain the same amount of subsidy? Many people argued that there … Read morePetrol Subsidy cut totally beginning June 2015. Get ready.

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