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Is there really such a thing as BBB today?

BBB has nothing to do with Malaysia’s rating. It’s a term in the property market called buy, buy, buy. I think it must have started during the crazy times of yesterday. When queues started days before. Well, I read from  quite a famous Facebook property page that a new property is about to be launched … Read moreIs there really such a thing as BBB today?

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12 tips on inspecting condos

This article was published in New Straits Times on 4th August 2015. When we are thinking about our first property, it may be wise to also consider the secondary ones today. Just look at the prices of new launches of today, then browse online and get to know the available choices for the secondary ones. … Read more12 tips on inspecting condos

Buying a new home? Ask Why, not just WHERE.

Someone reminded me this important point recently. When we first thought of buying our first home, how many of us would ask ourselves, ‘where?’ Many would argue that the most important question is always ‘where’ and there is nothing wrong with this. After all, all property gurus would always say, ‘location’, ‘location’ and ‘location’, right? … Read moreBuying a new home? Ask Why, not just WHERE.

2015: Fertility Rate dropped to 1.9 for Malaysia.

If you missed this, I think this is worth our time. However the political scenario may change, this new piece of statistics should get us planning for our future with more clarity. The current population of Malaysia is 30.4 million. Of course, we also need to include the many millions of legal and illegal foreign … Read more2015: Fertility Rate dropped to 1.9 for Malaysia.

Waiting for lowest price before buying the perfect property.

This article was first published in Ivory Living magazine July 2015 Edition. Recently, I followed my brother and his wife for a property viewing. It was a semi-detached unit which was just a few units away from our parent’s home in Ipoh. The owner was only willing to sell at RM560,000. It was a fully … Read moreWaiting for lowest price before buying the perfect property.

Property investment? Buying and renting is a good long-term strategy.

This article first appeared in Malaysia’s leading property portal PropertyGuru.com.my’s property newsletter, July 2015.  Just the other day over lunch a colleague was discussing with me about renting strategies. He asked if we should still buy a property to rent out if the rental could barely cover the mortgage and the maintenance charges. From an … Read moreProperty investment? Buying and renting is a good long-term strategy.

Premium on top of premium is not wise

Today, when we buy a new home, we hope to maximise the value of our purchase. For example, some developers may provide some additional renovations package free of charge. Some would provide a few air-conditioner units free of charge. Some may provide rebates, like what my friend got when he bought a condo unit in … Read morePremium on top of premium is not wise

Disallow my Facebook access? I resign.

I read something interesting when I was on board a plane to Bangkok. It’s in the image beside this article. 39% of employees would resign if their current employer forbids them from using Facebook. While some would point out that these people are just plain foolish, I think it’s important to look at it from … Read moreDisallow my Facebook access? I resign.

Buying a renovated unit, why not?

On and off, I would browse propsocial.my and today I come across a topic which seems familiar to me. The discussion was about how much would one be willing to spend on renovation, assuming one has just bought a new home. If you would like to follow or comment on the discussion, it’s here: propsocial … Read moreBuying a renovated unit, why not?

Grow money with money. Boost your ego? Laterlah.

A good friend, much younger than me was in KL the other day and as usual we went for a cup of latte in the evening. She was driving just a Proton Saga and she told me that many of her friends were driving a Vios or a City. All of them told her to change … Read moreGrow money with money. Boost your ego? Laterlah.

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