Singaporean PM, SME, Iskandar

Imagine you are a SME business in.Singapore. You are doing pretty well and you would like grow your business to the next level. Many years ago, your best choice would be Batam. Today, if you still think Batam is a good bet, then a better bet would be Iskandar. Yes, in terms of exchange rate, […]

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Klia2, Airasia, airport towns

Yesterday, LCCT closes and KLIA2 grew suddenly. From a few hundred passengers per day since 2nd May, it will now handle maybe 25 Million passengers this year of 2014 or more, hopefully. I always love it when all these largest meets largest. Largest low cost terminal meets largest low cost airline. The result would only […]

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Penang Boutique Hotels, must they be so expensive?

A friend messaged me the other day. She asked me for hotel recommendations since she would be joining the Penang Bridge Marathon in November. I asked for her budget and she said RM200 / room. I said if you can afford you may want to try the latest craze, Boutique Hotels. It has been sprouting […]

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Buying Penang Properties? Important Stats to know.

If you have recently seen my article for Malaysian property market as a whole, do note that Penang market is different. In fact even within Penang itself, it is divided into two, the island and the mainland. No prizes for guessing, even in Hong Kong, the more expensive would be the island part and the […]

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No, No, Don’t buy that.

I have never gotten the services of a fengshui master for any of my purchases thus far. Perhaps because I know very little, thus I do not think it is too important a factor. However, if you are buying for investment, there are some things which you may want to be aware of because it […]

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Mapex Perak in Ipoh

My friend who is working in Penang asked me AGAIN. “Should I buy Ipoh property now. I really want to retire in Ipoh.’ I said to her, “how many times do you want me to answer you. As long as you have the intention then take steps to make it work.” Then I said to […]

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RM250,001 – RM500,000 may be 40% in 2014, I think.

First of all, thanks to Michael Geh, Senior Partner from Raine & Horne, we have the two charts used today. The average property transaction price in KL is RM673,000 in 2013. Yet, we do not find that many properties around this price. In 2012, the total transactions for properties priced between RM250,001 – RM500,000 was […]

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Why scratch your own face? Case of established developers.

My personal opinion why if given a choice, I would buy from established developer? There are also so many other developers, whether they built the biggest, tallest, most spectacular or even cut corners all the time. Let’s focus on just the established ones today. Most of the time, for primary properties my first question to […]

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RPGT is still around, DIBS can come back.

DIBS (Developer Interest Bearing Scheme) should be reinstated for people buying their first home. Rehda Penang Chairman, Datuk Jerry Chan said that this is essential because it was so tough for genuine buyers to get a home of their own these days. DIBS makes it easy for buyers to buy because they do not need […]

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Tanjung Tokong vs Sungai Ara by a non-Penangite

I started working in Penang after my graduation from USM 5 years ago. I have also stayed in mainland in my first job and have since moved to the island after landing a position with an online property company. When we talk about prime areas in Penang, Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Bungah or Pulau Tikus is […]

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