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Penang, more and more ‘billion’ developments

Just a few years ago, there were hardly any billion Ringgit Gross Development Value (GDV) projects in Penang. These 2 years however, we are seeing more and more of these billion Ringgit GDV projects. I think one major reason is also because many KL developers are now moving into Penang. It does not make sense for them to move into Penang and develop only projects worth a few hundred millions right?
Latest news is that Titijaya Land Bhd has obtained shareholders’ approval to acquire about 23 acres of leasehold land in Batu Maung, Penang. It will be building a mixed-use development with a GDV of RM2.6 billion! Price to be paid for the land is RM126 million ONLY. This indicated a land cost versus GDV of only 5 percent!? I think those who love to buy property stocks may want to take a closer look when Titijaya has successfully launched the first phase of this project and earnings start to show.
This is a SOHO project. The development would offer about 1,700 units of these SOHO units over four blocks. there would also be retail components and four office towers! Actually, I do not find Penang attractive for these office units but perhaps it should be popular in future. Phase 1 would be launched either year-end or early next year and first phase would have a GDV of RM600 million. This is considered above average in terms of GDV for projects within the island.
Penang does not have that many SOHO projects when compared to the popularity of such units in Klang Valley. One major reason it is so popular in Klang Valley is also because of affordability; total price. Price per sf is considered high but many of these SOHO units offer an easy entry point since the price is likely to be sub RM400,000 anyway. It’s still way too early for Titijaya to announce the estimated selling price but I think it has to be very attractively priced in order to be successful. As at now, one bridge away,  RM400,000 can get a landed property in mainland. Many Penangites are definitely not used to these SOHO units yet. Happy anticipating.
written on 28 May 2015
next suggested article: Batu Kawan’s RM10 billion GDV by Eco World

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Charles is Founder of kopiandproperty.com 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. kopiandproperty.com is an independent property blog which is not affiliated to any media company, property developer or even real estate agencies.

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  1. Dear Kopiandproperty
    Really appreciate all your articles. How about having a property rating (like 5 chilies for Super Hot Buy,4 chilies for Hot Buy, 3 chilies for Reasonable Buy and etc) ? Don’t even mind paying subscription fees to read these reviews.
    Thanks
    Philip Lee

    1. Hi Philip, there are many commercial property sites giving awards etc to some developments. There are also international awards being given to some developments in Malaysia. In fact, many sites are already doing such ‘ranking’ or ‘evaluation’. I will only write about properties I like and will not write about properties which I do not like. However, if you send me the certain project via email, we can still discuss privately. Haha. Thanks.

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