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5 Steps to Start your Property Investment adventure

This article will outline 5 steps to start your property investment adventure.

Buying that first property is always the hardest. I bought my first apartment of 700 sq ft in 2003. Then, I decided to upgrade into a 80% bigger sized place; 1,258 sq ft. This was when I decided to buy my first condo in 2005 and later on moved to my new home which was an upgrade in 2007. Before I moved into my first condo, I bought my first condo in Kelana Jaya and also my first apartment in Kota Kinabalu.

My property investment journey has continued as a working professional and thus, I could NOT buy 10 properties at once… or advise anyone to buy 10 at one go to get cashbacks… Today, I still own properties in six cities / towns in Malaysia. Want to start your property investment journey as well? Here are the 5 steps for your reference to start your property investment. If you are looking for quick profits, you may now skip this article.

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#1 Goal / Objective:

Understand why we want to buy in the first place. There are so many different objectives that we may have. For example, we just want a roof over your head and wanted to stop paying rental. Maybe we want to buy because our new baby looks very cute and we like to give our baby a better home. Perhaps it could even be a forced saving so that when our baby needs money in future for education that house could be turned into cash.

#2 Decide on a strategy

Focus on property rental income every month or potential capital appreciation many years later? If it’s rental income, then the secondary market will be a better choice because it’s what we see what we get and we are also able to understand how’s the rental market like. If we are thinking of potential capital appreciation, then it’s quite important to look at the price we buy versus the prices of similar properties. This should give us an idea about that potential price when the property is completed in the future. Of course, if we are looking at a longer term, then even that rental income property can still yield capital appreciation yeah.

#3 Homework Time

If it’s our first time in a swimming pool, would we jump into the pool directly? This is why we should start reading more about the property market. Understand all the potential developments which are being offered so that we could compare the choices we have. Read property magazines, property sites, buy property books (including this one) and many others. LIKE / Follow or sign up for a weekly newsletter too. Please do not think of quick profits from property investments yeah. It is supposed to be a stable and strong investment but not a quick one. Earlier article here about investment here.

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#4 View, View, View

Once you are familiar with how property investment works, start to view units. The more the better as you learn a lot during these viewings. Note the surrounding, the route leading to the property, types of properties, what are nearby, what about the traffic condition, is it nearby MRT, etc. My personal opinion, view 20 before deciding when you first started. If you viewed enough, you should be able to decide objectively. If it’s a high rise, then here are some tips on inspecting it.

#5 Offer and Negotiate

If you think you have viewed enough and have decided on a very attractive one from the secondary market, do call the agent and tell the agent to negotiate for the best for you. Tell him specifically that if it hits your target price you would buy. If it’s a new property, then perhaps can also tell developer sales person that you have interest and would like to know everything extra which they could provide. (This is the time where the extra is still possible. In a hot market, maybe it’s harder for this to happen)

What would the future be like?

The best part about property investment is this. We get better in this journey and studies have always shown that the ones who bought their first property usually move on to the next one. It may be an upgrade many years later. It may be the money from capital appreciation which is enough for downpayment to two properties in the future. Just remember that property investment is not a gamble. It has been a rewarding journey for me since I bought my first property in 2002. Happy joining me in this rewarding journey.

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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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