3% Levy on Penang Property

Personally, I agree to the additional 3% levy. The additional levy would allow the state government to have additional income and may use the surplus for affordable properties in Penang. It is not an easy task to build affordable properties. Land prices has shot up tremendously for many years and in the word of Dato … Read more3% Levy on Penang Property

My Property journey with 5 ladies

My journey as a people manager cum mentor was tested and strengthened when I had to take care of four unpolished diamonds. They accelerated my learning curve tremendously and we went through a lot of tough times and great times. This is their short story. E is her name. I hired her when I was … Read moreMy Property journey with 5 ladies

Landed vs Condo II

Someone who read my article said, ‘The maintenance fee in condo is the negative part’. Truth is, I also feel the pinch because if you stay in the typical landed property, there is no maintenance fee to be paid. I admit, on average I have used the gym just once per month last year. I … Read moreLanded vs Condo II

Property Buying – Too Far, Too Expensive and Too Soon

Too Far – Unless you buy in a place without roads, it is very hard to find a ‘too far’ place for property. Even property developers would never build in places whereby it’s impossible to access. Think about it. Many years ago, Mon’t Kiara was nothing more than just……. nothing. Sunway was nothing but mines, … Read moreProperty Buying – Too Far, Too Expensive and Too Soon

New Engineer, New Penang Property?

Penang is one of the best place to be for graduates of engineering, with two conditions. You get a good degree and you get into a good organisation. In terms of pay, it’s very competitive and typically your salary from one organisation to the next varies little. If you are able to enter a good … Read moreNew Engineer, New Penang Property?

Buying property in KL for investment

Many years ago, whenever I come to KL to visit my friends or shop around, I will stay in my friend’s rented condo in Kelana Jaya. The condo’s name is Kelana Puteri. It’s a medium cost, leasehold, high density condominium. At that time though I have never felt the ‘medium cost’ because I was only … Read moreBuying property in KL for investment

Then and now, when we buy property

When our parents were younger, they read newspapers to search for properties. Developers would also advertise in newspaper. Leaflet was another very good way. Every house in the neighbourhood gets one. A developer which is building 50-100 units of terrace house need just to spend a few thousand and print 20,000 leaflets and chances are … Read moreThen and now, when we buy property

Affordability, Availability vs Salary

What kind of property can a couple with a household net income of RM8,000 buy today in Penang? My assumption is simple, both are working adults with 5 years experience. Wife is a manager and husband is a senior engineer. 🙂   Who says man must earn more than his wife? We also assume both … Read moreAffordability, Availability vs Salary

Perfect Property with lowest price

My friend: ‘Hey, I just went to your project today and viewed the 1st floor of Block C.’ Chia Lih: Great, are you buying? My friend: I am still thinking. It’s on top of the TNB room and it’s RM290K. Chia Lih: If it is unsafe, I don’t think the developer would build a unit … Read morePerfect Property with lowest price

Iskandar, RM1 million onwards

Some say this will stop Singaporeans from buying. Some say this will have no effect whatsoever. My friend who’s a HR Director said this when he tried to hire an American expatriate to join a US MNC in Penang. ‘I will triple your retirement funds immediately’. What he meant was, if the American comes to … Read moreIskandar, RM1 million onwards

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