"Investment Opportunity in Gated/Guarded project in Greater KL"

Gavin will be presenting project briefing at Bayu Kemensah.

10 Seats reserved exclusively for club members -- RSVP required

We will be looking at the potential of gated and guarded community projects at Bayu Kemensah.

Date : 4th December 2010 (Saturday)
Time : 10:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: Bayu Kemensah Sales Gallery

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Free Talk by Gavin Tee on
"Investment Opportunity in Gated/Guarded project in Greater KL"

Date : 4th December 2010
Time : 10:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: Bayu Kemensah Sales Gallery

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Malaysia Real Estate Outlook for 2011

Gavin Tee: The Best and the Worst, All in 2011

Kuala Lumpur - The real estate market had gone through a roller coaster ride in the recent years, from a soaring market in 2008 to a depressed market in 2009 and skyrocketing again this year! With all the ups and downs in such a short period, what should we expect in 2011?

“There will be a very special phenomenon in 2011 because the best and the worst opportunities in the real estate market will emerge,” said Gavin Tee, Malaysia well-known real estate investment consultant, in his recent talk "2011 Real Estate Market Forecast”. He also mentioned that the implementation of a maximum loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 70% will affect the investing movements in the housing market, while the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) will create new prospects and opportunities in the real estate market.

The targeted implementation of the LTV ratio is expected to moderate the excessive investment and speculative activity in the residential property market which has resulted in higher than average price increases. The main objective of this policy is to encourage home ownership, according to the government. On the other hand, Gavin Tee, President and founder of Swhengtee International Real Estate Investors Club said that this policy will not help to curb speculation! Instead, it will jeopardize the real estate market and dampen the national economy!

He added that the property prices are still relatively low and transaction activities are stifled. For example: Many owners of high-end apartments and second-tier urban houses are facing difficulties at selling their properties and the 70% mortgage cap simply made the situation worse.

In the secondary market, many houses are presently facing financing problems. The 70% mortgage cap will cause further difficulties to them in disposing the properties. Even some of the “hottest” properties in the market are affected by this policy. As the economy has not fully recovered from depression, this measure will cause a double blow to the real estate market.

On the other hand, Gavin Tee reckons that the development plans that Prime Minister Najib announced earlier in the Budget 2011 will spur the real estate market, especially in globalized areas where economic activities are most active. Investors must be aware of the strategic plans announced by government as the real estate market in Malaysia will move forward with globalization.

Gavin Tee believes that the Greater Kuala Lumpur project will create a strong impact for the country. Strategic urban planning and development will not only enhance Malaysia’s image internationally, but also promote the development of the surrounding cities and towns. For example: the construction of the 100-storey Warisan Merdeka will attract large numbers of local and foreign investors to invest in our country as this iconic office cum commercial building will create an international identity for Malaysia in this globalized era.

Looking into the future, Gavin predicted that the market will continue to flourish next year. Even though the market had gone through major changes in the past few years, the best and the worst deals will occur in 2011. He indicated that commercial property with special design concepts, office buildings, green buildings, as well as commercial properties related to the tourism industry have high potential next year.

Besides, the real estate market is estimated to continue growing next year. Taking medium cost property as an example, Gavin said that the price of properties near urban areas have not increased very much for the past 15 years. Even though new property launched in these areas has increased their prices by 20% to 30%, it does not depict a bubble in the real estate market. He stressed that the overall housing prices are still considered relatively low at the moment and have plenty rooms for growth.

However, there seems to be a very unhealthy phenomenon in the real estate market this year as many investors rush to purchase new projects even though the selling price is comparatively high. This has resulted small bubbles in certain areas. He reckons that some of these projects do not have high potential for investment. These investors might face difficulties in renting or disposing their property next year. Gavin advise investors to dispose any properties with low capital appreciation.

Gavin further explains that innovation and interesting concepts are the factors causing new buildings to sell at higher prices compared to old buildings. However, smart investors should not just look for new properties but also old ones as the prices are much lower and investors can renovate the building with new concepts.

In a nutshell, Gavin Tee believes that properties with great potential at low prices are available everywhere. Investors must do their homework and search for the best opportunities that come along.

First Property Investment seminar in year 2011

iProperty.com.my: How do you foresee the property market outlook in the last quarter of 2010?

Source from iproperty.com.my

Gavin Tee: There are three areas people worry about – oversupply, overpriced and over-speculated. High-end condo like Mont Kiara and KLCC are oversupplied. I recommend a lot to my clients to buy these especially in KLCC where the secondary market is picking up a bit. In KLCC, there is an oversupply but the price is not very high.

In Malaysia, most of the high-end condo situation is like this. If you really think to buy in the secondary market, keep in mind to keep extra cash for 2 to 3 years. You may not gain in terms of rental yield but most definitely capital gain.

Gavin Tee

When you talk about the last quarter of the year, people usually speculate in medium cost apartments, shoplots, and gated semi-Ds. As the prices of these have shot up for the past 6 months, people think they could speculate in them. There are still some new launches, and prices are not coming down. They may still be picking up, especially for medium-cost apartments.

My comment to a lot of investors is that the price of medium-cost apartments for the past 10 years has been stagnant and has not moved much. If you go all the way from Jalan Pandan to Jalan Maluri, and from Jalan Klang Lama all the way to Sri Petaling, and then from Segambut and Gombak, to all those near the city areas, and Petaling Jaya, you will realize that the prices of link-houses and medium-cost apartments have not experienced big changes in the past 10 years. It is time for them to appreciate.

Very near the city centre, medium-cost properties will never have problems like oversupply. If you go to Seputeh area, no matter what you build, there will never be an oversupply. Most of the land use there has been utilized.

Concerning the price, I feel that some are overpriced especially those in new areas which are a bit too far away [from town centre].

The story is that Malaysian investors will not differentiate so much on the location or the value or usage of the properties. Rather when you talk about medium-cost, investors think that RM350K for Puchong, RM300K for Bukit Tinggi and Kota Kemuning are fair prices. Even Puchong’s shoplots costing about RM2-3 million are considered okay. 10 years ago, the price of a Telawi shophouse in Bangsar was bout RM3 – RM4 million, Bukit Bintang also RM4 million for the double storey to 4 storey shop houses.

As you can see, a lot of prices are not right, which means it’s bound to be adjusted. So, when all these people talk about oversupply, they think in general. When they think it is speculated, they think about it in general.

In the third quarter, I think prices of medium-cost apartments will still remain strong in the established neighbourhoods. Established areas mean there are a lot of landed and old properties in the area.

The second thing I am looking into is the secondary market, where prices are not so active for many years. Only lately, people have realized prices have changed so much. For example, in SS2, three or four years back, the price was RM300K. Today, prices have shot up to RM600K. People transacted already at RM580, RM600K.

In Taman Desa, four or five years ago, prices were RM400 – RM500K, today they are transacted at RM700-800K. In Seputeh area, years ago the price was RM500-600K. Today, you can only buy it at RM1 million. Price have appreciated so much. So they put the word out that there has been some speculation. This is not really true.

A matured housing estate or garden will have many individual owners, thus it is not quite possible to speculate on the prices. For gated semi-D or bungalow of about 6,000 sq ft, the price is RM500- 600 psf. Compare to high-end condo which are going for RM800-1000+ psf. Buying a condo nowadays include guardhouse, club house, good landscape, and etc.

So comparing RM1,000 psf with RM600 psf, would you stay in a gated bungalow or in a condo. Because in today’s gated bungalow, it caters to the smaller family to live in, and you have bigger master bedroom, luxury bathroom and all these, so it’s no more like big bungalow where you stay inside and feel so lonely. So, I always say that there is much much room for this kind of property to appreciate, and if you say it is overpriced, then I think you may be wrong.

We don’t look at property investment in the basic terms. We don’t look in the past how much they have appreciated, how much people have lost, in respect to this present transaction, so we look into the future at how much further can they appreciate. So when you look at it that way, you study, there are actually reasons why some types of properties appreciated in price.

When you talk about speculation, it’s those unreasonable ones, where there is no market, you know like in 1998, all the way to Semenyih, Pulau Indah, build nice big bungalows and Rawang country homes all the way to Beringin and Nilai. Those are the properties that when the price get so high, you know that speculation took place.

But today we don’t see much of that. Other than in 2008/2009 when KLCC market was speculated a lot. It is mainly because when the government started to open up to global market, foreigners can buy many units after 2007. They can buy commercial, they can take the loan, so compared to before, the global investment market turned hot during the years 2007/2008, especially with Dubai. The success of the Dubai investment story created a wave of investment trend. Singaporean, Hong Kong and then China market came up, also starting 2007/2008. So property investment became a hot topic around the world, and Malaysia at that stage also opened to the world.

That’s how people come in, when they came in, they just bought bloc by bloc. The Koreans bought a lot, Middle Eastern people, Hong Kong people, Singaporeans bought a lot. Mainly in the KLCC and Mont Kiara areas. These are the key areas.

Of course there are some in Penang also, quite a lot. Even in Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, there are quite a lot of foreigners who started to come in during that time. Today, the Koreans went back to Sabah to buy resort properties.

So, the only thing I want to advise is that there is not much of an oversupply in good areas while the price increases in not so prime areas cannot be justified at all.

Gavin Tee is founder and President of SwhengTee International Real Estate Investors Club, and has more than 20 years of experience in property & retail marketing in both the United States & Malaysian markets. He has written a book on Property Rental in Malaysia and is host of a Chinese TV show on real estate in Malaysia.

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