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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Malaysia to monitor property speculation

The government will not introduce measures to make it difficult for first and second time house buyers but will monitor signs of speculative buyings in the property market.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said after discussing with Bank Negara Malaysia, the government found no reason why it should limit end-financing across the board for residential properties.

Speaking to reporters at Bank Negara yesterday, Najib said the central bank may impose a limit on financing for subsequent purchases after the second property.

"For the bona fide buyers, there will be no review of the limit. So, they can borrow up to 90 per cent," he added.

Reports surfaced recently that Bank Negara was talking to banks about possible measures to check excessive speculation on property prices.

One of the measures brought to the table include capping end-financing to just 80 per cent of the value of property from 90 per cent that is given out by banks now.

Analysts have said they were watching property prices closely for signs of bubble building up in the sector amid talks of excessive speculative buyings.

Developers, however, dismissed the bubble threat, with many saying banks themselves were closely monitoring the situation, including the creditworthiness of borrowers before app-roving loans.

By Business Times

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