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Friday, December 23, 2011

Property market to see a gradual slowdown next year

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian property market is likely to see a gradual slowdown next year, taking into consideration the uncertainty in the global economic situation.

Fiabci Malaysia president Yeow Thit Sang said the high end residential units were already seeing a slowdown both in pricing and take-up rate.

“There are fewer expatriates from multinational companies coming here and rentals with a yield of between 6% and 8% are no longer achievable. Investors in these units will have to wait longer to realise their investment. The slowdown in global economy is definitely affecting the high-end property market,” he told Bernama recently.

He also saw a fallout for office space next year, saying the category was already overbuilt and the overhang felt in the market with rental falling and a slow take-up rate.

Meanwhile, Zerin Properties chief executive officer Previndran Singhe said the slowdown in the property market would only last until the first quarter next year and the industry would be stable afterwards.

“Prices will remain stable, with asking prices, not values, becoming more reasonable as owners check their values to real pricing. At present, sentiment is down due to the eurozone financial crisis and the US double dip fears, which has been faring for a long time, but I think we are more Asia focused,” he said.

By Bernama

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