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5 Reasons Why Malaysia’s Housing Market Will Grow Again In 2021

5 Reasons Why Malaysia’s Housing Market Will Grow Again In 2021

If the economic and health situation improves, so too will the property market, says PropertyGuru

Hakim Hassan

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The second half of 2021 might see housebuyers’ interests improve again, driven by improved economic and public health climate, said PropertyGuru in their recent Property Market Outlook 2021 report.

The property portal sees that Malaysia’s economy will gradually improve next year, which will positively affect the property market as well, although it will be at a slower pace.

The property market is expected to improve in the second half of 2021, partly driven by an improved economic and public health climate. Strong existing demand for homeownership will likely be unlocked and we will see healthy growth in property transactional activity. However, the recovery is expected to be gradual as we acclimatise to a post-Covid reality.

Sheldon Fernandez, PropertyGuru Malaysia Country Manager

They’ve also listed down five key factors that’ll likely drive demand for next year.

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1. Conducive interest rates to encourage homeownership

PropertyGuru sees that the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR), which is at 1.75% as of November, allows buyers to get lower interest rates.

Lower interest rates will mean that monthly loan repayments are more affordable for housebuyers.

2. Continuation of mega infrastructure developments to create multiplier effects

The government allocating RM15 billion to revive several mega projects, such as the Mass Rapid Transit Line 3 (MRT3) in Klang Valley, Rapid Transit System from Johor Bahru to Woodlands, Singapore as well as Pan Borneo Highway across Sabah and Sarawak.

PropertyGuru said that these mega projects will complement upcoming residential and commercial developments within the vicinity and spur further development of rural areas resulting in a huge economic lift.

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3. HOC continues to spur buyers’ interest

The reintroduction of the Home Ownership Campaign (HOC) by the government which offers a number of incentives to homebuyers is projected to play a more impactful role in resuscitating buyer interest for next year.

First-time homebuyers will also benefit from exemptions on stamp duty and loan financing limits above 70%, which available until May 2021.

4. Rise of creative online property marketing & property technology

PropertyGuru has noted that property players have accelerated efforts to market products and engage with buyers through online initiatives which bodes well with millennials. 

5. Affordable housing for the B40 segment

The Budget 2021 revealed that the government will be focusing on affordable housing in the coming year, announcing several measures that will incentivise homeownership among the lower-income (B40) segment of the populace. 

This measure will allow private developers to focus more on free-market housing while allowing the government to take the responsibility to provide more cohesive housing for the rakyat.

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