February 22, 2012

Dawn (Pakistan) article on Property Investment in Malaysia

Was commissioned by our Counsel General in Karachi, Pakistan, En. Abu Bakar Mamat to write an article about investing in the property market in Malaysia. It was to come out in Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper. It came out last Sunday. Here is a snapshot of the article in Dawn (sent over through Twitter by En. Abu Bakar Mamat).

Although Dawn have an online portal : Dawn.com, I couldn't find a link to show the full article. For the sake of posterity and in case you are curious, I reproduced the article below :

Malaysia is a great property investment destination. As a well-known Islamic country with great infrastructure, accessible through various points of entry and with a predictable climate, all the cost and returns from any investment you make can be easily calculated from the offset.

Anyone above the age of 21 can invest in property in Malaysia including foreigners. The only restrictions for foreigners are the price of property that they buy must be above RM500,000-00 (USD$166,000-00). Another form of restriction is the type of property that they can buy must not be the native or bumiputra properties and areas in certain areas due to the restrictions found on the tittles of the land as imposed by state governments. A property tax of 10% is levied on the profit you make if you sell a property within 2 years of purchase but it will be lowered to 5% for profit made between 2 to 5 years. After the 5th year, no tax is levied for residential property.

The usual popular properties easily bought by foreigners are freehold properties in the middle of towns like Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur or the beautiful island state of Penang. Apartments or condominiums there can easily reach the price of RM1 Million (USD$330,000-00) with a possible returns of 8% per year. The lands there are easily bought and transacted by foreigners as the land offices in these towns have vast experience in deals involving foreigners.

Property loans for foreigners can be obtained up to 80% of the property price but it depends on the collateral that you can offer such as fixed deposit cash emplaced at the banks. It will be easier if you join the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program so that you can enjoy multiple entries visa and various other convenience.

It will take between 6 months to one year for a property transaction involving for foreigners depending on the type of property that you buy. The usual transaction involves the booking by paying a 2% deposit, another 8% upon the signing of the sale agreement and then the balance of 90% will depend on how much property loan you have obtained. Any purchase of property by a foreigner in Malaysia will require consent from the land office and this usually takes up to 3 months. 

Upon arrival in Malaysia if you are on a property hunt either for investment or holiday homes, consult your local real estate agent or lawyer.

1 comment:

Ainie said...

Malaysia property prices been increased a lot in recent years. Even the housing loan also become more expensive. Hopefully the price can drop back a bit later.

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