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Property transactions may hit RM100bil [19-01-2011]  
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A total of 342,179 property transactions worth RM96.77bil were recorded between January and November last year, which means the full year's transactions could reach the RM100bil mark, said Knight Frank Malaysia managing director Eric Ooi.

Ooi was commenting on figures provided by the Valuation & Property Services Department director general Datuk Abdullah Thalith Md Thani at the Property Market Outlook for 2011 yesterday.

“This is the first time transactions value has reached this figure,” said Ooi at the event organised by the Association of Valuers, Property Managers, Estate Agents and Property Consultants in the Private Sector Malaysia.

In light of this, and considering Malaysians penchant for property investments, Ooi said it was unlikely that property values would fall. It may not rise as much as it did last year, but the uptrend is there.

Ooi, together with Henry Butcher chief operating officer Tang Chee Meng, said property value rose between 30% and 40% last year.

“This is the first time property went up so much,” Tang said, adding that he had never seen such record growth for the property market in 30 years.

“The condominium market saw a price rise of between 60% and 100% between 2003 and 2008. This pales in comparison to the rise in value of landed units which rose as high as 40% in just one year. If one were to average out the rise in condominium prices, it is about 20% a year,” Tang said.

Earlier, in his overview of the Malaysian economy and the Malaysian property market, director general of Valuation & Property Services Department Abdullah Thalith said it was very significant that the transaction volume between the 11-month period increased 12.2% year-on-year, but the value of transactions increased at a higher rate of 35% from RM71.67bil to RM96.77bil.

“The recovery of the Malaysian economy has reinvigorated the overall property market,” he said.

In terms of lending in the broad property sector, the purchase of residential property took up the lion share of bank loan, at 58.8% compared with the purchase of non-residential property, at 22.1%. Construction took up 9.6%.

“Credit expansion for the broad property sector in the banking system increased from RM342.09bil as at the end of September 2009 to RM391.25bil as at end-September 2010,” he said.

“This means the residential property sub-sector remained the main mover of the property market,” he said. In this residential market, transactions in Kuala Lumpur recorded a growth of 8.2%, Selangor 7.2%, Johor 3.6% and Penang (island) 9.7%.

Terraced houses continued to dominate the market, especially in Selangor with 27,165 transactions, Johor with 12,555 transactions and Penang 4,358 transactions.

The city of Kuala Lumpur recorded more condominiums changing hands, 10,333 units versus terraced housing at 3,756 units.

Source:THE STAR
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