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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Real estate market may see upswing next year

Publication: NST
Date of publication: Mar 5, 2014
Section heading: Business Times
Page number: 004
Byline / Author: By Sharen Kaur

PUTRAJAYA: THE local real estate market will be on an upswing next year with the value of transactions for all types of properties forecast to exceed RM143 billion.

Malaysia Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) president Siva Shanker expects the market to improve by between 10 and 15 per cent next year, after a slow performance last year.

"Everybody thinks 2014 will be a bad year for the property market. In my mind, it was bad last year.

"My take on the sector is that in the first two quarters of this year, the market will shrink as there is still some knee-jerk reaction because of 2014 Budget and the government's cooling measures," he said after introducing a new tag system for real estate agents and negotiators, here, yesterday. "The second half of 2014 will see an increase in property transactions and this will spill over into 2015. There will be a slowdown at first, followed by consolidation and then a new high."

Siva said the only hiccup next year would be the April 1 implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).

He believes it may cause a dent in the market, but the impact could be minimised as the government continues to educate the public on GST.

"I expect an upswing in the property market in 2016 and 2017, once all these are settled and people get used to the new measures and understand the GST better."

According to the National Property Information Centre, the transaction value for all types of properties in 2012 was RM142.8 billion (427,520 units). It is still compiling data for 2013.

Meanwhile, Siva expects an improvement in the property market, thanks to the new tag system for real-estate agents and negotiators, introduced by the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents.

Starting May 1, registered agents and negotiators are required to use an identification tag whenever they buy or sell properties.

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