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Serviced apartment prices under pressure as supply surges

PETALING JAYA (April 30): Luxury serviced apartments in certain locations in the country have seen their market prices reduced by up to 14% amidst rising supply in the market.

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The 2019 Property Market Report by the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH) revealed that the asking prices of serviced apartments priced above RM1 million, such as Laman Ceylon, Hampshire Residences, Pavilion Residences and Platinum Suites in Kuala Lumpur city have contracted by 5% to 14%.

Overall, the serviced apartment sub-sector had recorded 4,180 transactions worth RM2.89 billion in 2019, an increase of 17.6% and 3% from 3,553 transactions worth RM2.8 billion in 2018. This segment also formed 16.3% of the total commercial property transaction volume and 10% of total commercial transaction value.

Although overall prices are stable, certain states that saw significant new supply (such as Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor) have caused high-end serviced apartment owners to cut asking prices.

In terms of serviced apartment transactions, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor contributed the most to the national market volume each with 48.5% (2,029 transactions) and 30.7% (1,285 transactions).

The serviced apartment overhang continued to increase, recording a total of 17,142 units valued at RM15.04 billion, up by 50.8% in volume and 64.2% in value from 2018.

Volume of unsold under construction and not constructed units in this segment however, declined to 33,827 units and 7,659 units, down by 9.3% and 40.5% respectively.

On the supply front, there was a significant increase in completions and construction of new projects in 2019, by 33% (41,452 units) and 31.6% (33,853 units) respectively, whereas new planned supply (NPS) dropped by nearly 30% to 38,362 units.

As at end-2019, there were 250,000 existing serviced apartments units in the country with close to 120,000 units in incoming supply and 180,000 units in planned supply.

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