PETALING JAYA (April 30): The number of Penang's serviced apartment/SOHO overhang units has decreased by 51.1% in volume and 23.7% in value in 2019, according to the 2019 Property Market Report released by the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH) yesterday.

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The overhang situation in the serviced apartment / SOHO sub-segment in Penang saw marked improvement last year, with only 69 overhang units worth RM91.31 million recorded in 2019 compared with 141 units worth RM119.61 million in 2019.

However, the number of unsold under construction serviced apartment / SOHO units increased by 48.7% to 1,575 units while there were no unsold not constructed units in 2019.

As at end-2019, there were 5,933 existing serviced apartment/ SOHO units in Penang with another 7,207 units in incoming supply and 9,008 units in planned supply.

Overall, the residential property sub-sector in Penang performed slightly better in 2019, with 12,718 transactions worth of RM4.96 billion, indicating a marginal increase of 1.3% in volume from 2018. Total transaction value, however, decreased by 9.2% (12,551 transactions worth RM5.47 billion in 2018).

Residential overhang units were down 4.2% to 3,353 units from 3,502 in 2018.

The downtrend was also seen in the number of unsold under construction units in Penang, which was at 8,601 last year or a decline of 18.9% from 10,613 units in 2018.

However, unsold not constructed units almost doubled in number at 1,437 units, an increase of 85.8% from 773 units in 2018.

Meanwhile, the occupancy rate of shopping complexes in Penang was sustained at 73.8% although  annual space take-up declined to 73,031 sq m from 82,600 sq m in 2018. The office space segment also recorded a decline in occupancy rate to 82.2% from 84.0% in 2018 while in terms of take-up, 19,405 sq m of space was taken up compared with 27,230 sq m recorded in 2018.

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