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Expanding workforce a growth catalyst

With its vibrant economy and rising property prices, Sarawak’s capital city Kuching is well positioned to become the state’s most popular residential destination for investors and owner-occupiers.

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Kuching property market heats up

Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, has in recent times garnered more attention for its continuous rise in its real estate market, especially in the residential segment.

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KL office market still lacklustre

The office market in Kuala Lumpur and beyond KL (Selangor) remained mostly static and unglued in the first quarter of the year, in the light of the slowing local economy, and the situation looks set to continue for the rest of the year.

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Improved connectivity to spur developments

With a predominantly Chinese population, Kepong is home to many traditional shops, heritage shops and family-style restaurants. During weekends, city dwellers head for Kepong to enjoy the local delicacies, such as the famous Mee Kepong, and seafood dishes.

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A modern lifestyle development by the Yarra River

From its trendy restaurants to its art and culture centres, Melbourne has long presented itself as one of the most desirable places to live and work. Unsurprisingly, Australian developer Salta Properties is banking on the city’s appeal for the success of its latest project, The Park House, not to mention the latter’s location.

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Mah Sing to launch well-connected yet green Cerrado

Mah Sing Group Bhd’s latest project, Cerrado Residential Suites, is in the Klang Valley and yet is surrounded by greenery, thanks in part to its location near the Bangi Forest Reserve. The project is within the developer’s largest township, Southville City, in Bangi.

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Sharing a common dream

In pursuing meaningful success, one’s intentions must be good, believes Datuk Jauhari Hamidi. “Everything starts with your nawaitu (intentions),” the managing director of Sime Darby Property Bhd (SDP) tells City & Country. “If they are honest, then you’ll be all right.”

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Is it too late to invest in Australia?

Since the mid-2000s, Australia has seen low interest rates, an abundance of liquidity and strong population growth, underpinned by high levels of immigration. This has led to an increase in demand for real estate that exceeds the supply of new properties, says Ian Chen, founder, owner and group CEO of Jalin Realty International.

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