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Buyer beware: Are you a victim of cost-cutting?

What does all this mean for those who have bought properties that are now being built?

Will they get a property that has been build according to the specifications spelt out in the sales and purchase agreement? Would all the building processes be executed the way they should be?

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How safe are our buildings?

A day after the tragedy, the UK government announced that a public inquiry into the incident would be held. Phase One of the inquiry, released in October 2019, reportedly found “systemic failures” in the London Fire Brigade’s response. Phase Two, now ongoing, examines in-depth, among others, the building’s refurbishment and external cladding, testing and certification of products and fire risk assessments.

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lifestyle

If need be, spend your children’s inheritance!

Malaysia is fast becoming an aged nation, even by global standards. According to World Bank estimates, Malaysia joined the ranks of an ageing society (with 7% of its population aged 65 and over) in 2020. The country is en route to becoming an aged society in 2044 (with 14% of its population aged 65 and over), and super-aged society in 2056 (with 20% of its population aged 65 and over).

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Obstacles still aplenty for sustainable spaces, says JLL

McCrea said: “There is a scramble to do something in the financial setting, and in the world of environmental, social and governance (ESG). We are seeing this being driven by big investment companies. It is definitely [linked] to the property sector — we have a lot of developers and managers who are involved. However, everyone is prickly about ESG risks.

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Najib's SRC Trial: Tuesday is D-Day for Najib verdict in SRC case

In the SRC case, the former finance minister faces one count of abuse of power in relation to his role in approving RM4 billion worth of loans from the Retirement Fund Inc to SRC International. In addition, the Pekan MP also faces three criminal breach of trust charges and three money-laundering charges in relation to RM42 million found in his bank accounts.

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Boost home affordability with a more efficient property ecosystem

Home prices have risen rapidly since 1990, fuelled by historically low interest rates and enabled by the then government’s policies (such as home ownership campaigns, Developer Interest Bearing Scheme and a reduction in the real property gains tax) and banks’ aggressive lending for mortgages. As a result, home affordability has declined by half.

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What ails the Malaysian residential property sector

Over the last few years, the Malaysian property market has been characterised by sluggish sales and a rising number of unsold homes. Developers are sitting on large stocks of inventories, which are stretching their balance sheets, funded by borrowings from banks, and the debt and capital markets, including issuing perpetual securities. The sector’s poor outlook is reflected in the low valuation of property stocks, most of which are trading at around one-third book value.

How did this situation come about?

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