Buying Commercial Property in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

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Malaysia is a developed country by Southeast Asian standards and has some of the most favorable foreign ownership regulations. Up until 1997 and before the Asian financial crisis, the economy grew by as much as 8% annually.

Foreign investors poured in with goals to profit from Malaysia’s rapid growth and thanks to its ease of doing business. Having said that, you must learn about the local market and the buying process before going into detailed planning.

In this article, we go into greater detail and review some of the most important topics when you invest in commercial real estate in Malaysia.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy commercial property in Malaysia?
  • Commercial Property Types Available for Foreigners in Malaysia
  • Getting a Commercial Property Loan in Malaysia
  • Commercial Property Taxes
  • How can I find commercial property in Malaysia?
  • Cities to Invest in Commercial Property

Can foreigners buy commercial property in Malaysia?

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Buying Industrial Real Estate in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

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Since its independence in 1957, Malaysia has developed from being an economy that relies on agriculture and commodities to attracting manufacturing companies and service providers.

It’s also one of the most open economies globally with a population that speaks English flawlessly. You can find manufacturing of anything from automotive parts, pharmaceutical products, and semiconductors here.

In this article, we review how you can invest in industrial real estate and warehouses in Malaysia, covering the key items.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Malaysia?
  • General Tips and Requirements When Investing in Industrial Properties
  • Malaysia’s Industrial Real Estate Market
  • Industrial Cities in Malaysia
  • Industrial Parks

Can foreigners buy industrial real estate in Malaysia?

Malaysia has some of the least protective property ownership regulations and foreigners can buy commercial real estate on a freehold basis. Continue reading Buying Industrial Real Estate in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

Investing in Malaysia Office Space & Buildings: A Complete Guide

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Malaysia is one of a few Southeast Asian countries that allow direct foreign ownership of real estate and where capital controls are non-existent by comparison.

The ease of doing business, visa options, developed infrastructure, along its English-speaking population has made it a top choice for overseas investors.

Not to forget, it’s considered one of the best places to buy real estate in the world. Besides, residential and commercial real estate costs a fraction in Kuala Lumpur compared to cities like Hong Kong.

The development of commercial areas and economic corridors spur the demand for office buildings in the future. With that said, before you engage in the market, you must understand how healthy it is, about ownership regulations, where to buy, and more.

Topics covered:

  • Can foreigners buy office space in Malaysia?
  • Malaysia’s Office Market
  • Commercial Clusters and Cities in Malaysia
  • Malaysia’s Five Economic Corridors
  • Taxes

Can foreigners buy office space in Malaysia?

Foreigners have no general issues investing in residential or commercial real estate, including land, office space, industrial property, and the list goes on. Continue reading Investing in Malaysia Office Space & Buildings: A Complete Guide

Investing in Malaysia REITs: The Ultimate Guide

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Malaysia has one of the most developed REIT markets in Asia where most are centered around Kuala Lumpur.

At the moment, there are 18 REITs listed on the stock exchange in Malaysia that have attracted many local and foreign investors in the past years.

In this article, we review how you can invest in Malaysian REITs and why this type of asset has become increasingly popular. This is not only the case in Malaysia but in Thailand, Australia, and Vietnam.

Topics covered in this article:

  • Can foreigners buy REITs in Malaysia?
  • The Process to Buy REITs in Malaysia
  • What are the benefits of buying REITs in Malaysia?
  • List of REITs in Malaysia

Can foreigners buy REITs in Malaysia?

Foreigners have no particular restrictions on buying REITs or other securities in Malaysia. Continue reading Investing in Malaysia REITs: The Ultimate Guide

How to Buy Land in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

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Most property buyers prefer to own a house or an apartment. My personal guess is that it’s due to tradition and that people think that the risks are lower compared to when investing in land.

Of course, people tend to buy houses to live in, or to rent the units to tenants.

The land investment opportunities are often overlooked as the yields can be significantly high when buying land. Land values can increase exponentially over the years and you also have the opportunity to develop and rent out the land.

In this article, I go into deeper detail about how it works when buying land in Malaysia.

Topics covered in this article:

  • Can foreigners buy land in Malaysia?
  • General Conditions when Buying Land
  • Can I reduce the minimum investment requirement?
  • What land categories exist in Malaysia?
  • The process when Buying Land in Malaysia
  • Can I get a loan to buy land?
  • Are there other Asian countries where I can buy land?
  • Land titles in Malaysia

Can foreigners buy land in Malaysia?

Malaysia is the only Southeast Asian country where foreigners can directly buy and own land. I don’t count Sentosa Cove in Singapore as the area is small and land prices obscure. Continue reading How to Buy Land in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

Malaysia Property Market Outlook 2021: A Complete Overview

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Malaysia is one of the most foreign-friendly countries in Southeast Asia for real estate investors. Here, you have access to almost any kind of property type and you can even buy land.

Having said that, if you plan to buy real estate in Malaysia, you must understand how healthy the market is and what to expect for the coming year.

In this article, I explain what my projection is for Malaysia’s property market in 2021, based on the current climate and historical data.

First, we review how the market performed in the past years and continue with a market outlook for 2021.

Topics covered in this article:

  • Malaysia’s Property Market in Previous Years
  • Why has Malaysia’s property market performed badly?
  • Most Expensive Cities to Buy Property in Malaysia
  • Cheapest Cities to Buy Property in Malaysia
  • Market Outlook for 2021

Malaysia’s Property Market in Previous Years

Malaysia’s property market has been in decline since 2012 and we’ve seen modest price increases. Continue reading Malaysia Property Market Outlook 2021: A Complete Overview

Investing in Malaysia Hotels: A Complete Guide

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Malaysia is the home to several popular tourist destinations, including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perhentian Island, Tioman Island, Langkawi, and Redang Island.

With almost 30 million visitors yearly, Malaysia continues to attract everything from foreign retirees who opt-in for the MM2H visa, medical tourists, and travelers.

Malaysia further tries to boost tourism, for example, through its Visit Malaysia 2020 program. Unfortunately, the government couldn’t pursue this plan due to the COVID-19 crisis.

But we will most likely see a rebound once the market opens again.

Topics covered in this article:

  • Can foreigners buy hotels in Malaysia?
  • Regulations and Licensing of Hotels
  • The Malaysian Hotel Industry
  • Best Cities for Hotel Investments in Malaysia

Can foreigners buy hotels in Malaysia?

Malaysia has some of the most relaxed foreign property ownership regulations in Southeast Asia. Continue reading Investing in Malaysia Hotels: A Complete Guide

List of Serviced Apartments in Kuala Lumpur: Our Top 8 Picks

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Are you looking for a serviced apartment in Kuala Lumpur?

Whether you are planning for a business or leisure trip, a serviced apartment is a flexible solution that offers you a comfortable and convenient living experience.

Read this article to learn more about our top 8 picks serviced apartments in Kuala Lumpur. We compare them according to their unit size, rent span, duration of stay, location, amenities, and services.

Overview

Benefits of renting a serviced apartment in Kuala Lumpur

The first benefit is that you don’t have to necessarily commit to a long term contract, let’s say 6 to 12 months. The same also happens in other cities such as Singapore and Bangkok, where serviced apartments companies are open to a shorter rent span.

Second, bills such as electricity, water, and internet are usually included in the rent. Also, most serviced apartment companies offer a free housekeeping service as 2 to 3 times per week.

Finally, a serviced apartment provider usually offers “luxury” facilities and services, such as a swimming pool, gym, spa, business center, transportation service, and babysitting service.

Serviced apartment rents in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, and it is also one of the busiest cities in the world.

Thus, the city has a well-developed hospitality industry; at the same time, accommodation prices are usually higher when compared to other cities in Malaysia, especially when it comes down to hotels.

According to Numbeo, the average rental prices for a “normal” apartment in the city center is around RM 2,300 per month; however, a studio suite in a hotel usually costs RM 200 to 500 per night (that is RM 6,000 to 15,000 per month).

Conversely, a serviced apartment offers a relatively lower rental price that ranges from RM 90 to 350 per night (or RM 2,700 to 10,500 per month) for a studio suite.

Note that, you can get up to a 20-40% discount if you decided to book a room for more than a month. This is common in many Asia countries, while Hong Kong is one of the exceptions.

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Top 10 Property Developers in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

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Foreign investors primarily look for big and reputable developers when buying overseas property.

The Chinese, for example, are known for doing much research about developers before even visiting a country.

Truth be told, failing to do enough research can result in late completions, quality issues, or that the developer runs into financial problems. Not to forget, developers have their own unique styles and brand names.

Fortunately, you can find plenty of internationally recognized developers in Malaysia.

Many have dozens of projects completed and are in the process to complete modern infrastructure projects, big innovative projects, and mega housing complexes.

In this article, I’ve listed some of the biggest and most popular property developers in Malaysia.

1. Eco World Development Group

EcoWorld Development Group was not known to many Malaysians a decade back. That said, it’s seen tremendous growth over the past years and is now a big award winning developer in Malaysia.

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Apartments for Sale in Kuala Lumpur: 9 Interesting New Projects

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Kuala Lumpur is the capital and financial center of Malaysia, offering some of the best property investment opportunities for overseas buyers. Being an alpha city, you’ll notice that property is still surprisingly cheap, with prices similar to those in Bangkok.

In this listing article, you can read about interesting new condos and apartments in Kuala Lumpur. We update the article continuously, trying to give you the latest information.

If you have any recommendations or information about new projects, feel free to contact us and we will do a review.

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Projects Covered

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