How to Buy Property in Ipoh: The Definitive Guide

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Malaysia is one of the top choices when foreigners decide to buy property in Southeast Asia.

It’s not strange as you’ll be able to obtain a 10-year visa, own land, and buy a property that’s comparably cheap with other countries in the region.

You’ve probably heard of places like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Johor Bahru. Still, one of the most overlooked cities is Ipoh.

In this article, I explain how you can buy property in one of the most affordable cities in the world. Continue reading How to Buy Property in Ipoh: The Definitive Guide

Malaysia’s Best Investment Opportunities: By Henry Butcher

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Malaysia’s economy is predicted to grow much the coming decade, not to forget, its population.

If you haven’t been to Malaysia yet, I need to tell that it’s a great place to live in and it’s easy to buy property as a foreigner.

In fact, Malaysia recently got ranked as the best place to invest in our Asia Property Index (not looking at ROI and yields, but looking at complexity/risks, capital control and taxes).

However: as a foreigner (or even a local), it’s not always easy to know where the best investment opportunities are.

Therefore I’ve invited Tang Chee Meng, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Henry Butcher Malaysia, to tell us more about some of the best investment opportunities in Malaysia.

Henry Butcher Malaysia is one of the biggest property consultancies in Malaysia with overseas offices and more than 30 years under its belt.

Tang, can you please tell us about yourself and the services that Henry Butcher Malaysia offers?

Henry Butcher group originated in London and has been operating in Malaysia for 30 years.

We have an extensive network of 25 offices throughout Peninsular and East Malaysia and a staff strength of 800. We are a property consultancy offering a full spectrum of services viz.,

  • Asset valuation
  • Real estate agency
  • Investment advisory
  • Project marketing
  • Market research & development consultancy
  • Property management
  • Retail consultancy
  • Auctions and tenders
  • Plant & machinery valuation and disposals

The population will grow much in Malaysia in the coming years, especially in Kuala Lumpur. Personally, I believe that KL will perform well, but also Johor Bahru, thanks to its fast growth and proximity to Singapore. What‘s your prediction on Malaysia’s property market outlook the coming years? Which cities are most interesting and why?

The main centres of economic growth which are also the key property markets in Malaysia are Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Baru.

These markets enjoy the highest rates of capital appreciation due to strong economic and population growth and an active local market and they have attracted naturally interest from foreign investors keen in investing in real estate in Malaysia.

The Malaysian property market is more regulated compared to free markets like Singapore and Hongkong and house buyers are generally well protected by legislation.

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MM2H: Malaysia’s long term visa: By Andy Davison

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Many foreigners decide to relocate to Malaysia as it’s one of the most livable places in Asia.

The food and weather is great, the locals speak English and it’s just easy getting around. Not to forget, the medical care offered (yes, Malaysia has many foreign medical tourists).

A strong contributor is also the fact that Malaysia offers a long term visa called MM2H (Malaysia My 2nd Home) to foreigners.

In fact, a few other countries in Asia have similar long term visas and it’s getting increasingly popular, especially among Chinese people.

So: today I’ve invited Andy Davison to help us explain more about the MM2H and the benefits it brings.

Andy is the Founder and CEO of TEG Media (The Expat Group) that helps foreigners with MM2H and other Media services in KL.

He founded the company over 20 years ago, which proves that he has a long on the ground experience, worth listening to.

Andy, welcome. Can you please tell us about yourself, your company and how you help foreigners in Malaysia?

I started my company in 1996 after spending 25 years travelling the world with American Express.

I decided to start a magazine for the expat community. We offer it free of charge to all expats living here. It’s a full colour 90 to 100 page magazine which we call (no surprise) The Expat.

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Buying a Condo in Johor Bahru: The Ultimate Guide

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Johor Bahru is one of the hot spots in Malaysia at the moment, mainly thanks to its strong economy and preferable location, close to Singapore.

The RTS-MRT is projected to be up and running in 2022, improving the connectivity between the two even more.

A lot of big companies have already invested or plans to invest, in Johor Bahru. With a generally bright outlook, more and more foreigners get attracted to invest in this city.

In this article, I explain some of the basics you need to know when buying a property in Johor Bahru.

Minimum property investment required in Johor Bahru for foreigners

As I mentioned in my buying guide about Malaysia, foreigners need to pay a minimum amount for a property investment.

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