• Top Real Estate Agencies in Johor Bahru: A Complete Guide

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    With much investment planned the coming decade, Johor Bahru becomes increasingly interesting for foreign investors. The city is located within a short distance to Singapore, which makes it perfect to live in Johor Bahru but to work in Singapore. The main reason is lower living costs.

    Being one of the major hubs in Malaysia, you’ll also find a number of real estate agencies here, catering both locals and foreigners. Therefore, I decided to write this article where I list some of the best real estate agents in Johor Bahru.

    Let’s have a look.

    1. Propmex Realty (优产业)

    Propmex is one of the biggest real estate agencies in Johor Bahru and established in 2006. The company has grown much over the years and currently has two office locations.

    The company has dozens of professionals and capable of communicating in both Chinese, English and other languages.

    Property types

    They have both residential and commercial properties up for listing in Johor Bahru and in the surrounding regions, such as:

    • Condos
    • Apartments
    • Bungalows
    • Semi detached houses
    • Industrial properties

    Services offered

    They can help you to buy property, rent property, sell property and to find tenants.

    Office address

    No. 29A-B, Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

    2. TopHills Realty

    TopHills Realty is a big real estate agency with an impressive number of sales executives. The company is operating in all major cities in the country and the head office is located in Iskandar Puter (Johor). Yet, you can also find their offices in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.

    The founder of the company is Andrew Lim. They have around 100 employees.

    Property types

    Include both residential and commercial properties like shop houses, land, condos, apartments, villas and more. Most of the properties listed on their website are in Johor, Kuala Lumpur and in Selangor.

    Services offered

    They help locals and foreigners to buy, rent out or to sell properties.

    Office address

    0528 & 0529 Level 5, Indah Walk 3, Jalan Indah 15, Taman Bukit Indah, 79100 Iskandar Puteri, Johor.

    3. SSI Properties

    SSI Properties was founded by Charles Thung in 2014, he previously studied and worked with online trading and E-commerce in Australia between 2003-2011. The company operates in Johor Bahru and has 30 professionals.

    The company has big plans to continue setting up new offices, both in Malaysia and overseas.

    Property types

    SSI focuses mainly on residential products such as selling condos, bungalows and terraced houses.

    Services offered

    The company helps locals and foreigners to find properties locally and internationally and that have great potential investment returns.

    Office address

    45-01/02, Jalan Molek 3/20, Taman Molek, 81100, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    4. Hartamas Real Estate (Hartamas Group)

    Hartamas Real Estate, or Hartamas Group, is a big real estate agency that was founded in 1996. The head office is located in Petaling Jaya (Kuala Lumpur), but you can also find their offices in Johor Bahru and in a number of other cities.

    Hartamas Group currently has over 300 professionals and 6 offices. Eric Lim is both the founder and the Managing Director and he has a long experience in the real estate industry.

    The Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents (MIEA) awarded Eric the Real Estate Agent of the Year award in 2014 during the annual National Real Estate Awards. The firm has also won the following awards from MIEA:

    • Real Estate Agency of the year (2011 – 2013)
    • Top Real Estate Firm of the year (2015 – 2017)
    • Top Project Marketing Firm of the year (2015 – 2017)
    • Top Commercial Real Estate Firm of the year (2011 – 2017)

    Property types

    Include both residential and commercial real estate. Most of their listed properties are located in Kuala Lumpur.

    Services offered

    • Corporate Real Estate
    • Project Marketing
    • International Properties
    • Agency Services
    • Expatriate Relocation Services
    • Training & Academy
    • Valuation Consultancy
    • Asset & Facilities Management

    Office address

    45a, Jalan Indah 16/12, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    5. SLP Malaysia Sdn. Bhd

    Derek Siow founded a real estate agency called OAP Realty in 2008. In 2017, a Singapore based company called SLP International Property Consultants decided to buy 49% of the shares in OAP and rebranded the company to SLP Malaysia Sdb Bhd.

    Founded in 2001, SLP International Property is one of the biggest property consultancy for industrial space in Singapore.

    Property types

    The company mainly focuses in the sales of land and factories, especially in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor. The company can also help you to find residential properties, like condos, apartments, houses and commercial properties.

    Services offered

    • Sales and letting of properties
    • Find tenants and manage rental reviews
    • Support on asset acquisition and relocation
    • Others

    The company can help you to buy or lease residential properties, commercial properties, industrial properties and land for example.

    Office address

    D-1-10, D-2-10 & D-3-10 Komersial Bayu Tasek,, Persiaran Southkey 1, Kota Southkey, Johor Bahru, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    6. Chester Properties

    Chester Properties was founded by Dato Howard and Sean Yong in 2006. It’s one of the biggest real estate agencies in Johor with billions of dollars worth of sales. The company employs a large number of professionals and has won numerous awards, such as:

    • Property Awards: Outstanding Real Estate Agency Of The Year 2015 (Titanium)
    • ASEAN Outstanding Business Award
    • Global Branding Awards 2016

    It also serves a number of reputable clients like HSBC, Maybank, Standards Chartered and more.

    Property types

    Include both residential and commercial properties, like detached houses, condos, factories and more.

    Services offered

    You can get help to buy, rent or sell both residential and commercial property. They also have an investor club worth having a look at.

    Office address

    CHESTER PROPERTIES SDN BHD – E(1) 1321/7, 32A, Jalan Indah 28/1, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor.

    7. CRA Resi

    CRA Resi is currently headed by Ong Tee Hui, she has a long experience in the real estate industry and has previously worked as Executive Vice President for both CBRE and Savills. Around 20 people currently work for the company and they have received many good testimonials from previous clients.

    Property types

    The company focuses on residential properties, like condos, bungalows, terraced houses, family houses and more.

    Services offered

    • Property valuation
    • Sales of properties
    • Tenancy management
    • Project marketing

    CRA Resi helps its clients to buy and rent property, not only in Malaysia, but also in countries like Cambodia and Thailand.

    Office address

    43A(GF), Jalan Molek 1/5A, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru.

    8. Agile Properties

    Agile properties was founded in 2015 and mainly helps locals and foreigners to find properties in Johor Bahru. The company was founded by Serene Ngee, who’s been working in the real estate industry since 2000.

    Some of her greatest achievements is that she was the head of business at Reapfield, another real estate agency in Johor Bahru. She’s also managed courses in real estate.

    The company has a team of 20 persons and has received many good testimonials.

    Property types

    Includes both residential and commercial properties, such as:

    • Bungalows
    • Semi-detached houses
    • Townhouses
    • Condos and apartments
    • Shop houses
    • Corporate offices
    • Office buildings
    • Factories
    • Land

    Services offered

    The company helps locals and foreigners to buy residential and commercial real estate.

    Office address

    45-A, Jalan Sagu 15, Taman Daya, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

    Where should I buy property in Johor Bahru?

    Johor Bahru is growing rapidly and one of the major hubs and richest cities in Malaysia. With proximity to Singapore, many people decide to live in Johor Bahru while working in Singapore.

    Further connectivity is planned with Kuala Lumpur and Singapore the coming years. Some interesting places you should have a look at are Danga Bay and Pasir Gudang.

    Why should I invest in property in Pasir Gudang?

    Many believe that Pasir Gudang will be one of the most interesting areas in Johor Bahru the coming years. The reasons are that it will receive much investment in infrastructure, more investors are keen to buy here as well.

    There are a number of projects planned that will create tons of jobs, for example the Flagship A project and the RAPID project.

    According to many analysts, Pasir Gudang will be one of the hot spots in Johor Bahru during the coming decade. Pasir Gudang will receive a lot of economic spillover from the projects planned.

    Why invest in Danga Bay?

    Danga Bay is located with proximity to JB, hence also Singapore. Many say that Danga Bay becomes increasingly attractive as it will become a business hub.

    Another good thing with Danga Bay is that it has a long shore, facing the ocean, providing spectacular sceneries.

    Should I hire a solicitor before buying property in Johor Bahru?

    Even if it’s not mandatory to hire a solicitor in Malaysia, it can help you a lot. Solicitors understands the regulations that apply to foreigners and will guide you through the conveyancing process.

    He or she will make sure that the contracts are written in a juridically correct way, making sure that the title is okay, minimizing the risks for any unforeseen issues later.

    The fees are normally fixed or 0.4 – 1% of the sales value, which is low when compared with the rates charged by agents.

    Just keep in mind to try avoid working with a Solicitor that charges you on an hourly basis, as this can result in higher costs. Asking for case studies and preparing a list with questions can be a wise choice before you choose one.

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