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?

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Buying Commercial Property in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

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Malaysia is a culturally diverse and developed nation by Southeast Asian standards. It has a complex economy that is driven, not only by tourism and agriculture, but financial services, manufacturing, petroleum, and natural gas.

Thanks to favorable and transparent property ownership regulations, many overseas investors decide to set foot here. Here, the commercial property market is less spoken about in the media, even if it’s less competitive and with comparatively lower prices than the residential ditto. Continue reading Buying Commercial Property in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

Malaysia Property Market Outlook 2020: 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 types and you can even buy land as a foreigner.

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 years.

In this article, I will explain what our projection is for Malaysia’s property market in 2020, based on the current climate and historical data. First, I’ll start explaining how the market performed in the past years.

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Malaysia’s Property Market in Previous Years

Malaysia’s property market has been in decline since 2012. Even if prices still rise, we’ve seen modest increases in the past five years. Continue reading Malaysia Property Market Outlook 2020: A Complete Overview

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 style 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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Buying Property in ONYX (Icon City): By CapVen Consultancy

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Worldwide companies lose billions of dollars due to productivity-related losses. It’s proven that these losses come due to employees’ health issues linked to the surrounding working environment.

As a result, we’ve seen a new trend and a niche industry where developers build so called wellness offices and according to Bank Paribas, Real Estate wellness at work is an important talking point for companies today.

Today, we’ll have a look at ONYX (Icon City), an upcoming wellness corporate development in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. The project is built by the renown developer Mah Sing Group and planned to be completed in Q4 2023/early 2024.

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Buying Condos in Kuala Lumpur: The Definitive Guide

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It’s easy to understand why Kuala Lumpur is ranked as one of the most liveable cities in Southeast Asia. It’s developed, has great medical care, nice weather, and one of the best cuisines in Asia.

Besides, you have no issues communicating in English which is an official language.

Most importantly, property is surprisingly cheap with prices incomparable to places like Singapore, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. Prices are on par with Manila and Ho Chi Minh City at the same time as yields average at around 5%.

In this article, we review how it works when buying a condo in Kuala Lumpur, one of the major commercial hubs in Southeast Asia.

Minimum Investment Requirements in Kuala Lumpur

Even if foreigners can buy and own almost any kind of property, including landed houses and commercial property, they often decide to buy one or more units in condominiums. The main reason is the convenience and standards that follow. Continue reading Buying Condos in Kuala Lumpur: The Definitive Guide

Buying Property in Oxley Towers KLCC: By Huttons Asia

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Today, we’ll have a look at a truly interesting mixed-use project, Oxley Towers KLCC, to be completed in Kuala Lumpur in 2023.

Huttons Asia has sponsored this article and their agent, CS Tee, will help us to understand more about the project details, how it works when buying a unit or two in this project, what the benefits are, and more.

If you’re interested in this project and want to get in touch with Tee, you can find his contact info below:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone number: (+65) 84188689
  • Website: www.mysgprop.com/oxley-towers-klcc

Project Overview

  • Type: Luxury condominium and Commercial space
  • Developer: Oxley Holdings Singapore
  • Tenure of Land: Freehold
  • Completion date: Expected in 2023
  • Price: From RM 1.4 million (around USD 350,000)
  • Type: Mixed-use luxury development

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The 4 Best Areas to Live in Penang: A Guide for Retirees & Expats

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Penang is a charming island with an old cultural heritage, located in the Northwestern parts of Malaysia. It’s one of the top choices when foreign retirees and expats decide to settle down in the country.

It’s not strange that Penang has been voted as one of the top 10 destinations to retire in the world as living costs are low, the weather is great, and you can enjoy one of the best cuisines in the world. Worth mentioning is that Malaysia was voted as the fifth best country to retire in 2018 according to Forbes, where Penang is undoubtedly a big contributor.

In this article, I explain which areas are most popular among expats, retirees and other foreigners in Penang at the moment. If you find it hard to decide whether you should buy or rent real estate in Penang, you can find valuable information at the end of the article.

Where do most retirees and expats stay in Penang?

The Northern parts of Penang have been the preferred place for foreigners since long back.

You can find more leisure activities and points of interest compared to the Southern parts, especially in areas of Georgetown to Batu Ferringhi. Some examples are the colonial buildings and local architecture, the Botanical Garden, Penang Hill, Penang National Park, Shoppings and more.

The Southern part is more local and less expensive, but have gained more traction among real estate buyers and long-term renters, and should also be of interest (more about that later).

1. Gurney Drive

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