Rising cost of living and acceleration of house appreciation over the last 2 decades have made many Malaysian low and middle income earners cannot afford to buy a home for their families. Young graduates in particular, that earn entry level salary and having minimal credit history , stand a low chance of buying the home of their dreams in prime areas. Nevertheless, the options are still there. They can still find smaller places further away from prime areas that they can call their own. We at RED ANGPOW feel for their predicament and by using technology we aim to help as much as we can to assist them find find best deal around. As such, we have developed data driven analysis and search tools of property below RM 500,000 in order to help them scan the areas that they might find properties that fit their criteria.
Charts below illustrate the overview of property for sale (online) in Klang Valley – price of below RM 500K against above RM 500K. Properties above RM 500K is definitely more than below RM 500K by a huge margin. Condominium represents the highest number of property type for sale while flat and apartment are among the lowest type of property available for sale. In recent times developers are in favor of building more expensive type of properties due to bigger profit margin and higher land acquisition cost. Similarly, banks are gunning for higher property loan as it inline with their preferred segments of higher income customers. One question left unanswered by the property industry and authority- is there a huge mismatch of population demand between property price? Well, we reserve this serious topic for another day with deeper analysis on the topic.
Note: The data used for the analysis does not represent the entire industry. However it is sizable enough to tell an accurate picture of what is happening in the industry.
Number of property for sale for the price range of 500K and below is only around 29% of total while majority of population can only afford below this threshold. No of property for sale for the price range of 500K to 1M represents around 36% of the market. Ideally, to buy 500K property you need RM 7,500 gross monthly income and to buy 1M property you need RM15,000 gross monthly income (using 30% of income rule as suggested by World Bank researchers). How many friends that you know earns monthly income of RM15,000 or above? Who is buying RM 1M dollar properties? Are Malaysians stretching their loans to max?
Now let’s focus on properties of 500K and below.
Geographical location of affordable homes
Map below tell us there are locations where we can likely find properties below RM 500K. Areas with darker red color offer more affordable properties. The map is interactive and built by our in house expert and for you to use it for free. Best things in life are free isn’t it 😄. Click here to view full page interactive map.
In term of average size for properties below RM 500K – town house, link house and bungalow & semi-detached houses in outside prime areas have bigger built up. Serviced residence and condominiums have smaller built up as they are priced higher per square feet and predominantly placed in prime locations. As for apartment and flat, the built up and price per square feet are lower because they are meant to cater for lower income segment of home buyers.
Top areas for affordable homes
We have selected top 30 areas that offer property RM 500K in charts below. Charts shows composition of property type by area, price per square feet, average size and average number of bedrooms. Damansara Perdana has the highest number of affordable properties. For Damansara Perdana we have also includes adjacent neighborhood of Mutiara Damansara and a smaller part of Kota Damansara that includes Pelangi Damansara and Palm Spring Damansara in order to make the area sizable for more meaningful analysis. Damansara Perdana area offers predominantly condominium, serviced residence and apartment with smaller built up with higher price per square feet. In second place, comes Cyberjaya that offers similar property type as Damansara Perdana. However, Cyberjaya has bigger built up and lower price per square feet relative to Damansara Perdana. Based on our research, Cyberjaya home profile is more geared towards students and expatriates. Below are the charts for you to explore.
As a rule of thumb, for homes of RM 500K and below the closer the distance to KL City center the smaller the built up and thus the lesser number of bedroom it has. In order to keep the price relatively affordable, developers in the prime areas especially those that are closer to KL city center have built smaller property size to make within reach or larger group of population.
More clues on affordable property by category and areas.
Listings of Property for Sale Near Train Stations in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya
The interactive map below helps home buyers to search for property near train station complete with drill down to the listings of property for sale. Home buyers are able to search by train lines (LRT/MRT/Komuter) and property type (Condo+Serviced Residence, Apartment and Flat). You can interchange the base map to satellite view with a push of a button. You can scan amenities, access roads and points on interest nearby by on map, and have bird’s eye view of the surrounding. With this tool, great deals are hard to miss!
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