‘Prices of affordable homes to see slight hike’

Jafni (second row, sixth from left) with new Rumah Mampu Milik Johor homeowners during the event in Kulai.

THE prices of certain Johor Affordable Housing (RMMJ) units will soon see a slight increase due to the rising cost of materials, says state housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor.

“The chorus of developers urging us to increase the prices of affordable houses has gotten louder since last year, especially members of the Johor Real Estate Housing Developer Association (Rehda).

“They have expressed the challenges in constructing the houses at such a low price when the cost of building them has increased by between 30% and 40%.

“As such, we have agreed to increase the prices for Types A and B RMMJ houses,” he said.

Mohd Jafni was speaking after launching the J-Home One Stop Centre for a Rumah Mampu Milik Johor (RMMJ) project in Kulai at Dewan Bandar Putra Kulai.

The current cost of RM42,000 for Type A houses will be increased to RM50,000 while Type B homes currently priced at RM80,000 will be raised to RM100,000.

“For Type C houses, the price will remain at RM150,000 per unit.

“Johor Redha had asked for the prices to be increased by 100% but we refused this as it would be too high for the public to afford, especially for the lower-income group.

He noted that the RM150,000 Type C homes under RMMJ could cost as high as RM300,000 at the current market rates.

Jafni said the state government would be launching the Johor Real Estate Information Centre in March which will allow RMMJ home buyers to gain more information about the units they purchase.

“The system was developed through a collaboration between the state Housing Development Corporation as well as the Town and Country Planning Department (PlanMalaysia).

“It will be linked to the existing state e-rumah portal. So, this means that buyers or interested applicants will be able to view more details about housing projects in Johor.

“This includes the location, price, type of house and the completion percentage of the project,” he said.

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