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Solving affordability issues

BUYING a house can be an emotive affair. Selling a house can be equally so. Whether the emotions are on the part of the buyer or the seller, Bank Negara has found itself in a tussle between protecting the house buyer and the developer’s balance sheet.


Chin Hin: New factory to require RM85mil in investment

KUALA LUMPUR: Integrated building materials specialist Chin Hin Group Bhd has bought new high-tech machinery for its upcoming factory, which is estimated to require RM85mil in investment.


Imbalances in certain segments

IN its annual report 2015, Bank Negara highlighted in a boxed article the uneven growth in key sub-segments of the Malaysian property market in recent times.


Most experts rule out the possibility of a property crash

AT a property forum recently, a participant asked a panel of five speakers if Malaysia was already looking at a crash in the property sector.


Rehda to push for IBS to make housing more affordable

KUALA LUMPUR: The Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association Malaysia (Rehda) will work closely with the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure to make housing more affordable.


CIDB: Low awarness on IBS technology

KUALA LUMPUR: Although the use of Industrial Building Systems (IBS) is a technological force that has many benefits, there is little acceptance of this form of property construction technology and awareness among property buyers, says Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) senior general manager Datuk Elias Ismail.


Cementing pact of giants

AMIDST a tough industry, the merger of the world’s two building materials giants – French-based Lafarge and Swiss-based Holcim – may have a muted impact on the overall domestic industry.


Budget for lower income group

WE appreciate the Government’s efforts to strengthen the financial service industry in a move to support and facilitate the economic activities. The Government has encouraged the need to diversify the use of foreign currency in trade transactions.


Iris sees development potential in countries in the Pacific

PROPERTY development will become Iris Corp Bhd’s biggest earnings contributor by 2017 should plans put in place over the last two years bear fruit. While it is still early days, the agreements and proposals of the last few years is certainly setting the company on that path.


Has home ownership dream become more attainable?

TO address spiralling home prices, the Government had introduced several cooling off measures during Budget 2014. Though the speculative activities have dampened, grouses are heard almost everywhere that home price is still beyond reach. Owning a home remains a dream. Why and what can be done to boost home ownership?