Home Buying Guide

Buying a home is major commitment with many important factors to consider – notably monetary, work location, access to public transports as well as your preference on type of property in order to fulfil your idea of the perfect dream home. Whether the search is done online or via an agent, it is recommended that the following criteria are looked into before you start the buying process.

1. Budget

Decide on what is affordable and set aside a budget for the type of property you want. The budget should include the following cost, fees and duties will be incurred when you purchase a property such as:

  1. Down payment - The amount of the purchase price not covered by bank financing (banks will typically lend 80-90% of the purchase price).
  2. The Sales & Purchase Agreement legal fees :
    Property Purchase Price (RM) Fees (% from purchase price) Legal Fees
    First RM150k 1% (minimum RM300) RM300 – RM1,500
    Next RM850k 0.70% RM1,501 – RM7,450
    Next RM2 million 0.60% RM7,451 – RM19,450
    Next RM2 million 0.50% RM19,451 – RM29,450
    Next RM2.5 million 0.40% RM29,451 – RM39,450
    Exceed RM7.5 million Negotiable (maximum 0.40%) from RM39,450
  3. Legal fees: 1% for the first RM100,000, 0.5% for the next RM4,900,000
  4. Stamp duty or Memorandum of Transfer (MOT)
    Property Purchase Price (RM) Fees (% from purchase price) Stamp Duty
    First 100k 1% RM0 – RM1,000
    Next 400k 2% RM1,001 – RM9,000
    Exceed 500k 3% from RM9,000
  5. Loan agreement stamp duty: 0.5% of loan amount transfer
2. Location

Knowing where to buy your property is a very important factor. This criteria could be dependent primarily on the key priorities of your life i.e. proximity to your work place, your parents house, nature reserve, public transport hub, etc. Newly developed areas may differ from established townships in terms of amenities, safety and facilities. However, regardless of your priorities, the following are some factors you may want to consider before buying your property:

  1. Proximity to work
  2. Amenities including schools, public transport, shopping, leisure, religious facilities, parks, etc
  3. Safety
  4. Prestige
3. Type of Property

There are basically two types of properties in Malaysia - landed and non-landed properties. Landed property include detached, semi-detached and link houses, while non-landed property include condominiums, apartments or flats.

Landed properties tend to appreciate more when compared with non-landed properties, while non-landed properties tend to give higher rental returns. However, location also plays a part in influencing property appreciation.

Another important aspect in purchasing a property is choosing between a freehold or leasehold property. Freehold properties tend to appreciate more and are easier to sell. However, if you wish to buy a property for your own stay, then a leasehold property should be considered as well so as it suits your requirement.

4. Property Size

Make a checklist of your requirements:

  1. Land area
  2. Built up area
  3. Number of bedrooms (do you require a bedroom on the ground floor?)
  4. Number of bathrooms
  5. Size of kitchen
  6. Car park area

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