Aset Kayamas to build covered walkways between The Havre, Pavilion 2 and LRT station Registration

Scheduled for completion before 2020, Bukit Jalil City will feature a 2.1 million sq ft regional shopping mall that has been named as Pavilion Bukit Jalil, a name that has been frequently referred to as Pavilion 2.

PTLM recently reported that SkyWorld Development Sdn Bhd’s SkyLuxe On The Park project in Bukit Jalil has achieved more than 78 percent sales before its official launch. Within just three months, the developer had received more than 5,000 registrations.

Believing in Bukit Jalil’s potential, Aset Kayamas is looking to launch its second project there called The Havre. The leasehold condominium development is located in Bukit Seri Jali, about 300 metres from Bukit Jalil City.

Spanning 3.58 acres, it will offer 1,052 residential-titled condominium units in two sizes, which are 1,023 sq ft and 1,239 sq ft, housed in two 40-storey towers, with selling prices starting at RM580,000 or RM550 psf, before attractive sales rebates.

To be undertaken by Sinerjuta Sdn Bhd, a member company of the Aset Kayamas Group, the development’s Tower A has 509 units while Tower B has 543 units. Served by a total of five passenger lifts and one service lift, there are 15 and 16 units per floor for Tower A and B respectively.  

The project which has a total gross development value (GDV) of RM630 million, will be officially launched on 8 October.

Every unit will come with three bedrooms, two and a half to three bathrooms, and two carpark bays.

Managing director Tan Sri Chai Kin Kong tells this weekend’s The Edge’s City & Country that The Havre and Bukit Jalil City will be linked by an ID-inspired covered pedestrian bridge, to be built by Aset Kayamas at a cost of RM3 million.

“The design is still in the preliminary stage but Bukit Jalil City has already approved it,” he says. “We expect all the units to be sold out on the launch day itself because of the affordable pricing. It is part of the deal with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) so that more people can afford to own a house.

“At the same time, we make sure that our quality is on a par (with others), so it is a volume game for us. Our philosophy is to set a lower selling price and gain the margin through volume. This method has proved effective for us.”

He cites the company’s project in Kepong, The Henge. With selling prices starting at RM404 psf or RM445,000 (in Phase 1), the leasehold development, which will have 1,472 units in four 45-storey blocks, was majority taken up within just two days (in each of two phases launch).

Back in April 2016, PTLM had reported that the launch of the second phase of The Henge was sold to an overwhelming response with almost 4,000 people turnout over the weekend.

Located on a 6-acre tract next to Taman Metropolitan Lake Kepong, The Henge offers 48 lifestyle facilities, which include a wading pool, lap pool, jacuzzi, floating sundeck, aquatic pond with steam room, wellness deck and lakeview deck, where residents can look out over the lake.


The Havre

Kin Kong cites Bukit Jalil’s proximity to the Kuala Lumpur city centre and the growing population as factors that will help sell The Havre. Bukit Jalil is accessible via the Shah Alam Expressway, Bukit Jalil Expressway, Maju Expressway and the KL-Seremban Highway.

The Havre has received more than 650 registrations in less than a month. (It is now believed that more than 1,800 registrations were collected at the point of writing.)

Executive director Michael Chai, who is Kin Kong’s son, says the design focuses on enhancing the living, dining and master bedroom areas.

“The living, dining and master bedroom areas are our main focus. For example, we will allocate a (spacious) space for a walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom. Some designs (the largest type) are like the layouts of landed homes, where we put all the bedrooms at the back and there are no shear walls between the living, dining and kitchen areas.

“The space is opened up and it looks bigger. It’s not often you can get a layout like this, and at this pricing.”

The Havre is 600 metres from the Muhibbah LRT station and Kin Kong says there will be a covered walkway to the station, which will cost the developer RM1.5 million.

Piling works will begin next month, and completion will be 42 months from the signing of the sale and purchase agreement (SPA).

The development will feature a 4-tier security system: card access and boom gate at the guardhouse, as well as card access at the carpark podium, lift lobby and to your unit floor inside the lift car.

There will be two facility floors, at Level 7 and the building rooftop at Level 41, offering a total of 36 facilities.

On Level 7, there will be a swimming pool, wading pool, jogging track, sunken lounge and BBQ pit, and on the rooftop, a multi-purpose hall, mini futsal court, half basketball court, table tennis, badminton court, children’s playground, yoga deck, sand pit and sky bridge gym.

The full-glass sky bridge gym will connect the two towers at Level 41, and will be the highest such facility in the country, Michael says. The Level 7 facilities are mainly for water activities and green landscape features, while “dry” activities will be on the rooftop.

“The concept of The Havre is Babylon, with greenery everywhere. The façade of the carpark podium will also be covered by green plants,” he says.

Aset Kayamas’ first project in Bukit Jalil is Parkhill Residence, launched in 2014 and scheduled for completion by October 2018.

The project on 5.65 acres offers 1,062 units in two 45-storey towers, with facilities that include an infinity pool, a lazy pool, a floating gym, badminton court, sauna, putting green, multipurpose hall and playground. The take-up rate is more than 98%.

The developer is also building the first Rumah Mampu Milik Wilayah Persekutuan (RUMAWIP) in Kuala Lumpur called Residensi Pandanmas in Kampung Pandan, which is slated for handover in April next year.

Since 2014, Aset Kayamas has launched more than 10 projects with majority of them sold out within a short period of time. The developer moved to a new corporate headquarters in Old Klang Road in June this year.

The developer is currently planning more than 5 new projects. All of its past and current projects are built within the jurisdiction of Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, such as the following:


Unrestricted Homes

Parkhill Residence @ Bukit Jalil (Jan 2015) – 1,052 units

The Holmes @ Bandar Tun Razak (May 2015) – 604 units

The Henge @ Kepong Metropolitan Park – Crest & Dawn (Aug 2015) – 736 units

The Henge @ Kepong Metropolitan Park – Eden & Folio (Apr 2016) – 736 units

The Haute @ Gurney KL (Jun 2016) – 274 units

[COMING SOON] —- The Hamilton @ Wangsa Maju – 435 units

[COMING SOON] —- Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras – 1,015 units

[COMING SOON] —- Penchala, off Jalan Damansara – 435 units


RUMAWIP Affordable Homes Scheme

Residensi Pandanmas (Aug 2014) – 700 units

Residensi Pandanmas 2 (Oct 2014) – 2,220 units

PPA1M Bukit Jalil (Apr 2015) – 1,050 units

Residensi Sentulmas (Jul 2015) – 351 units

Residensi Razakmas (Sep 2015) – 604 units

Residensi Puchongmas (Oct 2015) – 524 units

Residensi Kepongmas (Oct 2015) – 1,514 units

Residensi Gurneymas (Feb 2016) – 274 units


This article has been adapted with additional information. The original article was first published in this week’s The Edge’s City & Country with article title “Aset Kayamas to unveil The Havre in Bukit Jalil” written by Racheal Lee.

New launch property sales tumbled from 52% to 39% in first half of 2016 Registration

The survey — held from January to June this year — was carried out by REHDA to assess the property market performance for 1H2016, the property market outlook for 2H2016 and the sentiment of developers about 2H2016. A total 157 members from REHDA across Malaysia participated in the survey.

Fateh noted that developers are adapting to the current market demand by homebuyers and have launched properties which are more sought after in this challenging market.

“Properties priced below RM200,000 have increased nearly two and a half times, taking up a market share of 14% in 1H2016 as compared to 6% in 2H2015. Developers have also scaled down the launches of properties priced above RM1 million. In 1H2016, only 7% of properties in the market were priced above RM1 million while in 2H2015, that figure was 17%,” said Fateh.

He also remarked that there has been a shift of product type in the market in 1H2016.

“2-3 storey terraced houses dominated the demand from homebuyers in 1H2016 as compared to 2H2015 where apartments and condominiums took the lead. Sixty five per cent of the residential units launched in 1H2016 were landed homes as compared to 49% in 2H2015,” Fateh added.

Out of the 6,939 units of residential homes launched in 1H2016, the bulk of the launch were 2-3 storey terraced homes with 2,345 units launched followed by 1,550 units of apartments and condos and 1,022 units of low cost house and flats.

Two thousand, seven hundred and thirteen units of residential homes were sold with the 2-3 storey terraced houses placing first at 1,473 units followed by 548 and 267 units of apartments/condos and serviced apartments sold respectively.

Fateh noted that developers with terraced-home projects priced below RM500,000 are optimistic about the market in 2H2016.

“They [the developers] know that these are the house that the market is looking for and they know that there will be demand for the project after it has been launched,” said Fateh.

Meanwhile, in a different market segment, despite some 1,022 units of low-cost house and flats launched in Ulu Tiram and Tebrau, Johor in 1H2016, none were sold since the commencement of sales in Aug 16, Fateh added.

“Nowadays, homebuyers do not like to be associated with the description “low-cost housing”. It is not that the developers are not launching low-cost houses and flats. There was even an increase from the 914 units launched in 2H2015 and 650 units launched in 1H2015, yet there was zero sales [in Ulu Tiram and Tebrau],” said Fateh.

As for the commercial sector, there was a 30% decrease in the launches of commercial units in 1H2016 (233 units) compared with 2H2015 (331 units).

“However, about 32% of commercial properties priced above RM1.5 million came into the market in 1H2016 as compared to 0% in 2H2015. I do not think that people do not have money to buy properties. Instead, this is a sign that the level of confidence of buyers has dropped. We see that our gross domestic product growth was about 4% in the 1H2016. The numbers do not show that the economy has slowed down. Property is a big ticket item and buyers are just more cautious now,” Fateh added.

According to REHDA, properties priced from RM500,001 to RM700,000 faced the highest loan rejection rates.

About 24% of respondents agreed that properties in the price range of RM500,001 to RM700,000 faced the highest rejection rates, followed by 23% of respondents for properties in the price range of RM1 million to RM2.5 million, 21% of respondents in the price range of RM250,001 to RM500,000, 19% of respondents for properties in the price range of RM700,000 to RM1 million, 7% of respondents for properties in the price range of above RM2.5 million and 6% of respondents for properties in the price range of RM100,001 to RM250,000.

“Again and again, end financing is the issue for homebuyers today. As you can see from the figures, the bulk of properties which faced rejection rates are the properties in the RM500,001 to RM700,000 price range which are mostly the homes that first time homebuyers and first time upgraders are buying. Those who are buying the RM2.5 million and above properties are not those who need financing because they can afford it,” said Fateh.

Fateh noted that the buyers’ profile showed that the bulk of them in 1H2016 were home upgraders and first time homebuyers contributing to 45% and 34% respectively, followed by investors and companies.

“More than half (53%) of these buyers are buying for their own stay, followed by 21% of them buying to upgrade their homes and 16% of them are buying for family members. Only a fraction or 10% of the purpose of purchase is for rental yields,” said Fateh.

“Almost 90% of them are end-users. They are not buying to speculate and only a small number of investors are buying to rent. Maybe in 2010, you can get a rental yield of 6% to 6.5% in hot areas like KLCC. Today, rental yields may be below 5% in these challenging times,” Fateh added.

Some of the financing issues include the credit history of homebuyers, ineligibility of the buyers’ income, lower margin of financing, bank requesting more documents and limited quota for low-cost and affordable housing.

Commenting on the high household debt of Malaysians which has risen from 86.7% last year to 89.1%, Fateh noted that is vital to differentiate good and bad debt.

“About 40% of the debt [of Malaysians] comprises mortgages, while others are automobile loans, credit cards and personal loans. Unlike in a country like Australia, mortgage makes up almost 75% of their household debt. Household debt, today, will create value in the future as property prices will increase,” said Fateh.

Out of the 157 survey respondents, 108 noted that they faced end-financing problems while the remaining 49 did not.

Fateh said the recent proposed end-financing scheme by property developers should only be given to first-time home-buyers and only for affordable houses priced at RM500,000 and below.

He said the end-financing by home-builders is ultimately to help first-time buyers bridge the gap in the funds needed for the initial payment.

However, only developers with strong balance sheets could give the facility to home-buyers and they were not many of them, he said.


News Source: The Edge Property, 14 September 2016

Malaysia heading to a ‘Subprime Crisis’ if developers turn moneylenders, experts predict Registration

In a statement to the Malay Mail Online late last night, the HBA urged the government to reconsider the scheme, saying the country’s economy could suffer should a property bubble occur as a result of the “ridiculous” initiative announced yesterday.

“Being a licensed moneylender also known as a licensed ‘Ah Long’ is capital intensive and housing developers, to sustain their business, would continue to price their products at ridiculous and unsustainable prices, this can accelerate a housing bubble like what happened to the US during the ‘Sub-Prime Crisis’.

“HBA humbly appeals to our prime minister who is also the minister of finance to intervene in this ridiculous proposal (bad idea) as it not only does not address the root cause of high property prices, which is due to excessive speculation, but encourages the developer to even price their properties higher and give loans to undeserving borrowers,” it said.

Economist Dr Yeah Kim Leng said the scheme had the makings of a property and financial crisis as developers would have to venture into unfamiliar territory as they deal with buyers who may default on their loans.

“The key is the developers: Whether they can finance the new market segment; that kind of financial risk so it is very, very niche and of course it will boost the property market in terms of increasing demand, but there is also the risk of delinquencies.

“It will seed the next crisis if we do not proceed cautiously, especially to ensure we are not creating another unregulated shadow banking system,” the Sunway University Business School professor of economics said.

Axis REIT Managers Bhd head of investments Siva Shanker also predicted dire consequences for the economy if the government goes ahead with the scheme.

“I think this will spiral and the debt ratio will become higher. The lower and middle classes who need real help are being penalised. The rich who can get bank loans will be borrowing at 4 per cent and the poor who may not get bank loans will have to pay 18 per cent,” he told Malay Mail Online in a phone interview.

Regardless of the type of property or the location, no property purchase would appreciate in value enough to be able to exceed the value of the 18 per cent loan, he stressed.



Given the high interest rates of between 12 and 18 per cent that the developers would be allowed to charge, the HBA feared the government might have to one day rescue developers when buyers default on their loans.

The association pointed out that Malaysians are already struggling to pay their mortgages.

“Property developers will be driven by greed to approve loans to borrowers who do not meet their minimum lending criteria just to close the sale and there will be a very high chance that these borrowers will default on their loan, especially given the high fixed interest rates of 12 per cent to 18 per cent.

“There may be a possibility that eventually housing developers may approach the government for bailout money, claiming that this loan scheme was a form of ‘National Service’,” it said.



Unlike the HBA, Siva did not think Malaysia would experience a subprime crisis at the levels faced by the US in the mid-2000s, expressing confidence that the government would have learnt from the superpower’s mistakes.

However, he felt the government would do better to brainstorm for other ideas with stakeholders to help Malaysians afford their own homes than proceed with this latest plan.

He suggested the government implement other forms of financial assistance to complement the current system rather than allow developers to provide loans to buyers.

“Rather we should relax our lending laws a bit. Banks may consider ways to become less stringent.

“We need to help first-time buyers, young couples and the lower, middle class maybe by offering high 100 per cent loans instead of 80 per cent or maybe have longer repayments,” he said.

Another consideration was for the government to revive the Developer Interest Bearing Scheme (DIBS) abolished in 2014 due to excessive property speculation and enforce stringent regulation this time around.

“It didn’t work last time because it wasn’t properly regulated. If they regulate it this time, it will really help first-time buyers,” Siva said.

Yesterday, the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry announced the introduction of an initiative that enables property developers to give out loans to buyers at an interest rate of between 12 and 18 per cent.

Eligible developers can now apply for moneylenders licences to provide home financing to property buyers. The licence would be issued by the Ministry under the Moneylenders Act 1951 (Amendment) 2011.

Its minister Tan Sri Noh Omar added that the interest is capped at 12% a year for borrowers with collaterals, and 18% for those without.

According to him, the scheme is open to others besides first-time homebuyers. He said the scheme could offer up to 100% home financing for between 10 and 20 years.

“Buyers who wish to finance the remaining portion of a house not provided by the bank, can also seek financing from this scheme,” Noh said.

This is a win-win situation, he said. While people can buy homes, developers will also find a new and recurring income stream.

Ultimately, the move is intended to assist Malaysians who are unable to get a full housing loan from banks or those who may only be given a partial housing loan.

The number of unsold units in both residential and commercial properties also rose by 16 per cent in the first quarter of this year, according to the National Property Information Centre (NAPIC).

The Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (REHDA) Institute chairman Datuk Jeffrey Ng attributed the increase of unsold homes to Bank Negara Malaysia’s strict policies on banks to rein in growing household debt.

The central bank’s annual report for 2013 — the most recent figures available — showed household debt levels overall have increased to 87 per cent, a steady climb from 60 per cent in 2008. Of that figure though, more than 40 per cent of household debt went into loans for property purchases.


News Source: The Malay Mail Online, 9 September 2016

78% sold for SkyLuxe On The Park at Bukit Jalil before official launch Registration

To date, some 78% of the project have been sold.

“We are aiming confidently to fully sell this project before end of this year,” said Lee.

SkyLuxe has a gross development value of RM411.6 million. It is the fourth high-rise residential project by SkyWorld.

Its previous projects were Ascenda Residence @ SkyArena in Setapak, Bennington Residences @ SkyArena also in Setapak and SkyAwani Residence and Commercial at Jalan Sentul Pasar.

“SkyLuxe comprises two towers of 43 and 44 storeys sitting on a 1.85-acre freehold site next to the 80-acre Bukit Jalil Recreational Park and opposite the 165-acre Bukit Jalil Golf and Country Resort.

“You can literary have the park’s jogging track at your door step,” Lee told reporters at an interview today.

SkyLuxe offers 477 units with built-up sizes ranging from 661 sq ft to 1,224 sq ft. It is priced from RM589,000 to RM1 million, before attractive sales package.

“With the pricing at an average of RM760 psf, many potential buyers have showed their interest way before we opened for registration at the end of May this year. We received more than 5,000 registrations within three months,” Lee noted.

Interestingly, the 1,000 sq ft and above units were more popular than the smaller units.

“Most are owner-occupiers. They are mostly locals and those from neighbouring towns. Hence the 3-bedroom units are the most popular ones,” Lee said, adding that the smallest layout — the 661 sq ft unit, is not a SoHo or studio, but a proper 1+1 bedroom unit.

Lee attributed the good response to SkyLuxe to the project’s location, as well as its quality.

“SkyLuxe will be Green Building Index (GBI) and The Construction Quality Assessment System (CONQUAS) compliant. We know that no matter how the market is, people always go back to the basics, which is the quality because buying a home is a big thing in life and no one wants to risk it,” Lee said.

Besides quality, he said it is very important to provide a modern design amidst a lush and green environment.

“Inspired by trees, you can see the façade resembles tree trunks while plants are placed at the carpark and facilities floors,” he said.

Facilities include an infinity pool with floating cocoon, pavilion garden, herb and BBQ deck, gym, sky lounge and sky roof terrace on each tower.

The project will be officially launched by end-September, with piling works to start before the launch.

“We should finished piling works in October, and it will take 42 months to complete the whole project. We are targeting to hand over in early 2020,” he said.

Bukit Jalil is well connected via the LDP and MEX highways. The development itself is just a 5-minute walk to the future Pavilion Bukit Jalil Regional Shopping Mall via a pedestrian link bridge at the park and 1.2km from the Awan Besar LRT station.


If you wish to view SkyLuxe’s sales gallery and showunit, contact SkyWorld at +603-40312999.




Setia Alam’s Opacus and Albida terrace homes 85% taken up over last weekend launch Registration

The two new launches, Opacus and Albida, offer a total of 235 units.

The houses are located at the northern section of Setia Alam. Opacus has built-ups from 1,708 sq ft while Albida’s built-ups are from 1,956 sq ft.

Prices start from RM578,000 for Opacus and RM638,000 for Albida.

“We are confident that the remaining units will sell out very soon as Setia Alam has matured over the past 10 years with careful planning, continuous landscaping, proper maintenance and a growing community with about 15,000 properties completed and handed over to date,” said Bandar Setia Alam general manager Tan Siow Chung in a statement on 29 August.

He said prospective buyers were seen lining up outside Setia Alam Welcome Centre since last Wednesday onwards to be the first in line to own a unit of these freehold homes.

Construction for both Opacus and Albida will commence in September 2016 with targeted delivery by September 2018.

“Despite the recent market slowdown, we believe that we have the breadth of quality products coupled with the established Setia brand name as a trusted and reputable developer. We are confident that our launches will continue to deliver such great performance,” Tan added.

Earlier this year, S P Setia launched Retusa 3-storey linked semi-detached homes, which are fully sold, as well as Edulis, 3-storey terraced homes, which are already 96% sold.

Both Retusa and Edulis are also located in the northern sanctuary of Setia Alam in Precinct 11.

Setia Alam is a multiple award-winning township spanning 2,525 acres in Shah Alam.


Construction for both Opacus and Albida will commence in September 2016 with targeted delivery by September 2018.



News Source: The Edge Property, 30 August 2016 

EcoWorld sold 90% of Phase 1 Harmoni Apartment; prices start from RM307,000 Registration

Divisional general manager Evon Yap Yoke Ching told that she expects the first phase of the project to be sold out soon as many of the buyers were first-time homebuyers buying for their own stay as well as parents buying for their children.

There is a 4% early-bird discount starting today until 16 September, she added.

Sitting on 12.86 acres of land, Harmoni Apartment has a gross development value (GDV) of RM108 million with the first phase to be completed by early 2019.

The freehold medium-cost apartment project comprises 352 units in the first phase.

They are 3-bedroom and 2-bathroom apartment units in two 20-storey blocks which have a total of 900 units. They will be launched over several phases.

The apartment has a standard built-up size of 900 sq ft. Each comes with two parking bays, with one being open and the other being a covered parking bay. Selling prices start from RM307,000.

Amenities in Harmoni Apartment include a function room, swimming pool, children’s pool, playground, anti-climb fencing, guard house and multipurpose court. The maintenance fee is estimated at RM150 per month.

The covered parking bays will be in a multi-storey building that will be linked to the apartment blocks by a covered walkway.

The macro environment of Harmoni Apartment is one of the main attractions. Amenities nearby include a Tesco Extra at Jalan Semenyih, Tenby International School at Setia EcoHill, Nottingham University and Kesuma Industrial Park.


The upcoming township

The 1,089-acre Eco Majestic is a fully gated-and-guarded freehold township, inspired by the grace and beauty of the Straits Era.

So far the township launches have mostly been of landed properties. These include Gentlebre (182 units), Cradleton (612), Tenderfield (576), Merrydale (586), Ivoris (102) and Brighton (46). Gentlebre and Cradleton are scheduled for completion this year while Merrydale, Tenderfield and Ivoris will be completed in 2017.

Prior to Harmoni Apartment, EcoWorld had launched Simfoni Apartment which was launched under the Rumah Selangorku affordable housing scheme and the medium-cost Karisma Apartment.

Simfoni Apartment offered 870 units in three blocks of 11-storey residential towers. Priced at RM100,000, they have built-ups of 750 sq ft. Subsequently in March this year, EcoWorld launched Karisma Apartment that offered 750 apartments with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with built-ups of 800 sq ft. These units are priced at RM260,000 and come with two parking bays.

According to Yap, the take-up rate for EcoWorld’s Karisma Apartment and Simfoni Apartment stood at 95% and 60% respectively.

“We are building up the critical mass for the commercial area at the 150-acre Majestic City Commercial Centre,” said Yap, adding that 2-storey shop offices at Majestic City will be launched by the end of this year.

Eco Majestic is linked to Jalan Semenyih via the East Gate and Lebuhraya Kajang-Seremban (Lekas Highway) via the North Gate.

Next month, the West Gate will be opened to connect to the Eco Majestic interchange on the Lekas Highway. The developer is also targeting to launch the second phase of Harmoni Apartment then.


For more information on Harmoni Apartment, contact EcoWorld at +603 8723 2255.


Grand entrance statement to Harmoni Apartment.


Sales begins for Sky Suites @ KLCC; the hottest investment property of the year? Registration

Developer Timeless Realty Sdn Bhd has unveiled Phase 1 of its latest city centre development called Sky Suites @ KLCC. Based on its development submission, the developer name used was Phoenix Storm Sdn Bhd.

Timeless Realty Sdn Bhd is an associated company of the City Associates Group, often referred to as CA Goh & Associates in Penang or the Monoland Group in Kuala Lumpur.

According to a seasoned property investor, the location of Sky Suites @ KLCC is exceptional. It lies fronting Jalan P. Ramlee and is surrounded by corporate office towers, luxury hotels, entertainment hubs, dining outlets, public transports and a mere 5-minute walk to Suria KLCC’s main entrance.

The Sky Suites @ KLCC development consists of 986 units of serviced apartments housed in three blocks of 62-storey blocks (Tower A, B and C).

Sitting infront of them is a fourth block, oval-shaped and standalone, of 45-storey, 200-unit serviced residences with reception (Tower D). Tower D was originally planned for 352 rooms of hotel suites.

The triplet-towers are connected by a Marina Bay Sands-styled roof terrace known as “Sky Park” at Level 61 and 62, potentially making it a new iconic landmark in the city centre.

The Sky Park will contain facilities such as sky health spa, sky infinity pool, a glass-boxed sky gym, sky terrace lounge with music, sky cafe restaurant, sky bar and others.

For the use of Sky Park, residents will need to pay additional monthly charges in addition to its monthly maintenance fees.

The towers will sit on a 5-level carpark podium including 3 levels of commercial floors containing a range of lifestyle offerings that include restaurants, cafés, sports bars, KTV and entertainment outlets. The fourth tower will host a thematic club on its first and second floors.

The triplet-towers contained 330, 326 and 330 units respectively, with almost 700 units in Phase 1 have been successfully allocated to its priority and loyalty customers.

Unit sizes start from 589 sf to 890 sf. Below are the composition of unit types:

  • Type A1 – 845 sf (3 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type A2 – 887 sf (3 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type A3 – 849 sf (3 Bedrooms / Dualkey Master Bedroom / 2 Bath)
  • Type A4 – 890 sf (3 Bedrooms / Dualkey Master Bedroom / 2 Bath)
  • Type B1 – 795 sf (2 Bedrooms / 1 Study / 2 Bath)
  • Type B2 – 650 sf (2 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type B3 – 649 sf (2 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type B4 – 649 sf (2 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type C1 – 845 sf (3 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type C2 – 887 sf (3 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type C3 – 849 sf (3 Bedrooms / Dualkey Master Bedroom / 2 Bath)
  • Type C4 – 890 sf (3 Bedrooms / Dualkey Master Bedroom / 2 Bath)
  • Type D1 – 818 sf (3 Bedrooms / Dualkey Master Bedroom / 2 Bath)
  • Type D2 – 825 sf (3 Bedrooms / Dualkey Master Bedroom / 2 Bath)
  • Type E1 – 649 sf (2 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type E2 – 649 sf (2 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type E3 – 589 sf (2 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type E4 – 589 sf (2 Bedrooms / 2 Bath)
  • Type F1 – 818 sf (3 Bedrooms / Dualkey Master Bedroom / 2 Bath)
  • Type F2 – 825 sf (3 Bedrooms / Dualkey Master Bedroom / 2 Bath)
  • Type G1 – 687 sf (2 Bedrooms / Dualkey Master Bedroom / 2 Bath)
  • Type G2 – 710 sf (2 Bedrooms / Dualkey Master Bedroom / 2 Bath)

Phase 1 price begins from RM1,100 psf with no rebates. All units will come partially-furnished with fully-fitted bathrooms, biometric lock to main door, designer kitchen cabinets and appliances and aircons.

Likewise other developments in the city centre zone, no carpark bay will be provided attached with the unit hence a resident with car will need to pay parking fees on monthly rental basis.

Due to good response, buyers will need to issue payment for 10% downpayment and sign SPA within a week; thereafter preparing for a second progressive payment within another week.

PTLM Research has recently surveyed the site. We noted that the construction of Sky Suites @ KLCC has reached several levels of its commercial podium. Below are extracts of information from


KL’s version of Marina Bay Sands. Sky Park at Sky Suites @ KLCC.



Type A1 – 845 q ft (3BR) and Type A2 – 887 sq ft (3BR).



Type A3 – 849 q ft (3BR/Dual-key) and Type A4 – 890 sq ft (3BR/Dual-key).



Type B1 – 795 q ft (2+1BR) and Type B2 – 650 sq ft (2BR).



Type B3 – 649 q ft (2BR) and Type B4 – 648 sq ft (2BR).



Type C1 – 845 q ft (3BR) and Type C2 – 887 sq ft (3BR).



Type C3 – 849 q ft (3BR/Dual-key) and Type C4 – 890 sq ft (3BR/Dual-key).



Type D1 – 818 q ft (3BR/Dual-key) and Type D2 – 825 sq ft (3BR/Dual-key).



Type E1 – 649 q ft (2BR) and Type E2 – 649 sq ft (2BR).



Type E3 – 589 q ft (2BR) and Type E4 – 589 sq ft (2BR).



Type F1 – 818 q ft (3BR/Dual-key) and Type F2 – 825 sq ft (3BR/Dual-key).



Type G1 – 687 q ft (2BR/Dual-key) and Type G2 – 710 sq ft (2BR/Dual-key).


What you need to know about Home Loans Registration

Among these banks, Maybank was the first to react. The bank lowered its BR and BLR by 20 basis points to 3% and 6.65%, respectively, with effect from 15 July.

Subsequently, Ambank, CIMB, Public Bank, Hong Leong Bank, RHB and Affin Bank reduced their BRs and BLRs as well.

The cost of loans will be lower as banks decrease their BRs, making current borrowers and property buyers the winners, Ideal Mortgage Specialist Sdn Bhd head of marketing Vincent Ching tells

Banks reduce their BRs in order to maintain their competitiveness, he says. “Normally, when one bank lowers its BR, other banks will follow.”

With the current relatively low interest rate environment and with more BR cuts expected in future, should a first-time homebuyer be motivated to consider buying property now?

In such a competitive financing environment, how does one choose a loan with the so-called “best interest rate” or that best suits one’s repayment needs?

Ching says that based on the current soft property market, there may be some great deals.

“Besides the BR cuts, first-time buyers can also take advantage of the various schemes such as MyDeposit, My First Home Scheme, PR1MA, RUMAWIP and so on. But bear in mind, for first-time buyers, it is important to buy within their financial capabilities,” he says.

However, The National House Buyers’ Association (HBA) honorary secretary-general Chang Kim Loong says that a reduction of 25 basis points in the BR is not material, and prospective house buyers must carefully assess their ability to repay the monthly loan obligations and only go ahead with the purchase if they are certain that they have no problems in servicing the loan instalments.

“Although the reduction is very much welcomed, it cannot be the deciding factor on whether a prospective house buyer should pursue their dream home,” he says.

In choosing a home loan, Chang advises potential house buyers to check out  as many banks and financial institutions as possible to gauge the best terms as different banks have different criteria and risk appetite.

“Prospective borrowers will need to compare the rates received from the various banks and the terms and conditions attached to the loan before shortlisting the bank with the best package for them,” he added.

Ching concurs that homebuyers have to scrutinise a few banks first before shortlisting two to three banks.


“Banks assess each applicant individually based on nett income, commitment, repayment, etc, before determining whether he/she is qualified to borrow the desired amount,” he says.

“Banks have many considerations for loan approvals but the rates offered by them are generally about ±0.1%-0.2%,” he adds.

According to Ideal Mortgage Specialist Sdn Bhd senior marketing manager Steven Cheong, banks usually set the interest rate on a mortgage based on two factors. First is the loan amount. Second is the borrower’s credit profile. “If the credit score is good, the buyer may get better interest rates, and vice versa,” he offers.

RHB Banking Group head of group retail banking U Chen Hock says that mortgage interest rates differentiation among the various banks in the country is currently negligible due to the prevailing competitive landscape of the industry.


Fixed and floating rates

There are basically two types of interest agreements on home loans: fixed and floating.

The fixed agreement refers to the fixed interest rate on the product that remains constant throughout the lifetime of the facility.

“This product offers peace of mind knowing that the pricing will remain the same throughout the loan tenure. Such a premium feature however, comes at a higher pricing compared with a floating rate product,” U says.

On the other hand, a floating interest rate home loan comprises a variable component, namely the BR. The interest rate is expressed as BR plus spread. The BR will be subjected to fluctuations in the event of movements in the benchmark cost of funds, he explains.

Besides the OPR movement, factors that will affect the BR also include the borrower’s credit profile, and the bank’s operating cost and profit margin.

U says that due to the current accommodative interest rate environment, most mortgage products are offered as floating rate schemes.


Conventional and Islamic loans

There are two concepts of mortgage in Malaysia — the conventional loan and the Islamic loan. To comply with Shariah principles, the Islamic loan must comply with Al Bai Bithaman Ajil (BBA), Musharakah Mutanaqisah, Musharakah and Ijarah contract, explains Ching.

Both the loans are divided into three categories — flexi, semi-flexi and non-flexi. Compared with conventional loans, Islamic loans have a few advantages.

“There is a 20% stamp duty discount for Islamic Loan Agreement documents, and the so called interest rate of Islamic loans are capped at a ceiling rate of up to 10.75%,” says Ching.

Also, when refinancing from a conventional mortgage to an Islamic one, there is a 100% stamp duty waiver on the existing refinancing loan balance, Ching adds.

Furthermore, in contrast to conventional loans, which usually have a three-year lock-in period, most Islamic home financing packages do not have a lock-in period.

During the lock-in period, borrowers are not allowed to refinance or fully settle their loans unless they pay a penalty of 2% to 3% on the loan outstanding.


Flexi, semi-flexi and non-flexi loans

Home loans are also categorised as flexi, semi-flexi or non-flexi loans. “Flexi” features give greater flexibility, namely the ability to make additional payments over the monthly instalment amount. The additional payments will be used to immediately offset the principal balance outstanding resulting in interest savings, explains U.

In addition, the prepaid amount can be used in future if the need arises by redrawing against the accumulated prepaid amount, he says.

“With the two features, mortgage products are now becoming transactional products that enable customers to prepay and redraw at any time, as opposed to a typical loan that limits transactions to only monthly instalments,” U adds.

Under a normal non-flexi mortgage, however, borrowers are not allowed to do any prepayment and redrawing, he adds.

As for semi-flexi loans, a borrower can do prepayments but they have to serve a two-day notice to the bank if they want to redraw from the prepaid amount.

Ching suggests that borrowers go for the semi-flexi loan instead of the flexi loan as the latter may incur extra costs.

“Some banks will charge the flexi loan borrower a set-up fee of RM200 and a monthly maintenance fee of RM10, so these are the extra costs,” he notes. And if a borrower doesn’t make additional payments, he or she will not benefit from the interest savings feature of the flexi loan but would have incurred more cost anyway, he adds.

Ching says buyers need to find out all the costs involved in buying a property to avoid buying something they can’t afford.

“The main reason buyers face difficulties getting a mortgage is because they are buying something they can’t afford,” he says.

Besides the cost of a property, buyers should know that there are other costs like down payment, stamp duty and valuation fees, Cheong adds.


How to choose?

When deciding on the type of mortgage, HBA’s Chang reckons that there should be no real difference to the borrower whether their housing loan is under the conventional financing or Islamic financing.

However, the borrower should ensure that early redemption or repayment of the facility is allowed under the Islamic financing facility as the previous generation of Islamic financing by certain banks did not have provision for early redemption which posed problems to borrowers wishing to settle their housing loan early or to dispose the property, he adds.

The choice of a fully-flexible loan or semi-flexible loan account depends on the needs of the borrower, he offers.

“If the borrower prefers to make regular pre-payments and withdrawals, then a fully-flexible loan account is more suitable. But if the borrower is not going to make regular pre-payments or withdrawals, then a normal semi-flexible loan account would suffice.”

Ultimately, borrowers should choose what suit their lifestyles and requirements.


Base rates and effective lending rates

In a mortgage, the effective lending rate refers to the rate that a consumer pays for a loan facility.

Meanwhile, the BR is determined by the financial institutions’ benchmark cost of funds and the Statutory Reserve Requirement (SRR).

Other components of loan pricing such as the borrower’s credit risk and liquidity risk premium, and the bank’s operating costs and profit margin will be reflected in a spread above the BR.

According to BNM’s website, the Base Rate (BR) replaced the Base Lending Rate (BLR) as the main reference rate for new retail floating rate loans effective 2 January 2015.

The effective rates come under the cost-plus structure which is translated into the “BR + spread”.

“Since the introduction of the new framework, all financial institutions now have their own independent published BR and spreads,” says RHB Banking Group head of group retail banking U Chen Hock.

A revision in the BR will impact the effective lending rate of a mortgage facility, thus it would entail a revision of the instalment amount, U adds.

The spread on the other hand is fixed upon entering a mortgage contract, unless there is a change in the risk profiling of a borrower particularly due to deterioration of the mortgage account, which includes non-servicing of the monthly instalments, he notes.

“Under such circumstances, the financial institutions are allowed to vary the spread to reflect the risk of the mortgage account,” U says. “Such provisions are reflected in the Letter of Offer and consumers are advised to peruse the terms.”


This story first appeared in pullout on 12 August, 2016.

SCP Group plans The Societe office suites in the heart of Desa Sri Hartamas Registration

The car park has been closed for the past few months. Most recently, a project notice board has been placed on the site stating the proposed development of a 33-storey office block on the 0.54 acre site.

According to VPC Alliance managing director James Wong, the plot of freehold land has been sold to SCP Traders Square Sdn Bhd, a company under the SCP Group, in February for RM1,107 psf or RM26 million.

“We consider the selling price reasonable, reflecting its commercial use,” he told

According to the notice board, the proposed development will include two floors of underground car parks, a facilities floor with shops, seven floors of above ground car parks, one floor for the management office, 22 floors of offices comprising of Flexi-Offices and SoHo Offices, and two office lounges on the top floor.

The proposed project name is The Societe @ Desa Sri Hartamas.

SCP Group was formed in 1999 and is predominantly involved in property investments such as car parks and office buildings.

In 2011, the company diversified into property development and snce then it had developed an impressive portfolio in Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Kota Kinabalu. For more information about the developer, visit SCP Group profile page on PTLM.


ViiA Residences at KL Eco City to be launched this month at RM1,600 psf Registration

According to KL Eco City divisional general manager Tony Ling, the leasehold serviced apartment development, which carries an estimated gross development value (GDV) of RM450 million, will offer 326 one-, two- and three-bedroom units with built-up sizes ranging between 650 sq ft and 1,300 sq ft.

“The selling price averages RM1,600 psf, which is a new benchmark pricing for such properties in the Mid Valley and Bangsar areas,” he told

ViiA Residences is S P Setia’s second serviced residence in KL Eco City.

S P Setia launched the first residence in KL Eco City back in 2012. The 708-unit Vogue Suites was sold at an average selling price of RM1,300 psf. It has since been fully taken up.

The 40-storey ViiA Residences is part of the 25-acre, 10ha KL Eco City transport-oriented development (TOD) which features pedestrian link bridges that connect the residential towers to the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) station, Mid Valley City as well as The Gardens shopping mall.

The project is surrounded by Grade-A office buildings, a 252-room four-star business hotel, 3 million sq ft of prime office space, a 200,000 sq ft retail mall and a unique two-tier road system.

Ling noted that in future, those who stay or work in KL Eco City could have access to the LRT as well as KTM stations and malls within just a 10- to 15-minute walk.

“We are targeting high-income young professionals aged between 30 and 45 years old who want a vibrant city lifestyle and are looking for a home in an integrated development, which offers various facilities and amenities within walking distance,” he added.

Construction will begin by end of this year with expected completion by 2020.

ViiA Residences will be sold on a 10:90 package, which means that the homebuyer pays only 10% of the price and the rest upon completion of the home after he takes vacant possession, example in 48 months time.

Meanwhile, S P Setia has offered the public a sneak peek into ViiA Residences through a mobile gallery, which has been making its rounds in the Klang Valley since 17 June and is expected to continue until 23 August.

Ling said via the mobile gallery, the project has received overwhelming response from the public with 3,000 keen buyers having registered their interest.

On future developments within KL Eco City, he noted that there will be two more residential phases and a 42-storey office block — the highest tower in the integrated development — which are all slated to be unveiled next year.

ViiA Residences @ KL Eco City

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News Source: The Edge Property, 10 August 2016