KUALA LUMPUR: Transactions are still taking place despite the quiet property market, said Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH) Director-General Nordin Daharom.
“This indicates that there is still demand for properties,” he said at the 11th Malaysian Property Summit 2018 (11MPS) here.
However, he said, transactions were dependent on the right kind of products, right location and with good prices.
He said in a Bernama report that according to data from JPPH National Property Information Centre, transaction volumes for the nine months of 2017 (9M17) fell 4.3% to 229,529 from 239,916 in the previous corresponding period.
“We estimate there are approximately 300,000 property transactions each year, and as of third quarter of 2017, over 200,000 transactions were recorded.
“There is another three months of data to report and I believe the number of transactions will be the same at 300,000,” Nordin said.
He said the transaction values in 9M17, however, rose 6.7% to RM102.29 billion compared with RM95.85 billion in the same period of 2016.
Moving forward, Nordin said, Malaysian properties, especially in the Klang Valley, would still be in demand driven by improved economic growth, incentives for the housing sector and positive housing policy changes.
“The government will continue to ensure the sustainability of the local property market with ongoing initiatives despite expectations of a soft market this year,” he said