Tips on What to Look out For at Property Fairs

Property fairs can be an excellent way for savvy investors and homeowners to find ideal properties. However, just because there is property for sale doesn’t mean that it will automatically be a good deal.

Whether looking for land in the United States or local real estate in Malaysia, it pays to know what one is getting into before getting into it. Here are some tips on what to look out for at one’s next property fair.

Avoid Open Adjacent Plots 
In general, it is a good idea to stay away from open plots located next to any properties or plots of land one is interested in. This is because one never truly knows what will be developed on the plot in the future, and until it is there, promises can always turn out empty.

Many investors and homeowners are told that the surrounding land will be turned into homes, only to find that commercial buildings and industrial sites are erected months later. And once one buys a home, one will not want to move from there, so it is best to know one’s neighbors in advance.

 
Steer Clear of Commercial Buildings 
Similarly to the first point, it is essential to keep away from commercial buildings when scoping out property fairs unless one does not have any other choice. This includes obvious things like businesses and company or industrial sites.

However, sites such as churches or other houses of worship and schools and community centers can also cause trouble, simply because they are likely to face traffic and increase congestion due to the large numbers of people who are likely to frequent them.

Of course, if one plans on attending a particular house of worship or sending one’s children to a particular school, these drawbacks might turn out to be benefits. However, they should be kept in mind.

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Look Out for Landslides and Floods 
Finally, keep an eye out for flood zones and sloped land close to large bodies of water, such as rivers and lakes. Flood zones are not always easy to identify and there are many land and real estate developers who will not mention the potential dangers simply because they are more interested in making the sale than in keeping the buyer informed and secure.

 

Conclusion 
In conclusion, even though it can be a challenge to find a good plot of land or property in general at a property fair, that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible to do so. There is good land out there and there are good homes just waiting to be bought. It’s just a good idea to do one’s due diligence first, in order to make sure that an investment doesn’t turn out to be a fool’s bargain.

Recommended Reading: 6 Reasons Rural Properties Are A Better Investment Today

 

How to Find a Property in Johor, Malaysia

Lately, there have been a lot of property development projects taking place in Johor, Malaysia. Many of us are also looking at the potentials of working and living in this state, but there are also a lot of stories about how the property prices soared due to investment from those who works in Singapore but resides in Johor. However, there is no need to worry because there are still a lot of properties available in Johor, both for sale and for rent which you can see from the listings in the HomeGuru property portal.

When you search for a property for sale or for rent using HomeGuru, a Malaysia property portal, you will be able to get an idea how the property looks like because the listings includes photographs of the properties. There will also be information such as the type of property, the area, and the contact information of the agent or seller, together with the asking price of the property, build-up area and also price per square feet of the property. It then becomes an easy comparison for you as a buyer, to see how you evaluate the value of the property which you are looking for.

HomeGuru’s Malaysia properties listing in Johor can be searched by areas, price and other search criteria which will meet your needs. The HomeGuru search option allows you to narrow down your search where you can define the number of bedrooms of your new, prospective home. The search option is very convenient and easy to use, so there is no need for you to waste time analysing the search results and refining your list.

Once you have found all the information that you may need from the database, you may then proceed to call the agents. Sometimes, it may be one agent who may have several properties to show you, and you can easily arrange for the same agent to bring you for house viewing for a few hours or a full day. Keep up at it, until you find the property that you want.

How else can you take advantage of HomeGuru in your search for property in Johor? If you are at a loss over the numerous selection of homes within the area of your search, you may wish to look for the advice of some area experts. You may then go to the “Find Agent” section, where you can search for an Area Specialist who will be able to advise you on the details of the area you are looking for. Do you have a question about the average price of the property in your area? Is it affected by flood or traffic jam? Are there any schools nearby? What are the facilities available in the area?

All these questions can be forwarded to the area experts and they will be able to answer them for you as much as their knowledge can help. If you are looking for luxury properties, you may even seek the assistance of luxury specialists who specialise in the sale and rent of luxurious apartments, condos and homes. They will be able to advice you on the types of facilities and which will suit your luxury home needs.

You can also find listings of new homes available in Johor in the HomeGuru website. There is no discrimination of the development projects, so you may choose the property and projects without having to worry about too much advertising gigs from advertisements. It will only give some direct information such as the developer, description about the property, photographs and other relevant information about the project. Updates by the developer are also available as it is important to help the buyer with his buying decision.

HomeGuru is highly recommended as a source to look for properties in Johor. Whether you are looking for a property for sale or for rent in Johor, you will be able to get some insight about the area and the properties price average for that wise purchasing decision. Learn some tips in finding an apartment for rent here.

Finding the Perfect Home: Part 2

Continued from Finding the Perfect Home: Part 1

Bedrooms

How many bedrooms do you need for your home? You will need to make this consideration based on the number of people who are staying with you. Typically, a lot of people missed out on this point due to budget and location, and the normal, average number of bedrooms which a home has is three. Is it enough for you?

The decision can be very personal. One couple, for example, decided that they will need a bedroom for themselves, a bedroom for the wife’s mom, a room where the couple may share as a home office for the husband and a study for the wife, and of course a couple of bedrooms for the children. Also, the husband also promised a special prayers room for the wife due to the different deities which they worship in terms of religious needs. You may imagine that this couple may need a bungalow which has at least five rooms, and the AV room converted into the prayer room for the wife.

Bathrooms

This seem to be trivial, but in reality, it may mean a lot in the long run. You may have children who need to get to school, clashing their bathroom times with you when you need to rush for work. If you have only one bathroom, you need to time yourselves very well just to be sure that your child and you will not be late for school or for work. Also, couples might even be fighting with each other each morning for the use of the bathroom, which is not going to be healthy for the relationship in the long run.

Number of Storeys

Usually, single storey homes in Malaysia has a standard of three, maximum four, bedrooms, with the option of probably two bathrooms. For houses which are two storeys or more, there can be the options of up to, maybe five bedrooms. Sometimes, you might want to be sure that you have a proper bedroom (not a maid’s bedroom) on the ground floor if you have elderly parents living with you, if your house is two or three storeys high.

These ideals which will make your perfect home should be thought about, and carefully decided when you search for a house or apartment for sale. Let’s not shortchange yourself in the process.

Finding the Perfect Home: Part 1

Anyone can afford to be choosy when it comes to picking a new home. Whatever your relatives or even the real estate agent says, you should never think that your budget is too low to allow you to get a perfect home for yourself. Of course, you need to be realistic and not hope to get a landed property with a boutique swimming pool in the garden if your budget is only helping you get an apartment, but you might actually get an apartment with a swimming pool as part of its facilities.

When you start looking for your perfect home, make a list of the things which you must have in the house as the most basic criteria so that you will not miss out on some of the most important things you must have in the house to make your truly satisfied with the purchase. Your list will be different from the list which your colleague or best friend make, because it is your own desires, your individual demands.

Location

You may start by deciding whether you want your home to be within the city centre or in the satellite towns nearby. What lifestyle are you looking for? It depends very much on whether you are a city dweller, or you would prefer a more relaxed lifestyle after work hours. The satellite towns or suburbs are generally cheaper than if you were to pick a home in the city centre, but it will probably mean more commute time for you to and from work. It may also mean that you are probably a little further away from restaurants, schools and shopping malls. However, staying in the city centre is probably a little noisy especially during weekends, and it can have higher crime rates too.

Price

Very often, your budget is a huge consideration. It is all about how much downpayment you can afford, and how much loan you can get from the bank. Get yourself pre-qualified by speaking to the banker, see how much the bank is able to provide you based on your income. This will help you maximize on how much money you can spend on buying property for sale.

With the budget ready in mind, you can then start to shortlist the homes based on the pricing and the location which you already had in mind. Very often, homes on the roads in front of busy, noisy streets may actually be cheaper although it may also resell at a lower price too. If your bedroom is going to be facing the streets, you might also get lesser quality sleep.

Stay tuned for Finding the Perfect Home: Part 2