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.

Johor Property Prospects; Like a Goldmine Waiting to Be Discovered

Malaysia’s three decade adventure of transforming itself from a simple agricultural nation into a manufacturing and heavy industries superpower is one good example of a successful backwater nation-economic powerhouse metamorphosis. The country’s diverse economic makeup together with its uncanny ability to draw foreign investments fueled by Japanese investors are attributes that promises a strong growth rate for decades to come. And in the center of all these is Johor, strategically located south of Malaysia. Also known as the “Abode of Dignity”, Johor became the recipient of the Iskandar Development Region (IDR), poised to become the country’s most developed and sustainable region by international standards. The IDR sits directly in the center of Asia’s burgeoning economic growth centers such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and that of India and its neighbors.

Because of this, land development and influx of labor had already commenced operations in Johor, including those minor value-added industries and the offering of neighboring Indonesia’s enormous labor resources to fulfill that vision of growth in the region. The government is giving its full support in the implementation of the plans, management coordination, financing and regional promotion to guarantee IDR’s success.

The work generated by the Iskandar Development Region which was launched late in 2005 propelled the increase in economic activities that translated to the rising demands for the housing sector, especially in the Tebrau and Skudai regions. The Johor Property market woke up after suffering setbacks from the recession and is now nurturing confidence stimulated by improved conditions and the economy bouncing back. All of these became possible due to the introduction of infrastructure by the IDR. Literarily, all businesses and property acquisitions activities are now pointed at Johor. It is prepared to profit from the continuing infrastructure projects which will be sustained in the future.

Now, Johor had become a common household name because of the ever-increasing number of valuable property projects, with some of them already in the implementation stages. In the private sector, huge projects like the $5.15 billion South Key on the former Majidi camp site and the Lido Boulevard Development, together with the state government’s long-term development projects by its investment agencies, are now molding the new image and value of the Johor Property.

With the way the trend is going, properties in Johor are very promising. The potential for growth and development is too great to devalue. Thanks to the intervention of the IDR, these properties will become like goldmines in the very near future.

Johor property gets boost from Iskandar M’sia

WORK on Iskandar Malaysia over the past year has led to an increase in economic activity that has boosted demand for housing, particularly along the Skudai and Tebrau corridors, according to a property market report.

The property market in the southern state emerged from a hiatus in the second half of last year on growing confidence fuelled by improving economic conditions and expectations of a strong rebound.

But a key element for Johor property has been the rolling out of infrastructure in Iskandar Malaysia.

The special economic zone ‘dominated all business and property-related airwaves in 2009’, CH Williams Talhar & Wong (CTW) said in a report. ‘The area that stands to benefit from on-going infrastructure works will continue to show promise.’

Although launched at the end of 2005, development of Iskandar Malaysia was held back by the recession and the tipping point for the zone is now expected to be reached around 2011-2012.

Increasingly, Johor has hogged the limelight for the growing number of prestige property projects that are in various stages of implementation.

Private sector projects, derailed by the global financial crisis, are starting to come on-stream and a number of them are of enormous scale. They include the soon-to-be launched RM12 billion (S$5.15 billion) South Key project on the previous Majidi Army camp site and the RM4 billion Lido Boulevard development by Central Malaysian Properties.

The state government, through its investment agencies, has stakes in both long-term developments, as it does in most major projects in the state.

Also on the drawing board is a trade and distribution hub to be located in Iskandar’s Eastgate Development Zone. Developer Malaysia Pacific Development has said the RM1.6 billion trade and expo park will be Asia’s biggest.

The state is also looking at proposals for a couple of billion-ringgit oil facilities – a refinery at Teluk Ramunia near Kota Tinggi and a deepwater petroleum terminal facility at Pengerang. Environmental impact reports are now being studied.

Danga Bay also has its fair share of projects, including the RM650 million Oakwood Residences and Iskandar Residences on which work started last year. And 10 days ago, Australia’s Walker Corporation unveiled plans for a RM1.7 billion waterfront project, stretching from Danga Bay to the Lunchoo River, to be modelled on the Hope Island Resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

CTW said a key development last year was the relocation of the new state administrative centre to Kota Iskandar in Nusajaya, where a number of prestige projects, including international theme parks, are being constructed.

While CTW director Danny Yeo believes Johor commercial real estate to be a better bet, he has said that people buying property to live in, especially near Nusajaya, have little downside if they choose the right projects – waterfront, good security and developers with a good track record.

Even so, perhaps because of oversupply issues from previous years, CTW generally does not see prices rising in Johor Baru this year. Other than retail, which it sees slipping, it expects the office, shophouse, residential, industrial, hospitality, development land, and agricultural segments to be flat.


Johor Property at Iskandar Development Region – A Boost For Johor Tourism

Iskandar Development Region, previously known as South Johor Development Region, is a joint effort by the Johor State of Malaysia and the Federal Government of Johor to boost the Johor State’s overall development. The Iskandar Development Region upon completion is expected to be on par with Shenzhen or Hong Kong of China.

It covers an area of 221,634 ha which is about 3 times the size of Singapore. It includes District of Johor Bahru, Mukim Jeram Batu, Mukim Sungai Karang, Mukim Serkat, Pulau Kukup and Mukim Ayer Masin.

It stretches from Johor Bahru to Senai/Kulai at the north, Port of Tanjung Pelepas at the west and Pasir Gudang at the east. It is divided into 5 zones i.e. (i) Johor Bahru city (ii) Nusajaya (iii) Western Development Corridor including Tanjung Pelepas and Gelang Patah (iv) Eastern Development Corridor including Johor Port, Pasir Gudang and Tanjung Langsat and (v) Senai-Kulai.

The Comprehensive Development Plan for Iskandar Development Region was drawn by the Khazanah Nasional Bhd. It aims to transform the southern part of the state of Johor including some backwater areas into an international metropolis. This region is set to become an important industrial, logistical and commercial centre with industrial facilities dealing with electronic, petrochemical, refinery and shipbuilding.

Based on the statistics, in 2005 the Iskandar Development Region has a population of 1.4 million. It is projected to have a population of 3 million by the Year 2025. Gross Domestic Product for Year 2005 is RM20 billion. This figure will be pushed up to RM93.3 billion by Year 2025.

Iskandar Development Region stretches along the Strait of Johor covering coastal land, swamp lands and rivers. Most of these areas can be developed into tourist spots.

The existing tourist spots in the Iskandar Development Region are historical sites within Johor Bahru city, Danga Bay, Kukup and Kukup Island, Tanjung Piai, ZON Ferry Terminal, Tanjung Langsat etc. Kukup Island is a RAMSAR site and it has the world largest uninhabited mangrove. Various species of flora and fauna flourish on this island. Nature lovers will come to this region and appreciate the uniqueness of this place.

Tanjung Piai is another mangrove near to Kukup and is the southernmost tip of Asia continent. Long-tailed masque with white eyebrow can be found on tree tops here.

Visitors depart and arrive at ZON Ferry Terminal by sea from Batam, Bintan and Tanjung Belungkor, Johor. The ZON Ferry Terminal has been assimilated into other components to make it a one stop tourist centre complete with a hotel, a shopping centre, a huge karaoke centre etc. It is a duty free zone where goods bought here are exempt from taxes.

Danga Bay is being developed by Ecovest Bhd. It is a mixed development comprising of shops, condominiums, theme parks, marina etc. It has a female market which follows the concept of female market in Hong Kong.

There is an international airport, Senai International Airport at Senai. Senai is an industrial area with various factories set up by international investors. Senai will be developed into an international cargo hub under the Iskandar Development Region. The Senai International Airport besides serving the cargo, it will serve as the entry point for visitors from all over the world.

With the influx of investment from all over the world into Iskandar Development Region, tourism industry will not be forgotten by the Johor State government. Currently, there are middle-east investors proposing to develop theme parks at Nusajaya. A company under Berjaya Group, Central Malaysian Properties Sdn Bhd has acquired the Waterfront Floatiing City and has changed its name to Lido Boulevard. It will be a mixed residential and commercial development. The special feature of this development is that most of the structures will be constructed above the sea and supported by piles. This developemnt has stirred controversy among the locals as it occupies the seafront, in a way blocking and spoiling the sea view whereas there are plenty of inner lands that can be used for development.

Malaysia now is facing an upward surge of fuel price, construction material price and commodity price. Inevitably, the pace of developement of Iskandar Development Region is now being hampered. Barring unforeseen circumstances in the future, as long as the national leaders sticks to their commitments, Iskandar Development Region will be one of the successful mega projects in Malaysia.

Article written by: Chai Yong

Johor – Haven of Abundance and Security

  • Located between the rapidly growing IT and multimedia markets in China and India such as Beijing, Hyderabad and so on.
  • Geographically located at the centre of the East-West trade routes
  • Accessible by air, land and sea within six to eight hours flight radius from all major Asian cities reaching out to more than 800 million people
  • Good quality of life at a much lower cost compared to cities like Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan or Korea
  • Populated with a multi-lingual, educated workforce