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Malaysian Property Benefits From Steve Davis Effect

February 1, 2010Article by Ray Withers

Malaysian property is now benefiting from something that most would probably have called a flaw during boom times: the fact that it is the Steve Davis of Asian property markets.

For those that do not get the Steve Davis reference: it is the name of a snooker player who became famous for being the most overly-cautious player the game had ever seen. This made his games quite boring to watch, especially compared to others in the game at the time like Hurricane Higgins and Lightning Jimmy White.

At the same time Steve Davis set the record for winning the most consecutive World Championships, winning 8 in a row — a record which stood until Stephen Hendry won 9 in a row.

During the boom times, the caution of Malaysia’s government — constantly active to prevent the formation of a bubble or bubbles — made the growth of the Malaysian market seem boring to watch at times, especially compared to the rapid growth of other’s in the region, namely Cambodia and Vietnam.

Now, when investors are weighing safety and stability over fantastic and sensation growth potential, market’s like Malaysia are coming up trumps.

Malaysia however, is in a unique position allowing it to benefit more than most markets with similar stability on offer, says David Cox, director of UK based international property investment consultancy Property Frontiers.

“Whereas globally, safe and stable markets are tending to be grouped together; France, Portugal, Italy and Germany for example, Many of the Caribbean islands for another; Malaysia is one of the few — if not the only — property market’s in Asia capable of offering that level of security to international property investors,” he said.

Property Frontiers are currently marketing some excellent Malaysian property developments, all of which seem to scream value for money out of the screen.

The lowest priced offering is the Axis Crown Premier, which offers 3 bedroom Kuala Lumpur apartments from just £90,500. The Axis Crown development is part of the Axis multi-purpose residential, retail & commercial development, in the upcoming Pandan district. The Chic apartments all come fully furnished, and with 60% finance available.

For those with a larger budget Property Frontiers are offering the Sunway development at Vivaldi, which offers 4 bedroom apartments from £545,000. With guaranteed yields of 7% and 75% finance available, Sunway at Vivaldi is a cash-flow positive investment in Kuala Lumpur one of the fastest emerging metros and investment hotspots in the world.


Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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