柔佛打房首炮!傳外國人置產手續費5%

柔佛打房首炮!傳外國人置產手續費5%

2013-10-08 17:30

(吉隆坡8日訊)柔佛州祭出打房首砲,料在明年落實外國人在柔置產的手續費5%,此舉或預示全國打房措施接踵而來,除外國人置產最低限額可能提高到100萬令吉,產業盈利稅和印花稅雙雙調升的幾率也上升。

  • 柔佛州祭出打房首砲,料在明年落實外國人在柔置產的手續費5%,此舉或預示全國打房措施接踵而來,除外國人置產最低限額可能提高到100萬令吉,產業盈利稅和印花稅雙雙調升的幾率也上升。(圖:法新社)

隨著各種打房措施箭在弦上,近期引發供應過剩疑慮的高檔公寓產,恐淪為最大受害者。

為限制外國人在柔州炒房,柔州政府祭出系列打房措施,包括將在11月召開的州議會提呈外國人置產需支付4至5%的手續費,此舉最早料在今年杪或明年初落實。

目前,外籍人士購買柔佛住宅、商業和工業產業時,需支付一致的手續費1萬令吉。

轉售或需房屋機構同意

此外,柔州政府也可能限制外國人轉售產業,如外國人轉售產業時,必須獲得房屋機構同意。

產業分析員相信,柔州拉起的打房序幕或意味更多打房措施的出台,和柔州同樣出現產業價高居不下的巴生河流域和檳城,料也難逃劫數。

分析員預見,政府極可能提高外國人置產的最低限額,由50萬調升到100萬令吉,其他潛在措施,還有調升產業盈利稅和印花稅、調降第三項產業的房貸上限,自70%降低到50%或60%。

大馬研究產業分析員麥凱文認為,檳城和巴生河流域的打房焦點主要將落在產業盈利稅和印花稅,惟部份分析員估計,政府將循序漸進地調升這些稅務,以免過份扭曲房市。

高檔房產挨打
或扭曲房市動力

大馬研究相信,上調海外人士的置產稅4至5%,或進一步限制轉售市場的外資,可能扭曲柔佛產業市場的動力,影響產業價的復甦週期。

“政府調整海外產業稅主要和柔佛與依斯干達的房價有關,然而,此舉不能太狠,因這唯恐打擊經濟走廊的未來海外投資。”

麥凱文也提到,柔州的打房措施主要將打擊高檔公寓,不至於影響可負擔房屋。

“任何措施都必須平衡,以免打擊依斯干達的展望,因該區的發展仍處於初期。”

他相信,上述舉措不會在依斯干達的Medini推行,尤其那些外資不受限制的依斯干達重心區。

柔州房屋與地方政府委員會主席拿督阿都拉迪夫班迪強調,因依斯干達已成為外資的投資熱點,此時宜推出這些新措施。

他也不認為,這些打房措施將影響依斯干達,因新手續費合理,而相對檳城和巴生河流域,海外人士在柔佛置產的稅率仍低。

特定發展商受影響

產業市場近期的發展可能壓制特定發展商的情緒,尤其高度涉足海外買家或高密度發展的發展商。

這些發展商包括依斯干達浮城控股、UEM陽光(UEMS,5148,主板產業組)、碧桂園 (Country Garden)、怡保花園(IGB,1597,主板產業組)、實達集團(SPSETIA,8664,主板產業組)、森那美(SIME,4197,主板貿服 組)、地不佬穩固(TEBRAU,1589,主板產業組)和麗陽機構(TROP,5401,主板產業組)。

反觀,其他發展商如馬星集團(MAHSING,8583,主板產業組)最近在柔佛收購的地段主要為發展可負擔產業,因而相信,馬星接下來在柔佛的產業推介,不受任何新措施影響。

World Bank lowers 2013 Malaysian GDP forecast to 4.3%

World Bank lowers 2013 Malaysian GDP forecast to 4.3%

Posted on October 8, 2013 – Property News.

PETALING JAYA: The World Bank is downgrading Malaysia’s growth for 2013 due to the weaker economic activities in the first half of the year.

The Washington DC-based international financial institution said in the twice-yearly East Asia and Pacific economic update that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year might come in at 4.3% or 0.8 percentage points lower than the April estimate.

However, it expects an improvement in Malaysia’s growth in the second half of the year on an anticipated bottoming-out of external demand and an increase in confidence in the recovery of advanced economies.

Malaysia’s GDP growth slowed in the first half of 2013 largely on account of weak external demand.

The World Bank said the impact of further fiscal consolidation and possibly tighter credit conditions on domestic demand would weigh on the growth outlook in 2014 and 2015.

“Domestic demand will start facing headwinds from fiscal consolidation earlier and more extensively than previously anticipated, although investment growth should retain some momentum given the extended implementation period of many ongoing projects,” it said.

It added that the improved external environment would partly mitigate those headwinds.

“While consumption growth is expected to pick up modestly in 2015 as the effects of fiscal consolidation start to wear out, growth in capital formation is expected to slow further, while still remaining at elevated levels compared to pre-2008 levels.

“An acceleration of Malaysia’s structural reform agenda could present upside risks to the 2015 forecasts.”

It expects fiscal policy to remain on track for consolidation through 2015, with the goal of reaching a deficit of 3% of GDP.

“This will require that the government adopt a medium-term perspective to fiscal policy and a commitment to controlling emoluments and supplies and services as well as continued efforts to raise non-oil tax revenues.

“Under current baseline assumptions, the deficit is expected to narrow from 4.1% in 2013 to 3.6% in 2014 and 3.3% in 2015. On the external side, the current account surplus is expected to narrow to 3.4% of GDP in 2013.”

“GDP expanded 4.2% in the first six months compared to 5.9% in the previous six months (2.5% compared to 6% on a sequential or seasonally adjusted annual rate basis).

“On the demand side, the weakness can be attributed primarily to exports, whereas domestic demand remained robust, with the value added produced and absorbed domestically expanding by a faster rate in the first half of 2013 compared to the previous six months (9.3% compared to 8.8%).”

More demand for secondary property

More demand for secondary property

Posted on October 8, 2013 – Featured, Property News.

By DAVID TAN | davidtan@thestar.com.my

Prices of new homes in primary market too high for most people

Geh: 76% of urban wage earners can’t afford homes in the primary market.

Some 70% of residential property transacted in the country today are in the secondary market, while the remaining 30% are newly launched projects.

Raine & Horne Malaysia (Penang) director Michael Geh said more people were going after secondary property because of the pricing which ranged between RM72,000 and RM350,000.

“This market has been very active in the last 12 months and I foresee that it will be very active for the next six months, in terms of sales and rental,” he said at the recent Malaysian Secondary Property Exhibition (MASPEX) Penang 2013 at the Penang Times Square.

“Another reason for its popularity is that the secondary property is already built which means buyers can move in immediately.”

Geh said that in the primary market, many residential units were now being sold at a high price due to market demand and inflation among other factors.

“It is only due to the recent Bank Negara credit curbs that the rise in property prices has slowed a bit,” he said.

“These high price tags for new residential projects has made owning a home a distant dream for the middle class.

“The rental market will thrive in such circumstances as more turn to renting instead of buying their own homes.”

On the affordability level of new houses, Geh said that according to the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, about 76% of urban wage earners in the country earned RM5,000 or less each month.

“This means 76% of the urban working population can’t afford to purchase their own homes in the primary market,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents president Siva Shanker said between 5,000 and 7,000 people visited the three-day fair.

“We received some 2,000 enquiries, and about 200 of them turned into sales,” he said.

“We are still gathering information on the deals closed at the fair.”

An estimated RM1.5billion worth of secondary property was showcased during the three-day event.

The event featured more than 1,000 units of residential property in Penang and a few in Kuala Lumpur.