Developer predicts high demand for certain Malaysian properties
By Peter Mindenhall

Developer predicts high demand for certain Malaysian properties

Certain parts of the Malaysian property market are set to experience significant demand in the face of analyst predictions of a slowdown in sales.

This is according to Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum, chief executive and managing director of Mah Sing Group, one of the biggest property developers in the country.

Service residences and high-value homes in guarded and gated communities are among the types of real estate expected to respond well to higher demand, he told reporters at the Invest Malaysia 2012 event.

He also suggested that purchases by foreign buyers will increase in the near future thanks to the recent announcement of 21 property projects representing billions of pounds' worth of investment, the Business Times reports.

This is in spite of analysts suggesting that tighter lending restrictions being put in place by Bank Negara Malaysia will hamper sales.

Last month, Malaysian bank ECM Libra said it expects real estate prices to drop this year following double-digit rises in 2011 - something that may increase investor interest in the country's property market.
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