However, there are certain fundamental property rules which can minimise your investment risk and maximise your capital returns over time. Here is PropertyGuru Malaysia’s fool-proof guide to choosing a home that will keep on giving!
1) Location, Location, Location!
You’re probably tired of hearing the ‘L’ word when it comes to property advice. Be that as it may, it’s still very much true! However, evolving times and trends have changed what a good location means today.
While in the past, a home in a capital city would practically guarantee great capital returns over time, increasing urbanisation and congestion in major cities have resulted in slumps in metropolitan residential values. For example, Johor Bahru is quickly acquiring the reputation of being too congested and too expensive.
Instead, investors are gravitating towards smaller towns further afield. In the southern state of Johor, a booming property market can be found in the historical town of Kluang.
Located just over an hour away from Johor Bahru, Kluang was the original capital of Johor, and never lost its regal charm. This town is home to a moderate-sized population of 250,000 people, and is renowned for many things: its nostalgic railway station, authentic local coffee, enduring ‘kopitiam’ culture, larger-than-life street art, and scenic mountainscapes.
Kluang is also the home of Bandar Seri Impian, an award-winning development that wins the ‘location’ ticket in more ways than one! BSI, as it is affectionately known, sits on 1,210 acres of undulating land a refreshing 510m above sea level at the foothills of Gunung Lambak. As a serene and harmonious urban township, it promotes sustainable living, by meeting the needs of the present community without compromising the future of generations to come.
It is positioned a comfortable 15 minutes’ drive from the heart of Kluang, and a scenic 10 minutes’ journey from a recreational forest reserve. The upcoming Bandar Seri Impian interchange on the Gemas-Segamat-Kluang-Pasir Gudang Highway paves the way to Kota Tinggi, Kulai, Johor Bahru, and all other major locations in the state.
To top it off, BSI is also one of the only townships in Malaysia which has been formally endorsed by a renowned feng shui master! Nestled among auspiciously positioned mountains and with a natural waterway fortuitously flowing through it, BSI is ideally positioned for the positive flow of Qi (say hello to the inflow of wealth!).
2) A Developer Of Good Repute
It may seem counterintuitive that capital appreciation may be so closely related to a developer’s performance. You’d be forgiven to think that the developer, which is generally involved only in the formative stages of a residential project, would not have much bearing on its future resale value.
However, a reputable developer with good financial stability can set a development up for success in the long run. Long after a property is handed over to its proud new owner, the effects of a good developer can still be felt.
Reputable developers have strong relationships with good architects, material suppliers, and construction companies, which means that the quality of their properties will stand the test of time. Such developers also have a comprehensive understanding of planning laws and construction requirements, so owners and potential buyers can rest assured that their property will always be up to standard. Also, the intangible value of a good brand will always sweeten any property deal!
BSI is developed by Matrix Concepts Holdings Berhad, which has over 18 years’ experience in the industry. Matrix Concepts’ flagship project, Bandar Seri Sendayan, was launched in 2005 and is still one of the most coveted residential areas in Seremban today. Setting its sights on the future, the developer has a Gross Development Value of RM9.73 billion until the year 2022.
BSI, in turn, is the proud recipient of the Best Greenery Harmonious Development Award as well as the Best Inspired Land Development Award at the Property Insight Prestigious Developer Awards, further solidifying Matrix Concept’s reputation as a world-class developer.
Matrix Concepts has one of the most impressive capital appreciation track records in Malaysia. Within BSI itself, the Impiana Villa bungalows, Impiana Avenue commercial units, and double-storey terrace houses have all appreciated to at least double their starting value in less than ten years! As such, the newly launched Impiana Bayu terrace houses are destined to follow suit.
These linked homes are sited in a gated-and-guarded community, and come with 2 years free security charges. The latest phase is named ‘Eucomis’, and it comprises 83 units of double-storey terraces that have expansive built-up areas starting from 2,474 sq ft, and sit on a 1,650 sq ft plot of land each. With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms as well as gathering areas at the ground and first floor, you can be sure of ample space for you and your loved ones!
3) Convenience And Accessibility
In addition to location and reputation, no one can deny the value of excellently-planned convenience! If a residential project is well-planned from the get-go, this will result in a virtuous cycle which will effortlessly drive property values up over time.
As residents and visitors experience for themselves the convenience of an intuitively planned residential project, this will build the project’s positive reputation and attract more discerning investors and reputable commercial brands to invest in the area. This will, in turn, further increase the development’s reputation and value.
For exactly this, look no further than BSI. It is a fully-integrated township meticulously designed to harmoniously bring together residential and commercial facilities for a truly hassle-free lifestyle.
Impiana Square, BSI’s main commercial hub, is an easy five minutes’ drive from Impiana Bayu. Located right at the lakefront, this dining and retail focal point offers an enticing combination of convenience and tranquillity as you go about your daily errands or take a break for a cup of coffee.
The Square’s elegant façade sets just the right tone for iconic restaurants like Kluang RailCafe and crowd-favourite fast-food joints, while 99Speedmart and 7-Eleven offer everyday essentials right at your fingertips. As BSI continues to grow, these flagship brands are set to attract even more local and global commercial interest and open up new business opportunities for you.
BSI’s residential clusters and amenities are all seamlessly integrated with its serene and picturesque natural surroundings. The lush recreational park and lake at the heart of BSI are within easy walking distance from Impiana Bayu. This open space is intuitively partitioned into outdoor fitness areas, children’s playgrounds, and sports courts, all embraced by meandering walking and cycling paths.
Other thoughtful touches like perimeter fencing, religious facilities, a bus terminal, and a community amphitheatre add to the overall allure and character of BSI. And just outside the BSI proper, you will find other amenities like a petrol station, two hypermarts, schools, medical centres, and even a golf and country club within easy reach.
With all this, it’s easy to see how BSI has continued to maintain and indeed increase its appeal since its launch in 2007, pushing property prices steadily upwards.
Bandar Seri Impian, Where Life Buzzes With Vibrancy
Opening up the northeastern corner of BSI, Impiana Bayu’s Damai 2A is a newly launched cluster of double-storey superlink terrace houses. These tastefully styled homes are built on generously proportioned plots of land measuring 20x70ft in size, with built-up areas ranging from 2,224 sq ft to 2,640 sq ft in size.
All units boast layouts flexible enough for any family configuration, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, two living rooms, and a covered porch for two cars. This gated and guarded community also comes with a complimentary two years’ of security charges.