Housing ministry, BNM to ease housing loan requirements

July 4th, 2018 Leave a comment

bnmThe Housing and Local Government Ministry is working with Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to ease housing loan requirements for home buyers, in a bid to reduce the number of unsold completed residential units in the country.

Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the central bank is preparing guidelines to allow for the relaxation of lending schemes.

“Current unsold units are mainly due to location, accessibility, loan approval and high cost of buying houses. Last week, we have had meetings with the central bank, banks, the Employees Provident Fund and the Ministry of Finance,” she told a press conference today.

“God willing, the outcome of the meetings was that BNM will prepare a preliminary paper that comes with brief guidelines for the industry to have more relaxed borrowing schemes, (to help) ease the difficulties for home buyers to get loans,” she added.

Zuraida said preparation is still in progress and that the final proposal would be made by August.

“I think by August, we can come out with the full plan, which will be presented by the ministry. Hopefully, we can launch the new loan package for the B40 (bottom 40%) and M40 (middle 40%) (household groups),” she said.

According to the National Property Information Centre’s (Napic) first-quarter property overhang data, Malaysia saw a total of 34,532 unsold and completed residential properties, including serviced apartments and small-office home-office units as of 1Q2018, worth RM22.67 billion.

The figure has risen by as much as 40%, from the 24,738 units worth RM15.64 billion recorded end of last year.

Of the latest figure, 29% or 9,848 units are serviced apartments, 24% or 8,315 units are condos, while 18% or 6,336 units are 2- and 3-storey terraced houses.

Source: TheEdgeMarkets.com


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  1. xiaomi
    July 4th, 2018 at 17:01 | #1

    Hahaha. This is idiotic. So they are going to come up with a “new loan package for the B40 (bottom 40%) and M40 (middle 40%) (household groups)” so that developers can make use of the future money of these poor fellas to clear the properties that the greedy developers built and nobody wants to buy due to location (bad location), accessibility (inaccessible) , and high cost (overpriced). That’s why I guess the rich becomes richer, and the poor becomes poorer. And sadly, looks like our gov intends to keep it that way. Cheers!!!!!

  2. huawei
    July 5th, 2018 at 09:52 | #2


    People like you who are looking backwards, please migrate to third world country. every single transaction in regard to the willing buyer and willing seller basis. if the Location is (Bad), accessibility is (Bad), high cost (overpriced) it’s none of your concern as well. nobody forces anybody to make a purchase.

    In a developed nation, we need development. If you’re looking backwards, maybe you can consider Zimbabwe

  3. weixin
    July 6th, 2018 at 16:08 | #3

    Today’s headlines on Spore properties…..”Singapore’s decisive property crackdown set to damp ‘euphoria’”, “Singapore Announces Surprise Property Curbs to Cool Market”. I believe BNM did the right thing in tightening up mortgage credit guidelines. Instead of proposing to ease housing loan requirements, the gov should provide incentive for developers to reduce price in order to clear unsold properties. That way, those who had their loan applications rejected due to insufficient income, will automatically qualify again due to lower price.

    Developers should be reminded (before it’s too late) that developing properties is a business venture that always comes with risks, no one can and no one should guarantee their profitability, its survival of the fittest. That’s how you make an industry competitive, and that’s the way to protect consumers.

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