Real Estate

The Malaysian real estate market is dynamic, offering Malaysians and foreigners a chance to own properties with the little to no restrictions. The economy of the country is stable, which guarantees a stable property market as well. Also, the stability of property prices almost guarantees that the prices will never suddenly fall, and in fact it has shown a steady rise in the past decade. As English is widely spoken in Malaysia, it is possible to process the purchase entirely in English including the written agreements and/or contracts.

The Housing Index in Malaysia averaged around 3.9 percent from 1997 until 2015 and increased by 5.3 percent in 2016. For more information, about the most recent Real Estate data and Malaysian House Price Index data provided by the Ministry of Finance in Malaysia, please click the link below.

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Average investment return of 17%

    Malaysia, offers a wide variety of investment options in the real estate market as well as other commercial avenues each of which offer potentially     high returns of investments.

High GDP Growth

Malaysia has one of the best economic records in Asia, with its Gross Domestic product (GDP) growing at an average of 6.5% per annum for almost 50 years. Malaysia’s market economy has been ranked as the third largest in Southeast Asia.

Supports open-trade markets

    With 1.5 billion speakers, English is the most spoken language worldwide. Malaysia has a political philosophy which involves ideologies and policies      that can range from advocacy of equal respect to the different cultures present in the society to policies in which people of various ethnic and          religious groups are protected.


Malaysia has a strong economic outlook; it is the third-largest economy in Southeast Asia. During the last year, there was a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of 5%, which has made it one of the best performing economies in the region.

The New Economic Model (NEM) has been launched, through which the country aims to reach a higher economic status by 2020 while ensuring a sustainable growth. Malaysian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to rise in the upcoming years.

Malaysia is, in many ways, an ideal platform for expansion into Asia. An average return of 17 percent puts Malaysia at number 11 of the 20 economies with the highest profitability on foreign direct investment. Moreover, Malaysia is well located within the Asia Pacific and ASEAN region, where real estate accounts for 25% of the real estate worldwide.

Key Economic Indicators Malaysia

2015 2016 (e) 2017 (f)
Population (RM million) 31.2 31.7 32.4
GDP (RM million) 1,062.805 1,107.968 1,159.457
GDP Real Grwoth Rate 5.0 4.0-4.5 4.0-5.0
Gross National Income (RM million) 1,125.128 1,197.164 1,258.940
Labor Force (RM thousands) 14,518.0 14,617.0 -
Enemployment rate (RM thouosands) 450.3 501.6 -
Gross exports (RM mimllion) 777.355 785.709 806,352
Gross imports (RM mimllion) 685.778 694.353 718.212
Notes: (e) Estimate.(/)Forecast source: Ministry of Finance Malaysia (fast adjusted 14 March 2017)

Wondering what the Economic
outlook of 2017 will look like?

Last year, we did our "Predictions Analysis for 2016" piece right after the US elections. So naturally we had to wait. The new financial year will start this is the right time to have a look at what the economic prediction for 2017 is. It’s very surprising for some people to wonder how come IQI assesses global macro events with such precision and confidence despite being a small real estate brokerage firm?

The reason why IQI makes solid global macro events forecast with such precision is that we get global market intelligence reports based on actual facts and figures from people who are on the ground.

Let me start my stock market predictions for 2017 with a statement about predictions. A lot of investors will tell you that predictions are a worthless exercise; that anyone who claims to be able to predict the future is lying to you. The critics will say that making predictions is bad for your bottom line, because if you're wrong, you will lose money, and a person is likely to be wrong when trying to plan an entire year ahead of time. The questions on every sophisticated investor's mind right now are:

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Notes: (e) Estimate, (f) Forecast
Source: Ministry of Finance Malaysia (last adjusted 14 march 2017)

Political stability

The three main political parties in Malaysia are United Malaysian National Organisation, the Malaysian Chinese Association and the Malaysian Indian Congress.

The UMNO (United Malaysian National Organisation) has ruled this diverse constitutional monarchy since its independence in 1957. All the parties have always worked towards a peaceful society. Any actions by individuals who try to incite racial tensions can face severe consequences.

The following table lists the political stability of the recent years. with -2.5 as the weakest and 2.5 as the most stable. It focuses on political stability and the absence of Violence/Terrorism. It also measures perceptions of the likelihood of political instability and/or politically motivated violence, including terrorism.