Buying a property is a major decision.

There is a lot to consider. The whole process, beginning from selecting a piece of property to receiving its keys, could take months or even years to materialize. The entire journey is exciting for some, but yet, could be overwhelming especially to first-time buyers.

Today, information on properties are abundant as we live in the information age. We have the luxury of receiving almost everything that we need to know on a single piece of property at the palm of our hands. Thus, the issue is not on the lack of information. Rather, it is whether we have the wisdom to process and interpret the limitless amount of information available.

‘How do I start?’

Good question. Here, I’ll share 5 tips to help you narrow down your search for a suitable piece of property. They are:

Tip 1:
Why do You Want to Buy a Property?

Are you looking for a place to call home? Or, are you looking for an investment property?

The consideration is different. If you are buying a house to stay, your consideration may be influenced by your current lifestyle. Where do you work? Do you have kids? Is the house located near the school where your child is attending to?

Meanwhile, if you are looking to invest, your consideration is determined by your investment objectives. Are you seeking for high rental yield? Or, are you looking for capital appreciation?

The property selection is different. For instance, if you seek stable rental yield, then, you may search for a property in a matured neighbourhood where rental demand is sustainable. In contrary, if you seek capital growth, you may be interested in a property situated in a new location with potential to grow in the future.

If you are not sure at the moment, you may spend some time to reflect on your priorities. It is helpful to read some materials to get educated and be inspired. Here’s one channel that I reckon:

Guides, Resources & Materials to Search for a Piece of Property by

Tip 2:
How much can You Afford?

Before hunting, you should have an estimate of what you can afford presently. This can be calculate easily. Here’s what you need:

– Your Monthly Income
– Your Age
– Your Debt Service Ratio (DSR)
– Your Monthly Debt Obligations

Here, I’ve produced a simple video to demonstrate how you can easily calculate the amount of mortgage you can borrow.

How to Use the Affordability Calculator by

Tip 3:
What Type of Properties do You Prefer?

It depends on how much you can afford.

For instance, if the amount you can afford is under RM 500,000, then, you have lesser choices. Perhaps, you may start with a flat or a medium-cost apartment if you prefer a property located in the Klang Valley.

Obviously, if you can afford up to RM 1 Million, then, you have more choices. You may choose to shop for a few units of medium-cost apartments or settle with a condominium or even a terrace-house. Needless to say, if you can afford beyond RM 1 Million, you may even choose to invest in commercial properties.

Tip 4:
Should I buy Under-Construction Properties or Existing Properties in the Sub-Sale Market?

Once again, it depends on your objectives for buying a property, how much you can afford and the amount of cash-in-hand. There are pros and cons associated to both under-construction properties and existing properties. Let me elaborate briefly.

For instance, if you intend to receive immediate rental income from your property investment, then, you may search for an existing property in the sub-sale market. You may even prefer a property that is currently tenanted. In this case, you may need to prepare more cash-in-hand to place the down payment for the purchase of your property and to pay for legal fees and stamp duties for both the sales & purchasing agreement (SPA) and the loan agreement.

The Complete Guide to Purchasing a Property in the Sub-Sale Market

Meanwhile, if you don’t have much cash-in-hand, you may opt for under-construction properties. This is because, today, most developers are offering discounts, rebates and incentives to absorb the legal fees and stamp duties for the SPA and the loan agreement. However, you will not enjoy immediate cash returns from your property as it is still under construction. Instead, you will be servicing partially the interest of your loan while your property is being built.

New Property Launch List

Here, has built a collection of reviews on new property projects. It contains almost every information you need to know about the project. This includes its project details, location, and its analysis.

New Property Launch Reviews

Tip 5:
Where is Your Ideal Location?

I believe, you don’t need to be the expert of every single location to hunt for a good property. Most likely, if you are reading this, you are already an expert in your own backyard.

For instance, if you live in Subang Jaya, you would know intimately the whereabouts of nearly every school, hospital, shopping mall, and the best ‘makan’ places in Subang Jaya. You should leverage on this knowledge as it is helpful in searching for your suitable piece of property.

Also, if you’re really a ‘Budak Subang Jaya’, then, it makes sense to expand your search to locations such as Petaling Jaya, Kelana Jaya or Shah Alam. It may be less practical to find a property in Ampang, Cheras or Seremban if you are not familiar with it. For a start, you may check out the property search engine available on

Start your Search for a Property by

Announcing the ‘My Dream Home’ Campaign

Presently, has launched the ‘My Dream Home’ Campaign. It is to assist you in buying the right piece of property by using the search functions, independent reviews, market outlooks, guides and some user-friendly tools by

This campaign allows you to win up to RM 50,000 in prize money from to finance your purchase of a brand new property. The contest period is for a limited time only and would end on October 31, 2017. For more information:

Link: My Dream Home

Good Luck.


Personal finance author and trainer

    2 replies to "5 Tips to Narrow Down Your Search for a Suitable Property"

    • Anis Azry

      Hi KC,
      Thank you for this detailed and helpful article. I managed to choose the right house i want with the help of this article before applying for a loan. I’ve been browsing through some comparison websites like this , and they have a system that helps me estimate how much i will need to save every month and whether i am eligible to apply for a loan.

      I managed to get a loan for an existing house in the sub-sale market and i am very happy with my decision. Thank you!

    • hayani

      Hi KC
      I am Mrs R. I wonder what is the best way to do full settlement for a home loan?
      Is it better do 90% of capital repayment and left around 10% or Lump sump payment for capital to get the best rebate.

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