News: How has COVID-19 impacted property prices and where are the opportunities?

May 27, 2020

In our previous article, we’ve learnt that people are still actively searching for their dream homes despite the pandemic situation.  

Now the question is, how has property prices been affected by COVID-19 and where are the opportunities for agents to close deals? 

What is the short-term effect of COVID-19? 

short term effect of covid 19

Our PropertyGuru Malaysia Property Market Index (MPMI) Q2 2020 Report revealed that asking prices of properties nationwide have been on a downward trend since Q4 2016.  

When the Malaysian government announced Movement Control Order (MCO) starting on 18th March 2020, there’s been sharp drops in general consumer activities in the market.   

That said, asking prices of properties in Q1’20 saw a QoQ increase.  

 With sustained property search activities backed by strong pricing outlook at the start of 2020, we could expect rising property prices to hold its grounds despite the pandemic – any price decline would be temporary. 

TIP: Download Property Market Index Q2 2020 Report for details. 

Where are the opportunities to focus on post COVID-19?

If you’re wondering which areas and property types will fare better despite the pandemic, you’ve come to the right place!

NAPIC’s Annual Property Market Report 2019 stated that terrace house has the highest annual price growth in terms of property type.

Below chart shows breakdown of total residential property transactions in 2019.

total residential property transactions in 2019

Additionally, survey results from PropertyGuru Malaysia Consumer Sentiment Study H1 2020 reported terrace homes as the residence of choice (39%) among Malaysians.

According to Malaysia PMI Q2 2020, based on historical data, terrace homes holds the most stable price growth among property types with 6.5% growth since the 1999-2004 post Asian financial crisis period.

Kuala Lumpur and Selangor remain the undisputed champion states for property sales, however MalaccaPenang and Johor are increasingly gaining popularity amongst property seekers.

Based on PropertyGuru Malaysia data from 26th April to 9th May 2020, Malacca saw the highest increase in total number of property enquiries WoW (+42%), followed by Penang (+23%) and Johor (+11%). 

Malacca, as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malaysia, is a good location for investment purposes, in anticipation of the tourism sector recovery post COVID-19.

TIP: Leverage on PropertyGuru’s Area Insider to monitor property price trends in popular areas

Opportunities for Agents 

With government measures serving as financial catalysts, property seekers now have more disposable income to consider property purchase.  

As the market regains its activities progressively, now would be a great time to build pipelines for your real estate business. Here’s how:

  1. Maximise the exposure of your property listings with Spotlight and Auto-Repost
  2. If you have properties in Malacca, Penang and Johor, you may want to also consider Weekly Featured Listing(WFL) to stand out from competition. 
  3. Stay updated on latest property projects to offer the best options for your prospects, our Condo Directoryand New Launches would serve as useful guides. 

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Stay tuned for next week’s article!  

Agent partners, we are standing by you. Let’s take care of each other. 

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-PropertyGuru Team 

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