The Gold Medal for the iProperty Group

It’s the Olympics! Which country are you rooting for? We have our eyes set on Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Singapore and of course, Australia.

The opening of the 30th Olympics was spectacular and the highlight of course was the latest James Bond girl, Queen Elizabeth II, alongside Daniel Craig, a.k.a. Bond, James Bond. Not forgetting good ol’ comedian Mr. Bean who got the crowd riled up with his antics.

With 26 sports played out over 28 days in 31 competition venues, 10,500 of the world’s best athletes from over 200 nations will compete for the gold medal in their respective sports. There can only be one winner and only the best will triumph ahead.

To some extent, the Olympics are quite similar to the online industry. Although the Olympics are only held once every four years and the quest to emerge the best portal is a daily battle, the outcome is the same – there can only be one clear and distinct winner to walk away with the gold medal.

Similar to being the best athlete, we too have to study our competition, understand what is required of us from the point of our consumers and competitors and from there continue to improve to meet these needs.

It is with that deep understanding, have we through the years emerged to be Asia’s No.1 property portal serving over 3,000,000 unique visitors that search over 700,000 property listings monthly. That in turn generates a total of 52 million pageviews and over 500,000 leads for our 20,000 agents.

Of course, we are No.1 because of you, so THANK YOU for your continuous support and for making us your portal of choice to list your listings and to find your dream home or next property investment.

To further expand our market share and provide our consumers with the opportunity to search for properties from around the world, we have formed a partnership with Australia’s best-known and most trusted real estate brand, LJ Hooker.

The partnership will see 50,000 sales listings published from over 690 LJ Hooker offices in Australasia on the iProperty Group’s network of property portals in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.

This partnership is in line with our strategic mission to deliver more choice for our consumers who are in search of properties not only locally but increasingly abroad. So, if you are on the hunt for properties in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, India, Japan and Vanuatu, you can now do so on any one of our portals.

Aside from that, I am also pleased to announce that Rumah123.com has emerged as the No.1 property portal in Indonesia in all key fronts.

The findings, verified by third party independent sources – Google AdPlanner, Effective Measure and Alexa.com, revealed that Rumah123.com has generated the highest unique visitors, pageviews and reach in May 2012. The findings also revealed that Rumah123.com has emerged the No.1 in the category of time on site spent by consumers. The percentage of users who accessed the property portal via their mobile also trumped ahead of other competitors.

From the team, we would like to take this opportunity to once again express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all our esteemed consumers and customers for enabling us to walk away with the Gold medal once again.

Have a great week ahead!

Pick & Win a Samsung Galaxy S3!

Up for a quick contest? We are giving away a spanking new Samsung S3! You can WIN in just 3 easy steps! Excited yet?

Pick a Property & Win a Samsung Galaxy S3

 

Yes it’s right! Your eyes are not playing a trick on you! A Samsung Galaxy S3 is up for grabs!

  1. Pick your favourite PROPERTY FOR SALE on www.iProperty.com.sg. Copy that property’s link.
  2. Paste the link as a comment at the Pick & Win Contest on our FB Page and tell us why you pick that property in 3 words. 
  3. Share this great contest with your friends and family on FB to increase your chances of winning! 

Easy? Visit Property for Sale now and be on your way to win the Samsung galaxy S3 now!

Terms & conditions:

  • Contest is open for residents in Singapore only
  • Property chosen must be listed on www.iProperty.com.sg and not any other iProperty website
  • Multiple entries are allowed but not on the same property. So share more!
  • Contest will end on 31st July 2012, 2359 hours
  • Winners will be announced on 20th August 2012 on our Facebook fanpage
  • iProperty Singapore has the right to change terms / mechanics anytime, without prior notice

Australia’s Most Trusted Real Estate Brand and Asia’s No.1 Online Property Group Forms Partnership

The iProperty Group, the owner of Asia’s No.1 network of property portal sites with market leading portals in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore, today announced that it has formed a partnership with LJ Hooker, Australia’s best-known and most trusted real estate brand.

The partnership between the two parties will see over 50,000 sales listings published from over 690 LJ Hooker offices in Australasia on the iProperty Group’s network of property portals in Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore.

Commenting on the partnership, iProperty Group Chief Executive Officer, Shaun Di Gregorio, said that the agreement  will allow LJ Hooker agencies to advertise their for sale properties in key Asian markets whilst tapping into  a whole new market of  potential property buyers and investors in the Asian region.

“The partnership means that when a vendor lists a property for sale with LJ Hooker, that property will also be advertised on the iProperty Group’s network of property portals. At the same time the partnership is in line with our strategic mission to deliver more choice for our consumers who are in search of properties not only locally but increasingly abroad,” said Di Gregorio.

Also commenting on the partnership, LJ Hooker’s General Manager of International and Head of Network Development, Bill Russell, said that LJ Hooker was proud to be in partnership with the leading operator of property portals in Asia.

“LJ Hooker is committed to growing and expanding the reach of our agents, not just in Australia and New Zealand but also in Asia. Our aim is to provide the best real estate experience and service for our customers and to continue to be the leading brand and the name that is synonymous with real estate,” said Russell.

He added that the partnership with iProperty Group’s will drive exposure to key markets across Asia, highly effective marketing to consumers and lead generation to advertisers.

LJ Hooker has offices in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, India, Japan and Vanuatu.

Di Gregorio concluded, “We are very excited to working with LJ Hooker as it enables us to jointly leverage our combined strengths for the ultimate benefit of our customers and our consumers.”

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About iProperty Group Limited (www.iproperty-group.com)

Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, the iProperty Group (ASX:IPP) owns and operates Asia’s No.1 network of property websites under the iProperty.com umbrella brand.

Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Company is focused on developing and operating leading real estate Internet portals with other complementary offerings in Asian markets. It currently operates online property portals for consumer and business needs in the markets of Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia and Singapore, and has investments in India and Philippines. Most of its sites are ranked first in their respective markets.

Along with 18 property websites around the region, the Group’s portfolio also includes the first comprehensive regional commercial property website, CommercialAsia.com, as well as a regional property exhibition business and a Malaysian monthly property magazine.

iProperty Group Network of websites:

 

Success Breakthrough and Beyond 2012 was a resounding Success!

iProperty.com played host to over 300 agents at the HDB Hub Auditorium on July 10, 2012 at the agent seminar event “Success Breakthrough and Beyond 2012”

Invited Guest Speakers, Mr. David Poh K. B., Managing Director of Asia Management & Wisdom Pte Ltd grabs the crowd’s attention with his topic “Now is the Best Time to Build a Career Serving Commercial/ Industrial Real Estate Investors” whilst Mr. Colin Tan, Managing Director of Colin Tan Training & Consultancy wows the agents with his antics on ”How to Deal with Buyer Hesitation”.

Some key Industry leaders graced our event too with their participation in our panel sessions. Topics discussed were “Where will the Property Market be Heading in 2012″ and “Between ECs, Private Properties and Commercial Properties, What will be the Best ROI?”

The event was brought to a new hype when agents sees value for money as they snapped up iProperty.com’s products and services at 50% off the usual price! All staff was kept busy as agents signs up for iProperty.com subscription packages.

We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our invited guests speakers, panelists and all agents who have attended the event. And we hope to see you again at our upcoming events!

Pictures tell a thousand words, check out the excitement and happiness from everyone’s faces!

A beeline towards the registration desk

A beeline towards the registration desk

Hunks on the go wth our Mobile Billboards behind their backs

Hunks on the go wth our Mobile Billboards behind their backs

Mohammad Ismail anxiously waiting his turn to give his views

Mohammad Ismail anxiously waiting his turn to give his views

Our panelists in action

Our panelists in action

Our Sales Manager was Surprised!

Our Sales Manager was Surprised!

Standing tall, Colin Tan speak shares his thoughts

Standing tall, Colin Tan speak shares his thoughts

The hype on the sales floor as agents sign up for fantastic deals

The hype on the sales floor as agents sign up for fantastic deals

Buying a home across the causeway

Interest in homes away from this red dot, mostly just across the causeway in Malaysia, have been growing stronger. Not that Singapore has run out of homes to buy though. So what exactly is drawing attention there?

When Ms June Chan first went to Johor Baru to scout for potential properties in February, she spotted a villa going for a pretty price. Built on a sprawling 16,000 sq ft compound was a single-storey bungalow with three rooms and a swimming pool. It was in the Leisure Farm development, in Johor’s Iskandar region. The price: RM3.8 million ($1.52 million). Within two months, Ms Chan, 52, decided it was a good deal and plunged in. ‘It’s a second home for living in while my Singapore house is for rental,’ said Ms Chan, who is single and retired from a multinational corporation two years ago. She is now doing humanitarian work. With property prices rising in Singapore, more Singaporeans have begun looking to Malaysia for investment or to buy their second homes. The weakening Malaysian ringgit, the lure of owning landed property and familiarity with the country are reasons they cite for looking north. The Malaysian property market has been heating up in recent years, much like in the rest of Asia.

Silverscape condominium in Melaka, Malaysia.

Official figures from Malaysia Property Inc – an agency that promotes Malaysia’s real estate internationally – the total transaction value of real estate in Malaysia was RM137.8 billion last year, up 28 per cent from RM107.4 billion in 2010. About 2 per cent of that figure is foreign investment. Johor has seen the strongest surge in interest from foreign investors in the past year, according to the agency. In the first half of 2010, foreigners made up only 4 per cent of Johor property transactions, for properties priced above RM1 million. In the corresponding period last year, however, that figure shot up to 25 per cent. Much of the demand has been generated by the buzz over the Iskandar region, earmarked by the Malaysian government as a major growth area for the country. There are also now big Singapore companies investing in Iskandar.

Temasek Holdings has a joint-venture project with Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional to develop land in Iskandar. CapitaLand has been appointed project manager for a 2ha urban wellness project in Medini North, a region in Iskandar.  Property agents have also been pulling out the stops to get Singaporeans interested by advertising, conducting roadshows and taking busloads of potential investors on property tours. Ms Donna Lim, property agency HSR’s overseas department head, said the number attending its property exhibitions has risen sharply from last year.

SENI condominium in Kuala Lumpur.

Agents say the number of transactions by Singaporeans has also risen. While there is no official data, agents like Propnex say that Singaporeans bought 50 units in the second quarter of the year, compared to around 25 units in the first three months. It is marketing five projects there in total, located in Johor, Kuala Lumpur and Cyberjaya. Mr Peter Lim, head of Leisure Farm Singapore, which arranges free trips for buyers, said Singaporeans had bought 35 units in the development over the past two months, compared to about a dozen in the first two months of the year. Mr Edwin Tan, director of the Paragon Residences @ Straits View Malaysia project, also in Iskandar, said Singaporeans booked 116 units at a roadshow earlier this month, compared with 54 bookings from Malaysians.

Apart from Singaporeans, Malaysians living in Singapore have also been buying property there. Lecturer Jude Nesa Rajah, 51, bought his first JB property on impulse eight years ago after seeing the developer’s promotional booth at a shopping centre. He paid RM100,000 for the 1,016 sq ft unit in Bukit Indah. It is now worth RM220,000. A Singapore permanent resident and father of two, he said: ‘My investment is literally paying for itself… we’ve been renting out the place for seven years now, for RM1,000 a month.’ He said he is looking to invest in more properties when the market cools, adding that he hopes to retire there with his 48-year-old wife, a teacher. While Johor properties have always seen demand, now Singaporeans are also heading further north, scouting for potential investments in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Malacca.Ms Lily Tan, senior marketing and sales manager at Hunza Properties, said Singaporeans were the top buyers of Hunza’s newest condominium Gurney Paragon in Penang, making up about 15 per cent of total unit sales.

Boulevard condominium in Penang.

But unlike those who buy property in Johor as their second or retirement homes, Singaporeans who buy in Kuala Lumpur and Penang tend to view purchases as investments, said PropNex chief executive Mohamed Ismail. Ms Goh Yu Ming, 32, bought a 4,000 sq ft condominium unit in Kuala Lumpur’s main shopping district, Jalan Bukit Bintang, last year for RM2 million. Ms Goh, who works in investor relations, believes she can get a rental yield of 6 to 8 per cent. Rental yields in commercial hubs like Kuala Lumpur and Penang range from 5 per cent to 6 per cent, while in Johor they are typically 4 per cent to 6 per cent. In contrast, Singapore residential properties generally yield 2 per cent to 3per cent, consultants said. The weakening of the ringgit against the Singapore dollar is expected to further stimulate demand. It has fallen by 2.7 per cent in the past year to reach a 14-year low against the Singapore dollar.

The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Reprinted with permission.

Editor’s Commentary:
Kuala Lumper, Penang, Malacca, Johor Bahru. These are the top spots for property buyers looking to secure a home outside of Singapore. Whether as a holiday home or for future investment, properties in these Malaysian states are certainly forces to be reckoned with.

iProperty Group Showcases Commitment to Customers

In an effort to showcase our commitment in ensuring that our valued customers have multiple channel exposure to generate more leads, we have recently formed an exclusive partnership with China Central Television (CCTV)’s official online platform, China Network Television – cntv.cn.

The partnership will now give our customers an additional 35 million viewers from Mainland China as all their for sale residential and commercial property listings as well as news content from Malaysia, IndonesiaHong KongMacau and Singapore will be shared on CNTV’s news launched property portal.

As the main news source for the Chinese people and an important window for Mainland Chinese to learn about information overseas, CCTV is the most influential media broadcaster in China.

The partnership won’t just provide our customers with unparalleled access to property buyers and investors group of Mainland Chinese with rapidly-rising wealth and income, but will also extend the iProperty Group’s reach and presence into China.

Via this partnership, we are bringing to life the company’s ever-evolving understanding of its customers’ businesses to demonstrate how the team at the iProperty Group listens, and collaborates to help fuel our customers’ market success.

At the iProperty Group, we devote an enormous amount of time to deeply understand how we can grow the leads generated for our customers. These detailed insights help to power our ability to transform our commitment into real action – ultimately making the relevant and impactful decisions to fuel the growth our customers.

Whether it’s strengthening our presence in the five core markets, or taking technology and application development to new levels – we work to ensure that our actions speak louder than our words!

Our ultimate goal at the end of the day is to deliver the best to our customers and to provide consumers with an easier platform to search for their dream home.

Have a great week ahead!

Sunway Velocity V Residence

What’s your take on living within an integrated development? The fanfare over integrated development concepts in Malaysia has maintained its popularity among buyers and investors who look forward to the convenience of having with all amenities at their doorstep.

With consumers standing to gain when this competitive market offers greater value developments, our next stop, V Residence is going to be a blast because it’s located at right in the heart of Sunway Velocity, an integrated city offering 5 elements –V Retail, V Office, V Residence, V Boulevard & V Garden.

V Retail

V Retail

V-office

V Office

V-boulevard

V Boulevard

V-garden

V Garden

With V Offices, V Retail, V Garden and V Boulevard right at the door step, life will never be the same at V Residence in Sunway Velocity!

With V Offices, V Retail, V Garden and V Boulevard right at the door step, life will never be the same at V Residence in Sunway Velocity!

From the looks of it, Sunway Velocity is here to transform the whole area and at present, there are no similar concept in this location. Same goes for the price bracket! Set to provide a complete lifestyle that suits today’s modern living, Sunway Velocity is strategically located within 3.8km from the highly prestigious and coveted Kuala Lumpur City Centre address.

Residents can say hello to spending more quality time with friends and family and less time spent travelling or stuck in a bad traffic jam as Sunway Velocity is connected to a good transportation network with two upcoming MRT stations,two existing LRT stations and easy access to major roads and highways. Find out more about Sunway Velocity from the following video.

V Residence, the residential segment of Sunway Velocity offers a modern living lifestyle to busy urbanites who would appreciate the following key points:

  1. Complete living lifestyle with all amenities & facilities at the doorstep
  2. Great connectivity with MRT stations & easy access to major roads & highways
  3. Freehold title

Connected by V Boulevard, residents can enjoy the convenience of a variety of alfresco dining options and a lifestyle shopping mall that’s over 1,000,000 sq. ft. Let’s have a closer look of V Residence’s location right in the heart of Sunway Velocity.

V Residence within Sunway Velocity

V Residence within Sunway Velocity

There are 2 wings in V Residence whereby the West wing has 13 units per floor while the East wing marks 9 units per floor. This plan aims to separate the residential units into 2 wings allow more exclusivity and lower density.

V Residence Floor Layout

V Residence Floor Layout

Noticed V Residence unique living concept of cluster and floating villa style layout design is similar to a resort lifestyle where residents live in a standalone bungalow unit unlike those conventional designs where units are built next to each other. The property is constructed to promote air-ventilation as there are not blockages from the next unit.

Here’s a run-through of V Residence unique features:

  • Health & Fitness – Gym, Games Room, Meditation, Yoga, Pilates deck, Community Deck, Jacuzzi, Water Reflexology
  • Personal Development – Library
  • The Environment – Approximately 2-acre central park, Recycle rubbish bins and compost bins for plant fertilizer, Concentrated landscape garden
  • Sustainable Living – Vehicle-free environmental deck at level 1
  • Social Justice – Customized convenience such as toilets, ramps, car parks and lift call button are available for the physically-challenged group

V Residence is to completed by November 2014 and priced from RM 927,000 onwards

Summing up the Property Investment Fieldtrip by ECG Property, we gathered more perspectives from LaCosta, Vivaldi, Nexis and V Residences that are unavailable via exhibitions or sales brochures. A good advice for buyers who are planning to invest in Malaysia is to visit the properties of interest for you over and over again. It is always wise to study the market and get to know the locals before finally making the decision to invest. Happy investing!

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About Sunway Integrated Properties

Sunway Integrated Properties is the property division of Sunway Berhad, a public listed dynamic and integrated property and construction conglomerate in Malaysia. Sunway Integrated Properties Division has vast experience in managing and developing innovative and quality residential and non-residential properties which include retail, leisure, hospitality and commercial assets.

About ECG Property Pte Ltd

ECG Property Pte Ltd was established by local property guru and author of ‘Get Rich through Property Investment’, Dato’ Eric Cheng. Together with his elite management team, Dato’ Eric Cheng’s aim is to groom Real Estate Professionals to excel and offer peak performance to those with real estate needs.

Sunway Nexis – SOHO

Moving on from LaCosta and Vivaldi, we visited Sunway Nexis’ show gallery that is strategically located near the successful Sunway Giza and surrounded by mature neighbouring commercial development such as Ikea, Ikano Power Centre, The Curve, 1 Utama, TESCO & e@Curve. This area is a highly populated with vibrant commercial and residential hubs.

Nexis is designed to be the connector or stepping stone for Sunway to extend the success of Sunway Giza to future development which is also an integrated development. So, expect this unique development to offer modern retail shops, office suites and flexi-suites. Did any investment opportunities caught your attention?

Nexis Overall with Eco Deck

An overall view of Nexis with the Eco Deck

Commenting on the project, Ho Hon Sang, Managing Director, Property Development, Malaysia, Sunway City Berhad said, “Sunway Nexis is a complete lifestyle centre encompassing leisure, entertainment, recreation and work facilities right at your doorstep.”

To get a bird’s eye view of Sunway Nexis’ strategic location and superb illustrations of Nexis vibrant lifestyle centre concept, view this video.

A quick recap. Sunway Nexis well-serviced by Persiaran Surian and major highways namely the New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE), Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) and SPRINT. Here’s some data from Google Maps to provide a better idea of how convenient Sunway Nexis is:

4mins from Sunway Nexis to The Curve via Persiaran Surian

5 minutes to The Curve via Persiaran Surian

5mins from Sunway Nexis to 1 Utama via Persiaran Surian

5 minutes to 1 Utama via Persiaran Surian

32mins from Sunway Nexis to Shah Alam via NKVE

32 minutes to Shah Alam via NKVE

1 hour 12 minutes from Sunway Nexis to Genting Highland via LDP

1 hour 12 minutes to Genting Highland via LDP

19 minutes from Sunway Nexis to Midvalley Megamall via SPRINT

19 minutes to Midvalley Megamall via SPRINT

25 minutes from Sunway Nexis to Kuala Lumpur city centre via SPRINT

25 minutes to Kuala Lumpur city centre via SPRINT

Non-drivers will be pleased to know that an upcoming MRT station is located just 80 meters away. Retailers will also revel with a steady stream of crowd popping by with the close proximity of the MRT. Looking at Nexis from the macro level, it’s easy to see how the 3 components – Retail Shoppe, SOHO Suite and Business Suite can synergise each other within a borderless integrated development. By connecting daily aspects of life into one convenient wholesome lifestyle, the retail shops & Eco-Deck, office & SOHO towers will provide sustainable traffics to the retail business; and retail shops will provide daily lifestyle to SOHO & Office users.

Overall view of Nexis with MRT

Overall view of Nexis with MRT

SOHO

For SOHO, Every unit is a corner unit! The units’ layout is designed to be like Semi-D concept, where every unit is a corner unit that allow optimum level of natural daylight and ventilation to the unit as well as the corridor area.

nexis-soho-office

Expect creative juice to flow naturally in a professional yet home-like environment at Sunway Nexis SOHO

On top of access to Executive club facilities such as the Infinity pool, gymnasium, rest & reflexology area & discussion area, residents can also enjoy the double-volume Skygardens, a contemplative outdoor space with lush landscaping & green backdrops are located at Level 11 and Level 17 respectively. It can be accessed by all SOHO residents. It is designed to be a relaxation corner/chill out area and it is overlooking the  Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) Deck at the retail floor as well as the greenery view of Seri Selangor Golf Club.

Sunway Nexis SOHO is to be completed by September 2014. Prices from RM 802,200 onwards.

Business Suites

Located in the prime area of Dataran Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Nexis Biz Suite enjoys main road frontage from Persiaran Surian. Enhanced with the upcoming MRT station located 80metres from Sunway Nexis. These are the unique selling points for buyers to consider Sunway Nexis for business space vs other similar development.

Retail

Why should buyers consider Sunway Nexis for retail vs other similar development? Nexis retail has evolved from the typical retail shops whereby every floor of Nexis retail is a retail floor. The ground and first floor of retail is fronting onto a covered boulevard while the second floor retail peers into the LOHAS (green) Deck. In a nut shell, every floor has the retail frontage which could fetch higher rental value compared to typical shop office.

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About Sunway Integrated Properties

Sunway Integrated Properties is the property division of Sunway Berhad, a public listed dynamic and integrated property and construction conglomerate in Malaysia. Sunway Integrated Properties Division has vast experience in managing and developing innovative and quality residential and non-residential properties which include retail, leisure, hospitality and commercial assets.

About ECG Property Pte Ltd

ECG Property Pte Ltd was established by local property guru and author of ‘Get Rich through Property Investment’, Dato’ Eric Cheng. Together with his elite management team, Dato’ Eric Cheng’s aim is to groom Real Estate Professionals to excel and offer peak performance to those with real estate needs.