Let’s do charity! YS Charity Foundation (友善残障福利中心)

Recently, I was approached by a gentleman on the phone regarding a charity foundation drive in PJ. It took 2 missed calls until I returned the call and understand what it’s about. His name is Jino. A young Chinese part-time volunteer for YS Charity Foundation. He was promoting a charity awareness drive and politely requested for my address to send me a booklet with the respective information of the charity and it’s mission.  39917927_2183274678584925_6369785990046810112_n.png

I am someone who is skeptical giving away my address to strangers but as I have sometime before heading to my next viewing, I asked more about the foundation. He was speaking in simple Mandarin which I understand and he roughly explain the condition of the place, its inhabitants and how they would like to spread the awareness and get more people to support the foundation.

I told him he won’t need to send me the booklet as it’s redundant. I’ve made up my mind that I’ll make contributions to the foundation after searching in Google while talking to him on the phone. He sent me a couple of pictures and a video of the place and what it needs and it’ll be exactly what I’ll do if I were to do charity.

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I’m gathering pace now with some of my friends who wants to do something similar. We are arranging a visit soon with contributions of daily necessities and some used items that is of course, functional and appropriate. It’s not easy to get a lot of people behind this initially so I was rolling this with my wife as starters. We are planning to have our first visit in early October once we have the gang and stuff ready! Do let us know if you are keen to join us or simply want to make contributions/donations to it. It’ll be great!

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-05 at 16.28.08 (1).jpegThe stuff they need are the usual ones we do. But to them, it could be a little luxury if we could get them something special and a little more. I have to say the final amount to run that place is not exactly cheap. Although most of it are considered the least of what it could be, it’s still require more support from the community to keep it running.

I was told the place is occupied with different group of under privileged individuals. From old folks to little ones (not sure of their background as of now) and the disabled, it is one of the sanctuary for them to obtain shelter and care with constant help from the public. What Jino and the rest of the volunteers are doing is commendable and worth the cause.

My heartfelt wishes to the people in YS Charity Foundation and kudos to all the workers, volunteers and contributors! You guys are the shining light of humanity restoration which is well placed with your ongoing and unconditional support!

I’ll leave this post with a video link of the YS Charity Foundation. Will do another post after our visit. Hope to hear from you all and God Bless!

YS Charity Foundation video

“I’ve always believed that these are the angels sent by God to constantly remind us of how we should look at ourselves to learn to be grateful, loving, compassionate and how blessed our lives is. We don’t have to feel sorry for them for they already have a special place in heaven once their mission is complete”.


You can read more of YS Charity Foundation from some of these sources although it is not many at the moment.

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友善残障福利中心 – YS Charity Foundation Facebook Page.

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So nice of you Heryati.. from The Nomad Residences @ Bangsar

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It was supposed to be 2 weeks before yesterday that we were supposed to meet for a quick tour of the newly refurbished The Nomad Residences “TNR”. However, due to both our schedules (not extremely busy but enough to postpone the meet up), we moved it to yesterday.

I never really have the chance to view TNR before this as it is not exactly something that would suit most of my tenants before this. But as I grew my portfolio, this is now something that I may feed my potential tenants if they are looking for a place in Bangsar – especially those looking for a short stay. Hence, I got hold of this lady Heryati Ismail. She is the Sales Manager for TNR and I have only one word for her. Lovely!

She is one if not the most friendly and welcoming person you will meet at such residences. She has the most courteous ways to respond to your messages and at pretty speedy too! During my 1 hour tour, she was constantly providing me details of the residence and hopping from one end to the other just to show me the refurbished units that were recently completed. I was feeling more like a Datuk than a real estate agent for a moment.

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Most would’ve seen this building when you travel from Pantai towards Bangsar Shopping Complex via Jalan Ara. It’s a dark-khaki colored building with an simple Italian twist. It may not look fancy on the outside, but I was kinda drawn to it. Once you got I myself in the lobby, I sort of have the same feeling I did when I was in Los Angeles checking in to those smaller inns and suites. With its slightly low ceiling walkways and European furnishing, you have just that feeling. Not to mention with all the expats and foreigners occupying the place, checking in and out.

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Some of the rooms are slightly aged if you noticed the designs and materials used. But those recently refurbished, it’s sweet. The single room unit is typically for a backpacker who demand higher quality and comfort. You could visualize yourself unpacking, take a quick shower when it’s almost dusk, and can’t wait to walk to the nearby BSC (Bangsar Shopping Complex) for a nice meal and chill out at one of those bars/cafes before heading back to the apartment for a little TV show just before calling it a night.

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These units comes with laundry and cleaning services 3 times a week. It’s just like a hotel – minus the profile. The place is also easy to get a taxi or Grab services. Not too far away, the new MRT is at your service too.  The only setback is, they didn’t have a cafe/lounge/restaurant to serve daily meals for it’s tenants. But with the amenities around, you won’t think of it too much.

For a family traveling with limited budget and little knowledge of KL, this would be an excellent point to start. Bangsar is almost like a center for both KL and the rest of the surrounding areas.  With it’s multi-colored life-scene, exciting nightspots and variety of food choices, this is a location you will not want to miss. And The Nomad Residences is just the place to begin it all. Thanks Heryati!

Simple Guide To Buying A Lelong / Auction Property

common-problems-with-auction-propertiesA few days ago, I saw a friend’s post on social media about successfully bidding for an auction property. A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with another friend about being advised to buy auctioned property as a first-time home buyer. It seems that it is an increasingly acceptable alternative when purchasing property, especially for first-time home buyers.

Leslie Low, an auction specialist, said that with the economic slowdown, the number of people defaulting on their housing loans has been on an increase. This then means that more properties are being auctioned off in Malaysia these days. As of 2017, an average of 2,500 houses has been auctioned off every month.

 “This is a 10% increase from last year. And if you compare it to 2013, it is a 50% increase because back then the monthly average was 1,000 to 1,500 auctioned off houses.’’ – Leslie Low

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Prem Kumar, executive director at Jones Lang Wootton, said the mismatch between property supply and demand is obvious because property price growth continues to far exceed income growth of most Malaysians.

“The rate of increase in property prices is greater than the rate of increase in employment income. New property launches are too expensive for those just starting work. They cannot afford to buy from the secondary market either, so we are seeing a trend of the young generation starting to hunt for auction properties as their first house.’’ – Prem Kumar

Here’s how to take part in a house auction in 10 steps

auction-7-e1456285171956Many young Malaysians are also looking to buy property from the auction market because it is cheaper. The procedure for a house auction is as below:

  1. Identify the property – You can find properties that will be auctioned from platforms such as lelongtips and auctionlist. Otherwise, you can also have a look at the classifieds section of newspapers.
  2. Do a search on the property – get the proclamation of sale (POS), and also to do a title search of the property. This will provide you with the location and description of the property for auction.
  3. Inspect the property – Don’t rely on the description only. Go to the location so you can see the surrounding area.
  4. Call the auctioneer or sales agent to obtain other information on the property not available in the description
  5. Prepare bank draft equivalent to 10% of the reserve price
  6. Register on the auction day and get a copy of the terms and conditions of sale from the auctioneer. A bidder’s card with a number will also be issued to you for identification during the auction process.
  7. Read the conditions of sale, and seek clarification from the auctioneer on any queries before the auction starts.
  8. Bidding on the property will start when the auctioneer announce commencement of the auction. Bidders raise their hands to bid for the property.
  9. The Successful bidder will be the bidder with the highest offer during the bidding process. When the auctioneer’s hammer falls, property is considered sold.
  10. Sign the sales contract, and the successful bidder will be advised to collect the stamped contract at a later time. Contact your bank to arrange for financing.

Your To-Do Checklist Before Bidding on an Auctioned Property

While there are various benefits of buying property at auction, with the most obvious being the cheaper prices, purchasing an auctioned property can come with some risks too.

If you are considering purchasing an auction property, here is a list things you need to be aware of. Buying a house in itself is most often a once-in-a-lifetime financial decision. Therefore here are 4 items you need to cross off your checklist when buying an auctioned property.

Check the property

When it comes to auctioned properties, one of the disadvantages is that as a bidder, you won’t get a chance to view the interior of the property. Therefore, bidders won’t really know what the condition of the house is when they are making their bid making this a pretty risky investment.

Did you know, a man bought an auctioned condominium at Mont Kiara only to find a body that had been chopped into 11 pieces stuffed inside the unit’s fridge?

It is always important to do as much research as possible on the property. Even if you don’t have access to the interior of the property there are other factors to look at. For example, the picture of the auctioned property may look acceptable, however, you can’t tell if it is located at a busy T-junction or next to a sewerage plant.

Caveat

A caveat is a Latin word which means “let him or her beware”.  A caveat is a temporary measure to protect the rights of the land. A private caveat serves as a purpose of protecting an individual’s rights under the sale and purchase agreement temporarily, in anticipation of legal proceedings that he lodges the private caveat. So a private caveat will cause a hindrance as it will prevent any dealings from registering to even change of ownership while the private caveat is in force.

Auction properties have a risk of having a private caveat. If an auctioned property does have a private caveat, even if you win the bid and pay the full amount, you will still have to challenge the third party (who submitted the caveat) for the property. This is because a private caveat may only be removed:

  • by the caveator (a person who files or enters a caveat)
  • by the Registrar
  • by an order of the court

Application for the removal by court order could be done by any person aggrieved by the existence of the private caveat. In this case, the person who won the bid on the auctioned house which had a private caveat.

An auctioned property with a private caveat will also mean you will not be able to get a home loan. This is because no bank will approve a loan if there is a private caveat on the property. Therefore, unless you can afford to pay in cash, it is advisable to not proceed to bid for a caveated auction property.

But do take note that, even if you win the bid and have the money to pay for it in cash, you will also have to go to court to challenge the third-party to remove the caveat, which can be a long procedure and incur additional costs as a result of the legal fees charged.

Before proceeding to bid for an auctioned property, it is advisable to get the proclamation of sale (POS), and also to do a title search of the property. You can request thins from the auction agent. Doing so will give a bidder useful information such as the address, and if there are any restrictions such as a caveat on the property. Having the address means you can check out the surrounding location of the house, even if you can’t see the interior at least you will know what the location is like.

Developer

It is important for those who plan to purchase an auctioned house to do  a background check on the developer of the property. If the property’s title is still under the developer’s name, a bidder should first check if the developer is still an existing company. Remember, the terms and conditions in an auction contract always protect the bank. If the developer is bankrupt and the company has been liquidated, then transferring the title to you after you have won the bid will be a hassle.

Type of tenure: is it leasehold or freehold?

Finally, do some homework to find out the type of tenure for the auctioned property, whether it is leasehold or freehold. If it is leasehold, you will need to check with a bank to make sure you can get a loan. If the number of years remaining on the lease for the leasehold property is less than 50 years, some banks might not give you a loan. Or if a bank does approve a loan, instead of a 30-year loan, you might get a 25-year loan.

Did you know, that when a property is auctioned off, the bank only takes the amount owed to it, and the rest goes to the defaulter? For those who have been unfortunate and will have their home auctioned off, do know that any extra money will be given back.

For example, a bank auctions Ahmad’s house for RM1.4mil. However, his default loan amount to the bank was only RM300,000. As such, after his house has been auctioned, Ahmad will get RM1.1mil, as the bank will only take the outstanding amount owed, which was RM300,000.

Buying a property, whether it is brand new, sub-sale or even an auctioned property will involve risks Read our other articles on purchasing the property so you can make a better-informed decision before taking that big financial leap.


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Hungry ghost festival.. it’s happening now.

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It is the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This is when the gates of the underworld/lower realm (some call it hell) opens and spirits are free to roam the earth (normally only in Asian countries – chuckle!) and feast on offerings and entertainments prepared by their family or anyone who observe the festival. Therefore, you will noticed that during the month, especially on the 15th day of the 7th month (15th August 2018), there are many people preparing food and burning of joss-sticks and papers along the road side at night. If you come across certain townships, you will see huge stages erected just for this purpose where there will be performances to appease these spirits. And if you noticed, you will see empty seats from the front row. It is reserved to, well you know what…

Although a pure Chinese, me and my family don’t really observe this. When I was younger, I remembered my mum burning some joss-papers and food offerings on the exact night. But as we grew older, she did it less and I think now not anymore. Maybe she did but I wasn’t around to witness it. The thing is, what made it spooky was, mum always told us not to go out and look at her while she was preparing the stuff and we were not allowed to talk about it. Not sure why but that actually made us feel curious and at the same time, felt afraid when the date is around the corner. We are told not to wander late at night and look away when we see a stage that was meant for the hungry ghost festivals. Not entirely sure why but we never stare.

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Many would perform the offerings meant for their deceased families but there are people who make the offerings to those wandering souls so they would not disturb them and bring misfortunes.  We were also told not to mess around during the Hungry Ghost month, like sharing ghost stories, poking fun at certain activities and most of all, doing exactly the things that we are told not to do. Some people just want to defy certain beliefs and went about doing things to provoke others just to prove a point. Well, probably not within this month. Bad luck is one thing. Since we are never sure of the otherworldly stuff, better not mess with it then to be safe.

Believe it or not, I noticed that whenever it’s the time for these offerings, the night is unusually windy and grim. With sights of incense burning, plates of untouched food and dogs barking at empty spaces, it is almost spine tingling.

For most of us, the Hungry Ghost Festival come and go without us even noticing it. For the younger generation, they probably only hear about it from the elders and the level of understanding depends on how well the story was told. To me, the 7th month of Chinese Lunar always give me a sense of grim, mystery and respect. Never the one to actually work on the offerings, also never the one to deny the existence of supernatural beings. Personally, I hope this tradition goes on and after 50-100 years on, people still do these things. It’s just part of the culture that is both creepy and surreal, that it’s actually fascinating.

Please read more about the Hungry Ghost Festival at The Spooky Time


The Spooky Time source from Wikipedia.

New quit-rent ruling for high-rises charges unit owners.. things to come?

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JOINT management bodies (JMB) and management committees of stratified buildings in Shah Alam were briefed on new individual quit-rent in Selangor during a seminar. The individual quit-rent replaces the quit-rent charged to JMBs of stratified buildings on June 1.

Instead of billing the building management, the Selangor Land and Mines Department will charge the quit-rent to each unit owner. Previously, the quit-rent was divided and paid by unit owners through maintenance fees collected by each building management. But there were many cases of unit owners not paying the monies owed, and the burden fell onto the building management. A representative from the department briefed about 200 JMBs, management committees and developers’s representatives at the seminar in Wisma MBSA in Shah Alam yesterday.

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) deputy secretary Rosli Bakar said the event served as a platform to inform the attendees about their responsibilities and to share ideas as well as their concerns. Rosli said there were 560 strata housing schemes in Shah Alam, with 87,000 units. He said many problems that cropped up in strata buildings had increased yearly. They comprised limited parking spaces, high maintenance cost, expensive utility repairs and poor strata management due to lack of cooperation between management and unit owners as well as poor cleanliness. “

The complaints we received this year were more than half of last year”, he said. The city council’s Commissioner of Buildings received 632 complaints last year ranging from financial, management and administration issues. It received 482 complaints this year. MBSA building department head Badrul Hisham Hussain said the city council had done its best. “We address complaints on cleanliness and small management issues, but we usually advise residents to forward other complaints to the Strata Management and Housing Tribunal”, he said. Attendees were also briefed on the role and responsibilities of the Housing and the Strata Management Tribunal as well as procedure in filing claims.


 

Congratulations France! Champions of World Cup 2018!

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It has been a roller-coaster ride for the participating 32 international teams over a 1 month period of exhilarating and unpredictable football. For those who followed, this proved to be one of the more erratic football competition than what we previously experienced. Greater teams faltered and lesser outfits prevailed. No doubt it was a tad disappointing to see most of those ‘giant’ teams went out one after another during the early stages but witnessing a new dawn for the Davids is equally exciting!

The likes of Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez, Salah and Neymar is sorely missed for the finals but seeing the new list of superstar footballers strut their stuff such as Mbappe, Greizmann, Lovren Mandžukić and co certainly a breathe of fresh air this year. Croatia reaching the finals is no small feat and nearly created the nation’s football record had they won it. And with a 6 goals finals, who could’ve asked for more?

And with England’s belief of the World Cup ‘coming home’ but instead going home, this is one highly anticipated Word Cup for the English eh… Egypt with their very own ‘Messi’ in Salah, the scrappy Argentinians, the Toni Kroos freekick, Iran’s comical failed throw, Japan with Belgium’s epic duel, and of course, Neymar’s theatrics along the way, this will be remembered as one of the most eventful World Cup ever.

Personally, I’ve only followed a handful of games but realized that more and more people around me are beginning to catch the this football fever every 4 years. It has been a good run and another few weeks till the BPL is back. Can’t wait for the new season to start!

 

Ask Me Anything: Who is responsible for IWK bills, wiring and piping issues in a rented property?

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This week, Low & Partners managing partner Datuk Andy Low Hann Yong deals with readers’ questions regarding critical issues revolving around IWK bills, wiring and piping issues in a rented property.

Q1: If a tenant complains regarding issues such as wiring and piping which are clearly stated in the tenancy agreement to be the responsibility of the owner but the owner ignores, what is the recourse for the tenant?

A1: The tenant can terminate this tenancy or carry out the repair and reimburse from the landlord if it is provided in the tenancy agreement.

Q2: Who would be liable for the IWK bill if the unit is rented out since Day 1 and the owner does not pay for it throughout the duration of the tenancy?

A2: Subject to the tenancy agreement between the landlord and the tenant, if the agreement is drafted such that the tenant has to be liable for the IWK bill, then the tenant shall be liable for it throughout the duration of the tenancy. The usual norm is for this responsibility to fall into the hands of the tenants as they are the occupiers of the property. Nevertheless at the end of the day, the freedom to contract stands.


Compiled by Tharmini Kenas of TheStarPropoerty.my | tharmini@thestar.com.my

The magic is still present – Why KLCC will continue to thrive in an increasingly competitive landscape

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Designed to be a “city within a city”, Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) is a 100-acre site that hosts the tallest twin towers in the world, a shopping mall, office buildings and several hotels. It is also home to a public park and mosque which is open to the public.

The site, which is much larger in size in contrast to the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) is a brilliant example of developing a master plan for a modern central business district.

It has acted as the catalyst for the surrounding land with excellent office architecture, five-star hotels and apartment buildings mushrooming since.

Anchoring KLCC is the Petronas Twin Towers. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat official definition and ranking, the Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remains the tallest twin towers in the world.

They define Kuala Lumpur’s skyline along with the nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower which has attracted tourists from around the globe.

Argentine architect Cesar Pelli designed the towers using a distinctive postmodern style which reflects a 21st-century icon for Kuala Lumpur. The construction of the superstructure commenced on April 1, 1994. On New Year’s of 1996 interiors with furniture were fitted into the building, while the spires of Tower 1 and Tower 2 were completed on Mar 1, 1996.

The first batch of Petronas personnel moved into the building on Jan 1, 1997. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad on Aug 31, 1999.

Adjacent to the Petronas Twin Towers is Suria KLCC which opened their doors in May 1998. It is a shopping centre that comprises of a six-storey building at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Created in 1999, it was soon the talk of the town because it introduced a new level of style to the city with its vast array of haute couture stores.

Likened to Manhattan’s Barney’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, the mall is famous not only for its strategic location and upscale stores but also because of its tourist attractions such as Aquaria KLCC, Petrosains; a science discovery centre and Aquaria, an oceanarium targeted at kids located beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Besides that, the mall is also home to the Dewan Filharmonik Orkestra (Malaysia’s first concert hall) and the Petronas Art Gallery.

With its light rail transit (LRT) station set adjacent to the KLCC Park and the KL Convention Centre, the mall is easily accessible to the public.

Despite its modern design, Suria KLCC features little touches reminiscent of classic European malls, including plenty of greenery, white geometric-patterned marble floors with exposed glass panels that let in natural light.

What makes KLCC becoming an attraction is the fact that it has the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre as part of its planning. It is Asia’s only AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard venue.

Since opening in June 2005 through to Mar 31, 2017, the Centre has hosted over 12,276 events, bringing into Kuala Lumpur over 20.9 million delegates and visitors.

The Twin towers have become a magnet for some brilliant new architectural wonders that have sprung up around the KLCC site.

The new Prestigious Four Seasons Private Residences built next to the Twin Towers is a landmark in its own right and underlines how developers and occupiers view the importance of this iconic KLCC landmark.

Also, another development around the KLCC site; the Platinum Park has provided KLCC with some impressive architectural marvels, not to mention Norman Fosters Troika residences- his firm’s first foray into Malaysia.

KLCC brings together a fantastic concentration of the best hotels, restaurants, a prime convention centre, entertainment venues and shopping experiences with two of Malaysia top shopping destinations – Suria KLCC and the Pavilion in its footprint.

What makes this even more remarkable is that all the buildings are appropriately maintained and updated. It debunks the myth that Malaysia is good at building expensive projects and not managing them. The Twin Towers look as good now as they did 25 years ago.

However, KLCC’s iconic status was under threat recently with the sprouting of other projects such as KL118, TRX Signature Tower, Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC) Signature Tower and Bandar Malaysia in Klang Valley.

It is going to change when the proposed development at Lot L, M, N (Lot 164, 165 and 166) is finalised as KLCC Property Sdn Bhd is planning to build the tallest tower in Malaysia at 145-storeys (taller than KL118) with a six-storey retail podium and access to an MRT station.

Despite all the hype surrounding these new developments, KLCC has a competitive advantage over the rest because much of it existed before the land prices started to skyrocket in KL.

Its high occupancy levels in today’s challenging leasing market are a testimony to this.

Our Prime Minister then (who is also today the country’s newly elected Leader) had the vision to spearhead the building of this iconic development and its resounding and enduring success.

He has given the Malaysian people a skyline in their capital city to challenge any of the

great cities in the world.

About the Contributor

dato_stewart_labrooy-273x300Dato’ Stewart is an engineer by training and a member of the Institute of Engineers, Malaysia. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree in 1973 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies in 1974 from the University of Sheffield.

Dato’ Stewart is the Chief Executive Office of AXIS REIT, the first Shariah compliant industry REIT in the world and one of the first REITs to be listed on Bursa Malaysia. He is also the Chairman of the Malaysian REIT Managers Association and a Board Member of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association.

He has over 40 years of experience in manufacturing, operations management, property development and REIT management. He is a prominent speaker on the subject of real estate investment and has presented numerous papers at conferences globally.


Contributed by AREA Management Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Stewart Labrooy

Introducing MAISONLEAF Collection

Introducing MAISONLEAF to all new homeowners! This is a very interesting little online boutique for home decor of the highest quality. Every items are carefully selected and not only it is limited in availability, some are almost a rarity. Please drop by it’s online site at Maisonleaf or it’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/maisonleaf/ for more information about what they offers.

Thank you to my friend and owner of Maisonleaf – Ms.Sandy Felix for connecting me with this. If you want something different and exquisite that comes with affordability, do visit Maisonleaf and pick your favorite!

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Understanding Feng Shui when buying a house

Since Malaysians like anything Feng Shui, this article may feed your appetite a little. These are just tips, not a sure-fire to solve your problems though…

Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese art is not only a trend in Asia but also in the western world. Although feng shui might not be on your list, do note that as a homeowner, you can get a better bargaining value when selling or renting your property. Since the appreciation of your property is sometimes tied to feng shui, these basic tips should get you started on the way.

Landscape:

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The structure and design of the house aren’t the only concern when it comes to dealing with feng shui. Contours, hills, rivers and roads all determine the flow of positive or negative energy.

For starters, avoid buying homes that are situated at junctions or those at the dead end of the road. Sharp angles or “poison arrows” form in these areas, affecting the property either directly or indirectly.

When it comes to the shape of the land, the property should be located in an area that is either rectangular or square and is neither too long nor too wide. You can easily observe this via Google maps or by looking through every window of the home. There should be no sloping land behind the property or a house situated on the low side of a hill, or at the top of it.

A house located in the lower region of the hill lacks support. Take note that the road should also bend towards the house, not away from it.

Atmosphere:

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The prospective buyer should not feel a sense of dread when entering the house that he or she is interested in buying. This environment is extended towards the surrounding neighbourhood as well.

An area that is too quiet, with many vacant unsold homes is a sign of inactive energy. People subconsciously avoid places that give an uneasy vibe, and that makes it difficult to sell or rent out your future home.

A good neighbourhood is filled with activities. There should be children playing, pets around and people tending to their yards. Observe the condition of the streets. Tidy neighbours and clean streets are a bonus advantage. Ideally, the backyard of the house should be slightly larger than the front yard.

Main door:

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The main entrance represents the mouth of the house which receives most of the energy. Hence, it is essential to consider the design that complements the property’s feng shui flow. The open area in front of the main entrance accommodates the collection of energy. Therefore, the bigger the area, the easier it is for power to stay. Note that the steps leading to the front door shouldn’t be too near.

When opening the main door, it is important that we should not see the toilet or the door to the backyard immediately. Avoid the main entrance that overlooks the ocean. Door alignments are also to be avoided as it creates a fast flowing current of energy. The energy flow should be softened, where it slowly nourishes all the areas of the house. The ratio of the main door to the size of the house should be proportionate as well.

Another factor is the presence of a staircase facing the main door. A construction such as this will lead the energy flow directly to the top of the house, leaving the ground area without good energy.

Living room:

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A strategically placed living room is ideally located in the centre of the house. To retain positive energy, the shape of the area should be rectangular or square, not an irregular polygon. Note the ambience of the surrounding, the availability of windows and openings that allow the entry of light. The living room should also be visible the very moment you enter through the main door.

Consider if the ceiling is filled with spanning beams which are believed to create bad luck for the occupant. However, it can be softened by adding decorations.

Kitchen:

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It is auspicious to have the kitchen situated at the back door of the house. Avoid having a kitchen near the front door or at the centre of the home. It should not be directly underneath a bedroom or toilet. Windows should ideally be located at either the eastern or western region of the kitchen while the sink at the north.

Inspect the tap water or faucets and make sure that they are not leaking. The constant flow of water signifies the draining of one’s wealth from the house. If possible, have them repaired.

Toilet:

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Consider painting the walls of the bathroom with the right colours. Most bathrooms are painted white by default which is acceptable. Consider the colour blue as it signifies purity and the cleansing effects of water. While green, on the other hand, represents growth and life. The bathroom and bedroom should be visually separated due to their differences in energy. You can use a screen or either a curtain for that measure.

Bedroom:

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Overhead beams should be avoided due to the pointy edges of the beam because it creates unease due to the effect of the beam pointing downwards.

Rooms that are located at the top of the house are less than ideal if the ceiling is slanted or sloped. Besides the lack of space, it would also be an uncomfortable area to sleep in, especially when you are sleeping on the side of the slant.


Article written by Viktor Chong for http://www.starproperty.my