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Wikipedia needs help!

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Dear all my fellow friends and readers. Recently, Wikipedia is calling out to all its users/readers/contributors for some donation to their project which I personally think is pretty dire and deserve our highest of attention.

For the past 16 years, Wikipedia has been offering free online content (encyclopaedia) to everyone and have been the ‘go-to’ site for most of us in search of quick information. Although not entirely accurate for some ambiguous topics, most of the information by the public and anonymous writers are pretty close to its definition and would be a good enough source for anyone needing a quick understanding of the searched subject.

So, please do your part to contribute back to this wonderful project and more importantly, the society by giving a little spare change to keep this running.

The following link directs you to their donation page and its modes of payment:

Ways to Give

For the love of free information! God bless.


 

Feng shui and real estates

Feng shui, believe it or not, appears to be on many homeowners mind when purchasing their dream homes. Be it getting a bungalow, a terrace or simply a plot of land, feng shui play a big part in deciding whether the particular unit is suitable to the buyer in terms of liveability or prosperity it brings to the owners.

Most will not understand fully how it works when explained to them by the masters, yet tend to follow whatever that is thrown to them just to be sure that the opposite does not fall on them. Why do we believe in feng shui anyway?

What is feng shui (風水)?

Feng shui or fengshui (pinyin: fēngshuǐ, pronounced [fə́ŋ.ʂwèi] (About this sound listen)) is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. It is closely linked to Taoism. The term feng shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English.

Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in metaphoric terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi.

There is no replicable scientific evidence that feng shui’s mystical claims are real, and it is considered by the scientific community to be pseudoscience.

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass.

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House owners typically believe that a home is where they shall live and function throughout their tenure. Therefore, it has to be ‘spiritually’ compatible with their energies, making sure the house is free of bad ‘qi (氣)’ that could potentially inflict unwanted events to happen to the family. Hence, most of these home buyers would consult a master (feng shui sifus) to ‘feel’ the house and probably recommend certain adjustments before moving in.  Some would even suggest abandoning the purchase altogether. We will get to that later.

As mentioned earlier, most of us do not know much about feng shui. The rituals are passed on from generations and word of mouth. There could be certain coincidental cases where either a home owner suffered a sequence of bad events throughout or the exact opposite with the help of feng shui, and it became an omen to the rest that one should heed the belief against their ‘八字 – birth profile’.

There are many things revolving around feng shui and it is a complex representation of the Ying and Yang that one believes that would interconnect them with the forces of nature and relate them to one another.

A very basic understanding usually involve not having the toilet/washroom right opposite the stove/cooking area, placing bed(s) fronting the door or bathroom, having too many electrical items in the bedroom and so on..  But these are just the tip of what feng shui is all about. Even the cardinal directions of the house also play a part of good and bad feng shui for some. Really, as long as one believes in it, almost anything and everything poses a question to compliment its feng shui.

As a real estate agent, I don’t dwell too much on feng shui but sometimes, we do encounter stuff like this and mostly it doesn’t end up well for us (LOL). Some buyers or even tenants are particularly particular about whether the house is ‘harmonious’ with them and thus, a need to ‘feng-shui-lized’ the place before any transactions take place.

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For instance, recently we encounter a buyer who did a last-minute pull out from a purchase due to a bad review from his ‘reliable’ sifu. We also don’t really know why this was not performed before he placed the deposit for the house but in the end, the deal fell through. What actually happened u ask?

Well according to the sifu, the said house was not suitable for the buyer. That was the first hit. Why? The main entrance to the house is not perfect in feng shui sense. And it is not grand enough for incoming guests. Second, the kitchen is not spacious enough as it serves as an outlet for ‘food distribution’ around the house. Thirdly, the master bedroom ‘rest area’ (the bed area) is smaller than the ‘work area’ (wardrobe and shower area) which represents the owner toiling more than having his deserved rest.

Fourthly, the house is practically poor in its ‘qi’ distribution around the house. This is not a great ‘feature’ for wealthy businessmen – having bad ‘qis’ flowing around the house.

The final blow was that the house is facing a common pool. And according to calculations, the pool signify a potential ‘桃花運 – luck in love’ to the owner. Which again, does not bode well with the overall prosperity aura of the house to its wedded owners.

There you go. Deal off. Probably I may sound a little sour over the whole saga but say what you like. When negativity is uttered even in its slightest form bearing no solid proof that the house has no connection whatsoever with the potential owner,  it is also best said that our luck left us right there and then. It is cold and it is harsh, but when unseen forces come to play, we can only acknowledge the cruel end and be subdued by those who claim to foresee irrelative events, which also translates to their income with no remorse to their predictions, over other’s fortune.

Nevertheless, feng shui masters/sifus will always be in demand for some and they will strut their stuff when called upon.  And we agents, we can only do our part and to be as professional as we can and make sure our clients deserve the best home and the one that ‘complement’ them the most!

What is my 八字 again…? LOL


Feng shui quote courtesy of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui

Rhombus Bangsar – Luxurious defined

Was at Bangsar late Thursday evening for a viewing with a British expat. This time, it was the Rhombus, Bangsar. For those who are not familiar with this development, it is actually located along Jalan Penaga next to The Cascadium. It is one of Benéton Properties’ pride in Bangsar after their well received ‘Bangsar Peak’.

Do take a look: http://rhombusbangsar.com/

The building is one of the most contemporary and stylish ones you’ll see around the area. It is nothing short of looking imposing and the dark themed architecture made it looked almost like a modernised version of Barad-dûr tower from LotR : The Two Towers. The sharp and planate feature of the building also did enough to distinguish itself from the rest of the condominiums around it.

There are 25 units across 13 storeys. Yes, a PH on the 13th for the big boss. Rhombus is not one of those typical condominiums around Klang Valley where you can have multiple owners from the units. This is a not-for-sale establishment and the to-let can only be managed through Benéton Properties themselves. The rental starts at RM17,000 and goes up according to the level. Most of the units offer 180 degrees of KL view and it’s remarkably close to BSC (Bangsar Shopping Complex). A very good location for expats indeed.

Myself and the tenant were particularly impressed with the workmanship of the building and its finishing from each of the units we managed to view.  The lower level units are fitted with a more light-colored theme fittings and cabinets whereas the higher ones are with darker themed furnishing.  It also comes with an extra huge balcony, probably 10′ X 20′?. And oh, my tenant preferred the lower units.

She and the hubby would be back again soon to finalise the rental as they need to make an urgent trip back to the UK this weekend. Well, we will arrange the necessary and when they are back, we will be ready to conclude another rental for a satisfied tenant!

On a quick note, Rhombus also won itself the 2013 Malaysia Institute of Architects Gold Award (Multiple Residential, High Rise) and the 2014 FIABCI Malaysia Property Award for Building of the Year (Residential, High Rise).

 

Common problems in a sub sale transaction

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A typical transaction for a sub-sale and purchase agreement (SPA) of an immovable property (whether a landed property or strata titled property) in the secondary market is normally divided into three stages:

The pre-SPA stage;
The formation of the SPA stage;
The completion of the SPA stage.

The pre-SPA stage:

During the pre-SPA stage, the investigations carried out at this stage are basically on the property and the vendor.

When a vendor sells his property, it is reasonable to believe that he wants to receive the proceeds of sale in the shortest possible time. On the other hand, when a purchaser buys a property, he wants to get early vacant possession of the property, or get vacant possession within the contemplated completion date of the transaction.

At the pre-SPA stage, it is prudent for the real estate agent to conduct due diligence on the property and the vendor with the assistance of a solicitor, so that the agent may advise his vendor client and also provide the relevant information to the purchaser.

Since the agents and negotiators are in the front line before the solicitor prepares the draft SPA, it is prudent for them to investigate the property and the vendor.

These are some of the issues and decisions that may affect the purchaser and the vendor’s decision to go through with the transaction.

Who is the registered proprietor of the property?

If the property is still in the developer’s name, the original purchaser (aka the vendor) may write to the developer to do a direct transfer of the property from the developer to the second purchaser. However, if the developer does not agree to do a direct transfer in favour of the second purchaser, then a Memorandum of Transfer will be signed between the original purchaser and the developer. At the same time, the original purchaser will sign a Memorandum of Transfer with the second purchaser.

After both Transfers have been duly adjudicated and stamped, both Transfers will be sent to the land office/registry for simultaneous registration, firstly from the developer to the first purchaser, and then from the first purchaser to the second purchaser.

Some developers accept requests for direct transfer, but others will not. If the property is subject to a restriction in interest, then generally the developer may not agree to do a direct transfer to the second purchaser as the developer would have obtained a blanket consent to transfer the property to the first purchaser.

Where the property is subject to a restriction in interest, the developer will firstly transfer the property to the first purchaser. After the first purchaser has been registered as proprietor, then only can he sell to the second purchaser subject to obtaining the consent of the State Authority. This type of transaction will exceed the normal completion period of three months.

The owner of the property is deceased

When a person dies and has left a will, then the executor of the estate of the deceased person has to apply for a grant of probate to enable him to deal with the property of the deceased person.

When a person dies without leaving a will, then the administrator of the estate of the deceased person has to apply for grant of letters of administration to enable him to deal with the property of the deceased person.

When the owner is deceased, we need to find out if the executor or administrator has been duly authorized by the court to deal with or sell the property of the deceased owner through the grant of probate or the grant of letters of administration respectively.

The executor or administrator of a deceased’s estate has the capacity to enter into a sale and purchase agreement to dispose of the property of the deceased owner.

Without the grant of probate or the grant of letters of administration, there is no authority to sell, and the SPA will not be signed. Parties are to ensure that all the legal formalities have been duly complied by the executor or the administrator of the estate of the deceased owner so that the completion date of the SPA to be eventually signed may be ascertained.

Who has custody of the title to the property?

Where the property has not been transferred to the vendor, it will be desirable to inquire whether the developer or the vendor has the custody of the title.

If the title is found to be lost or missing, then it may not be advisable to sign the SPA. It may take a few months from the time of application to obtain a new title from the relevant authority.

If the parties proceed to sign a conditional SPA despite the lost or missing title, then the process of completion of the SPA will exceed the normal completion period.

The identity of the vendor

If the vendor is a foreigner, and if his name in his identity card and in his passport differs, then the purchaser’s financier may require various documentation to be executed by the vendor to declare and state that the person named in the identity card and in the passport are one and the same person.

If such a discrepancy is discovered from the beginning, then it should be rectified immediately to avoid delays in the disbursement of the purchaser’s financier’s loan.

To ascertain the correct and property identity of the vendor is important to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in the completion date of the SPA.

Check the title for the correct express condition where the category of land use is “building”

Where the property being sold is an office unit, it is important to ensure that the express condition stated in the title does not state “untuk rumah kediaman’ (for residential purpose). The correct description is “untuk pejabat” (for commercial purpose).

In one SPA transaction, the vendor wanted to dispose an office unit. After the purchaser had placed a deposit to buy, he discovered that the express condition in the title stated ‘untuk rumah kediaman’ when it should state ‘ untuk pejabat ‘. This could be due to an inadvertent mistake on the part of the relevant authority. The purchaser and his solicitors objected.

The SPA had to be drafted in such a way to indicate that the vendor was given a specific period of time to rectify the error on the title, failing which the SPA would be terminated. There is thus an element of uncertainty which would extend the completion period of the transaction.

Property held on leasehold tenure

If it is a leasehold property with a restriction-in-interest endorsed on the title against the transfer and the charge of the property without the consent of the State Authority, then it is imperative for the vendor to apply and obtain the consent to transfer from the State Authority before the purchaser may proceed to buy the property from the vendor.

Generally, the application for the consent to transfer is approved by the State Authority. However, if the vendor is a bumiputra and the purchaser is a non-bumiputra, then there could be a risk that the State Authority may not approve such application. If further appeals are not entertained by the State Authority, then the sale and purchase agreement will become ineffective and will be terminated.

Where the property of the vendor is caveated

If a land search on the property reveals that a private caveat has been entered on the vendor’s property, then obviously the purchaser will not proceed with the signing of the sale and purchase agreement, unless the private caveat is first removed.

On the other hand, if the preliminary land search shows that there are no caveats on the property, then the parties will proceed with the signing of the sale and purchase agreement.

However, if after the sale and purchase agreement has been signed, and another land search subsequent thereto reveals that a caveat is lodged on the vendor’s property, then if the vendor fails to withdraw the caveat, then the sale and purchase agreement may be terminated and in such an event, the vendor will have to refund all monies paid towards the account of the purchase price to the purchaser and pay compensation to the purchaser, as the case may be.

Developer in liquidation

There have been instances where after a housing project has been completed, but before the strata titles are transferred to the original purchasers, the housing developer company has gone into liquidation.

In such an event, a liquidator may be appointed and requested to act on behalf of the wound up housing developer company in handling the documentation pertaining to the execution of the memorandum of transfer in favour of and for the benefit of the original purchasers.

When an original purchaser does not intend to obtain registered ownership of his property but desires to sell it, then he has write to the liquidator to seek its consent to a direct transfer in favour of the second purchaser.

Upon receipt of such a request, the liquidator will conduct a verification of ownership exercise, and upon being satisfied that the legal formalities and requirements have been complied with by both the original purchaser (currently in his capacity as vendor) and the second purchaser and are found to be in order, and after payment of an administrative fee by the original purchaser to the liquidator, then the process of execution of the direct transfer by the liquidator in favour of the second purchaser may commence and proceed accordingly.

In the above situation, it will be prudent for a due diligence to be undertaken before the original purchaser decides to sell and the second purchaser decides to purchase the property so as to avoid or expect unnecessary delays in the intended sale and purchase transaction.


DISCLAIMER:

The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the original author. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of StarProperty.my.

This article is intended to provide information and does not constitute legal advice for specific needs. You should consider, or seek and obtain independent legal or professional advice for your specific needs and situation.

Advocate & Solicitor Ivan Chan is a legal practitioner at Messrs Amir Toh Francis & Partners, K.L.

His area of practice is mainly in conveyancing matters both in the primary and secondary market, and loan and security documentation for real estate property transactions.

Post Hari Raya celebration @ Avid office

Thank you Naz! We had a wonderful and *burp* sumptuous lunch yesterday and the day before, courtesy of Naz, our beloved snr. agent/lecturer/tutor/mommy/buddy/caterer.  It was supposed to be just a simple post, Hari Raya lunch date with the team but turned out the meal was more and extravagant than expected.

The meal started right off our monthly meeting around noon time all the way till late evening. Most of the Avidians turned up and had a blast. Obviously, the food was way over-ordered/prepared and everyone had more than what they ‘officially’ could.

There was biriyani rice with chicken and mutton, marvellous beef, mutton and chicken pies, nasi lemak with deliciously home-made prawn sambal, pavlova, baklava, eclairs, salted caramel apple pie, chocolate creme cake and of course, wine and sake to go with those!

The real estate market is still recovering but to make it through the difficult times, more often than not, we need to be with motivated and goal oriented individuals to push through. We don’t do this alone. Fill your daily labour with happiness and hope.  This is where you detached yourself from the negatives and the downside of the society.

Avid Estates may not be on the forefront in terms of real estate popularity and the deals it closes. But the togetherness and professionalism from the team more than make-up for it.  This is not a one man show nor it is a battle that needs to be victorious every time. It is about a war that needs to be won thru friendship and dedication.

Form is temporary, class is permanent.

Well done, well done.. Another villa off the grid! (“,)

For a while now this was on the market. It is officially a done deal last week after a prominent buyer from West Malaysia came with his family, viewed and purchased it outright. This was one of the very few units left of 338 U-Thant.

Personally, the one thing that struck out nicely of this development has to be its location. Sitting nicely right along Jalan U-Thant not too far from the main road, it spans over 1 acre+ of freehold land in the heart of KL city neighbouring the exclusive embassy belt. This development also boasts a limited number of villas with only 12 units for the privileged owners.

Access to either side of town is also a plus. To the left, you will reach the Tun Razak main road in less than 5mins (walking!) and to the right, you will get to MRR2 (Middle Ring Road 2) and Ampang Jaya in less than 5mins (driving).

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The price may be hefty for some, but for those who liked the idea of a suburban lifestyle in an ultra-modern concept home, this is a dream come true. The nearby area is matured and you can get almost anything just a couple of minutes of drive. Not to mention, you will be staying in an area filled with notable and prominent figures as your neighbours. The cost of the place immediately dwarfed into comparison.

The pool is filled with saltwater – a very good alternative to those of chlorine based pool. The interior finishing is top-notch and air ventilation is especially well – even when you’re a level down from the ground floor. It’s like having an air-conditioner on!

The rooms are fitted with anti-season fittings and furnishing, making it look modern even after 10 years down the road. The developer is thoughtful enough to include modernised jalousie window panes in certain areas of the house to promote ventilation and also a certain barricade to noise – not that it’s noisy out there. This villa also comes with 4 private parking bays. Talk about brimming with luxuries.

Well. That’s that. Another satisfied customer and agent. Look forward to coming back here and make a lucky strike. It’ll be tough in this market now, but if one never give up things will happen for those who persevere. Thanks for the opportunity (you know who you are) and may we all prosper when the market does a u-turn to its rightful state.

Enjoy the rest of the week y’all! Cheers!