by AZREEN HANI / pic by BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA is the most searched area by homebuyers in Malaysia this year, according to a list by iProperty.com.my.
The property listing company released a list of the top 10 most searched areas among property hunters in the country yesterday.
These areas recorded the highest number of searches by visitors who browsed a “For Sale” property listing on iProperty.com.my from January to November in 2021.
“Fondly called PJ by the locals, Petaling Jaya has grabbed the top spot in this year’s list. This comes as no surprise, as PJ has steadily been climbing the ranks over the years. It finished in the sixth spot in 2019 and second in 2020,” iProperty said in a statement.
PJ is especially popular among the family types for its suburban lifestyle, with local eateries, hipster cafes, family parks, neighbourhood malls and schools. The city also has the distinct advantage of being situated right next to Kuala Lumpur – making it a favourite among young couples who work in the city too.
The city recorded 15 percent searches throughout the Jan-Nov 2021 period.
Other areas in the list are Shah Alam (14.64%), Cheras (14.56%), Johor Baru (9.39%), Puchong (9.21%), Subang Jaya (9.07%), Kuala Lumpur City Centre (7.62%), Kota Damansara (7/05%) and Ampang (6.77%).
Meanwhile Cyberjaya is at the tenth spot with 6.67% of total searches.
iProprerty said the general theme of 2021 had been one of improving confidence in the Malaysian property market as the country works towards transitioning to the endemic phase.
“Now that people have developed a better feel for living with the Covid-19 pandemic, more property seekers are keen to take advantage of the low interest rates for home loans imposed by Bank Negara Malaysia,” Shylendra Nathan, Country Manager, Malaysia (PropertyGuru.com.my and iProperty.com.my) said.
“Overall, the consumer sentiment has been improving in 2H 2021 and we hope it will continue to do so next year as the country’s economy steadily recovers,” he added.