The Malaysian housing market


Housing is widely available in Malaysia – and unless you are moving to Kuala Lumpur, you will most likely be able to find cheaper accommodation than you would in your home country.

Compared to international standards, housing in Malaysia is quite cheap. In central Kuala Lumpur, however, prices tend to be very high. If the cost of housing is an issue, it is advisable to avoid the central areas and go for a place in the suburbs.

What type of accommodation is available?

A wide range of housing is available in Malaysia. You can find anything from apartments, to semi-detached houses, bungalows and condominiums.

Condominiums are a special form of accommodation, which are particularly favoured by foreigners. These are fenced housing estates with security staff and cameras. Very often they also include swimming pools, tennis courts and other leisure facilities. They are designed to provide a certain feeling of safety but this, of course, comes with additional costs.

The apartments and houses come either fully-furnished, semi-furnished or unfurnished. Furnished housing is the most convenient form, but the furniture might not correspond to your own taste. Unfurnished housing can mean anything from included kitchen units to an entirely empty flat.

When looking for housing, do not only pay attention to the accommodation itself but also to the conditions around the building or house. Keep in mind that traffic in the cities can be very bad, so try to find accommodation which is close to your workplace , international schools, shopping and recreation facilities.

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