Statistics from the recent PropertyGuru Consumer Sentiment Survey show that 92% of those polled would rather own the roof over their heads than to lease despite the rising perception that more Malaysians would choose to rent than to buy a home. Among those polled, about 33% were presently renting with 67% residing in their own homes. Own homes are regarded as homes that are owned by their dwellers or it could be a family home, staying with a sibling or relative and other non-rental residences.
The survey shows that the traditional aspiration of owning a home remains largely unchanged despite evolving property market trends and demographics.
For those who would prefer to rent, the majority cited a location that is close to their office or workplace as the most important criterion (71%), followed by family considerations (55%) and public transportation accessibility (52%) respectively. High-rise homes are the preferred option for renters with condominiums and serviced apartments being the top choice.
“It appears that despite rising living costs, higher loan rejection rates and price unaffordability, Malaysians including the younger generation still would make homeownership a key lifestyle aspiration. The desire is very strong perhaps due to family or peer pressure or due to the prevalence of traditional perceptions of owning a home as being a sound foundation for one’s future,” shares PropertyGuru Malaysia Country Manager, Sheldon Fernandez.
He adds, “Beyond providing a place to stay, a home to Malaysians still represents stability, security and continues to be a key asset class for wealth accumulation via capital appreciation and rental yields.” Fernandez says that the PropertyGuru survey also showed that even many of those who are presently renting also aspire to buy a home if they can afford it.
“We will continue to track rental data going forward. There may be changes as unaffordability, loan rejections and other factors influence buying sentiments. Our tracking of the rental market will provide further insights into the overall property market to help develop a more comprehensive perspective going forward,” added Fernandez.
Renters believe that RM501-RM800 monthly to rent a room was a realistic budget while those looking to rent a home would ideally wish to pay RM801-RM1100 per monthly. This of course, would differ from location, property type, unit size and other factors.