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Championing buyer' rights
19/01/2002 NST-PROP
BUYING a home is an important event in a person's life; it is the single biggest capital investment that a person will undertake in his or her lifetime. You would expect, therefore, that such an experience would bring a sense of achievement and joy to those who pursue it.

Power to change
26/01/2002 NST-PROP
THE Housing Development (Control & Licensing) Act scheduled to be gazetted next month gives the Ministry of Housing and Local Government vast powers to control, license and to take action against irresponsible developers

Managing together (Part 1) 
02/02/2002 NST-PROP
THE proposed Building and Common Property (Maintenance & Management) Bill, which is expected to be tabled sometime this year, is aimed at alleviating the maintenance and management problems that have become a way of life for stratified property owners.

Look before you leap
09/02/2002 NST-PROP
MALAYSIANS love to buy new things. That indescribable feeling of owning a new possession is something we all love, even as children. On a small scale, we buy new clothes, new curtains, new furniture and other items for the house come Hari Raya, New Year, Deepavali or Christmas because new feels good

A firm hand  
16/02/2002 NST-PROP
THE amendments to the Housing Developers Act 1966, which was renamed the Housing Development Act to be more reflective of its role in governing the industry, have been passed by Parliament.

No excuse not to pay
23/02/2002  NST-PROP
ONE of the major complaints received by the House Buyers Association (HBA) is the failure, or in some cases, blatant refusal of developers to pay liquidated ascertained damages (LAD) as provided for in the Housing Developers Act.

Hiding behind the law
02/03/2002  NST-PROP
OFTEN, developers who fail to honour their obligation to pay liquidated ascertained damages (LAD) to house buyers, seek to hide behind the issue of buyers' locus standi, or rather lack of it, to initiate legal proceedings against them.

The way we see it
23/3/2002  NST-PROP
THE housing industry as a whole has shown some signs of degeneration over the past several years, and this has aroused a lot of suspicion and criticism from dissatisfied house buyers.

Balancing the scales
30/03/2002  NST-PROP
THE quest for shelter is one of the basic driving forces of the human race. Today, this quest has been translated into the more sophisticated need to own a home and much of our lives are spent in pursuit of this dream.

Assurance in enforcement
13/04/2002  NST-PROP
IN certain advanced countries, property developers proudly compete for the covetous task of building quality housing for the state. However, here in Malaysia there appears to be no signs of growing pride in building high- calibre houses for the masses.

Not there yet
20/4/2002  NST-PROP
IF the Housing Development (Control & Licensing) Act 1966 is to provide protection for house buyers there is a further need for regulatory measures to weed out errant developers.

Help for house buyers
25/4/2002  NST-PROP
Many prospective house buyers usually have little knowledge of what aspects to look for when they are ready to acquire a home.

House buyers unite!
27/4/2002  NST-PROP
WHENEVER we attend to distraught housebuyers, one question keeps cropping up in our minds. Why is it that so many of them got involved in such seemingly unsolvable problems with their housing developers?

Convergent courses
04/05/2002  NST-PROP
THE viewpoints of property developers and house buyers need not always be a divergent one. This is evident from the fact that the House Buyers Association (HBA) was generously given a platform by the Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Rehda) to launch its House Buyers' Guide at the recent Malaysia Property Exposition 2002 (Mapex).

Forming residents' associations
11/05/2002  NST-PROP
Housing projects big or small, will comprise a community of owners sharing the common areas, roads, parks, recreational facilities and housing woes (if any).

The mystical CFO
18/05/2002   NST-PROP
THE subject of delays in the issuance of the Certificate of Fitness for Occupation (CFO) has been highlighted in the media for as long as we can remember, although the matter has heated up in recent times.

Scrutinise the small print
25/05/2002  NST-PROP
OF late, the marketing of real estate properties has taken on a new dimension. Committee members of the House Buyers Association were at the recently concluded Property and Investment Deal (PAID) 2002

Why strata titles are important
25/05/2002  The Star
Strata title is one of the title structure of ownership and control over property. It is usually applied to subdivided buildings or complexes such as high-rise buildings, town houses, duplexes, flats, apartments, condominiums and commercial buildings.

Beware the deed
01/06/2002   NST-PROP
WHENEVER we buy a piece of property where there are common facilities such as security, social amenities and other areas that require the involvement of all unit owners, we will be required to enter into a Deed of Mutual Covenant (DMC).

Enforcing the Act
08/06/2002  NST-PROP
THE recent announcement that the amendments to the Housing Developers' Act (1966) has been gazetted was like a breath of fresh air for frustrated house buyers after a prolonged and suffocating waiting period.

Purchasing Perils 
22/06/2002  NST-PROP
The House Buyers' Association offers some pointers on buying properties off-the-plan. You may have received the well-intentioned advice that buying a property is all about location, location, location.

Strata title woes
06/07/2002  NST-PROP
In the first of a two-part article, the House Buyers Association addresses the problems on strata titles and their importance to homeowners. Strata titles was first introduced in Malaysia by way of certain sections of the National Land Code 1965 (NLC) that dealt with 'subsidiary titles'.

Taking a proactive stance
13/07/2002  NST-PROP
In the second a two-part article, the House Buyers Association proposes certain steps to expedite the issuance of strata titles.

Downpayment pitfalls
20/07/2002  NST-PROP
The House Buyers Association stresses the need to scrutinise all documents pertaining to the sale of a property before putting down any money.

In the lurch
10/08/2002  NST-PROP
The House Buyers Association highlights some cases of developments turned into nightmares. Learning from others’ experiences is one of the best ways to become smarter.

Problematic builders
17/08/2002 NST-PROP
It's time errant developers are brought to task for cheating buyers of their due.

Standing up for the buyer  
24/08/2002 NST-PROP
The problems currently faced by aggrieved houses buyers are varied and plentiful but the most serious must be the one relating to abandoned housing projects.

Time for a Property Buyers Protection Act
31/08/2002  NST-PROP
As we celebrate our 45th birthday of independence, we need to ask whether there are more than enough justifiable reasons for our jubilation.

Model for compromise
21/09/2002 NST-PROP
A system that has been practised over a long period of time eventually becomes the accepted norm in a society.

Rethinking our delivery system
21/09/2002 NST-PROP

The property industry’s decades-old practice of “selling off-the-plan” passes the financial burden that ought to be borne by developers squarely on house buyers.

The plus points
21/09/2002 NST-PROP
It is an age-old tenet of business practice that businessmen have to shoulder the capital for whatever activities they undertake. More significantly, they also have to carry the risk of either success or failure.

The ills of speculation
19/10/2002 NST-PROP
During the boom time when the country was flushed with funds, the property market was lucrative and speculators had a field day.

Catering to special people
26/10/2002 NST-PROP
The government should seriously consider legislating a mandatory requirement for the adequate provision of facilities for the disabled in all buildings.

HBA goes national
 02/11/2002 NST-PROP 
Some two years ago, a small group of individuals, typical of the Malaysian public at large, nurtured dreams of buying their own homes so that their loved ones would have a permanent roof over their heads.

Look before you leap
23/11/2002  NST-PROP
For many of us, the purchase of a house or investment property is the largest financial commitment we will ever make. More often than not, to finance the purchase, we have to resort to taking a loan, which we spend the better part of our lives paying off.


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