Urban planners can benefit from real estate data, says data firm

March 24, 2024
Malaysia


Data intermediaries such as PropertyGuru DataSense provide platforms for big data analytics in Malaysia’s real estate market. 

The information gathered includes transaction data, price trends, buyer demographics and preferences, geospatial data and rental rates, among others. 

Local councils, property developers, financial institutions and policymakers are encouraged to leverage on their real estate data to guide their decision making and urban planning, says Joe Hock Thor, managing director of PropertyGuru DataSense. 

According to Thor, actionable insights from such data can benefit Malaysian cities in the form of better urban development, governance and sustainability if adopted by market players. 

This data can help identify purchase trends, chart demand, and form buyer profiles for first-home buyers or investors. 

Data analysis can reveal the primary reasons for property purchases, such as capital growth or rental yield. This information can help stakeholders to better plan and target customers. 

“Our local councils, developers and governments have a lot of data but we need to start looking at them from a different perspective,” Thor said. 

A new development that is declared sold out may hint at good absorption, but does not accurately reflect demand if it omits identifying how many purchases were made by investors instead of first-home buyers. 

A preference for landed properties has dominated the local real estate market over the years. 

Speaking on the changes brought on by urbanisation and purchase trends, Thor said a preference for landed properties has dominated the local real estate market over the years.

During the pandemic, there was an uptake of higher-priced properties within the Klang Valley, resulting in a higher median purchase price than in previous years despite falling property prices across the country.

The number of investors also increased, while the number of first-home buyers went down, suggesting how those with resources capitalised on the opportunities presented by the pandemic.

However, he noted a disconnect between purchase prices of properties in the primary market and the respective rental returns, and also pointed out the inherent costs faced by developers that influence selling prices.

Thor’s full conversation at last year’s City Expo Malaysia can be viewed here.

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