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Secrets of Running A Six-Figure Airbnb Business in Malaysia

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Event, Investment Tips, Johor | 0 comments

Secrets of Running A Six-Figure Airbnb Business in Malaysia

Secrets of Running A Six-Figure Airbnb Business

Secrets of Running A Six-Figure Airbnb Business in Malaysia

In a down market, tenants are more attentive and choosy because of the increased availability rental homes, and their expectations are much higher. If you are really in need of cash just to pay up your monthly installment and really get stuck and do not know what to do, there are some alternative ways to lease out your units in order to generate positive cash flow. Why not turning your units into Airbnb?


To turn your properties into Airbnb, you might have questions:

!) How exactly do I go about it?

2) Is my unit suitable?

3) Is my location good?

4) How to charge?

5) How to get the customers?

6) What is the costing like?


So running an Air BnB sound easy but they are still a lot to look into and also running it professionally and to make sure the profitability is a skill that you need to have and learn.


5 Reasons You Should Attend Secrets of Running A Six-Figure Airbnb Business Workshop


1. Avoid expensive mistakes by learning from the expert

2. Find out the legality for running the Air BnB business

3. Teach you how to run this Air BnB business in a profitability way

4. How to manage this Air BnB business with system

5. Finding the right location and the right property for the Air BnB business


You will learn how to start an airbnb business in Malaysia

1. Introduction to home sharing


• What is home sharing

• Why is home sharing a viable model – number crunching, renting vs. home sharing

• Suitability of Malaysia for home sharing

• Preparedness for home sharing


2. Preparing to operate a home share


• Property selection – evaluating suitability of property

• The USP – why it is important, Top 10 Air BnB listings globally

• Preparing the property – furnishing, fittings, amenities


3. Operating the home share


• Daily operations – cleaning, laundry, repairs, maintenance, keeping up with 7mes

• Marketing – web platforms, corporate clients, word of mouth, social media, SEO

• Bookings – check-in, check-out, guest relationship management


4. Finances & growth


• Important calculations – costs, profits, estimating

• Planning for growth


About The Trainer ~ Mohd Ikhram Merican

Secrets of Running A Six-Figure Airbnb BusinessIkhram is the Managing Director of FIBY Wealth Sdn Bhd, owner of the brand. He is a property investment advisor with a focus on residential properties in the Greater KL area. He writes prolifically about the local property market at and is a regular feature in iProperty’s publications. He has featured in The Edge, NST, and the Expat Magazine’s various publications.

He is a regular speaker at private property investment seminars, and was chairman of the 2nd Annual Malaysia Mid-Year Property Conference, Kuala Lumpur.

Between 2013 – 2014, Ikhram was also the lead trainer for new real estate negotiators in Starcity Property (Damansara Perdana) where he designed the training and drafted the company’s new REN handbook. He was also the top sales achiever at Starcity, bagging numerous awards there.

He is passionate about the property industry and has a flair for number crunching. He is currently very involved in the vacation rental market where he has helped many property investors significantly improve their returns.

Ikhram holds a degree from Monash University with double majors in Strategic Management and Electronic Commerce. He is an Associate Financial Planner Malaysia.


Who Should Attend

  • Property Owners with Rental Properties
  • Micro Entrepreneurs
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Property Management 

Workshop Dates:               

Date: 10th December 2016, Saturday

Time: 9am – 6pm

Venue: Johor Bahru


Date: 18th February 2017, Saturday

Time: 9am – 6pm

Venue: Kuala Lumpur


Date: 25th February 2017, Saturday

Time: 9am – 6pm

Venue: Penang 



(NOW: RM 460 only)

*Early Bird Price until 5th December 2016

** Meals are on your own

 BONUS: FREE Analysis Model for getting the right Air BnB Property worth RM 900



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Malaysia Property Investment Seminar in Johor Bahru – MAGIC

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Event, Investment Tips | 0 comments

Malaysia Property Investment Seminar in Johor Bahru – MAGIC

Malaysia Property Investment Seminar in Johor Bahru – MAGIC

Magic - Malaysia Property Investment in Johor Bahru

Weakens of Malaysia Ringgit against USD, unstable political situation, implementation of GST,unemployment rate of 3.1% as of June 2015 ; this is the mere truth of current Malaysia outlook.

Even with all this disadvantages in the current market, our speaker, Mr Steven Tan successfully accumulated properties of more than 149 and still growing! The key point to his success is – LEVERAGE.

Scenario 1
A young working adult of age 25 with monthly income of RM2500 who has loan ability but not enough cash to even pay the 10% upfront for a property of value RM 350k. Hence, the eagerness to own a property is indeed opaque. Not to mention, the burden of lengthy repayment loan period and the high living cost especially in the city of Kuala Lumpur.

Scenario 2
A retiree of age 65 with a positive financial condition that able to pay the property downpayment but unable to borrow loan from the bank due to age limit and also adjusting themselves to the rising living standard and setting money aside for any contingencies such as health issue.

The above two scenario precisely reflect that buying a property now is not just about signing the legal documents, but you need to be financially prepared (downpayment, loan interest rates, stamp duty, legal fees and many more) and do it with a sense of prudence.

Our speaker, Mr Steven Tan has developed a formula known as M.A.G.I.C (MasteryAsia Group-Buy Investors Club) that provide the perfect solution for the above obstacles. The proven formula maximize the art of leveraging in property investment that not only helped him but also other wannabe property investors especially Gen Y.

If you want to start to own a property and become the next property millionaire, the first step to do is to make yourself available and join our live session to discover this M.A.G.I.C Formula and engage it in your property investment.


Malaysia Property Investment Seminar in Johor Bahru – MAGIC

Date : 08.12.15 (Tuesday)
Time : 7.30pm – 9.30pm (Registration starts at 7 pm)
Venue : Hibiscus Room, Thistle Hotel, JB
Address : Jalan Sungai Chat, 80100 Johor
Normal Investment : RM 78/pax ( First 80 registrations are COMPLIMENTARY)





4 Important Points You’ll Learn from the Live Seminar!
-How to buy with little or No Money Down
-Secrets to Financial Leveraging – The Key to Wealth
-The Power and Advantages of Group Buy
-Smart and Proven Property Investment Strategies


Becoming a property millionaire doesn’t have to be just a dream. You can turn it into a reality even before you reach 30 years old. Don’t let doubts and excuses hinder you from achieving what others have accomplished.




Johor plans new property tax/levy on foreigner buyer

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Investment Tips, Johor | 0 comments

Johor plans new property tax/levy on foreigner buyer

Johor Property LevyJohor’s State Housing and Local Government Committee Chairman Abdul Latiff Bandi said on 8 October 2013  that the new tax 4 to 5 per cent of the property value would likely be implemented by January next year, in a bid to control property prices and foreign ownership, the New Straits Times reported. The levy would apply to both commercial, residential properties and also properties in the secondary market.



Policies to dampen speculation and even prevent a possible property bubble according to budget 2014 are:

(1)  one-off payment of RM10,000 levy previously and now 4% ~ 5% levy of the property value for foreigner buyer.

(2)  minimum price of property that can be purchased by foreigners increase from RM500,000 to RM1,000,000, however this does not applicable to property in MEDINI.

(3)  Developers not allowed to offer  Developer Interest Bearing Scheme (DIBS) during construction.

(4)  Sales tax and service tax to be abolished, to be replaced by Goods and Services Tax(GST) at 6% effective April 1, 2015.

(5)  RPGT for foreigner when  disposal a property from year 1 to year 5  increase to 30% , 6th year & above is 5%.


Whether the new ruling would have impact on the Iskandar property market, some analysts said Johor Iskandar properties will still be attractive to Singaporeans despite the new measure.  In fact, there are still good deals in the market where Malaysian developers are offering attractive payment schemes and the initial cash payment works out which is still  affordable due to the strong Singapore dollar against the Malaysian ringgit.


Iskandar Property, Nusajaya Property, Property for sale in Johor Bahru

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Investment Tips, Iskandar Properties, Johor | 0 comments

Iskandar Property, Nusajaya Property, Property for sale in Johor Bahru

Thinking of investing in Malaysia, Iskandar Property or Nusajaya Property? Or Looking for any property for sale in Johor Bahru? Johor Bahru Property is selling like a hot cake recently, especially with the blossoming of Iskandar Malaysia, a development region thrice the size of Singapore.


New Iskandar Project Pre-Launching


Why investing in Malaysia, Iskandar Property or Nusajaya Property?

Malaysia Iskandar was designed with full infrastructure where living, entertainment, environment and business seamlessly converge within a bustling and vibrant metropolis. Iskandar landscape will include international universities, hospitals, theme parks, as well as residential and lifestyle destinations.

Key highlights for Malaysia Iskandar include the first Legoland in Asia, Hello Kitty Town, the first Sanrio Hello Kitty theme park outside of Japan, integrated lifestyle destination at Puteri Harbour, Asia’s first Pinewood Studios and a premium shopping outlet mall, Motorsports City in Nusajaya which will comprise vehicle showrooms, automotive retail outlets, workshops, a 5km test track, a go-kart track and other automotive-related trades and activities.



MRT proposed for Iskandar Malaysia

A plan to build a 500km mass rapid transit (MRT) system has been proposed to improve the connectivity within Iskandar Malaysia and that the state’s rapid transit system (RTS) is likely to link up with the Thomson MRT Line in Singapore which is likely to be completed in 2018.
MRT proposed for Iskandar Malaysia


New Iskandar Project Pre-Launching


Who Are the Iskandar Property Investor?

As quoted by Wan Abdullah recently, there were five categories of investors who have invested in the property development in Nusajaya.

“The first are Malaysians who are working in Singapore for their convenience of transiting in and out of Malaysia.

“The second are Singaporeans who buy properties as soon as they recognised the world-class developments in Nusajaya.

“The third category was Singaporeans who want to invest in weekend homes as a means of escapism during weekends and festive seasons.

“Expatriates, who are very keen on the array of properties offered in Iskandar Malaysia, are the fourth category.

“Finally, out of the region’s buyers, who are mainly Indonesians, who want to be close to Singapore, perceived as the financial hub


Iskandar Key Property developers

Iskandar Key Property developers in Nusajaya are including UEM Land, Iskandar Investment Berhad and Mulpha International Bhd, SP Setia, 1 Medini.
Iskandar Property, Nusajaya Property, Property for sale in Johor Bahru
Malaysia Iskandar property is your idyllic urban retreat and the Malaysia’s Pro Investment Real Estate Policies which allow:

Foreign investor to have direct ownership of the property

Mminimum purchase amount for Iskandar Property is just RM500,000

No Property Gain Tax after 5 years of ownership

No withholding tax on property disposal

Repatriation income is allowed


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How To Be A Real Estate Agent in Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Investment Tips | 0 comments

How To Be A Real Estate Agent in Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur

Career in Real Estate, Real Estate Agent License in Malaysia

How to be a Real Estate Agent in Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur? Want to make it as your career and get the real estate agent license in Malaysia?

To be a real estate agent and get the real estate agent license in Malaysia, you have to sit for a two-part ( each part consists of 6 subjects ) real estate examination offered by the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents, serve a two-year apprenticeship with a registered real estate agent and pass an oral examination ( Test of Professional Competence ).
Eligibility of Candidates:
The pre-requisites required by the Board to be eligible for pursuing the Estate Agents License are listed below.

1. Candidates must be a Malaysian citizen.
2. Candidates must be 17 years of age and above
3. Candidates only need to possess a SPM/MCE qualification with at least 5 subject passes where at least 3 of them should be credit level passes.

One of the subjects with credit must be any of the following:
a) Mathematics
b) Science
c) Accounts
d) Commerce

Other higher qualifications recognized by Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (03-8885 3365/60/61) or Lembaga Akreditasi Negara (03-7968 7002/57/33) will also be considered.

Malaysia Property Course Contain:

How To Become Malaysia Real Estate Agent in Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur

Diploma in Real Estate (Part 1)
1) Principles of Accounting
2) Principles of Economics
3) Principles and Practices of Marketing
4) Building Technology 1
5) Introduction of Law
6) Property Taxation


Diploma in Real Estate (Part 2)
1) Building Technology 2
2) Estate Agency Laws
3) Property Law
4) Real Estate Agency Practices
5) Principles of Valuation
6) Land Economics


Passing Requirements

  • Students must attend minimum 90% of all classes conducted.
  • Students will be assessed based on grades from class participation, written assignments and exams.
  • Students are encouraged to take all or at the least 2 of the 6 subjects in the respective parts at one exam sitting. Credits are given for the subjects passed and which shall lapse at the end of the third year.
  • A pass in all six subjects in Part 1 of the examination’s set by the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia, makes the candidates eligible for Part 2 of the examinations.
  • Students must take the Part 2 examinations not later than 5 years after passing all the subjects in Part 1 of the examinations.
  • Students that have passed all 6 subjects in the Part 2 make the candidates eligible for the Test of Professional Competence.

This course is suitable for :
•New Negotiators
•Developers who need to empower their sales staffs
•Individuals embarking on a new career including senior citizens and semi retiree
•Bankers and other related industries that need to know how the real estate industry works

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Johor Iskandar Property for Sale in Johor Bahru

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Investment Tips, Iskandar Properties, Johor | 0 comments

Johor Iskandar Property for Sale in Johor Bahru

Looking to buy Malaysia Iskandar property or want to sell your Johor property in Johor Bahru due to many foreign investors are looking into buy Johor property and intend to invest in Malaysia Iskandar property in Johor Bahru?
With property prices rising in many countries, more foreigner especially Singaporean has begun looking to Malaysia for investment or to buy their second homes. The weakening Malaysian Ringgit, the lure of owning land property and familiarity with the country are the reasons, Singaporean cites for looking north.

New Iskandar Project Pre-Launching



The Iskandar Malaysia is set to become Southern Peninsular Malaysia’s most developed region, where living, entertainment, environment and business seamlessly converge within a bustling and vibrant metropolis. Iskandar Malaysia was designated as a special economic zone in Johor in 2006. Besides upmarket housing, plans are in the pipeline to build universities, top-notch medical facilities and theme parks.
Apart from Kota Iskandar, Legoland and Puteri Habour Family Theme Park, nestled within Nusajaya are Educity a spacious campus housing some leading schools and tertiary institutions, including Newcastle, Reading and Southampton universities, Singapore’s Raffles University, Marlborough College, Afiat Healthpark, Medini central business district, Puteri Harbour and Southern Industrial and Logistics Clusters (SiLC).
Johor Iskandar Properties for Sale in Johor Bahru
Malaysia Iskandar Johor is populated with a multi-lingual (including English) and educated workforce, providing skilled people ranging from the services, technical to the professional sectors. Investors and business operators venturing into Iskandar Johor are able to take advantage of the competitive cost structures of doing business here. Many foreigners are attracted to the residential cities such as Nusajaya, where big houses and a quality lifestyle. Half of the residents in Nusajaya are made up by expatriates and of the foreigners, 80 percent is Singaporean.


New Iskandar Project Pre-Launching



Q: What is MM2H programme?

Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H) is promoted by the Government of Malaysia to allow foreigners who fulfil certain criteria, to stay in Malaysia for as long as possible on a multiple-entry social visit pass. The Social Visit Pass is initially for a period of ten (10) years, and is renewable. Foreigners married to Malaysians are not eligible and are required to obtain a spouse permit. Read more …


Q: How can a buyer get financing?

Buyer will be referred to a banker through property agents, sales executives working for the developer, lawyers, or via walk-ins at bank branches.


Q: What is the rate for a home loan?

Rates range from 4 per cent to 6 per cent per annum.


Q: What loan-to-value (LTV) ratio can buyers get?

For foreigners, most financial institutions grant loans of 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the purchase price.


Q: What is the minimum purchase amount?

That depends on the state. It ranges from RM500,000 (S$210,000) to RM1 million.


Q: how much is the stamp duty?

Stamp duty from starting from 1 per cent to 3 per cent for purchases applicable to both local and foreigner


Q: What other fees are there?

There is a tax of 5 per cent if Foreigner sells the house after holding it for less than five years. The tax is 10 per cent if the house is sold within two years.


Buyers also have to pay property tax. This is generally 6 percent of the annual rental value of residential properties and payable in two instalments.
Property experts say that buyers of property in the Iskandar Malaysia project should see their purchases as long-term investments and not expected to realize its potential within the next 5 to 10 years.


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Flipping Houses in Malaysia for Fast Real Estate Profit

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Investment Tips | 0 comments

Flipping Houses in Malaysia for Fast Real Estate Profit

While the concept of flipping houses is nice, the reality is that so much is involved in flipping real estate for profit that you could end up being stuck with a house you really do not want to own, or end up taking a big loss on the sale of your property. Yes, some people do make decent profit by flipping houses, but others lose out. Do your homework on a property before jumping in, and be sure to have the proper knowledge on how the process works. Make sure that you understand everything before buying a house that you plan on flipping later.

Flipping Houses for Fast Real Estate Profit

If you are considering real estate investments in general, and house flipping in particular, there are some things you should keep in mind:

1) You must treat this as a business rather than a hobby. Far too many investors do not take their investments seriously. This is a mistake because in this business, time is money, and every month that the house isn’t sold is a month that the house is costing you more. Create a plan, make a schedule, and stick to them both.

2) Again, remember that this is a business. You are not investing in properties to be nice or to make friends. You are in this business to turn a profit. You cannot be timid about making low offers. The ability to buy low and sell high is the lifeblood of this particular business.

3) Pay attention to the market. This is vitally important. Do not buy in an inflated market if it can be avoided, unless it is during the very beginning of the inflation (before property developers have the opportunity to create a surplus).

4) Do not allow it to become personal. Far too many first-time house flippers decide to create a work of art rather than thinking of the property as a business investment. Focus on structural and cosmetic fixes like painting the exterior or repairing the roof. Utilize professionals like Chase NW, and only have them do the work that is necessary to turn a profit. You are not building your dream home, but are running a business. The goal is to invest little and profit large.

5) Look into getting an Option ARM (Option Adjustable-Rate Mortgage), with a low rate and small minimum payments. This type of loan program can increase your cash flow by cutting your monthly payment in half! These loans will also allow you to take a small piece of your equity and turn it into a tax deduction by creating deferred mortgage interest.

6) The last part of the equation, selling your house quickly to a qualified buyer, means you need to do your homework. Many investors seek free help from a loan officer to price the house right and to qualify their buyers. These investors earn the sales commission by selling their houses by owner. The most important issue, how you fix up your house, ensures that you quickly attract a buyer willing to pay top dollar for your transformed property. Investors using Design Psychology strategies for fixing houses sell their homes, for more than the asking price, three hours after putting the For Sale sign out.

If you want to make money investing in real estate by flipping or fixing houses, you need to understand your market. To get started in your real estate business, go house shopping. You’ll soon learn how to pick up a flip or a fixer and be on your way to making a high return on your money.

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Successful real estate investor tips investing in Malaysia properties

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Investment Tips | 0 comments

Successful real estate investor tips investing in Malaysia properties

How to become a successful real estate investor in Malaysia

To be a successful real estate investor in Malaysia, it requires you to be able to find good real estate investment deals easily. Your job is not to become a closing attorney, a management expert, or a repair person. Use professionals in those areas! This article shows you the top tips that real estate investors should apply to their property building strategies to ensure success when investing. Realtors, appraisers, and banks determine what a property is worth by looking at comparable sales, usually three to five different transactions, of similar properties recently sold in the same neighborhood. Getting a list of comparable prices of properties sold, (and when they sold), for the neighborhood you are considering, and asking active real estate investors in your area what the market is like, will be helpful to make a better investment decision.


What is the ideal market for investing?

There is no such thing as an ideal real estate market for investing. It tends to be more difficult to find bargains in rising markets, because if the market keeps rising, the probability of selling a property for a large profit increases. In contrast, when property values are falling, more bargains become available. You need to be able to assess the true value of properties based on when you expect to sell. Your purchase must be made at a good enough discount to allow for a profitable sale at a later date.


Seek advice

Speak to locals in the area and the other ex-pats before you commit to anything, because you can learn a lot from other people’s experiences. Also seek professional advice along the way from a reliable company that specializes in buying properties abroad.


Shop Around

In every part of the buying process, make sure that you shop around for everything; finding the house, finding the estate agent, seeking international mortgage advice, the local taxes, the solicitor etc. Always make sure that similar sized houses within the local market are being sold for around the same price range. Take your time and ensure you’ve covered every part of the buying process.



Leverage is very important for investors because the less cash you put down on each property, the more properties you can buy. If the properties go up in value your rate of return goes up. However, if the properties go down in value and you have a lot of debt on the property, this can result in negative cash flow. Since real estate is generally cyclical, negative cash flow is only a short-term problem and can be handled if you have other income or cash reserves. This makes “Nothing down” investing very helpful to protect against negative cash flow for high leverage investor. If you are a long-term real estate investor, leverage will work in your favor if the markets in which you invest appreciate in the long run, and your income from the properties can pay for most of your monthly debt.


Strategies to limit risk

To limit risk, become educated in your local real estate market first by understanding the large scale trends, from global, down to national, regional, and specific neighborhoods. Research information about different styles of homes found in different areas, from traditional wooden homes, to american steel buildings. Learn about target neighborhoods with the help of successful real estate investors in your area along the way. Real estate investors can help you interpret market indicators such as the average length of time houses have been on the market this month, versus last month or last year. With this information it will help you make better investment decisions.


Exit strategies

Since you cannot predict the local real estate market’s future, you need to have a clear plan in mind when purchasing a property. As a real estate investor, you must know exactly how you will exit the property before you buy it. Have a backup plan or two in case the first course of action doesn’t work. You must know your market and your plan before you begin to invest.


Profit margins

What levels of capital growth can you realistically gain on your property investment, or how much rental income can you generate? Work out these facts and then work backwards towards your initial budget to work out your potential profit margins. Keep the bigger picture in mind at all times to ensure that your real estate investment has good potential for profit.


Think long term

Think realistically when getting into real estate investing. Real estate properties can be a tough asset to liquidate, and you have to keep in mind the amount of money you will have tied up in it. Take a long term approach to your property portfolio and give your assets time to increase in value before cashing them in for profit. Rushing the process can limit your profits, so stay patient and allow your investment to make you some money with time.


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