KUANTAN: Cashier Martiza Ali is planning to own a property but just like other first-time house buyers, she remains cautious.
The 29-year-old from Taman Impian here said apart from visiting the property booths, she spent time listening to the talks by guest speakers on property investments at the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) MyRumah Property Showcase.
This is to ensure that she is in the proper financial position before making long term financial commitments on a property.
"The exhibition helps to educate buyers and seems insightful for those planning to buy property for the first time. It does not only focus on buying homes but also managing our finances and spending wisely.
"I guess the concept of this MyRumah exhibition is timely and suitable as visitors have everything under one roof... real-estate experts, possible tax reliefs, exhibitors and attractive packages. Some offers seem attractive as I saw one developer selling three-bedroom landed units as low as RM137,000," she said.
She was among the thousands of visitors who thronged the New Straits Times Press (NSTP) MyRumah Property Showcase at the Kuantan City Mall, here, today.
Lorry driver Suhaidi Ismail, 54, said MyRumah could benefit youths as it provided step-by-step guidance to buying and owning properties.
"Those days, we could only afford rented units and only plan to buy homes after getting married but these days even those in their 20s can dream of buying properties. This exhibition allows one to study the trend of the local property market, make financial planning, study affordable loans before deciding on the type of properties," said the father of six.
Meanwhile, OCR Group Berhad Sales and Marketing Executive Norul Hudai Mat Othman said two units - a semi-D and a terrace house - were sold on the first day of the exhibition on Friday, while two units had been reserved by potential buyers.
She said many visitors were surprised that the project along the Kuantan-Pekan stretch offered units priced at RM137,000 each. They felt that it was a good deal due to its strategic location, built between Kuantan and Pekan.
Meanwhile, Uda Land (East) Sdn Bhd Assistant Vice-President 2, Ellie Syahirah Liyana Mohamed Said described high end properties located close to the Teluk Chempedak beach here as receiving positive feedback from aspiring buyers.
She said due to its location, the five-room units were in demand as many customers had enquired details of the property and had expressed interest to make it their dream homes.
MyRumah - a one-stop platform for property consultation and home purchase - was previously held in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Johor.
The Kuantan-leg of the showcase is being held for the first since it made its debut in 2016.
The three-day event, which ends tomorrow (Sunday), features six property developers and three non-developers offering 1,437 units of residential and commercial properties.
MyRumah, supported by the Housing and Local Government Ministry, features the 4E concept - education, exhibition, environment and experience - to help enrich visitors’ involvement with the nation's premier property showcase.
The six participating developers here are O&C Properties (Kuantan) Sdn Bhd, Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS), Terengganu State Economic Development Corporation, Terengganu People's Housing Consortium Sdn Bhd, UDA Land (East) Sdn Bhd and, Housing and Local Government Ministry/National Housing Department.
In a move to assist visitors and prospective home buyers, Amanah Raya Bhd, National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) and Takaful Ikhlas are also taking part as exhibitors at the showcase.