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Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has just announced the implementation of a maximum loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 70%, which will be applicable to the third house financing facility taken out by a borrower. 

I personally view this as a good measure to curb excessive speculation on property prices as one needs to come up with a higher downpayment of 30% from the current minimum of 10% to own the third and subsequent home. Of course, for the cash rich, the new ruling does not affect them.  

BNM Press Statements on Measures in Promoting a Stable and Sustainable Property Market and Sound Financial and Debt Management of Households 
Bank Negara Malaysia wishes to announce with immediate effect the implementation of a maximum loan-to-value (LTV) ratio of 70%, which will be applicable to the third house financing facility taken out by a borrower.  Financing facilities for purchase of the first and second homes are not affected and borrowers will continue to be able to obtain financing for these purchases at the present prevailing LTV level applied by individual banks based on their internal credit policies. The measure aims to support a stable and sustainable property market, and promote the continued affordability of homes for the general public. 

At the national level, residential property prices have increased steadily in tandem with economic development and the rise in income levels.  This aggregate growth trend remains largely manageable and has not deviated from the long term trend in residential property prices.  In the more recent period, however, specific locations, particularly in and around urban centres, have experienced faster growth, both in the number of transactions and in house prices. This is further supported by an increase in financing provided for multiple unit purchases by a single borrower, suggesting increasing investment activity that is of a speculative nature.

The targeted implementation of the LTV ratio is expected to moderate the excessive investment and speculative activity in the residential property market which has resulted in higher than average price increases in such locations. This has also led to increases in house prices in surrounding locations, thus contributing to the declining overall affordability of homes for genuine house buyers.  This measure therefore remains supportive of the objective of encouraging home ownership among Malaysians which continues to be an important national agenda. 

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You may want to read my earlier post
1. High Cost of Materials and Land Value Blamed for City’s Expensive Properties
2. Property Prices in Kota Kinabalu
3. Newly Launched Project. 30% Reserved / 5% Discount for Bumiputera!

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