Malaysian Annual Property Report 2023

The Resilience and Growth of the Malaysian Property Market in 2023

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Despite the global economic uncertainties and challenges faced in 2023, the Malaysian property market showcased remarkable resilience and growth, backed by several strategic initiatives and favourable economic conditions. The following analysis delves into the key highlights and statistics from the year, offering insights for property investors, developers, and stakeholders.


Economic Overview

The Malaysian economy grew by 3.0% in the fourth quarter of 2023, following expansions of 3.3% and 2.9% in the third and second quarters respectively. For the entire year, the economy normalized to a growth rate of 3.7%, a moderation from the robust 8.7% growth recorded in 2022. This expansion was driven by increased domestic demand, improving labour market conditions, and growth in the investment, commodities, and services sectors .


Property Market Performance

In 2023, the property market in Malaysia experienced an overall increase in transaction volume and value. Total transactions rose by 2.5% to 399,008, with the transaction value climbing by 9.9% to RM196.83 billion compared to RM179.07 billion in 2022. The residential sub-sector, which forms the largest share of the market, recorded a marginal increase in both transaction volume and value, underscoring its stability and appeal.


Sectoral Analysis

Residential Sector

Leading the market with a 62.8% share in transaction volume and 51.3% in transaction value, the residential sector saw a 3.0% year-on-year growth in volume. This sector’s resilience is attributed to government incentives and a steady demand for housing.


Commercial Sector

The commercial property sub-sector recorded a significant year-on-year growth of 23.3% in transaction volume and 17.5% in transaction value. This surge was driven by increasing business activities and investments in commercial spaces across key urban areas.


Industrial Sector

Despite a challenging first half of the year, the industrial property sub-sector rebounded in the latter half, ending the year with a moderate growth of 0.9% in volume and 13.1% in value. The Malaysian Industrial Production Index also reflected a marginal growth of 0.9%, supporting this sector’s recovery.


Agriculture Sector

Unlike other sectors, the agricultural property market faced a decline, with transaction volume dropping by 7.8%. However, the value of transactions increased by 4.6%, indicating higher per-unit prices.


Development Land

This sub-sector saw a growth of 5.0% in transaction volume and 13.8% in value, driven by ongoing infrastructure projects and land development initiatives.


Government Initiatives and Policies

Several government initiatives under Budget 2023 played a crucial role in boosting the property market. These included:


Stamp Duty Exemptions

Full stamp duty exemptions on the transfer of ownership and loan agreements for first-time homebuyers purchasing properties priced up to RM500,000, valid until December 2025.


Stamp Duty Remissions

Increased stamp duty remission from 50% to 75% for properties priced between RM500,000 and RM1 million, applicable until December 2023.


Affordable Housing Programs

Allocations totalling RM460.2 million for building new homes and renovating existing ones in rural areas, and RM358 million for constructing affordable homes under the Rumah Mesra Rakyat program .


Infrastructure Development

The government’s focus on infrastructure development also contributed to the positive market outlook. Notable projects included the Sabah Pan Borneo Highway Phase 1B, the Sarawak-Sabah Link Road (SSLR) Phase 2, and the expansion of the North-South Expressway from four to six lanes. These projects are expected to enhance connectivity and spur regional economic activities.


Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

FDI inflows into Malaysia recorded a higher net inflow of RM926.30 billion in Q4 2023, compared to RM914.90 billion in Q3. These investments were predominantly in the services sector, followed by manufacturing and mining. The top three sources of FDI were Singapore, Hong Kong, and the United States.


Consumer and Business Sentiment

The Consumer Sentiment Index (CSI) improved cautiously to 89.4 points in Q4 2023 from 78.9 points in Q3, reflecting better expected finances and employment conditions. Similarly, the Business Conditions Index (BCI) rose to 89.0 points from 79.7 points, driven by increased capital investment and improved business confidence.


Future Outlook

Looking ahead, the property market is expected to remain cautiously optimistic. The national economy is projected to grow between 4.0% and 5.0% in 2024, supported by robust domestic growth prospects and continuous government support. The implementation of measures outlined in Budget 2024, such as the New Industrial Master Plan 2030 and the Pelan Induk Industri Halal 2030, are anticipated to further bolster the property market.



The Malaysian property market demonstrated resilience in 2023, supported by strategic government initiatives, favourable economic conditions, and robust investment inflows. The continuous efforts to improve infrastructure and provide incentives for homebuyers and investors are likely to sustain this positive momentum into 2024 and beyond.


Ben Liau

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