Star Property Fair 2011 - A rousing success

Exhibitors at the Star Property Fair 2011 in Penang enjoyed good response to their projects over the four-day event held at Level 2 of G Hotel and the ground floor of Gurney Plaza.

Ivory Properties Group Bhd assistant manager (corporate property) Michael Wong said they had a lot of enquiries over the first two days and began closing sales on the third day.

At press time yesterday, he said the company recorded about RM7.2mil in sales of its Moonlight Bay, The Peak Residences and Island Resort, and received enquiries and registration for The Latitude.

IJM Land Bhd senior sales and marketing manager Patsy Lee said the crowd was good and the company enjoyed good response at its booth over the four days.

“We have sold RM17mil of our Pearl Regency project and are also collecting registration for our other projects such as The Address and Permatang Sanctuary,” she said.

Belleview Group senior manager (sales administration) Anne Lee said the response was very encouraging and they received hundreds of enquiries, especially for their Winter Tower at All Seasons Park and three-storey terrace houses at Bukit Dumbar Residences.

“Many also went to check out our sales gallery after making enquiries at our booth,” she said, adding that they closed sales on the spot for the two projects by receiving booking fees.

The ninth Star Property Fair 2011, which ended yesterday, was touted as Penang’s premier property expo.

Organised by The Star in collaboration with Henry Butcher Malaysia (Penang) Sdn Bhd, the fair, in its ninth edition, featured 36 exhibitors.

Among them were DNP Land Sdn Bhd, Nusmetro Venture (Pg) Sdn Bhd, Sunway Grand Sdn Bhd, Mah Sing Group Bhd, MTT Properties and Development Sdn Bhd, Reka Indah Development (Pg) Sdn Bhd, Ideal Property Sdn Bhd, SP Setia and Boon Siew Group (BSG Property).

There were also Plenitude Heights Sdn Bhd, Triental Land Sdn Bhd, GD Development Sdn Bhd, Lone Pine Group of Companies, ResCom Asia Sdn Bhd, Capitawealth International Sdn Bhd, KPWG International Sdn Bhd, Tambun Indah Development Sdn Bhd, Bukit Kiara Properties Sdn Bhd, E&O Bhd and Jalin Realty.

Henry Butcher also featured projects by Magna Putih Sdn Bhd and several property in Australia and England by various developers.

While most people would love to have their own landed property, there are many others who opt for apartments. Among them was university lecturer Rosli Saad, 51, who was visiting the fair for the first time with his daughter Athirah, 12.

“We’re looking for an apartment on Penang island. I don’t like landed property. The main reason I prefer apartments is because there is better security, with only one entrance to the whole place. And it’s easier to maintain an apartment unit without having to worry about the compound and all that,” said Rosli.

Dr R. Sentil and Dr S. Karthik, both 27, were seen checking out the Meridien Residence project in Sungai Ara by Reka Indah Development (Pg) Sdn Bhd.

“We read about the fair and wanted to check it out. The property market in Penang is good and we are looking for either a place to stay or to invest in.

“Looking around, we find that some of the property have sold out,” said Dr Sentil.

Dr Karthik said he preferred to live further from town, “away from the hustle and bustle”, although he would probably have to brave the traffic jam to go home.

Many visitors also attended the various talks held over the duration of the fair. The talks were, among others, related to property, investment, financing, law, heritage and feng shui. There was also an exhibition of restored heritage buildings carried out by George Town World Heritage Inc.

A popular feature of the fair was the ‘Surf, Click & Win’ contest sponsored by IJM Land where visitors stood a chance to win prizes totalling RM30,000, including a 32” Samsung LCD television, Acer Iconia Tabs, Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Parkson vouchers daily.

Visitors also got to redeem mystery gifts, on a first-come-first-served basis, with cut-out coupons printed in The Star over the four days. Hong Leong Bank Bhd sponsored RM5,000 worth of mystery gifts. - By Priscilla Dielenberg, David Tan, Tan Sin Chow and Fong Kee Soon (By The Star)

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