“We expect the anticipation of higher mortgage rates in 2015 and the implementation of a 6 per cent goods and service tax in April to dampen sales in 2015 as buyers take a wait-and-see approach,” said Jacintha Poh, a Moody’s assistant vice president.
The assessment came as part of the rating agency’s latest edition of Inside ASEAN, a publication looking at the region’s major credit trends.
Amid the slowdown, developers focusing on popular Malaysian cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang and Selangor are likely to face more headwinds in moving their units, which are typically priced above 1 million ringgit (US$279,532) and are marketed to high-income households or foreign investors, Poh added.
Nonetheless, the five biggest listed property developers in Malaysia will remain resilient in 2015 in terms of revenue, Moody’s noted. These include Sunway Group, SP Setia, UEM Sunrise, IJM Land and Mah Sing Group.