KUALA LUMPUR - Although they have been married for five months, Meor Mohd Ali and his wife Noor Nadia Mohd Sahar only meet during weekends.
The newlyweds are both still living with their parents - Meor in Shah Alam and Noor Nadia in Putrajaya - so as to be closer to their work places.
Meor, an engineer, and Noor Nadia, a dentist, were looking to buy a landed property at The Star KL Property Fair 2013 yesterday.
"We are looking at areas like Kajang and Bangi. We have been attending property launches, doing our research and attending various property exhibitions to find the best deal," said Meor, 30, adding that for him, public transport accessibility was an important consideration when choosing a location.
Noor Nadia, also 30, said they wanted a landed property instead of a condominium because she felt it would be safer, in a guarded and gated community, and there would be more privacy.
"Unfortunately, the prices are so high and it is so difficult to find something we can afford. Looking at the prices, I am worried that we may be forced to settle for a condominium unit instead," she said.
Project manager R. Jayaganesh, who now lives in a condominium, was at the fair looking for a landed property for his family.
The 40-year-old said he had been looking for a house since early this year and was still trying to find an affordable home close to the city.
"Property prices are sky-high now. Many of the new development projects are too expensive, so I am also looking at secondary property, which may be slightly more affordable.
However, he said, there was no point complaining or waiting as the prices just seemed to be getting higher.
"We have to make some sacrifices here and there and buy it now before the prices go up even further.
"These days, you have to pay premium prices for guarded and gated neighbourhoods but unfortunately nowadays, it has become a necessity for housebuyers," he said.