More Malaysian are expected to buy houses for the first time next year, leading to a slight improvement in the property industry's performance, according to World Times News (20 December 2019). The uptick was largely due to the government’s initiatives to help first-time home buyers. The study reaffirms a survey conducted by Juwai IQI, one of the largest real estate groups in Southeast Asia. “Local upgrade buyers are expected to purchase more property in the coming year by 61.2% of respondents, local investors by 65% of respondents, and foreign buyers by 79.7% of respondents.” revealed Juwai IQI group executive director Khashif Ansari.