PETALING JAYA: For years, insurance officer Mohd Ridzuan Kamaruddin dreamt of getting an affordable house for his family of three.
Property prices in the Klang Valley had kept his dream on hold but Mohd Ridzuan, 30, received a pleasant surprise recently.
â€œMy wife had applied for a unit at the upcoming Impiana Sky Residensi in Bukit Jalil under the MyHome scheme without telling me.
â€œI only got to know about it when we received a letter last month, confirming that we were among the lucky applicants,â€ he said when met at the residencyâ€™s unit balloting event yesterday.
Mohd Ridzuan and his wife, bank officer Ros Azira Abd Rani, 28, are currently renting a home in Ampang, close to their workplace.
Asked about the distance between home and work once the new home is completed, Mohd Ridzuan said it was not a cause for concern.
â€œAt least we are still living in the Klang Valley area and it is not too far from work. And with LRT stations nearby, we can even take the train to work,â€ he said.
Mohd Ridzuan and Ros Azira are among 508 successful applicants for a unit in the residency, which is priced at RM300,000 each.
In view of the RM30,000 discount offered to first-home buyers, applicants only need to pay RM270,000 for the three-bedroom apartment in Bukit Jalil.
Impiana Sky Residensi, at 850sq ft per unit, is expected to be completed in 2018. It is developed by Wealth Plateau Sdn Bhd.
The market rate for an apartment in Bukit Jalil, according to the National Housing DepartÂment, is about RM600 to RM900 per sq ft, but the residency is being offered for RM352 per sq ft.
Department director-general Datuk Mohamad Yusoff Ghazali, who launched the balloting yesterday, said 8,458 applications were received for the residency.
â€œAlso, the department has received applications from 109 private developers to oversee 119 MyHome scheme projects nationwide, involving 30,428 units.
â€œCurrently, the department has given base approval to 35 developers covering 37 projects that involve 9,418 units under the scheme,â€ he said.