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Minimum Salary for RUMAWIP?

Answer: A person (Age 35 & below) with net Salary of RM 2500 without any debt or credit card usage who pay a monthly housing loan of RM 1400 (average RUMAWIP monthly payment) DSR is at 60% within the DSR requirement of My First Home Scheme (110% financing mount). However it is still subject to approval.


First of all this is not an article to encourage or discourage you to buy a RUMAWIP now known as Residensi Wilayah Keluarga Malaysia. This is written to help first-time home buyer to make a sound decision on whether to go ahead or not to buy an unit of Residensi Wilayah Keluarga Malaysia (RWKM). The most common question Malaysians ask is “What is the minimum salary to buy a RUMAWIP?” That is a inaccurate question to ask. The right question is “What is the acceptable debt secure ratio (DSR) to buy a RUMAWIP?”

Debt Service Ratio (DSR) & My First Home Scheme

Most buyer of (RUMAWIP/RWKM) is taking up My First Home Scheme which is a 110% financing from the bank for first time house buyer . For eg. En Saiful age 35 earns a nett income of RM 2,500 and decided to buy a RM 300,000 (RWKM). His debt service ratio based on 4% interest rate for a 35 years loan is 53% (rough figure RM 1328.32 monthly without including MRTA/MLTA financing). The chances of approval for the housing loan is high as max DSR is allow to be 50% (normally).  If En Saiful would have go ahead and take up the loan, after vacant possession his loan payment will be RM1328 or more which left him with RM 1172 to spend (if he doesn’t earn more by then). The average cost for maintenance fee is RM 0.25 per square feet x 800 sqft (smallest RUMAWIP / RWKM) will be RM 200. Now En Saiful is left with RM 972 for electricity bill, water bill, transportation cost & food cost. In this scenario, En Saiful is signing a death contract if he proceed to buy a (RUMAWIP / RWKM). One should ask “Should I buy a RUMAWIP? before asking “What is the debt secure ratio (DSR) to buy a RUMAWIP?”.

Mortgage Payment & Renting Out Rooms

Now we have to understand that it is legal to rent out the RUMAWIP / Residensi Wilayah Keluarga Malaysia to Malaysians even if it is within the 10 years after S&P is stamped. If En Saiful is single, he can choose rent out the two room to cover for some mortgage payment! If buyer is a female, let’s call her Ms Lim earning the same salary as En Saiful. Can she rent out the two room to cover for some mortgage payment? Yes she can! But it is much harder to execute than to say as all RUMAWIP have one allocated parking lot (unless buyer purchase extra parking lot which is subject to availability & payment is by own reserve cash or from EPF AC 2), the two housemate must either use public transport or ride a motorbike which is most likely a male. Ms Lim will not likely opt to stay with the opposite sex as house mate. So this idea to buy and share the house favours Male as it’s harder to get the right housemate for female RUMAWIP owner. Not to mention about race & location that truly matters. Say En Saiful bought a RUMAWIP in Cheras and opt to rent out the rooms, he wouldn’t want a non muslim as house mate as it is really difficult to share the kitchen with a non muslim which we can conclude it is harder as we know Cheras is a Chinese majority area. But if he buy one RUMAWIP in Bangsar South, it is probably a better option for En Saiful.

RUMAWIP as Investment : Gender & Rental Market

This chapter we explore on buying to rent out as backup plan as I personally do not believe in property investment in 2022. The common selling point is mortgage payment plus maintenance fee is RM 1600-1800 which can be cover by rental income. True? Yes and No! It depends on the location, please do your own research! (please be reminded there is renovation cost involve)

Targeted Tenants

Family With Single Car Ownership / Dating Couples (unless you manage to buy an additional parking lot, bravo!)

  • It’s not an easy task to rent out a house to a family in Malaysia with one parking lot. You need to research on the other option of parking space for your tenant if you don’t own an additional parking space. As for those RUMAWIP owner who did purchase an additional parking space, you have a major advantage to rent out your unit (provided your RUMAWIP’S location is in demand) & most RUMAWIP owner have only one parking lot. After vacant possession (you need to do renovation, all RUMAWIP is a bare unit). Another thing to consider is  if you are of a certain religion and your tenant share the same faith as you do, which forbid “fornication” and is threaten by authorities; will they rent the unit from you if they are in BGR (boy girl relationship)?

Single Male Tenant

  • The chances of three male and only one person have a car & the other two person are riding a motorbike or relying on public transportation is rare. Let’s say you have two parking space, there is still lacking one more parking lot for the tenants. I don’t know am if this is a fact, based on my observation people who drives hangs out with people who drives and bikers hangs out with bikers. If this is the case, it is to your best interest to market as room rentals (MALAYSIAN ONLY). iBilik is where you do your research on your room rental rates on this 😉 Please take note that many single people do rent the whole unit to themselves and with the RUMAWIP rentals, it directly competes with higher end studio apartment. The advantage is always the size and the standardised RUMAWIP specs; 3 bedroom 2 bathroom! Project from SkyWorld Awani’s Series no doubt are able to compete with the Bangsar South Studios facilities, built quality & rental price too! (high end project have better lift though)

Single Female Tenant

  • On this market segments, we can conclude there is less female motorcyclist compared to male. If your RUMAWIP unit is NOT near public transportation, getting tenants from this segments is going to be a harder. We are aiming for individual to rent the whole place for this unless the RUMAWIP is walking distance to the LRT like the Taman Melati RUMAWIP , which probably easier (do your own research please) to market as room rentals.​


Now that it is clear that buying a RUMAWIP is no simple matter, the most important question one must ask is “Should you buy a RUMAWIP?” There is no simple answer to this, you have to take in consideration your income, job stability, personal needs, location preference (you don’t always get to choose your favourite location, for example: Bukit Lanjan’s Residensi Armani is of Malay Reserve Land & it sold out within a few days) Now we move to the next question “Why Not Rent First?” Many have answered me this that it’s better to pay for your own house’s mortgage compared to paying rental! Think again! Calculate again! Evaluate again! It maybe true for some people but definitely not for everyone! Did you come across RUMAWIP completed just a few years ago available in iProperty through auction?


It is true that some fail to pay their housing loan for RUMAWIP! But the on other side of the coin is owning a RUMAWIP is truly affordable to most people. Malaysia that is full of jobs like food deliveries & Grab driver can easily service their RUMAWIP’s mortage payment unless that individual is heavily in debt (in case one lost his or her income, as deliveries/ P2P driver usually won’t be able to secure the housing loan if apply individually). Most RUMAWIP is at RM 300,000 and offer full fledge condo facilties (save money from joining gym or etc). It’s really a VALUE DEAL if it is for own stay! There is RUMAWIP that is of cheaper price like RM 230,000, I humbly suggest don’t go for it. It is usually full of building defects.


The conclusion of the matter is this! YOU MUST DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH! Buying a RUMAWIP Value Deal may or may not be THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU! Your own holding power matters, location matters, your interior design matters, your purpose of purchase matters, your backup plan matters & the amount of your parking lot you have truly matters LOL! So I hope all of you will ask the right question before buying a RUMAWIP from me! It’s not the question on How Much is the Minimum Salary to buy a RUMAWIP? but you should ask Should you buy a RUMAWIP (now known as Residensi Wilayah Keluarga Malaysia)?

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How to buy a RUMAWIP or Residensi Wilayah?

There is various ways to owning these value buy property. One usually goes to Residensi Wilayah website and apply for one. That is usually the way but if you have tried, you may know understand that you are usually having issues submitting all the right documents, always a few step behind in getting the right unit, don’t even understand how to apply at all and totally miss the launch!

The question now is how to obtain the unit you desire and not miss out? Here are 5 steps to owning your desired RUMAWIP or known now to be Residensi Wilayah.

Steps to look out for on buying your RUMAWIP

1) CCRIS – CCRIS stands for Central Credit Reference Information System. It is a system created by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) which synthesizes credit information about a borrower or potential borrowers into standardized credit reports.

Rule number 1 – Pay your bills and pay it ON TIME! From the car loan to your telco bills, pay on time! To those who lend your name to others as guarantor, make sure they pay their bills! 90% applicant of RUMAWIP projects will be rejected by sales representative due to CCRIS or DSR issues.

2) Google

Always google around for the latest launches for RUMAWIP/Residensi Wilayah whether from official website from the government (usually it’s slower) or from any other source. Advertisement will start to appear in Facebook or Instagram, engage the sales person. Always ask them to send you the information on the project so that you can compare and know the relevant questions to ask! Sometimes you have to meet them, as they can only send you the information after Developers Licence and the Sales & Advertising Permit, or APDL is out. Meeting them, you stay ahead from the crowd who will rush in when the property is launch. This is very IMPORTANT for project that is First Book, First Select Basis.

3) Trust the Sales Person

He or she is the one making the commission from your purchase. Work with them, they usually ask you lots of questions as they need to know are you eligible to buy this government initiated affordable housing project? Will your loan be approved? It is their job to study all these related factors and assist you to own this property. It’s too hard for you to do it as you may not have time to do your on submission to Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan or study every bank loan in the market as each bank have different appetite for borrowers. My First Home Scheme usually requires one DSR (Debt Service Ratio) below 60% but each bank have their own way to recognize ones income. Do not argue with the Sales Person when he/she keep asking you questions, as it actually save you time or even prepare you to own the unit now or the future. A pro sales person should handle all paper work for you! Even though you may have studied on the DSR calculation, have faith in the sales person more than your own research because they are the ones consistently dealing with the mortgage personnel, they may not know everything but definitely in a better position to advise you on the loan. They will be updated on any changes on net income recognition where you won’t be. Bank scorecard is something very secretive too, that will definitely affect the approval for the housing loan. It takes lots of experience to know which bank to apply for the housing loan to have the highest chance of approval and to obtain the lowest rate. If you are not aware of all these variables, you may write off the sales person opinion and he or she will not confront you as they will be afraid to offend you. Conclusion : Have faith with the person you are dealing with! (If one can’t simply answer most of your questions, then you may seek another person to serve you & if he or she simply ask you to do everything yourself RUN away as you may lose your booking fee when you fail to get all the paper work done on time!)

4) Pay Safe

Every project has different approach in the booking procedure. On paying the booking fee is the most sought after question with buyers. Well on this matter, GOOGLE the developer name when you are presented the HDA bank account for booking fee (not easy to duplicate) and call the office to double verify if you are really worried. Pay as soon as you are sure, especially when the project allow you to select the unit you desire! For balloting, you probably have more time to check before placing booking. Never bank into an individual name for booking fee! On project that does not need booking fee, you probably need to submit your personal documents to the sales person. Cross it the documents WITHOUT blocking the information, with Project Name for eg. Sky Awani V Application Only, to prevent scammers from using your documents for fraudulent purposes.

5) Be Fast

There is a timeframe for every project on reserving a unit. Do not delay in providing your documents for the sales person if he or she is assisting you to apply for approval from Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan or to the banker preparing your housing loan. The government can take 2-4 weeks for approval, and may request for more supporting documents so is the bank too. These may delay you and may cause your booking to be cancel by developer.


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10 Reasons First Time House Buyer Choose RUMAWIP

1) MUST BE 1ST TIME HOUSE BUYER – Unlike PR1MA condition, applicant or his/her spouse is allow to apply this as a second home, in other words it is wiser to choose a RUMAWIP over a PR1MA property given the choice when you purchase your first house. One can’t purchase a RUMAWIP when applicant or spouse own a property.

2) All RUMAWIP property are usually comes a bare unit. That enable the you to be able to design the unit almost from scratch. One can decide on the kitchen design on whether to add on an oven (you need 4 mm wiring and to conceal this in a bare unit is achievable) to the type of wardrobe whether build in or plug n play; one can choose. In Malaysia, we all need air conditioner 24/7 and choosing an inverter AC is going to save you money. Inverter air conditioner, the speed of the compressor varies to ensure energy efficient operations and precise cooling or heating as required which save 30-50% electricity consumption. Not only that, when an AC compressor is able to adjust itself according to the need of the room temperature it prolongs its lifespan (efficient) just like if your smartphone is always heating up like my Nexus 6P; it burnout faster.

3) Buying a RUMAWIP which is an affordable housing for moderate and low income earners who live and work at Wilayah Persekutuan, cost will always be in consideration before making any decision. Renovating a bare unit is far more cheaper than renovating a sub sale house or changing the design a fully furnish new property as removing things and replacing it definitely cost more. One can take up this opportunity in Hong Leong Bank with a 6% flat interest rate to renovate your home (lowest in the market) as OCBC no longer offer Renovation & Refurbishment Loan as far as I know. With a mortgage payment that is cheaper than the rental in the same area; additional monthly repayment for a renovation loan is obviously more preferable compare to paying rental which in in end you are just paying for someone else property.

4) You get to choose and make sure you are buying a RUMAWIP that is of a residential title (50% cheaper utilities bills) ! With a low mortgage payment and cheaper utilities bill, renovating your first house into your dream home is easily achievable! In my opinion Skyworld Sky Awani 3 is one of the best choice one can make.

5) Have you went for Adrian Wee Real Estate Course? One thing he teaches is property doubles its value every ten years. For Eg, you bought Sky Awani 3 for 300k and monthy repayment is of RM 1,500 average. 10 years down the road; it’s value usually rise to 600k. What if Adrian is wrong? It went only to 450k! You can refinance it for say 70% and that is 315k! Whether it’s for the kids college fund or another investment; it’s up to you! Or do you choose to save that money using your monthly salary?

6) Rental income? Yes if only you are moving away from the city to work or your business is relocating. The beautiful thing about this is, it only can be rented by Malaysians. Therefore we can conclude that a RUMAWIP will never be a run down residential filled with drug dealings or any kind of vice activities.

7) Balloting? Nope not all are through balloting, Skyworld Sky Awani Series is through selection. Whether is at the top floor or the bottom, facing east or west is totally up to you!

8) Low class? Nope! Skyworld Sky Awani 3 won 3 Award, it is even equip with a roof garden which most RUMAWIP or PR1MA won’t come close to having one. Sky Awani 4 is with a viewing deck.

9) Lack money for deposit? RUMAWIP pricing is cap at RM300,000 which qualify you for My First Home Scheme in other words 100% financing from bank.

10) Loan approval concern? Property like Sky Awani 3, with two loan rejection letter or rejection from the RUMAWIP authority; you will get a full refund for your deposit!

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