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Delivery mechanism on homeownership education among millennials in Kuala Lumpur

Zafirah Al Sadat Zyed, Chooi Sien Low and Peter Aning Tedong

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 2020, vol. 14, issue 2, 410-423

Abstract: Purpose - Millennials are considered the best group to intervene in terms of homeownership education as they are of working age and can earn monthly income. However, there is a concern about the affordability of millennials to purchase a house that will influence their decision in terms of purchasing a house. Further understanding of the home-buying process allows millennials to avoid dishonest and irresponsible sellers, as purchasing a house involves a large sum of money. The purpose of this study is to suggest a suitable delivery mechanism to increase awareness of the home-buying process among millennials in Kuala Lumpur. Design/methodology/approach - This study adopts a quantitative method to analyse sets of questionnaire survey that were distributed at purposive random sampling in Kuala Lumpur. This study approached respondents with pre-set criteria, which include the respondents to be between 18 and 38?years old, interested to purchase a house and to have at least an initiatory understanding of the home-buying process. Findings - The findings suggested that there is considerably low awareness of the home-buying process among millennials. However, it is important to note that among the home-buying process, millennials are most aware in the preliminary phase, which is information gathering. Based on these findings, the best delivery mechanism to increase awareness is through online games and training courses, followed by home counselling at a local housing agency. Practical implications - This study contributes to government agencies and policymakers to interact with society, as education is one of the best methods. It will further enhance their efforts to ensure that the society is well equipped with useful knowledge to avoid the rueful decision of purchasing their first house. Originality/value - This paper highlights homeownership education by tackling the issue of extensive knowledge of the home-buying process. This is crucial to the foundation of homeownership education, as it reflects the efforts of government agencies and policymakers to ensure homebuyers’ rights are protected in the housing market. This paper will benefit not only policymakers and decision-makers but also first time homebuyers.

Keywords: Housing; First-time buyers; Housing policy; Housing affordability; First-home owners; Housing education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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