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PropNex extends market lead on steady demand

Beyond Singapore, where it has a strong position, the firm also has a growing foothold in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam

Mr Ismail says his firm trains its salespeople to be more than just middlemen, grooming them into consultants so they can play a key role in helping customers.

SPANNING almost five decades, Mohamed Ismail Gafoor's obsession with real estate began with a childhood mired in poverty, one strewn with tales of how homelessness drove his grandmother and uncles to the brink of destruction.

"Growing up, my father told us how he and his siblings survived...