Yield appeals

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 November, 2011, 12:00am


The latest official economic figures reveal that the property sector is going through testing times. But if investors choose wisely, real estate remains a fruitful place to invest despite the government's pledge to increase supply.

Third-quarter government statistics show Hong Kong's economy grew 4.3 per cent year on year, but only 0.1 per cent over the previous quarter. Tellingly, property prices fell 2 per cent from July to September, but the leasing market was buoyant, with rents rising 2 per cent. The average rental yield for residential property rose from 3.3 per cent in June to 3.4 per cent in September. If you are looking for yield, that is better than many other investment vehicles, especially as the government says it believes 'the major advanced economies are likely to maintain an ultra-loose monetary policy for a prolonged period', meaning interest and mortgage rates will remain very low.

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