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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Affordable housing requires not more land but wiser use

    Posted Jan 10th 2013, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Housing needs wiser land use Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has made ensuring affordable housing a priority. But we are repeatedly told that there is not enough available ... indigenous male villagers, as stipulated under the 1972 small-house policy. Leung has set a target of ensuring 20,000 flats are built each year. That is in keeping with projections ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Grand Sun proposes trust fund to build affordable homes for young

    Posted May 28th 2014, 05:08am by Sandy Li

    ... it announced plans to cooperate with young people to build affordable homes for them. Sun Tianyuan, a director at Grand Sun, said he wanted to do something about soaring home prices that put flats beyond the affordability of first-time home buyers. "I was once their age. I understand fresh graduates' hardship of being squeezed into tiny flats without toilets and windows. I felt ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Housing affordability ratio alarming for Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Thomas Lam

    ... Thomas Lam Research shows that home prices in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai have risen to levels that are out of reach to the general public Housing affordability ratio alarming ... of this mismatch for housing affordability. To compare housing affordability in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou, we have used a price-to-income ratio to gauge the relative price levels of the markets ...

  4. Xiamen unveils scheme to boost affordable housing programme

    Posted Dec 20th 2008, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Municipal authorities in Xiamen, Fujian, have unveiled a housing scheme to widen access to affordable homes, a move in line with efforts to shore up the broader mainland ... according to Gao Shirui of a government office overseeing welfare housing. Affordable housing programmes were introduced on the mainland in 1998 and modelled on public schemes in Hong Kong. ...

  5. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Growth in London house prices forecast to slow to 3pc

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 05:05am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in London Growth in London house prices to slow to 3pc Growth in London house prices will slow to about 3 per cent next year as the prospect of higher borrowing costs forces ... the surge in British house prices in the past year, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said last month. Surging values in the capital prompted the Bank of England to limit riskier ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Lack of affordable housing is behind the Fa Yuen tragedy

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... units across the territory. The problem goes back to an inadequate supply of affordable housing. No one will go against common sense to live in a death trap if there is a choice. That subdivided ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Government cannot afford to relax in keeping a stable housing market in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Keep weather eye on house market The aggressive bidding for a Tsuen Wan commercial and residential site, which sold for 13 per cent more than top expectations, reflected ... sale prices at 85 large housing estates, flats on the secondary market broke a record set in October 1997, and rents set a record, too. In the first six months of the year, the index ...

  8. Affordable housing policy put to test

    Posted Feb 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Beijing is stepping up the pressure on local authorities to find money to build more affordable housing for low-income households as they struggle to keep up with a target set last year ... Beijing asked local governments to put 10 per cent of their net proceeds from land sales into the affordable housing programme. Now the finance ministry says the programme should have first called ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Deliver flats at affordable prices

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 03:18am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Deliver flats at affordable prices There is no magic solution to the housing shortage in Hong Kong. Yet expectations have been raised ever since Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying pledged in his manifesto to provide more affordable housing. The stakes were raised even higher when the government committed to deliver 470,000 flats over the next decade, 40 per cent ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Above all, retirement scheme for Hong Kong must be fair and affordable

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 02:15pm by DAVID LUI

    ... David Lui David Lui says current system of handouts leaves too many with too little Above all, retirement scheme must be affordable and fair In looking at the development of retirement protection in Hong Kong, different criteria need to be considered to move forward- in particular necessity, equity and affordability. First, necessity. The Mandatory Provident Fund and Occupational ...




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