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  1. 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 ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    House News closure was no business as usual

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 02:46am by EVAN FOWLER

    ... it was not. I wrote for House because it afforded me an opportunity to write freely. My writing, often to my chagrin, was unedited. I was under no pressure to censor or frame my writing within certain ... Evan Fowler Evan Fowler, a former House News contributor, says the sudden closure of the popular but short-lived news website seemed the result of more than having a poor business model ...

  3. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  6. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    Affordable New York office space is going fast

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:39am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in New York While smaller and older buildings are filling up, supply of the most expensive space is growing Affordable New York office space is going fast The surge in office demand from New York's technology, media and fashion companies is rapidly depleting the supply of affordable space in the city, especially in lower Manhattan, according to brokerage Studley. ...

  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. Property - International

    London house prices seen falling as BOE acts to cool market

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 01:31am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in London Prices ease in London as BOE curbs risks London house prices rose at their slowest pace in 15 months last month and values are expected to fall as Bank of England (BOE) ... see declines than increases and is the weakest reading since May 2012. London has led the surge in British house prices in the past year, prompting central bank officials to announce measures ...

  10. Affordable housing tests Beijing's mettle

    Posted Mar 15th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a target of 10 million, which raises the question of how it can possibly achieve it, given that it lacks direct control over most spending on the affordable housing programme. Beijing's answer ... affluence has to be seen against the background of urbanisation. Counting migrants and new entrants to the workforce, more than 20 million people a year need new, affordable housing in addition ...




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