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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Land premium uncertainty discourages building of footbridges

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 02:27pm by Alnwick Chan

    ... premium derived from the assumption of a 5 per cent increase in land value if it decides to build a new footbridge or connection. But there is another more reasonable alternative ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Housing medicine not curing the problem

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by Gordon Tse

    ... Gordon Tse While the government has announced steps to ease housing shortages in the medium term, they are unlikely to cool prices in the near term Alternative medicine won't cureproblems Hong Kong's housing sector seems to have developed a resistance to any medicine prescribed by the government. Take the special stamp duty, for example. This punitive short-term ...

  3. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Ireland beckons for Asian property investors

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:02am by Marie Hunt

    ... seek to diversify into low-risk alternative asset classes, more are expected to increase their allocation to real estate, with Europe a key target. A conservative estimate of a 2.5 to 3.5 per ...

  4. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Heavier taxes on homes held in companies make London hotels an attractive option

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 11:22am by JAMES INNES

    ... asset, subject to a lower rate of stamp duty (up to 7 per cent for residential property over £2 million); however, as an asset, this property is subject to capital gains tax. Alternative ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Market changes call for stamp duty alternative

    Posted May 15th 2013, 02:00am by ROGER NISSIM

    ... for stamp duty alternative Is now the right time to replace the Buyers Stamp Duty? Following the inertia of the previous two administrations as regards land supply, the current administration has ... to be a serious obstacle in a falling market. This form of CGT could then be retained to curb any speculative excesses that may occur in the future. Another good reason for finding an alternative ...

  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Qianhai a potential investment alternative to Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by EDWARD FARRELLY

    ... a potential alternative to HK Despite signs of increased activity in the office market leading up to the Lunar New Year break, occupier demand in Hong Kong remains rather subdued. Indeed, levels ... is a location often touted as an alternative to Hong Kong's high prices and lack of supply. Rents are close to half the level of Hong Kong and there is an abundance of high quality, grade-A space ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    More firms looking beyond Central for office space in coming years

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 05:10am by GAVIN MORGAN

    ... the evolution of alternative office hotspots and completion of new public infrastructure, to the entry of Chinese corporates into Hong Kong and changing attitudes on tenure. There are trends in play ... alternative, less dense locations that offer modern, high-specification buildings which are more sustainable and offer larger floor plates. The evolution of front-office users outside Central is likely ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    We must reform how we price the land we need for new homes

    Posted Sep 04th 2013, 12:00am by CHARLES CHAN

    ... of premium negotiation and hence expedite development programmes. Alternatively arbitration, or an appeal to an independent board, may also offer a solution. Charles Chan is the managing director ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Taipei sees shop and hotel boom thanks to mainland Chinese tourists

    Posted Aug 28th 2013, 12:00am by PING LEE

    ... to follow Hong Kong's lead and significantly boost its economy by creating a viable alternative international shopping destination for the region? There is no doubt that the influx of mainland ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Hong Kong Reits need greater flexibility

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 12:00am by GEORGE HONGCHOY

    ... provide investors with an investment alternative to purchasing properties and investing in property-related stocks, allowing them to diversify their portfolios and capitalise on the development ...




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