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  1. Peak price expected as bank puts guest house up for tender

    Posted Dec 01st 2004, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... 'We see a surging property market this year,' Mr Fong said. 'The market for luxurious flats is doing exceptional well, with prices of detached houses touching a high of $25,000 per sq ft.' A house at 28 Gough Hill Road with a total floor area of 5,983 square feet recently sold for $138 million, or an average price of more than $23,000 per sq ft. ...

  2. Central bank tightens lending to cool housing prices

    Posted Mar 17th 2005, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Ernest Kong and Peggy Sito The mainland has tightened lending to the property sector to cool overheating home prices. Beginning today, the home-loan down-payment ratio in cities 'that had seen overheating home prices' has been increased to 30 per cent from 20 per cent, while the minimum housing loan rate has been raised by 21 basis points to 5.51 per cent, or 90 per ...

  3. Business - Money - BULL VS BEAR: HONG KONG PROPERTY

    Real estate- safe as houses, or overblown balloon?

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 12:00am by Eric Wong

    ... to an average family income- is well within historical norms. A far more vexing matter is the possibility of rising interest rates. Hong Kong housing prices are highly sensitive to interest-rate rises. ... cent price appreciation for houses, per annum, between 2013 and 2015. Investors will find it difficult to exit without a loss, much less turn a profit, during the first three years of purchase, ...

  4. Business - Money - PROPERTY

    Strategies for beating the housing bust

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Frew Mcmillan

    ... Alex Frew McMillan moneypost@scmp.com Choices almost as safe as houses Hong Kong has followed Singapore's lead in trying to curb its residential property market by diktat. It has ... the property market, boosting the stamp duty from 15 to 20 per cent on the sale price on properties held for less than six months. The volume of home sales has slowed dramatically, and prices ...

  5. Business - Companies - PROPERTY

    Hang Lung Properties sells Stanhope House to AIA for HK$2.4b

    Posted Oct 20th 2012, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Stanhope House in Quarry Bay from Hang Lung Properties for HK$2.4 billion. With a floor area of 299,615 square feet, the price tag translates into HK$8,003 per square foot. AIA would use ... Realty's commercial department, said the price was reasonable. "There are only a few office buildings on offer for sale in the market, although Stanhope House is relatively old," Ong ...

  6. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: When money isn't safe in houses

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... in the housing market won't spare reit prices- increased reit borrowing costs, downturns in business sentiment, leases renegotiated at lower rentals and falls in dividend payments will all show up ... to melanie.nutbeam@hfs.com.hk What to do while I wait for the housing market to cool I have HK$4 million saved for the purchase of a rental property. As the housing market in Hong Kong is too hot now, I wish to defer ...

  7. Britons 'clueless' on housing market

    Posted Aug 25th 2004, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... signal a prolonged period of falling house prices. 'The current dip in activity is not purely seasonal, but if buyers do return to the market... they may put a floor under asking prices ... are surprisingly ignorant of the housing market. One in five wrongly believes estate agents work for the buyer, not the seller, and, incredibly, 14 per cent think that conveyancing is carried out ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Wild ride of gold prices is a lesson for investors

    Posted Apr 25th 2013, 02:06am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Golden lesson for investors The rollercoaster ride in the price of gold has spooked many investors. Early last week, it suffered a two-day rout of more than US$200, ... but is still down more than 10 per cent from the start of this month. The violent volatility in the price of gold  last week  proved that, far from being a safe store of value as many believed, it has ...

  9. Rise in rates sends prices, sales tumbling

    Posted Sep 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Peggy Sito and Sandy Li A spate of bad news on the home front, including another rise in interest rates, has sent Hong Kong home prices and deal numbers tumbling. The latest blow to market confidence came on Friday when the city's two biggest home lenders, HSBC and Bank of China (Hong Kong), raised their mortgage interest rates. Despite price discounting in the secondary market ...

  10. Boutique houses seen as growth model for China

    Posted Jun 15th 2007, 12:00am by Eileen Lian

    ... that there will be a consolidation in the market. 'There are large houses that try to be everything to everybody. And there is the boutique model with a dedicated client base. 'We are clearly a dedicated boutique ... said: 'Companies that are managed on a sustainable basis usually have a positive spin on their share prices. We think we can make a difference here.' Private banking ...




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