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  1. Property - International - BRITAIN

    London home prices at new high on economic recovery, market stimulus

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 05:14am by Bloomberg

    ... price pressure, "structural shortages remain" in London's housing supply, Shipside said. The Treasury said Britain would invest a further £6 billion in Help to Buy and that the additional funding would help support the construction of 120,000 properties. With house prices rising, more than 80 per cent of economists in a Bloomberg survey published on Friday said Osborne ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Refugees demand government better monitor food and housing they get

    Posted Mar 02nd 2014, 05:33am by Christy Choi

    ... before inspections were made. He said Fung had admitted that the department had not visited any of the 65 slums housing asylum seekers that were identified by Vision First last year. "There's no one on the front lines. They have no idea of the conditions," Beatson said. The government is required on humanitarian grounds to provide basic subsistence and housing to asylum ...

  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. News - World - POLITICS

    Newly released White House papers show Hillary Clinton's obsessive streak

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 05:39am by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Washington White House aide's files remind Americans of Hillary's obsessive bent More machinations from Clinton 'war zone' A cache of newly released documents underscore the combative fashion in which the Clinton White House drove its agenda, and its obsession with what the former first lady branded the "vast right-wing ...


    Why Premier Li Keqiang avoided property price pledges in work report

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 11:09pm by Zhang Hong

    ... per cent rise in December. Although property developers in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, slashed prices last month, deputy housing minister Qi Ji said similar cuts were unlikely to be seen ... Zhang Hong in Beijing hong.zhang@scmp.com Premier steers clear of property price pledges The property market was a perennial focus of work reports delivered by Wen Jiabao when he ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    MTR Corp not pulling its weight on housing needs, says Paul Chan

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 11:37pm by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong and Yvonne Liu Government should not be only one trying to boost housing supply, says development chief, pushing plan for public flats on light-rail site MTR not pulling its weight: Paul Chan The development chief yesterday accused the MTR of not doing enough to help solve the city's housing shortage. "The MTR Corp has not launched a single project ...

  7. Comment - Blogs

    Dublin – repossessions start soon

    Posted Jun 07th 2013, 09:26pm by Anna Healy Fenton

    ... Buying price points are now good, with the average asking prices for south Dublin houses now 53% down form the peak of 2008. Meanwhile, prime Dublin residential yields are now among the most ... of 2014. Much depends how fast the banks deal with repossessions to allow the market to find a true price floor.  Bear in mind So you’ve decided to bid for a distressed Dublin home. Don’t expect ...

  8. Property - International

    UK house prices surge at fastest rate since 2002

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 10:35am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London British house prices rose at their fastest rate in 11 years in September, and sales hit a four-year high, a survey showed on Tuesday, pointing to a sustained recovery in the property market. The seasonally adjusted house price balance by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors jumped to +54, its highest level since mid-2002 and well above the reading of +45 ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Hong Kong ranks world's No 1 for 'most unaffordable' housing

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 12:55am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com For the fourth consecutive year, the city is ranked world's No 1 for unaffordable housing HK home prices rated 'severely unaffordable' Soaring property prices in the past few years have given Hong Kong the title of most unaffordable housing in the world for the fourth straight year, according to a survey of 360 cities by US-based ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    China's built enough housing for everyone. Where is it all?

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... housing for everyone. Where is it all? In the mainland's big cities - just as in Hong Kong - officials are struggling to contain rising property prices. There, as here, home prices have risen ... And the government's latest Monthly Digest of Statistics says Hong Kong has a housing stock of 2.64 million units. That means there is a surplus of around 240,000 homes. Yet prices continue to soar, and in one ...




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