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  1. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Australia worries about two housing markets: its own and China's

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 04:18am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Economy at risk as Chinese property slowdown hurts demand for biggest export earner iron ore Australia faces hot and cold housing markets Australian policymakers have two housing markets to worry about, and it is a toss-up which carries the most risk. One is too cold, the other too hot. One they cannot do anything about as it is in China, the other is a home-grown ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1604932/australia-worries-about-two-housing-markets-its-own-and-chinas
  2. Property - International - ITALY

    Italy's housing woes to persist despite rise in mortgages

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 06:07am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Rome Housing woes to persist despite rise in mortgages Italian house prices will continue to decline over the next two years as a rise in mortgage lending is not sufficient to counter a sagging economy, Fitch Ratings said. "Any recovery in the Italian housing market will be slow and faces material risks," Fitch said in a report. "The main driver ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1598813/italys-housing-woes-persist-despite-rise-mortgages
  3. Property - International - CANADA

    No major changes for housing finance

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 06:07am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg Canada's Finance Minister Joe Oliver says there will be no dramatic changes while government studies proposals to reduce its role in market No changes for housing finance Canada will not make any sudden changes to the country's system of housing finance, even as the government looks at ways to reduce its role in the market, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1598814/no-major-changes-housing-finance
  4. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    US August housing starts fall as builders focus on rental market

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 06:07am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Washington Americans decide not to buy, sending work on apartments and condominiums down 31.7pc August housing starts fall as builders focus on rental Housing starts slumped ... in homeownership in the wake of the housing bubble that coincided with the last recession points to further gains in building of rental properties, according to McCarthy. The commerce department's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1598815/us-august-housing-starts-fall-builders-focus-rental-market
  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Developers speed up flat launches as mainlanders return to Hong Kong's housing market

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:28am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Mainlanders return to city's housing market following slump due to increased stamp duties Developers speed up flat launches to lure home buyers ... patience waiting for a market correction. The expedited launch schedules also coincide with the gradual return of mainland buyers to the city's housing market after a sharp decline ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1597563/developers-press-ahead-flat-launches-lure-home-buyers
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Greenland dismisses China housing pessimism as 'overdone'

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:28am by Daniel Ren

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Greenland says housing pessimism 'overdone' The Hong Kong-listed unit of the mainland's No 2 developer Greenland Group sees plenty ... that an average 10 per cent discount on newly built flats will be offered to buyers in the coming months, but it ruled out a hard landing due to people's strong desire for improved housing. "In ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1597567/greenland-dismisses-china-housing-pessimism-overdone
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - RENTS

    Rents hit record high on 50 major Hong Kong housing estates

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:51am by Yvonne Liu

    ... housing estates in Hong Kong hit a record high last month, research by Ricacorp Properties shows. The average rent at 50 estates monitored by Ricacorp rose 2.1 per cent month on month to HK$26.99 ... continuing to grow rapidly. The sharp rental growth was because of the deepening of the housing shortage problem," said Patrick Chow Moon-kit, head of research at Ricacorp. Only 1,082 flats were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1594993/rents-hit-record-high-50-major-hong-kong-estates
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Xiamen only city in mainland China to report growth in housing prices

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 02:45pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Official figures reveal declines in 68 of 70 big mainland cities last month, against 64 in July Xiamen only city to see increase in house prices Xiamen is the only mainland city which recorded growth in new private housing prices among the 70 major mainland cities in August, government figures showed. Some 68 of the 70 cities monitored ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1595357/xiamen-only-city-mainland-china-report-growth-housing
  9. Property - International - CANADA

    Demand remains robust as housing costs continue to rise in Canada

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:52am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Toronto Price increase surprises analysts who have been calling for a slowdown in the housing boom Demand remains robust as housing costs continue rise Canadian home prices rose in August and the pace of 12-month appreciation accelerated, a report showed, suggesting robust demand for housing is continuing into the second half of the year. The Teranet-National Bank Composite ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1593972/demand-remains-robust-housing-costs-continue-rise-canada
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    China's unsold housing stock soars 190pc over four years

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 11:53am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Unsold home floor space rose to 561m square metres last month, extending growth of excess stock to 29 months China's unsold housing up 190 pc over four years The mainland's inventory of unsold housing stock has soared 190 per cent over the past four years, in a further sign that the downturn in the property market is deepening. Unsold ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1593743/mainlands-unsold-housing-stock-soars-190pc-over-four-years

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