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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - Tax

    As China drafts property tax law, fate of pilot programme up in the air

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 02:29pm by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Confusion over trial property tax The mainland has started drafting a property tax law, but analysts are not sure whether it means a pilot programme ... Congress, told reporters on Sunday that the government "is drafting the [property tax] law and will submit it for approval when the time is ripe". That relieved some industry figures, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1446030/china-drafts-property-tax-law-fate-pilot-programme-air
  2. News - China - PROPERTY

    News of home sale tax prompts rise in weekend transactions

    Posted Mar 05th 2013, 11:38am by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao New measures announced last week to cool China’s residential property market triggered a surge in transactions in major cities over the weekend, the  Shanghai Securities News reported on Monday. On Friday, the State Council, China’s cabinet, announced a steep 20 per cent capital gains tax on home sale profits - a move which sent mainland property developers’ shares ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1179058/news-home-sale-tax-prompts-rise-weekend-transactions
  3. Business - China Business - RETAILING

    Shanghai outlet centre to promote affordable Italian luxury

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 10:21am by Daniel Ren

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com Despite mainland crackdown, a property developer is planning a mall in Shanghai devoted to luxury brands, in a bid to redefine the market Upbeat ... to be sold at the best prices in China." Mainland retail properties are grappling with challenges from the booming e-commerce sector as internet users increasingly buy goods online. But analysts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1436141/shanghai-outlet-centre-promote-affordable-italian-luxury
  4. Business - Comment - MR. SHANGKONG

    Hong Kong's top ranking for economic freedom feels a good laugh

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 12:15am by George Chen

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com Doubts are growing over the city's competitive edge as a business hub in the wake of HKTV's licence saga and the debate over new property taxes ... economy". The government has tightened its control on many sectors, from the old-fashioned property business to broadcasting services in the digital era. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1409190/hong-kongs-top-ranking-economic-freedom-feels-good-laugh
  5. Business - China Business - PROPERTY

    Shanghai offices nudge Hong Kong prices

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... real estate funds and state-owned enterprises - the heavy-hitters in the investment property sales market - are channelling their capital into investment properties in Shanghai. Their buying ... foreign funds and state-owned firms were major buyers of investment properties in Shanghai. "The market is very active after mainland banks eased slightly their lending policy early ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1241471/shanghai-offices-nudge-hong-kong-prices
  6. News - China - MAINLAND PROPERTY

    Shanghai property transactions hit 3-year high new despite curbs

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 12:39pm by Ernest Kao

    ... transactions hit a 40-month high in March, as speculators raced to get ahead of new property market cooling measures announced by the central government, Caixin Online reported on Monday. The total ... and the highest level on record since December 2009. Shanghai and Beijing moved on Saturday to introduce a 20 per cent capital gains tax on second-hand property transactions in a bid to tame overheating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1205418/shanghai-property-transactions-hit-3-year-high-march-despite-new-curbs
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - MAINLAND

    Low property taxes fail to curb rise in home prices in Shanghai, Chongqing

    Posted Jan 30th 2013, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Levies imposed in 2011 and designed to cool the property markets in Shanghai and Chongqing are too low to have any effect, say analysts Local taxes fail to curb rise in home prices Property taxes levied by the municipal governments of Shanghai and Chongqing failed to curb home price rises because they were set too low, say analysts. They imposed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1138703/low-property-taxes-fail-curb-rise-home-prices-shanghai
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Expat rental rates to keep on rising in Shanghai

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... due to a strong inflow of foreigners and tightened credit and home buying restrictions imposed by the central government, according to property consultancy Knight Frank. The number of foreign ... a low of 4 per cent, even though corporate housing budgets have tightened. Rents are expected to increase further in the coming two years due to property cooling measures. The government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1205074/expat-rental-rates-keep-rising-shanghai
  9. Business - China Business - PROPERTY

    Shanghai site fetches year high of 4.6b yuan

    Posted May 30th 2013, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... are turning active in land acquisitions as it is easier to raise funds through offshore bond markets this year." Another reason was that the property market had improved from last year. ... 50,000 yuan per square metre. "The winning bidder is still able to generate reasonable profit based on current property prices," he said. Meanwhile, mainland developers' credit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1249316/shanghai-site-fetches-year-high-46-b-yuan
  10. Comment - Blogs - MR. SHANGKONG

    New Hong Kong property tax, a sign of increasing protectionism

    Posted Oct 29th 2012, 04:36pm by George Chen

    ... George Chen The new stamp duty policy for non-local home buyers in Hong Kong is more than a new property rule as it puts the government on the fast track to greater regulation The new stamp duty policy announced last Friday for non-local home buyers in Hong Kong is more than a new property rule as it puts the government on the fast track to greater regulation in a city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1072483/new-hong-kong-property-tax-sign-increasing-protectionism

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