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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - FINANCING

    Developers offer buyers financing to get around banks’ loan-to-value curbs

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 03:22pm by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Developers are bypassing regulations on how much banks can lend by offering extra loans, which experts warn puts the buyers at risk Buyers lured by second mortgage Hong Kong's biggest developers are skirting around bank restrictions by offering loans to raise the mortgage ceiling up to 85 per cent of a flat's value- which could put buyers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1482107/developers-offer-buyers-financing-get-around-banks-loan
  2. Business - China Business - EARNINGS

    Shimao Property seals mortgage loan deal with banks

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 06:34am by Sandy Li, Langi Chiang

    ... Sandy Li and Langi Chiang Shimao seals mortgage loan deal with banks Shimao Property says it has signed strategic agreements with the mainland's four biggest banks to provide up to 30 ... "With such a financial arrangement with banks, it will help to speed up our sales as our customers will manage to secure housing loans more easily." The firm has raised its annual sales ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1457346/shimao-property-seals-mortgage-loan-deal-banks
  3. Business - Money - COMMENT

    Fund exemplifies London's reliance on banking and dodgy foreign cash

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 02:53pm by Reuters

    ... James Saft Property investment fund exposes Britain to risks of dodgy foreign cash amid financial push A leveraged bet on London banking and oligarchs As a symbol of Britain's ill-advised romance with banking and dubious foreign money, a new prime London property investment fund is hard to beat. The investment vehicle from asset manager London Central Portfolio, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/investment-products/article/1447075/new-fund-exemplifies-londons-reliance-banking-and
  4. Property - International

    US foreclosures fall to lowest quarterly level since 2007

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:39am by Reuters

    ... notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions in March, it said. Overall foreclosure activity rose 4 per cent last month, compared with February. Last month's increase was driven ... was the 42nd month in a row in which US foreclosure activity fell compared with the year before. "Now the foreclosure deluge has dried up, banks are turning their attention to properties that have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1483018/us-foreclosures-fall-lowest-quarterly-level-2007
  5. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Britain must build one million homes to meet shortfall, says new report

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:39am by Reuters

    ... of the capital on a high-speed rail line. Yet that number of homes is a mere drop in the ocean, says a housing report last month by a former Bank of England policymaker: it suggests Britain needs ... with the site's owner, Land Securities, to get work started in disused chalk quarries. Construction in England slumped after the 2007-09 financial crisis when banks, alarmed by a 20 per cent drop ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1483020/britain-must-build-one-million-homes-meet-shortfall-says-new
  6. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Australia's central bank selling Sydney mansion

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 05:10am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg Central bank selling Sydney mansion The Reserve Bank of Australia is seeking to sell a 9,902 sq ft residential property in a harbourside suburb of Sydney amid the highest home prices the city has seen. The central bank has listed for sale the six-bedroom Eversley mansion near the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge through broker Ray White Group, according ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1430433/australias-central-bank-selling-sydney-mansion
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China

    China land price inflation slows

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 01:21am by Langi Chiang

    ... is to quicken construction and secure contracted sales at a time when banks are cutting their exposure to the real estate industry, making it even harder for middle-class families to afford the record ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1483310/china-land-price-inflation-slows
  8. Business - Money - CAPITAL MARKETS

    Equity-averse developers in a bind

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 05:07am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... of domestic bank loans and other debt. There was little debt issued by the property sector last month- and no deals so far this month. Asia's high-yield investors, always nervous about defaults ... They think their shares are undervalued," said Bei Fu, a mainland property analyst for Standard & Poor's. Nathan McMurtray, head of Asian convertible bond origination at Deutsche Bank ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1481453/equity-averse-developers-bind
  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - BANKRUPTCIES

    Smaller firms hit as bubble deflates

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 04:28am by Reuters

    ... the government is implementing controls, so banks are very cautious." Xingrun's investments were focused in Ningbo, so the company does not represent a broader threat to stability. But many ... rates and profit margins. "If you are focused in only one or two cities and your land bank is in the middle of nowhere, it can be a worrying situation," said Agnes Wong, a Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1469527/smaller-firms-hit-bubble-deflates
  10. Property - International - CANADA

    CIBC economist sees risk in lack of Canadian housing data

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 04:28am by Reuters

    ... to a Canadian economist. Benjamin Tal, a senior economist at CIBC, Canada's fifth-largest bank, called on policymakers to address the issue as rising interest rates are expected to begin to test ... on it is mind-boggling," he wrote in a note titled "Flying Blind". With a new set of policymakers at the helm, including a new finance minister and a Bank of Canada governor named last year, officials ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1469453/cibc-economist-sees-risk-lack-canadian-housing-data

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