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  1. Property - Comment - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Slow progress in housing reform adds to bubble fears in China

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 01:10am by Langi Chiang

    ... that will help steer the frothy housing market to a gentler landing, removing the biggest downside risk to the world's second-biggest economy. A deep contraction in the construction industry has ... inventories have been building up since late last year and home prices have started to edge back from record highs. A deep contraction in the construction industry has begun to affect the overall ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Tweaking of stamp duty won’t lead to big boost in home sales

    Posted May 19th 2014, 12:06pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... double stamp duty starts when a buyer signs the preliminary purchase agreement, it is nearly impossible for developers to attract buyers as the construction of the flats may take as long as 30 ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Vanke to be early winner in Qianhai

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 10:40am by Sandy Li

    ... for the construction cost. The Qianhai Authority supplied the 90,000-square-metre site near the entrance of the zone. Enterprise Dream Park, comprising 50 office blocks, each two or three storeys high, will yield a total gross floor area of 60,000 square metres. He Lan, investment director at Shenzhen Vanke Dream Park Operation Management, estimated the construction cost at one billion yuan ...

  4. Property - Comment - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Flats for Hongkongers scheme a failure

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 01:09am by Peggy Sito

    ... state-backed China Overseas Land & Investment, completes construction by 2017. The government has pledged that its land releases will supply 20,000 new flats annually for 10 years. Even if all ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Policymakers must heed homeowners seeking to upgrade

    Posted Dec 31st 2013, 01:13am by Langi Chiang

    ... with outdated facilities, and are keen to improve their housing conditions in the next few years. However, mainland policies, including for land supply and bank lending, lean towards mass construction ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Foreign buyers seen eyeing rural land

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 01:04am by Peggy Sito

    ... but, until this policy change, could not be used by entities outside the village. The policy is aimed at achieving a unified market for rural and urban construction land and giving farmers more ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Hong Kong investors face cloudy prospect in UK property sector

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 01:07am by Peggy Sito

    ... to allow construction of more affordable housing. peggy.sito@scmp.com ...

  8. Business - Economy - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Prospective Hengqin buyers enter a zone of uncertainty

    Posted Sep 10th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... square metre for construction cost, the project's development cost could reach 23,000 yuan per square metre. Guangdong Keshanghui would need to offer the units at close to 30,000 yuan per ...

  9. Business - Comment - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Show us the money, Qianhai tells bidders for third site

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... developer must invest at least 15,000 yuan per square metre for construction. sandy.li@scmp.com ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    The HK$1 million first-home question

    Posted Apr 30th 2013, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... continue. At first, Lee suggested he would sell the flats at their construction price, about HK$1 million per unit, as long as the government would exempt the developer from the land premium. ... to others. The report said that although Lee wanted to charge the buyers just for the construction costs, the government thought that was not feasible and might challenge its subsidised housing ...




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