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

    What can the government really do about home prices in Hong Kong?

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:07am by Yvonne Liu

    ... index for private homes climbed to a record 249.8, 4.1 per cent higher than its level before the government released several measures in February last year. Property prices have rebounded ... Yvonne Liu With new towns crucial for boosting supply, Hongkongers must learn to strike a balance More can be done to cool home prices, but solution involves us Hong Kong property prices ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1571184/what-can-government-really-do-about-home-prices-hong-kong
  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Cheung Kong executive proved right as homebuyers' sentiment turns

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 11:23am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Index shows 3.7 per cent rise in housing costsin wake of Cheung Kong director's comments Market forecast proved right as prices rebound Barely six months ago, Justin Chiu ... "too simple-minded". The Cheung Kong (Holdings) executive director made his call when the Centa-City leading index hit 118.96 in January. The index- which is created by Centaline Property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1556955/cheung-kong-executive-proved-right-homebuyers-sentiment
  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    China can’t count on old tactics to revive property market

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 11:43am by Langi Chiang

    ... for people to speculate in the property market, which quickly pulled out of its downturn, and lit a rocket under housing prices. However, things are always easier said than done. When the crucial ... that the relaxation of restrictions alone will boost demand, and the risk of betting on further home price rises is much higher. Banks now face dearer funding costs than in 2009, as a result of interest rate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1566075/china-cant-count-old-tactics-revive-property-market
  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Mainland students renting rooms rather than flats in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 11:56am by Sandy Li

    ... The agent said a couple was offering a room in a three-bedroom, 693 sqft flat in the one-year-old Beaumont development, about 10 minutes' walk from the Lohas Park MTR station. The asking price is HK$5,500 a month, inclusive. The room comes with a bed, a cabinet and a computer table. For that price, it is cheaper than sharing a flat. The rent for a two-bedroom flat at Beaumont is at least ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1561038/mainland-students-renting-rooms-rather-flats-hong-kong
  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    SHKP to build on sites where Housing Society deemed project too costly

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 11:29am by Yvonne Liu

    ... wetlands park, so the flats could fetch a premium price. The Housing Society's project was aimed at middle-class elderly people who would be willing to pay market rent to lease a flat. ... A private developer, however, could maximise the development potential of the sites and achieve a higher price with its marketing savvy. The SHKP transaction continues a trend of falling land prices ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1553911/shkp-build-sites-where-housing-society-deemed-project-too
  6. Property - Comment - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Slow progress in housing reform adds to bubble fears in China

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

    ... cut local governments' reliance on land sale premiums to finance their budgets and ease their incentives to push up land prices. However, before everything else can be achieved, basic ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/article/1549243/slow-progress-housing-reform-adds-bubble-fears-china
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Developers resort to sales tricks on the fly to attract buyers

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:11am by Sandy Li

    ... in these markets. And margins have been squeezed by price corrections. The golden rule of location, location, location proves its worth when it comes to property investment. sandy.li@scmp.com ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1543898/developers-resort-sales-tricks-fly-attract-buyers
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Second-hand market full of surprises

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 05:14am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Time for government to consider whether its cooling measures are helping to keep prices up Second-hand market full of surprises Hong Kong's property market is always full of surprises. Even as some home seekers were waiting for property prices to fall this year, prices recently began to rebound. Government cooling measures introduced ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1534324/second-hand-market-full-surprises
  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Prices of homes near top mainland schools soar

    Posted May 12th 2014, 11:30am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Education resources are unevenly distributed with priority often given to district residents High-priced homes sell fast as parents target school places Despite the cooling down of the mainland's real estate market, some owners asking eye-catching high prices are able to sell their homes faster than cheaper ones elsewhere. These pricey homes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1510444/prices-homes-near-top-mainland-schools-soar
  10. 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

    ... of the flat's price, instead of 70 per cent previously, which means homebuyers will have to make higher initial payments. Even if the government extends the exemption period, not many people can afford ... be able to wait that long. But there would not be a large number of people eligible for the exemption, which applies only to people who already own flats. Since the market believes property prices ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1515473/tweaking-stamp-duty-wont-lead-big-boost-home-sales

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