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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - MORTGAGES

    More homebuyers opting for cheaper Hibor-based mortgage loans

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 09:51am by Sandy Li

    ... interest rate increase in nearly a decade. Those higher rates would flow through to Hong Kong due to the currency peg, and markets are beginning to reprice the risk of an earlier than expected rise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1580731/more-homebuyers-opting-cheaper-hibor-based-mortgage-loans
  2. Property - International - DIGITAL CURRENCY

    Chinese buying homes in London can pay with bitcoins

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:23am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Chinese bitcoin owners sought for UK homes Chinese homebuyers with bitcoins to spare can now use the virtual currency to snap up London properties. ... could be a large market, simply because of the [mainland's] currency restriction," said Richard Mathieson, chairman and managing director of Cai-Capital. Mathieson's agency ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1533613/london-firm-seeks-chinese-homebuyers-who-want-pay-bitcoins
  3. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Eastern bloc draws investors

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 05:59am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... in the world. But an underlying risk factor was the proliferation of housing loans taken out in a foreign currency. The practice of forex lending had become widespread in the region because it allowed borrowers to pay a lower rate of interest than they would otherwise pay on their local currencies. However, this easy access to "cheap" money also led to vast credit expansion and higher ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1561941/eastern-bloc-draws-investors
  4. Property - International

    Chinese lead home-buying rush in US

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:23am by Bloomberg

    ... by currency appreciation, rising affluence and concerns about an economic slowdown in the world's most-populous country, the group said. "It's just the beginning of a tidal wave," ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1550004/chinese-lead-home-buying-rush-us
  5. Property - International - MACROSCOPE

    Australia's housing revival sees shift towards high-rise apartments

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 12:31am by Reuters

    ... blocks, mostly in inner Sydney and Melbourne, and shows little regard for high valuations or an historically strong currency. "The persistent nature of this demand is being based at least ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1557107/australias-housing-revival-sees-shift-towards-high-rise
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Vanke gains access to offshore capital with H-share listing

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 05:58am by Langi Chiang

    ... H shares would be listed without raising any new capital as they would be moved from its foreign-currency-denominated B shares, which were previously listed in Shenzhen. "Vanke's H-share ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1539195/vanke-gains-access-offshore-capital-h-share-listing
  7. Property - International - AUSTRALIA

    Bitcoin meets bricks and mortar

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:47am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Sydney Sydney broker accepts payments in world's most popular virtual currency in response to an influx of investors from the mainland Bitcoin joins bricks and mortar world Forsyth Real Estate, a Sydney-based property broker, will accept property deposits and payments from sellers in virtual currency bitcoin to lure business from Chinese homebuyers. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1462527/bitcoin-meets-bricks-and-mortar
  8. Property - International - SINGAPORE

    Cut price Johor homes fuel Singapore sprawl

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 04:39am by BLOOM

    ... perspective." Combine the dominant forces of the 21st-century economy- globalisation and urbanisation- and the result is a metropolis that crosses borders, cultures and currencies. Southeast Asia's ... 200,000. Developers and businesses also face currency risks and the need to deal with different legal systems. Singapore's dollar has risen about 4 per cent against the ringgit in the past ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1529337/cut-price-johor-homes-fuel-singapore-sprawl
  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    China's developers shrug off earnings risks from yuan depreciation

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 06:10am by Langi Chiang, Jeanny Yu

    ... cent fall in the yuan against the US dollar last month made it the worst-performing currency in emerging Asian markets. China's top foreign exchange regulator Yi Gang said last week ... the yuan becoming more volatile, the currency issue is standing out," Yu Liang, president of China Vanke, the country's biggest developer by revenue, said last week. "But to hedge ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1444657/chinas-developers-shrug-earnings-risks-yuan-depreciation
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - INCENTIVES

    Vanke builds loyalty with partnership scheme

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 11:55am by Langi Chiang

    ... retain experienced workers, fend off attempts at a hostile takeover and smooth the path to conversion of its Shenzhen-listed foreign currency-denominated B shares to H shares to be listed in Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1531479/vanke-builds-loyalty-partnership-scheme

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