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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Discounts from developer SHKP point to push on cash flow

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 01:41am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Lures at Fanling project highlight developers' needs to offer incentives on stock of 2,000 flats for Easter presales amid rush to boost land banks SHKP ... developers opted for a fast asset turnover strategy in a bid to raise cash flow to replenish their land bank at a time when land prices are declining. The Easter holiday takes place from April 18 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China

    China may soon loosen property cooling measures, Citigroup says

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 01:18am by BLOOM

    ... of real-estate controls will start to crack. Citigroup sees "targeted easing" including on home purchase restrictions, while Bank of America says smaller cities may see looser rules. Centaline, ... on Wednesday announced more support measures including lower reserve requirements for rural banks, Li reiterated that the nation is not considering stronger stimulus. "The housing sector now poses ...

  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 ...

  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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Late bloomers

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:39am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... tightened monetary policies have worked in bringing interest rates down from 23 per cent to about 8 per cent, though more reforms are needed, particularly in the banking sector, he says. Horton ...

  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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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