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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Prices for new homes in China drop in record 64 cities

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 10:30am by Langi Chiang

    ... expensive deposits. Currently, some are offering 5 per cent off benchmark rates on mortgages. However, that is a far cry from the regulatory scope for discounts up to 30 per cent for first home ... the mainland authorities were likely to roll out more supportive measures, such as boosting money supply and further guiding down mortgage rates, in the next few months to cushion the impact ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1575915/home-prices-drop-record-64-mainland-cities
  2. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    24 sites reserved for public housing sold to developers, says report

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:30am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... The committee's report also expressed concern about the slow rate of building new public housing, and echoed the audit report's call for a higher 10-year target of 470,000 flats for new public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1550584/24-sites-reserved-public-housing-sold-developers-says-report
  3. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Developers may get revised guidelines urging clarity on fixed windows

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 05:06am by Olga Wong, SAMUEL CHAN

    ... the Planning Department that no openable windows would face Lai Chi Kok Road in tower one- which had the most number of windows in that direction. "We can confirm that the noise compliance rate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1543207/developers-may-get-revised-guidelines-urging-clarity-fixed-windows
  4. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    300 buyers compete per flat in Lantau scheme

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 04:49am by Olga Wong

    ... size is about 480 sq ft and they are priced between HK$640,000 and HK$900,000- 70 per cent of the market rate. "The prices are too attractive. They are even less than the down payment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1539828/300-buyers-compete-flat-lantau-scheme
  5. Property - International - HOUSING

    British home prices soar 3.6 per cent this month, at record highs

    Posted May 21st 2014, 06:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London Prices gain 3.6 per cent this month as housing market benefits from fewer jobless, low interest rates and government mortgage schemes British home prices reach record ... weeks to May 10- the biggest increase for this period- to an average of £272,003 (HK$3.55 million). They were up 8.9 per cent from a year ago, the highest annual rate since October 2007. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1516276/british-home-prices-soar-36-cent-month-record-highs
  6. News - China - HOUSING

    One dead in Ningbo apartment collapse

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 03:35am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... officials admitted the building received a "C" rating after last month's check, indicating structural problems made parts of the building unsuitable for living. Professor Yan Peiyu, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1465145/one-dead-ningbo-apartment-collapse
  7. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Lantau plans may help Tai O flat sales: expert

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 04:28am by Olga Wong

    ... per cent of the market rate. HOS is intended to offer affordable housing to buyers who cannot afford private property but are too well off to qualify for public flats. For the Tai O project, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1454286/lantau-plans-may-help-tai-o-flat-sales-expert
  8. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Demand will ensure private flats are built, says Paul Chan

    Posted Mar 15th 2014, 04:11am by Olga Wong

    ... rates during the tender. Analysts have said they are expecting the market to go down. Chan urged the public not to worry, as the tenders for four other sites were ongoing, with six more sites ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1448827/demand-will-ensure-private-flats-are-built-says-paul-chan
  9. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Antony Leung warns rising interest rates could derail flat supply boost

    Posted Feb 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com Rise in interest rates once US economy recovers could sap demand for extra homes CY plans, as happened with 1997 target, Antony Leung says Tung's flat ... it can absorb if interest rates rise owing to a rally in the US economy. Leung warned of a repeat of the failed "85,000 flats a year" target announced by then chief executive Tung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1142179/antony-leung-warns-rising-interest-rates-could-derail-flat-supply
  10. Property - International - HOUSING

    Permits for future US home construction surge 6.2 per cent

    Posted Nov 27th 2013, 03:33am by Reuters

    ... in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.03 million units. That was the highest rate since June 2008. Permits increased by 5.2 per cent in September. Permits, which lead housing starts ... product, they are a key indicator of economic activity and the sturdy gains in September and October should ease concerns that the housing market recovery was stalling. Higher mortgage rates have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1366673/permits-future-us-home-construction-surge-62-cent

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