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  1. Property - International - SWEDEN

    Sweden's opposition party pushes for lower mortgage rates

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:43am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Stockholm Social Democrats take lead in national election with plans to make housing more affordable Opposition party pushes for lower mortgage rates Sweden's Social ... finance minister if the Social Democrat-led opposition prevails in this month's election, has proposed using state-owned bank SBAB to bring down mortgage rates, already at four-year lows, ...

  2. Property - International - CANADA

    Low mortgage rates fuel rise in home sales in Canada

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 05:21am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Toronto Low mortgage rates fuel rise in transactions Sales of existing homes in Canada rose last month to their highest level since March 2010, notching their sixth consecutive ... that hurt home-building, sales and prices. The rebound has been bolstered by low mortgage rates, which are not expected to rise significantly until next year. "The [recent decline in mortgage ...

  3. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Britain's housing prices stagnate

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:43am by Reuters

    ... it expected it could control the housing market without having to raise interest rates. Several measures of the housing market have suggested a slowing in the pace of price growth. Knight Frank believes the central bank's base rate would rise to hit 1 per cent by the fourth quarter of 2015, and 2 per cent by the fourth quarter of 2016. A more rapid rise would quickly translate ...

  4. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Crowdfunding clicks on to property flipping

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:43am by Bloomberg

    ... home prices start to go up and sentiment improves," said Andy Chang, Hong Kong-based property analyst at Fitch Ratings. "Peer-to-peer lending will surely play a stronger role, pushing ... rates on first mortgages in Beijing and Shanghai. "When the market recovers, local governments change their tune and the media is again saying things like 'the property industry ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Distant central bankers drive home prices up in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Distant central bankers drive HK home prices up The European Central Bank cut interest rates to a record low yesterday and launched a new scheme that could push €500 ... interest rates. Housing costs for people who buy their own homes mostly come down to the size of the monthly mortgage payment relative to family income, and the biggest single variable in mortgage ...

  6. Property - International - PHILIPPINES

    Philippine developer Ayala Land banks on demographic dividend

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 06:01am by Bloomberg

    ... a car." Rising remittances from the nation's 10.5 million citizens living abroad, an outsourcing industry that is expected to employ 1.3 million by 2016 and low interest rates have driven ... including Ayala Land were vulnerable to economic and interest rate shocks, said James Lago, head of research at PCCI Securities Brokers Corp. "Ayala Land is moving on the assumption ...

  7. News - World - CANADA

    Vancouver mayoral candidate Meena Wong proposes tax on vacant homes

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 03:03pm by Ian Young

    ... candidate Wong said there were high vacancy rates in parts of Vancouver in spite of a shortage of affordable housing. She said asking part-time residents to pay if they wanted to leave ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - EARNINGS

    SHKP sees tough times ahead for property developers in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 04:08am by Sandy Li

    ... don't know how to assess the market now," he said. Figures released by the Rating and Valuation Department last week showed home prices and rentals climbed to record levels in July despite ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - MORTGAGES

    More homebuyers opting for cheaper Hibor-based mortgage loans

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

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Homebuyers shun banks' standard mortgage offerings in favour of the lower interest on products set in line with the local money market rate Cheaper Hibor-based loans soar Homebuyers are increasingly seeking to finance their purchases with loans based on the lower interest rates in the Hong Kong interbank offered rate market. The percentage ...

  10. Property - International - SOUTH AFRICA

    Building fuels office glut in South Africa's financial hub

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:43am by Bloomberg

    ... ahead of demand. Developers are struggling to fill the buildings that have been completed and the pace of the district's expansion also is keeping a lid on rents. The vacancy rate ... including the new headquarters of Discovery, South Africa's largest medical insurance provider, over the next three years. A 25 per cent unemployment rate, electricity shortages and strikes ...




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