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  1. HKMC considers reverse mortgages

    Posted Sep 11th 2004, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... years in 2001 as a result of declining fertility and longer life-spans. Hong Kong's fertility had shown a marked and continuous decline over the past two decades, the department added, with the fertility rate falling by about 52 per cent from 1,933 live births per 1,000 women in 1981 to 927 in 2001. At the same time, there was a continuous decline in mortality during the 1981-2001 period, ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    BOCHK lowers rate for mortgages

    Posted May 29th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com Bank says lending rate to stay at reasonable level after cut aimed at checking drop in loans BOCHK lowers rate for mortgages Bank of China (Hong Kong), the city's biggest mortgage lender, has cut mortgage rates for some clients in an attempt to arrest the plunge in loan volume. Its lowest rate is the Hong Kong interbank offered rate plus 1.9 ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - PROPERTY

    Big banks worry as mortgage interest rate gaps opens with smaller lenders

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI, Sandy Li

    ... Kanis Li and Sandy Li Large lenders may have to introduce incentives to keep customers as smaller banks fail to raise interest rates in line with big operators Big banks worry as mortgage gaps opens Hong Kong's big banks are anxious to see smaller peers follow the rises in mortgage interest rates the largest operators announced earlier this month, after a gap opened up ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance - PROPERTY

    Hong Kong's new homebuyers hit by rise in interest rates

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 09:49pm by KANIS LI

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com HSBC and Standard Chartered raise mortgage rates by quarter point, prompting some owners to slash asking prices by up to 10pc New home buyers face higher mortgage costs after HSBC and Standard Chartered raised mortgage lending rates by 25 basis points yesterday. Centaline Property Agency said last night that some owners had immediately slashed ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - PROPERTY

    Sellers cut asking prices on homes as banks raise mortgage rates

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li, Yvonne Liu and Paggie Leung Sellers cut prices by 10 per cent after HSBC and Standard Chartered put rates up for new buyers Home prices fall as banks raise mortgage rates Home sellers have cut their asking prices by as much as 10 per cent in response to higher mortgage rates for new applicants announced by HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank. From today, HSBC's best ...

  6. Fixed-rate deals offered to ease rate-rise fears

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sandy Li Midland Holdings and its mortgage broker associate mReferral Mortgage Brokerage Services have lined up banks to offer clients a fixed mortgage rate plan of as low as 2.3 per cent, as fears of interest rate rises dent buying interest in the secondary market. It comes after transaction volumes over the four-day Easter break recorded a year-on-year 44 per cent fall to 110 units ...

  7. Business - Money - PROPERTY

    Lower rates, cash influx make shops hot property

    Posted Oct 26th 2012, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Lower rates, cash influx make shops hot property Shops are expected to change hands briskly in coming months as an influx of hot money and lower borrowing costs ... Lang LaSalle. Agents estimate the shops could fetch a bid of about HK$160 million. Tendering will close at noon on January 9. Flush with liquidity, Wing Lung Bank has cut mortgage rates ...

  8. Property - International - KENYA

    Kenyan property prices expected to rise as interest rates fall

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Nairobi Property prices expected to fall with interest rates Kenya's property prices are expected to fall in the fourth quarter as lenders cut borrowing costs, a real ... of marketing, Sakina Hassanali, said. "The recent benchmark rate cut by the Central Bank of Kenya has sparked life back into real estate as commercial banks are passing over the benefit through ...

  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Low rates, not lack of flats blowing Hong Kong's property bubble

    Posted Sep 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake Van Der Kamp C.Y. Leung appears not to understand that low rates are the real driver in city's property bubble Lack of flats is not what's sending home prices up On the question of affordability, it is clear that, just by looking at statistics comparing, for example, the rate of employment income increase and the rate of property prices increase or, ...

  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Bank on it- doomsday not so nigh

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Higher interest rates do raise risks for the city's property market but it's a long way from the end of the world – or even the Cyprus ... paint the doom scenario as well as anyone can. Here we have a red-hot residential property market with prices propelled to record heights by four years of extraordinarily low interest rates ...




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