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  1. Fewer buyers expected at electronics fair

    Posted Apr 14th 2009, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Development Council is trying to court first-time buyers from emerging markets such as India, Russia and the Middle East in an effort partially to offset the drop in buyers from developed countries. Brazilian buyer Fabiano Holzmann is attending the fair for the first time to source surveillance equipment such as closed-circuit television cameras. He said he was attracted by the lower prices ...

  2. First-time UK buyers take ire to the streets

    Posted May 16th 2007, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Richard Warren in London Government accused of propping up prices Britain's first-time buyers have taken to the streets for the first time to protest against high property prices ... coincides with the release of figures which show first-time buyers are spending the biggest share of their income on mortgage payments for 16 years. Buyers lobbyist group PricedOut held its protest ...

  3. Britain's Tories pledge tax cuts for first-time buyers

    Posted Apr 27th 2005, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... thousands of pounds in tax if the Conservatives win the general election on May 5. Britain's political parties are offering tax cuts to influential voter groups, including first-time homebuyers struggling to find affordable homes in an expensive housing market. Each of the three main parties is tempting first-time buyers with cuts in stamp duty on lower-priced homes. Investors, including ...

  4. Dream within reach for first-time homebuyers

    Posted Dec 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... family is a typical example of potential first-time buyers who want to take advantage of low interest rates and falling home prices to fulfil their home ownership dreams. Mortgage rates offered ... Kong Properties, said first-time buyers usually targeted units valued at below HK$2.5 million, and transactions of such units accounted for 74 per cent of home sales in the secondary market ...

  5. HKRFU assets top HK$200m for first time

    Posted Jun 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Grant Jamieson said that for the first time the union's net assets had climbed past the HK$200 million mark. 'This is largely due to sound investments in the past year where our ... 'only behind a full-time professional Japanese side'. It was the first time in the four years of this tournament that Hong Kong had finished second. On the home front, progress was perhaps ...

  6. Tapping pensions helps flat buyers

    Posted Jun 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... cent for those outside the scheme. 'The changes will definitely give a big helping hand to first-time homebuyers and encourage buying interest,' Lou said. 'The old rule ... offered tax concession for first-time homebuyers. Chongqing is not subject to Beijing's order that its residents may not buy more than two flats. But Lou said until the latest policy change ...

  7. Shanghai lowers tax on new flats

    Posted Feb 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for normal housing is 1.5 per cent, but 3 per cent for luxury units. First-time buyers have to pay 1 per cent deed tax for units below 90 square metres. The easing comes a week after Wuhu in Anhui ... effect. Lau said major mainland banks had already responded to the move by charging first-time buyers a 10 per cent discount to the central bank's 7.05 per cent benchmark rate. ...

  8. Shanghai property shows signs of cooling

    Posted Feb 06th 2008, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... not first-time buyers. 'As banks become more conservative in property valuation, they are asking for more for initial down payments. It will affect buying desire,' he said. In addition, banks charged second-home buyers an annual interest rate of 8.6 per cent, compared with 6.6 per cent for first-time buyers, Mr Choi said. The unusually cold weather would also discourage home seekers ...

  9. Mainland further tightens rules on loans in move against speculators

    Posted Apr 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... with lower down payments and could access interest rates normally offered to first-time buyers even if their spouses or family members already owned properties. 'Some investors would also buy flats in their baby's name,' a property agent said. Investors who have paid up mortgages for their first homes also used to be treated as first-time buyers when acquiring a second ...

  10. Loans for shop buyers back in favour with cash-rich banks

    Posted Nov 24th 2004, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... of banks' relaxed lending policy, landlords were splitting their shops into smaller units to attract small or first-time investors. Increasing investor interest was also boosted by the improved ... director Hendrick Leung said. 'At the same time, while home buyers could get 70 per cent mortgage loans from banks, shop owners could hardly borrow more than 60 per cent of the purchase price. ...




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