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  1. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Lantau plans may help Tai O flat sales: expert

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

    ... on maintenance costs. The authority is due to discuss on Monday how to sell the flats, which have an average size of about 480 sq ft. Tentative prices range from HK$640,000 to about HK$900,000, some 70 ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Demand will ensure private flats are built, says Paul Chan

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

    ... on traffic and community facilities. In the case of the Tai Po site, the government says all the bids failed to meet the department's reserve price. But developers complain the department has asked for too high a land premium- a fee payable to convert sites to new or more lucrative uses. "We don't have a policy of high land prices," Chan said. "[But] we have ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    MTR Corp not pulling its weight on housing needs, says Paul Chan

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 11:37pm by Olga Wong

    ... to HK$2,300 surveyors estimated yesterday. "Whether the government should pay the company according to current market prices or the previous estimate would be a political decision," Poon ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Property price curbs could lead to government deficit next year, warns economist

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 09:15pm by Candy Chan

    ... Candy Chan Candy.chan@scmp.com Economist warns that tougher rules on flat sales will reduce government revenue, while agent says they damage free-market principles Cooler market could dent city’s coffers Measures to cool the housing market could result in ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    China's annual housing inflation accelerated in November despite cooling measures

    Posted Dec 18th 2013, 10:47am by Langi Chiang

    ... But the statistics agency played down the risks, reiterating that the pace of acceleration has eased in year-on-year terms, while the month-on-month increase in home prices has slowed. Without giving ... and September’s increase of 0.9 percentage points. “This is mainly due to increased efforts by some cities to control the property market, which has driven down the month-on-month increase in home prices ...

  6. News - China Insider - HOUSING

    Nanjing man stages 'crab protest' against city's soaring house prices

    Posted Sep 20th 2013, 12:00pm by Amy Li

    ... Amy Li chunxiao.li@scmp.com Protester says property developers as stubborn as crabs A Nanjing man, angry at the city’s rising property prices, staged an unusual protest on Thursday. He walked with six crabs to the annual housing expo held in the Jiangsu capital and told people high property prices were getting out of control. Developers were as arrogant as "crawling ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Clampdown on estate managers in the pipeline

    Posted Dec 07th 2013, 03:52am by Olga Wong

    ... quantity target, we also need to look at housing quality as well," she said. Young said that a levy proportional to the price of the flat being sold would be too complicated. He said the levy ...

  8. News - China - HOUSING

    Mongolian yurt offers alternative accommodation amid Beijing housing shortage

    Posted Nov 22nd 2013, 12:03pm by WU NAN

    ... to rising discontent about soaring property prices. Many posters said that it is a smart idea to build your own home when housing prices in Beijing are getting ridiculously expensive. Others pointed out that it was illegal. There have been earlier reports about original ideas for DIY accommodation in Beijing, although most of them are more protests against sky-high property prices rather ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Surveyors call for cheap land to be provided for homes for the elderly

    Posted Dec 04th 2013, 05:34am by Sandy Li

    ... for the elderly, and the government could speed up the development of such homes by granting land to private developers at discounted prices. The purpose-built housing estates could then be operated ...

  10. Property - International - HOUSING

    Permits for future US home construction surge 6.2 per cent

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

    ... watched survey released yesterday, United States single-family home prices rose again in September, posting their strongest annualised gain in 71/2 years. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index ... said. "The longer run question is whether household formation continues to recover and if home ownership will return to the peak levels seen in 2004." Prices in the 20 cities rose 13.3 ...




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