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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Tweaking of stamp duty won’t lead to big boost in home sales

    Posted May 19th 2014, 12:06pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Tweaking of stamp duty not likely to help much, with bank loans tighter and market weak Rule change may not lead to sales surge as buyers wait Would you buy a flat if the government extends the period during which you can sell your old home and still qualify for exemption from double stamp duty? Last week, the government proposed to revise the rules for double stamp ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1515473/tweaking-stamp-duty-wont-lead-big-boost-home-sales
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Beijing is only treating the symptoms, not their cause

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of sales among homeowners anxious to book their profits before the new tax came into effect. But in the longer term, a 20 per cent capital gains tax will do nothing to deter speculative buyers. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1204293/beijing-only-treating-symptoms-not-their-cause
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Excluding non-locals from flat sales could easily backfire

    Posted Sep 12th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Move threatens to bring a triple-whammy to muddy eventual downturn, turning what would have been a healthy correction into a rout Excluding non-locals from flat sales could ... research Nicole Wong and her colleagues note that between 2004 and 2009, land sales in the city declined by 70 per cent. Allowing a two-year time lag for development, they go on to point out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1034527/excluding-non-locals-flat-sales-could-easily-backfire
  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Cheung Kong executive proved right as homebuyers' sentiment turns

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 11:23am by Peggy Sito

    ... Agency and monitors home prices in the secondary market- subsequently drifted to a low of 117.8 in March. Home prices then moved in a narrow range, constrained by factors such as expectations ... to normal or even positive. Some investment banks, which had been pessimistic about the market, raised their forecasts last week. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan said home prices could ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1556955/cheung-kong-executive-proved-right-homebuyers-sentiment
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Stability at home should be the basis of China's diplomacy of peaceful engagement

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 05:31pm by Hu Shuli

    ... Hu Shuli Hu Shuli says the country's quest for peaceful external relations must begin with a resolve to meet its own development challenges Stability at home should be the basis ... undertaking major reforms for future development. If China is to enjoy a stable external environment, it must first foster stability at home. At the same time, it must build sound relationships ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1555372/stability-home-should-be-basis-chinas-diplomacy-peaceful-engagement
  6. Business - China Business - MR. SHANGKONG

    Beijing's Weibo ban hits close to home

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by George Chen

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com Suspension of accounts after the July 1 protest a worrying sign of threat to innovation, freedom Beijing's Weibo ban hits close to home Hong Kong is apparently becoming the next Tibet or Xinjiang on Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, in terms of the level of political sensitivity these days. Politics and business can never be completely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1548206/beijings-weibo-ban-hits-close-home
  7. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, July 15, 2014

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 05:09am by LETTERS

    ... Read flat sale brochure very closely I refer to your editorial, " Dubious windows show flat buyers need better protection " (July 6). Since buying a home is an important livelihood decision and normally the most expensive investment a person may make in his life, it makes perfect sense to step up protection for property buyers, particularly in the new-home market. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1554294/letters-editor-july-15-2014
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Prices of homes near top mainland schools soar

    Posted May 12th 2014, 11:30am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Education resources are unevenly distributed with priority often given to district residents High-priced homes sell fast as parents target school places Despite the cooling down of the mainland's real estate market, some owners asking eye-catching high prices are able to sell their homes faster than cheaper ones elsewhere. These pricey homes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1510444/prices-homes-near-top-mainland-schools-soar
  9. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, July 2, 2014

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:54am by LETTERS

    ... School is vital for ethnic minorities I refer to the report (" Parents seek permanent home for school ", June 20) about St Margaret's Girls' College on Caine Road. ... Tan   Will quality of degrees be compromised? City University plans to sell its Community College (" Students up in arms over college sale plan ", June 27). This is a prime example ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1544414/letters-editor-july-2-2014
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Boom in Chinese art has roots in traditional passion for collecting

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:59am by PATRICK LECOMTE

    ... these sales so riveting is the slew of records that they break, in addition to the discovery or rediscovery of fantastic works of art. On April 8, a doucai "chicken cup" was sold ... dynasty. Indeed, few countries have seen their heritage as systematically looted and smuggled abroad as China in the late 19th century and first half of the 20th century. Bringing home a national ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1556191/boom-chinese-art-has-roots-traditional-passion-collecting

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