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  1. Comment - Letters

    Increase property taxes on the rich investors who hoard vacant property

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 04:40am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Increase property taxes on rich investors who hoard vacant flats A tax policy that could address several of Hong Kong's challenges would recognise that: Property is a scarce resource in Hong Kong; Hoarding of property places a burden on society, particularly when premises are left vacant; Due to low interest rates and property taxes, the cost of carry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1453544/increase-property-taxes-rich-investors-who-hoard-vacant-property
  2. Comment - Blogs

    The HK$470 million Hong Kong apartment that just won't sell

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 07:03pm by Chris Oliver

    ... for trophy properties in Hong Kong anytime soon, even as there’s few signs yet of a major slowdown in spending by cross-border visitors. But data coming out of China in recent weeks isn’t comforting. ... Chris Oliver It's Hong Kong's most expensive apartment- but it has been withdrawn from sale after bids fell short of the reserve price It probably seemed like a good idea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1464831/hk470-million-hong-kong-apartment-just-wont-sell
  3. Business - China Business - TECHNOLOGY

    Events paint Hong Kong as a tech-savvy market

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 01:40am by BIEN PEREZ

    ... Bien Perez bien.perez@scmp.com Awards event, fair mark HK as tech-savvy town Long known for its buoyant property market and expertise as a financial services hub, Hong Kong could burnish its credentials as a "technology town" after the staging of two events that celebrate the past and point to the future of the internet. Twenty-four people who helped design ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1470102/events-paint-hong-kong-tech-savvy-market
  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - RESIDENTIAL

    Rate fears keep Hong Kong homebuyers on sidelines

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 03:36pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... of rate rises hits home The spectre of rising interest rates has dampened buyers' interest in Hong Kong property and led to a pessimistic outlook. Property analysts expect prices to drop ... interest rates were raised, they said. "Recently, we have revised our forecast of property prices from the previous up or down 5 per cent to a drop of 5 per cent to 10 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1456900/rate-fears-keep-hong-kong-homebuyers-sidelines
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    How Hong Kong's government subsidises those who need it least

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by Alex Lo

    ... the undeserving got the most public subsidies, but that Tsang's pseudo-financial prudence wasted our surpluses that could have been used to invest long-term for Hong Kong's future. Might we ... to unimagined fortunes is well-known. Far lesser-known is how much we have directly subsidised the middle and upper-middle classes since 2004, mostly through property-related concessions. That's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1458027/how-hong-kongs-government-subsidises-those-who-need-it-least
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Liquidity crunch forces mainlanders to cash out of Hong Kong luxury homes

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 01:04am by Reuters

    ... their luxury homes in Hong Kong, and some are cutting prices by up to a fifth for a quick sale, as a liquidity crunch looms on the mainland. Wealthy Chinese were blamed for pushing up property prices ... been popular with mainland buyers. Property agents said that mainlanders own close to a third of the existing homes that are now for sale in Hong Kong- up 20 per cent from a year ago. Many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1453441/liquidity-crunch-forces-mainlanders-cash-out-hong-kong
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Interest rate rise fuels Hong Kong property market correction debate

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 01:03am by SANDY

    ... a potential interest rate rise next year and a growing supply of flats will put an end to 10 years of increases in home prices in Hong Kong is intensifying, with much attention focused ... will not be sustained next year. "The US Federal Reserve's tapering of monthly bond purchases is likely to lead to increased mortgage rates in Hong Kong, reducing the affordability of residential real ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1392751/interest-rate-rise-fuels-hong-kong-property-market
  8. Business - Money - REFORM

    After Citic, who’s next among Chinese state firms to take their mega deals to Hong Kong?

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 03:34pm by George Chen, Sandy Li

    ... in the footsteps of Citic. Poly has two major listed arms- Poly Property in Hong Kong and Poly Real Estate in Shanghai. Zhu Mingxin, a director of Poly Real Estate, said on Tuesday his firm would ... be inclined to march to their own tune. Two sources cited the case of Hong Kong-listed Jin Jiang Hotels- a subsidiary of Shanghai's Jin Jiang International, a major state-owned tourism operator- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1463151/after-citic-whos-next
  9. News - Hong Kong - CLIMATE CHANGE

    Hong Kong 'needs coordinated plan to deal with severe weather'

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 05:46am by Christy Choi

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com Hong Kong's climate forum heard the city needs a co-ordinated plan to deal with severe weather Stormy clouds loom without united front This past week's severe weather problems in Hong Kong- which led to widespread flooding, huge hailstones showering down on the city and flights delayed or cancelled- showed the city needs a detailed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1465976/stormy-clouds-loom-without-united-front
  10. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    CY Leung hints at new controls on Hong Kong’s growing tourism numbers

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 05:08pm by Tony Cheung

    ... Zhang Dejiang, Beijing's official in charge of Hong Kong affairs, urged the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the National Tourism Administration to work with Hong ... cities to visit Hong Kong without joining tour groups. Last year, the number of visitors rose 11.7 per cent to 54 million. They included 41 million from the mainland- with more than half arriving ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1464737/government-exploring-ways-control-citys-tourism-growth-says-chief

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