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  1. Housing bubble leaves buyers in the cold

    Posted Dec 31st 2005, 12:00am by David Marsh

    ... with above-average incomes. It costs about US$35,000 for an average flat and US$95,000 for a small house on a plot of land hardly bigger than the structure itself. The average per capita income is less than ... plethora of flats around the city, now that houses have become too expensive for all but the richest. 'The result is most people who have a real need for an apartment cannot afford to buy ...

  2. Victor Li dismisses bubble concerns

    Posted Nov 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... to comments from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority this week that as the housing market was still some way off the highs of 1997, the risk of a bubble could not be ruled out. 'Mortgages may rise ... Sandy Li Cheung Kong (Holdings), one of the most aggressive developers in selling new residential projects, yesterday dismissed fears of a property bubble, saying the market had merely ...

  3. Minister denies a property bubble and shortage of land

    Posted Apr 27th 2005, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai There was no bubble in Hong Kong's property market despite the recent boom in prices, the housing minister said yesterday. Michael Suen Ming-yeung also said there was no land supply shortage even though latest figures showed the number of flats being built was falling. The secretary for housing, planning and lands denied the government had restored a high ...

  4. Shareholders can put bubbly on hold

    Posted Jul 21st 2005, 12:00am by Louis Beckerling

    ... will be dashed, and fears of a housing boom hose-down will also prove unfounded. Markets will overshoot and markets will correct. But with that caveat in mind, it is safe to say that a tipping point ... all of the foregoing is unfolding against a healthy background of rising house prices, rising net wealth effects, and improving credit quality. Residential property prices increased 15 per ...

  5. Developers eye price rise on bubbly mood

    Posted Oct 10th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... property market is linked to its economy, which will continue to do well in the longer term.' He said SHKP would launch a 1,514-unit mass-housing project called Harbour Green in Tai Kok Tsui ...

  6. Cost of a coffee fix bubbling upwards

    Posted May 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Rachel Zeng Like Hong Kong's economy, the cost of daily caffeine fixes in coffee shops is on the boil. No matter what your preference- latte, cappuccino, espresso- the cost, in general, has gone up between $1 and $2 a cup in all the city's recognised coffee houses. The cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks has risen by $2 since April 9, while in Pacific Coffee shops ...

  7. At home in a property bubble

    Posted Apr 19th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Lawrance

    ... Anthony Lawrance The bubble in Shanghai's property market is destined to pop; the question is how soon and what the ripple effects will be. As discussed in this column two weeks ago, ... housing en masse. Only in the past few years have consumers felt secure enough to move to more expensive homes. In nearly every case I have encountered- in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou alike- ...

  8. Property bubble not ready to burst

    Posted Aug 14th 2005, 12:00am by Chris Oliver

    ... CHRIS OLIVER Cheung Kong and Sun Hung Kai Properties 'are dramatically undervalued' Despite all the talk of a bubble, there is still good value to be had in Hong Kong real ... Reit. He plans to invest in a new reit issued by the Housing Authority that is expected to be under way by the end of the year. However, he says most fund managers expect the offer to be more ...

  9. Life after the dotcom bubble

    Posted Jun 04th 2005, 12:00am by Tim Metcalfe

    ... An ex-computer programmer now in the restaurant trade is learning as he goes along, writes Tim Metcalfe LIKE MANY REFUGEES from the burst dotcom bubble, Eric Mak has 'downsized'. ... concerts and Christmas carols to a Halloween 'Haunted House' and magic shows. Over Easter there was an Easter egg hunt and an egg-and-spoon race. 'The local people love it,' he ...

  10. Shanghai's 'bubbling' over

    Posted Jan 15th 2005, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... into the heart of Seasons Villas, one of the city's most luxurious new residential compounds. Look more closely at one row of houses and a few tell-tale signs- outdoor play equipment and glimpses ... Section in Hungqiao. Exclusive Seasons Villas is sometimes referred to as 'the bubble' among its mainly expatriate residents, many of whom are on US$1million-a-year packages, including ...




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