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  1. Don't blame Chinese for the housing boom

    Posted Apr 27th 2010, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... investors, many from Hong Kong, who are being blamed by politicians for forcing up house prices and making it impossible for Australians to own their own home. In fact, the major causes are the lack ... that foreign buyers, particularly Chinese investors, are forcing up house prices in major cities- in part because a law that limited foreign students from purchasing a home for more than A$300,000 ...

  2. Property bubble builds as we price our boom for gloom

    Posted Sep 09th 2010, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp Our property section on Wednesday featured a revealing contrast of optimism and pessimism, one that goes some way to explaining why we are in such a fix on housing ... reasons of easy money, lax oversight and government stimulus overbuilt housing and in 2008 encountered the beginning of the inevitable correction. The official response to this correction has been ...

  3. Building harmony

    Posted May 01st 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... of a huge asset bubble is rapidly increasing, with the housing market being one of the core problems. Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah warned in his February budget about the imminent dangers of a housing bubble, and the government introduced measures to try to avert it- such as increasing the land supply and raising the stamp duty on flats costing over HK$20 million. These measures seem ...

  4. Property market continues to yo-yo as bureaucrats flip-flop

    Posted Mar 27th 2010, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... local governments must come up with plans for subsidised housing before they can apply for commercial land sales. So, this means there will be no more embarrassing land auctions where SOEs whose ... of houses for the rich... profit or loss, it's the developers' own business. Property prices for the low-income group need to be controlled and subsidised... Local governments [benefactors ...

  5. All clear on HK bubble risk, but mainland faces slump

    Posted Jul 09th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ..., it might just be that the danger was never really there. Concern about a bubble in Hong Kong's property market may be abating, but fears of a bust in mainland house prices continue to run ... in prices for certain real and financial assets,' the fund's analysts wrote in their annual health check on the city's economy. In plain language, they were worried that a bubble ...

  6. No sign of bubble despite soaring home prices in Shanghai

    Posted Jan 13th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai Shanghai's residential market shows no signs of a bubble despite a hefty price increase because demand remains strong, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. Price increases 'do not mean that the market has reached extreme valuations that typify a bubble', the real estate service firm said in a report yesterday. 'Overall, the policy environment ...

  7. Hot property prices fail to burst buying bubble

    Posted Oct 13th 2010, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Within days of Beijing announcing new measures to hose down the overheated property market, thousands of people have been flocking to housing shows in cities big and small ... and in Shanghai more than 130,000 people visited a three-day housing exhibition (from October 3-7)- though developers said sales clinched during the show were down on last year. Strong enthusiasm was also ...

  8. Browning's out of the bubble and into life with Slow Love

    Posted Sep 26th 2010, 12:00am by Antonella Gambotto-burke

    ... Composed in the study of her Rhode Island house, Browning acknowledges disguising her introversion. 'I put a bubble around myself,' she says. 'I'm an extrovert by training. ... flashes of anguish and desire. The former editor of US-recession casualty House and Garden, Browning, 55, is the author of four coffee-table books under the House and Garden brand and three ...

  9. Government keen to burst bubbles

    Posted May 20th 2010, 12:00am by Alex Frew Mcmillan

    ... Alex Frew McMillan Some 85 per cent of Singaporeans live in public housing, built by the Housing Development Board, so it's always important to consider what the government is doing ... commitment to build public housing, promising to release more than 12,000 units this year, although construction doesn't start until enough qualified Singaporeans have applied to take ownership ...

  10. Out of control

    Posted Sep 07th 2010, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... for ordinary citizens to aspire to home ownership even at the lower end- the government has a big problem on its hands. Even the financial secretary admits that the risk of an asset bubble is looming ... to buy into Hong Kong properties and, with just a very small percentage doing so, the city will head for either booms or asset bubbles. The risk now is that the latter seems more likely. A severe ...




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