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  1. Fears of a mainland housing bubble are wildly inflated

    Posted Jul 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland One of the main reasons so many people say the mainland's economy is heading for a hard landing is that they believe the country's housing market is an enormous bubble that's on the point of bursting. You can understand why they think that. Even according to the most conservative estimates mainland home prices have doubled in the last 10 years ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/973517/fears-mainland-housing-bubble-are-wildly-inflated
  2. Game over for property bubble

    Posted Nov 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... satisfactory, this can perhaps be seen as a kind of soft landing, which I think is largely not a bad thing.... 'It is still my worry that there could be another bubble being formed.' With all ... be? To get a sense of where the market is moving, one needs to get to grips with what is driving it. The short answer is interest rates, government housing policy and the mainland economy, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/986136/game-over-property-bubble
  3. More public housing the key to affordable property

    Posted Feb 02nd 2011, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... called the 'gold standard' for assessing housing affordability, says the city's homes are 'severely unaffordable'. According to Demographia's international housing affordability survey, Hong Kong has the most unaffordable housing compared with major metropolitan areas in the US, Britain, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. The study rates housing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/737406/more-public-housing-key-affordable-property
  4. Take HK housing affordability surveys with a big pinch of salt

    Posted Feb 01st 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland For the past week, the news pages of the South China Morning Post have been peppered with stories about how Hong Kong has the least affordable housing market in the world. ... headlines, readers should take these affordability surveys with a hefty pinch of salt. That is not to say Hong Kong property is cheap. Far from it. Housing in Hong Kong is eye-wateringly expensive. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/737344/take-hk-housing-affordability-surveys-big-pinch-salt
  5. Two slides to every storey

    Posted Nov 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Vines moneypost@scmp.com In case there is still any doubt as to whether Hong Kong property prices are heading down, it can be assuaged by news that property developers have started to pay much higher commissions to agents selling their new propert ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/985428/two-slides-every-storey
  6. 'Bubble' tea is off menus

    Posted Jun 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Staff writer Hong Kong branches of a large Taiwanese bubble tea chain have stopped selling passion fruit drinks. They fear that the drinks might contain a cancer-causing additive used in plastic. So far more than a million items produced by some 200 food companies have been found to be tainted. Tea Time House, which sells the popular tea containing 'bubbles' of chewy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/969546/bubble-tea-menus
  7. Tinkering with loan controls won't help property market

    Posted Dec 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... was still worried about the dangers of a property market bubble, telling Legislative Council members that prices had not yet fallen to a 'satisfactory level'. Two weeks later, he changed ... of the purchase price of their new home in cash. Clearly, this restriction did nothing to stop prices soaring as the 1997 property bubble inflated. But it did help protect the city's banks when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/988188/tinkering-loan-controls-wont-help-property-market
  8. A major question of to buy or sell

    Posted Sep 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Hong Kong investors who own rental properties are facing a dilemma after being hit by an array of bad news about the financial markets at home and abroad. Should they sell now or board the rental gravy train to ride out the down ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/978199/major-question-buy-or-sell
  9. A night savouring 200 years of luxury bubbles

    Posted Jun 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to always have the same quality and house style,' he said. 'It's like love at first sight- when you see the colour, the fine bubbles and the delicate touch on the taste. I'm ... Vivian Chen French champagne house Perrier-Jouet celebrated its 200th anniversary on Friday with a cocktail reception and gala dinner at the Island Shangri-La's ballroom. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/971879/night-savouring-200-years-luxury-bubbles
  10. Ah, to cool down with a bubbly pearly ice-cold tea!

    Posted Jul 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... you're on a roll. As you browse through the boutiques, you may want to grab a bubble tea to cool down. Young Post makes it easier for you by revealing the top 10 places where you can get your bubble tea fix. 1 Come Buy (by Lesley Cheung and Ruby Leung) The Prince Edward branch is located right by the MTR Station, which makes it very convenient. This chain has some of the sweetest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/972867/ah-cool-down-bubbly-pearly-ice-cold-tea

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