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  1. Return of the bubble?

    Posted Oct 18th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... property prices. Without clear fundamental factors to support such prices in the long run, this could bring back the property market bubble, which some buyers seem to have forgotten so quickly, ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Bubble in the sky

    Posted May 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... John Gong Of late, a number of commentators have been drumming up the theory of a property bubble in China and, more importantly, the pending burst of the bubble. One article, ... collateral, leading to even more lending. If one looks at the ratio of housing prices to average income, there is no doubt that property in major Chinese cities is very expensive. Even in absolute ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Government's measures could make things worse, not better

    Posted Aug 17th 2010, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... rates. They push total housing costs down with the result that the more easily movable element of housing costs, property prices, go up. That's a problem if you don't already have ...

  6. New clampdown may not be enough to cool property prices

    Posted Apr 20th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... that is looking increasingly bubbly after home prices rose a heady 11.7 per cent over the year to March (see the first chart below). For the most part, the new rules are aimed at making it harder ...

  7. Popping the bubble of property at any price

    Posted Aug 29th 2010, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... the divide between private and public housing. There is evidence from elsewhere- not least the US and Britain- that property ownership obsessions divert investment from more productive avenues, ... policy to dump low-income households in remote areas. Now the government has come up with yet another feeble reason to suggest that house price inflation is beneficial. It suggests that those who ...

  8. If Greenspan could get things so wrong, then what about us?

    Posted Jul 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland For the last couple of years Monitor has argued doggedly that there is no bubble in Hong Kong's property market. Despite a series of warnings from local officials ... rates, and negative real returns on bank deposits- and that the market was being driven by fundamentals. There was no bubble in the usual sense of the word. So I was disconcerted this week ...

  9. Lenders slash mortgage rates

    Posted Jun 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ernest Kong The flagging property market has prompted developers to team up with banks to offer mortgage rates market watchers call 'jaw-dropping low'. HSBC is offering fixed interest rates as low as 0.38 per cent for the first year of a mortgag ...

  10. Bubble in HK market now looks quite likely

    Posted Mar 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Nicole Wong An asset bubble in the Hong Kong property market is looking increasingly likely. Homebuyers 'high' on low interest rates, like drink drivers made careless by alcohol, ... household income (for households living in private housing) was HK$23,000 in 1997. Since then it has ranged narrowly by just 25 per cent from a low of HK$20,000 (reached during the Severe acute ...




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