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  1. whats on

    Posted Oct 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Commerce in Hong Kong, will discuss prospects for the world economy after the US election and worldwide housing bubbles. Inquiries: 2824 2211 Speaker: Chief economist of American Express Bank John ...

  2. Out of control

    Posted Jun 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Land sale prices continue to hit new heights - good for developers and the government treasury, but certainly a great worry to those already facing high rents and housing prices ... answer is that there are buyers who can afford them, and some 40 per cent of the new buyers are from the mainland. The looming housing affordability crisis feeds into growing social discontent. ...

  3. Property bubble babble has the animation of proverbial dead cat

    Posted Oct 21st 2004, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp 'Seven years after the bubble burst, Hong Kong still has not changed its spots; property still plays a central role in the economy.' Andy Xie Morgan Stanley ... that characterise his work. High among them was the one that must disqualify me as a commentator: 'Hong Kong has an infrastructure for producing property bubbles. The media, especially the printed ...

  4. The small-house policy is causing needless divisions in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Regarding Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's thinking on ending the small-house policy (when she was development secretary), I write to support her views on this matter. ... to the government for land to build. And it is unsustainable because there is simply not enough land for all the indigenous people to build their small houses. Hong Kong's indigenous people believe ...

  5. Indigenous villagers struggling to get small house with shortage of land

    Posted Jul 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... the right to build a small house if I have a plot of land. This is becoming more difficult, as land is now limited. The maximum size permitted is 700 square foot per floor, but building a house of this size is subject to the size of plot of land available. It costs a great deal of money to get someone to build the house. Our ancestors and their descendants have lived in the same village ...

  6. Lai See

    Posted Jul 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for Development Mak Chai-kwong for abusing his housing allowance. One of the startling aspects of the case was that Mak said the practice of cross-leasing was 'normal' among civil servants. We ... given these housing allowances. Members of the disciplined services were also recipients of housing allowance. We hear that cross-leasing was not unknown to occur among police officers. We ...

  7. Sustainable housing policy a priority for restructured government bureaus

    Posted Jun 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for a sustainable housing policy for Hong Kong. We should strike a balance between the development of sufficient supply annually of public housing- both rental and for sale- and of sufficient supply ... and Housing Bureau to be combined into a new Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau for the purposes of better co-ordination and more efficiency. Recently at a trade luncheon, a lady sitting near me said ...

  8. Ask our experts

    Posted May 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the investment less appealing. 'We stay firm on our no-housing-bubble view as household leverage is not excessive,' Chow says. 'The strong demand from mainland Chinese buyers ... the size of mortgage loans relative to the value of the home. Hong Kong has also targeted the creation of 30,000 to 40,000 public housing units this year, versus an earlier target of 20,000. ...

  9. Serve the housing needs of poor first

    Posted Feb 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... A happy and worry-free retirement life remains the universal dream of most people. In Hong Kong this goal is arguably more difficult to achieve due to a lack of affordable housing ... for the elderly launched by the quasi-official Housing Society has drawn mixed reactions from the public. Dubbed the platinum club for the well-to-do, the 'Joyous Living' projects in North Point ...

  10. C.Y.'s housing plan falls flat on credibility

    Posted Jan 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jake van der Kamp Chief executive hopeful Leung Chun-ying suggests limiting the sales of new flats to Hong Kong residents, as part of his land policy proposal to increase land supply and keep property prices at a reasonable level. SCMP, January 6 For a pr ...




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