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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. Strong demand sets market pace

    Posted Nov 16th 2007, 12:00am by Anneliese O'Young

    ... of a property bubble, experts believe prices will continue their upward trend. Be it the big three cities of Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen or the smaller, second-tier cities such as Ningbo or Hangzhou, ... into the city to work. The infrastructure behind this philosophy has affected land valuation. Affordable housing and ultra-luxury accommodation across the country are on the rise. Andrew Ness, executive ...

  3. Bleak outlook doesn't mean it's time to offload your flat

    Posted Jul 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'The outlook for Hong Kong's housing market has become clouded with uncertainty as the near three-year cycle of retreating interest rates appears ... Even at the worst of the property slump of recent years, the three-month mortgage delinquency rate stood only at 1.43 per cent. It is at present at 0.07 per cent. Housing markets in America ...

  4. Rising rents to spur home-buying

    Posted Feb 13th 2008, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... below current monthly rents in 40 of 100 housing estates it monitors. The latest fall in mortgage rates continues a declining trend that began in September last year, when local banks began ... while mortgage rates could fall further to as low as 2.5 per cent. 'The housing market will be the primary beneficiary of this trend and investors should seize the opportunity presented ...

  5. Mainland home prices defy tightening moves

    Posted Nov 15th 2007, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... a property market that threatens to put housing beyond the reach of average income earners. Measures implemented last month raised the minimum down-payment for people already owning a house to 40 per ...

  6. Home from home

    Posted Oct 24th 2007, 12:00am by Hazel Knowles

    ... out. One of the encouraging factors about Canada's boom, according to Mr McTavish, is that it is being fuelled by the success of real estate as an investment. A house price survey released by the Royal LePage Real Estate Services reported that Canada's resale housing market remained on solid ground during the third quarter as high consumer confidence, strong employment rates ...

  7. London

    Posted Jan 24th 2007, 12:00am by Mark Hughes

    ... the Bank of England to threaten another interest rate rise, the fourth in seven months. Then, a report showed first-time house buyers were having to take on unprecedented levels of debt in order to get on the property ladder. Doomsayers are now confident of a crash in house prices. Without first-time buyers, the market grinds to a halt and it can only be re-started if people ...

  8. Dwindling supply of domestic units alarming

    Posted Mar 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... number of marriages and new families keeps pushing up demand for houses. New families constituted one of the factors driving demand for houses in the 1980s and 1990s. Meanwhile, strong economic growth since 2003 has also caused an escalation in demand for domestic units, as reflected in the rising level of house sales in the primary and secondary markets. With a generally optimistic ...

  9. Mortgage war breathes new life into home sales

    Posted Feb 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kong's top 10 housing estates jumped 36 per cent over the weekend from the previous weekend, to 53 transactions, thanks to strong demand from upgraders, according to Midland Realty. Among ... week's budget speech, would also boost housing demand. Mr Chiu said Cheung Kong planned to bring its 924-unit Apex project in Kwai Chung to market for internal sales by the end of this week ...

  10. Real problem with the housing shortage is that there isn't one

    Posted May 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... shortage even more acute than our housing shortage. By standard reasoning it is perfectly apparent from the food inflation figures that demand for food is much greater than the supply of it. We ... friction in the housing market. If he is right, then a housing shortage cannot be the cause of high prices. There is no such shortage. There is, in fact, an oversupply. In that case, how can ...




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