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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Solution to affordable housing lies in increasing supply

    Posted May 17th 2014, 03:38am by SCMP Editorial

    ... of stamp duty. Even so, home prices are still out of reach for many prospective buyers. The ultimate solution lies in a steady supply of new housing in the short and longer term. The chief ... SCMP Editorial Solution lies in more supply When the government sought to rein in the runaway property market with a controversial doubling of stamp duty last year, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1513898/solution-affordable-housing-lies-increasing-supply
  2. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Government too weak to fight villagers over small house policy

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 01:03am by Howard Winn

    ... of applicants. Unsurprisingly this has given rise to corruption and irregularities. It is now recognised that the supply of housing in the New Territories has radically improved since the 1970s, so ... restrict their ability to farm the land and more importantly their "right" to build a small house. This is just another example of the low-level lawlessness that pervades the New ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1580676/government-too-weak-fight-villagers-over-small-house-policy
  3. Comment - Letters

    Arbitration can lead to significant new housing supply

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 03:18am by LETTERS

    ... Arbitration process can lead to significant new housing supply I refer to Allan Hay's letter ("Arbitration is not the answer to assess value of land premiums", February 20). ... expertise; let's now use it, and significant new housing supply should be the most welcome result. Ian Cullen, Ian Cullen & Associates ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1438913/arbitration-can-lead-significant-new-housing-supply
  4. Business - Comment - THE VIEW

    Why divorce and remarriage rates matter for housing demand in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 01:02am by Richard Wong

    ... between home demand and supply is the "degree of sharing", the inverse of the ratio of permanent housing units to domestic households. The ratio was 0.79 in 1971 and rose steadily ... become subdivided, the supply of whole units has reduced and contributed to housing market tightness. Unlike divorced women, many divorced men remarry as their prospects are brighter. Between ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1572403/why-divorce-and-remarriage-rates-matter-housing-demand-hong-kong
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong must grapple with question of housing supply

    Posted Sep 06th 2013, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... trade-offs Supply chain This year marks the 60th anniversary of public housing in Hong Kong. It all started with a huge squatter fire in Shek Kip Mei on December 25, 1953. Then, in 1972, the colonial ... units have to be built. The government has to play a proactive role under a "supply-led strategy", especially in public housing, with an initial 60:40 public-private split in new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1304113/hong-kong-must-grapple-question-housing-supply
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's housing supply to soar just as mortgage rates double

    Posted Jul 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland And when currently unoccupied homes are put up for sale, prices can only fall. Then you will see just how unhappy property agents can get HK's housing supply to soar just ... they will not reverse their stamp duty rises and pledging to step up the construction of new housing projects. Last week, they announced the government will build more than 60,000 public housing flats ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1277488/hong-kongs-housing-supply-soar-just-mortgage-rates-double
  7. Business - Property - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Supply is the key to ending Hong Kong's housing problems, not policy change

    Posted Jul 09th 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy sito Pre-sale period lengthening designed to create impression of more residential units Supply is key to ending housing problems, not policy tricks Is Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying successfully convincing the public that his administration can provide enough affordable housing? Over the past two weeks, the government has announced a series of policies including ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1278164/supply-key-ending-hong-kongs-housing-problems-not-policy-change
  8. Comment - Letters

    Risks to supply if Hong Kong depends too much on imported electricity

    Posted May 22nd 2014, 03:55am by LETTERS

    ... Risks to supply if HK depends too much on imported electricity I fully support the views of C. T. Wan, managing director of HK Electric (" Importing electricity could adversely affect cost and supply ", May 12), and share his concern regarding the adverse implications of full reliance on imported electricity in Hong Kong. Our demanding community will never tolerate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1517468/risks-supply-if-hong-kong-depends-too-much-imported-electricity
  9. Comment - Letters

    Diversify LNG sources and pricing mechanisms to reduce supply risks

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 02:44am by LETTERS

    ... Diversification of LNG sources would reduce gas supply risks Chartering a floating storage and regasification unit for liquefied natural gas imports would help Hong Kong diversify its gas ... to use short-term and spot purchases to meet demand growth and fluctuations. This will ensure better supply security, and offer greater supply flexibility. Hong Kong could consider sourcing LNG ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1574517/diversify-lng-sources-and-pricing-mechanisms-reduce-supply-risks
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    BNP report pinpoints mainland's healthiest property markets

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 11:32am by Sandy Li

    ... least attractive to migrants, was at the bottom of the list, with land supply sufficient for 9.25 years of development and a housing stockpile that will take 10.94 years to digest. Now that we ... Sandy Li Study ranking the mainland's good, bad and least attractive cities reveals southern comforts Shenzhen at top of housing hierarchy, Yantai dead last Whether you're ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1580517/bnp-report-pinpoints-mainlands-healthiest-property-markets

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