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  1. Time to change overall housing and land supply policies

    Posted Oct 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... There are many facets to the current debate on runaway property prices and the government's role in balancing housing demand and supply. One positive aspect of the high property ... and rents. The current balance of approximately 50 per cent of public rental and subsidised housing in Hong Kong is a good mix, but the government's overall housing and land supply policies must ...

  2. The market knows best on housing supply

    Posted Jul 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Tien Pei-chun saying the economy will stay in the doldrums unless prices go up by at least 50 per cent. They agree, however, that we should freeze land supply and this is where they could apply some thought. Let us look at the historical record on what has happened when government intervened in the market either to boost low property prices by reducing the supply of flats or to reduce ...

  3. Getting a guaranteed supply of shares in a public offering

    Posted Sep 19th 2009, 12:00am by Shirley Yam

    ... of shares offered by a state-owned enterprise that does nothing sexy but sells pharmaceuticals on the mainland. Wouldn't it be great if someone offered you a guaranteed supply of the sought-after shares? Wouldn't it be even greater if someone offered you a guaranteed 'bigger than usual' supply of every new offering in the coming months? I know of such a lucky guy. ...

  4. House prices could fall by 45pc

    Posted Nov 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... the report said. Some existing homeowners would be forced to sell due to rising unemployment, increasing supply to the property market at a time of little demand. Barclays said a hard landing could see mainland money flows reverse, and weaker demand and rising secondary supply undermining the market. 'This would suggest that residential property prices would fall 35-45 per cent over ...

  5. Cheap housing for staff attracts tax

    Posted Mar 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... forms across the country, especially in government monopoly industries such as railways, power supply and tobacco companies. Rocketing commercial housing prices have even prompted some ... Kevin Huang Mainland employees will be subject to a new tax if they buy cheap housing provided by their workplace under a new effort by authorities to clamp down on tax evasion. The new ...

  6. Boutique houses seen as growth model for China

    Posted Jun 15th 2007, 12:00am by Eileen Lian

    ... Sarasin-Rabo (Asia). Demand for professional people is unlikely to be matched by supply in the short term, according to Hong Kong-based Kenneth Sit Yiu-sun, chief executive of the bank. Fidelis Goetz, ... that there will be a consolidation in the market. 'There are large houses that try to be everything to everybody. And there is the boutique model with a dedicated client base. 'We are clearly a dedicated boutique ...

  7. As US housing market weakens, ours gets stronger

    Posted Nov 28th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... is that while the US housing market is looking ever weaker, the Hong Kong one is looking ever stronger. For starters, home prices are starting to pick up again in response to falling interest rates ... on average doubled. Shall we call this the tables turned? We are certainly a long way from the financing troubles of the US housing market. The three-month delinquency ratio for mortgages, ...

  8. In-house training solves staff shortage

    Posted Apr 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... in the labour market. 'The demand and take up of talented private banking professionals, especially relationship managers, continually outstrips supply,' Dr Hoenle said. While poaching your ...

  9. Supply firms face wait for payment on fuel bills

    Posted Feb 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Keith Wallis keith.wallis@scmp.com A mainland marine fuel supply company and other creditors owed more than US$9.7 million in unpaid bills by foreign ship owners face an indefinite wait ... outstanding bills totalling US$4.2 million for fuel supplied to Decurion and 10 other vessels. The actual cost of the fuel supplied to Decurion was just US$85,460. Cheung said Reyes, in ruling ...

  10. Residential property construction slumps

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Construction of private residential units has fallen to a record low, a sign tightening supply may help the property market ride out the impact of the worsening US subprime crisis. Transport and Housing Bureau figures released yesterday showed construction was started on 300 units in the first three months of the year, compared with 1,100 in the same period last ...




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