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  1. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Key housing committee warns over rent controls, building on country parks

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 05:40pm by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com Long-term Housing Strategy Steering Committee also expresses reservations about regulating subdivided flats and offering subsidies to those waiting for public housing The government-appointed committee tasked with long-term planning for housing development in Hong Kong has expressed reservations about introducing rent controls and regulations ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1429647/government-advisers-not-keen-rent-controls-or-building-homes-country
  2. News - Hong Kong

    Housing chief warns against 'panic' buying of flats

    Posted Jan 19th 2013, 01:54pm by Colleen Lee

    ... in a panic,” Cheung advised. The housing chief stressed that the government would work to ensure a stable supply of flats. “Most of the working class need mortgages to buy homes and repay loans ... Colleen Lee Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said on Saturday that Hong Kong people should not "panic" and rashly buy flats. He made the comments ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1131614/housing-chief-warns-against-panic-buying-flats
  3. Magazines - 48hrs - SEE/HEAR

    Art house: Austrian tale of a woman’s isolation in The Wall

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 10:36pm

    ... Andrew Sun If you get a kick from isolationist stories such as Cast Away, I Am Legend and Life of Pi, you’ll be sure to enjoy the utter alienation in the Austrian drama, The Wall (Die Wand). A woman joins an older couple at a mountain country retreat. The day after arriving, the couple go into town for supplies but never return. A foreboding silence envelops the cottage, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1432684/art-house-austrian-tale-womans-isolation-wall
  4. News - World - UNITED STATES-IRAQ

    Senate moves toward supporting supply of US Apache helicopters to Iraq

    Posted Jan 10th 2014, 10:24am by Reuters in Washington

    ... Reuters in Washington Senate close to granting approval for the supply of several dozen Apache helicopters to the Iraqi government, which faces a mounting al-Qaeda-lead insurgency The US ... House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner called for the Obama administration to do more to help Iraq battle the insurgency but stopped short of calling for US troops to return to Iraq. “We ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1402080/senate-moves-toward-supporting-supply-us-apache-helicopters-iraq
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Supply more details for better debate on Hong Kong’s future energy mix

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 06:24pm by EDWIN LAU

    ... Edwin Lau Edwin Lau welcomes government's neutral stance on power supply Supply more details for better debate on HK's future fuel mix The Environment Bureau has recently picked ... natural gas and nuclear energy to lower the city's carbon intensity by 50 to 60 per cent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels. One option is to import 30 per cent of our electricity supply from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1467014/supply-more-details-better-debate-hong-kongs-future-energy-mix
  6. Property - International - NEW ZEALAND

    New Zealand housing confidence eases in fourth quarter

    Posted Feb 19th 2014, 05:10am by Reuters

    ... the housing market remains firm, with a lack of supply and strong demand in the two main cities, Auckland and Christchurch, likely to support price growth. "Price gains are still expected ... Reuters Confidence in Kiwi housing market eases off Confidence in New Zealand's housing market eased further in the three months to January, with fewer seeing it as the right time ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1430437/new-zealand-housing-confidence-eases-fourth-quarter
  7. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Six reclamation sites shortlisted to boost land reserves in Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:00am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Reclamation schemes include a plan for an artificial island, but officials say proposals will do little to address city's housing needs Shortlist ... - with a potential supply of up to 150 hectares - faces the same problem as it would lie under the proposed third runway. Officials said the two sites could be ready for development as early as 2019, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1195772/shortlist-six-sites-boost-citys-land-reserves
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Homebuyers face wait for price drop as supply target barely met

    Posted Dec 18th 2013, 11:27pm by Sandy Li

    ... to increase housing land supply DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY PAUL CHAN Twelve residential sites and one commercial site will be released next quarter, enabling the construction of 5,500 flats, compared ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Despite a planned increase in land sales next quarter, the government is struggling to reach its target of supplying 20,000 units Buyers face long wait for price ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1385393/homebuyers-face-wait-price-drop-supply-target-barely-met
  9. Property - Hong Kong & China

    China's housing curbs begin to bite

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 12:05pm by LANGI CHIANG AND JANE CAI

    ... Langi Chiang and Jane Cai Amid tighter lending, new-home prices rise 0.49pc in big cities, with developer discounts Mainland housing curbs begin to bite The mainland's housing ... the housing market and avert the risk of a bubble. Liu Jianwei, a senior statistician at the bureau, said in a statement that "factors such as tighter credit and moderating inventory pressure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1434027/chinas-housing-curbs-begin-bite
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - C-SUITE

    You don’t need to own a flat to improve your living environment

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 02:38pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... new housing supply increases significantly and interest rates rise. What’s your view? A: It’s hard to say. But construction costs are increasing. If the economy remains positive, I can’t see what would lead to a fall in property prices. Although new housing supply will increase from 8,000 flats a year previously to 13,000-15,000 flats a year, it remains at a historically low level. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1461669/you-dont-need-own-flat-improve-your-living-environment

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