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  1. News - Hong Kong - MEDIA

    Pro-democracy website House News closes, citing political pressure, low revenue

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 05:26am by SHIRLEY ZHAO, Gary Cheung

    ... Shirley Zhao and Gary Cheung Co-founder of House News cites political pressure, poor ad sales and growing fear Web news site pushing democracy shuts down House News, a pro-democracy news ... any profit because advertisement revenues were disproportionately low. "From a business point of view, I really can't see the dawn of House News … Not only have the core values ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560104/pro-democracy-website-house-news-closes-citing-political-pressure-low
  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. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Clear plan needed to address land supply and housing issues

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:00am by NICHOLAS BROOKE

    ... ourselves, and there is no doubt that the previous administration did take its eye off the ball in terms of land supply and the need for an accelerated social housing programme. However, we are where ... to tackle legacy supply issues Not surprisingly, the state of the real estate market, particularly the residential sector, has been the subject of much discussion since the new administration took ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1092280/clear-plan-needed-address-land-supply-and-housing-issues
  4. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    HK$530,000 of 'pirated textbooks' seized in raids

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:56am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... bookshops and a warehouse in the New Territories. They were managed by a syndicate which supplied the books to schools and parents. Four suspects, aged 52 to 62, were arrested- two of them syndicate directors and the other two staff- in the raids on Thursday of Ching Fung Book Store branches in Yuen Long and Tuen Mun, and a warehouse in Tuen Mun. They supplied books to 35 primary schools ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560659/hk530000-pirated-textbooks-seized-raids
  5. News - Hong Kong - INFRASTRUCTURE

    Water supply across Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung to be suspended for 'urgent' repair work

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 07:52pm by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Supply system fault blamed for disruption in Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung Water cut off overnight at 14 housing estates The water was cut off at 14 housing estates and other buildings in Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung last night, with residents given just four hours' notice. The Water Supplies Department said it expected service to resume after seven ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1433748/water-supply-across-tsuen-wan-and-kwai-chung-be-suspended-urgent
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Easing of double stamp duty another example of Leung's failed housing policy

    Posted May 16th 2014, 03:03am by Albert Cheng

    ... and spoken a lot about land supply and housing policies over the years. But anyone who took his words seriously would have made multiple mistakes in their housing plans. Before he announced he would ... is provision of housing. The government is not obliged to increase land supply for private development. It is not even necessary for officials to toil over the building of HOS flats, which will also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1512772/easing-double-stamp-duty-another-example-leungs-failed
  7. Business - Economy - PROPERTY

    New Hong Kong flat supply set for 8-year high

    Posted Apr 12th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li, Paggie Leung

    ... Sandy Li and Paggie Leung New-flat supply set for 8-year high New flat supply in the city is projected to climb to an eight-year high next year, easing the upward pressure on home prices. ... of research at Ricacorp Properties With the government moving to increase the land supply, Chow expects developers to be under pressure to speed up marketing of their new projects. Midland Realty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1212526/new-flat-supply-set-8-year-high
  8. News - China - CORRUPTION

    Retired PLA officers told to ‘return houses’ in graft crackdown

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 05:32pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... government has told retired military officers to return non-essential public housing after an investigation found “irregularities”, state media said on Saturday, as Beijing stepped up efforts to stamp out official corruption and excess. Abnormalities were revealed in an inspection into “housing and infrastructure construction” that began last year as part of a wider crackdown ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1559821/retired-pla-officers-told-return-houses-graft-crackdown
  9. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Hong Kong home completions rise with land supply

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 01:08am by Yvonne Liu

    ... completions rise with land supply The number of private flats to be built in Hong Kong this year is expected to climb to a nine-year high after the steady increase of land supply by the government ... in the first quarter amid weak housing demand," said Thomas Lam, head of research at property consultant Knight Frank. "Unless there is an economic downturn or interest rates increase ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1465155/hong-kong-home-completions-rise-land-supply
  10. Property - International - CANADA

    Toronto condo sales surge on rentals demand

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 05:20am by Bloomberg

    ... that the supply would pressure prices, demand keeps coming from buyers forced out of the housing market as prices continue to rise. Families, young professionals and baby boomers are all seeking ... in the second quarter, as investors in Canada's biggest city soaked up a wave of supply to feed demand for rentals. Unit sales rose 10 per cent to 6,553 in the three months ended in June from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1557222/toronto-condo-sales-surge-rentals-demand

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