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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing Authority must raise public housing rents or run out of money

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 12:45am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Housing Authority will run out of money if it continues building flats without raising rents that are already among the lowest in urban world High time we stopped paying this rent Professor Raymond So Wai-man, who chairs the Housing Authority's finance committee, said it may need to ask for more funding as its coffers will have dwindled to HK$28.2 billion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549258/housing-authority-must-raise-public-housing-rents-or-run-out-money
  2. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Developers expected to slash house prices to ease housing inventory oversupply

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:08am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Rising housing inventory and sluggish sales are expected to force the hand of property firms needing to clear stock amid slump, analysts say Mainland ... that a year earlier, consultancy E-House (China) said. It was up 40 per cent to 12.7 months in second-tier cities, mainly provincial capitals. In the eastern port city of Qingdao, it now takes as long ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1545108/developers-expected-slash-house-prices-ease-housing
  3. Property - International - MACROSCOPE

    Australia's housing revival sees shift towards high-rise apartments

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 12:31am by Reuters

    ... Wayne Cole Record levels of new home building underway, with growing Asian investment driving consumer demand for apartment blocks Australia's housing revival sees shift towards high-rises Australia is enjoying a long-desired housing renaissance as a record amount of new building gets under way, and a shift in fashion towards high-rise living should lengthen its life span ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1557107/australias-housing-revival-sees-shift-towards-high-rise
  4. News - Asia - INDIA

    After a 'terrible beating', India's President House in line for sympathetic makeover

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:20am by GDN

    ... London to undo the damage done to its interiors by an eccentric occupant with a passion for redecorating and a weakness for the colour mauve. Lutyens had designed the house and its 130-hectare ... House), yet it took a terrible beating," said conservation architect A.G. Krishna Menon. "The true significance of the place was not understood. There was no realisation of the fact ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556656/after-terrible-beating-indias-president-house-line-sympathetic-makeover
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Proposals a welcome step to closing illegal guest houses

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Illegal hotels must be closed The influx of visitors continues to put Hong Kong's tourism capacity to the test. With only 1,629 registered hotels and guest houses ... unlicensed guest houses will be raised from HK$200,000 to HK$500,000 and from two years' imprisonment to three. The law will also be revised to make it easier to haul offenders to court. Instead ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555506/proposals-welcome-step-closing-illegal-guest-houses
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Yantai looks beyond the housing glut in the Shandong city

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 01:23am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com City's hopes to weather slump are examined in the first of a two-part report on mainland cities Yantai looks beyond the housing glut Yantai looking beyondthe city's housing glut The coastal city of Yantai, in Shandong province, is suffering a housing glut like many other third-tier cities on the mainland. But it is less speculative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1555499/yantai-looks-beyond-housing-glut-shandong-city
  7. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Art House: Sepideh is a film about an Iranian girl who wants to be an astronaut

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 11:18pm by YVONNE TEH

    ... Text: Yvonne Teh Director-scriptwriter Berit Madsen's Sepideh opens with a chador-clad figure trudging up a hill with a large telescope; she's heading towards an unfinished observatory, the construction of which began before the film's titu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1554737/art-house-sepideh-film-about-iranian-girl-who-wants-be-astronaut
  8. Property - International - SPECIAL REPORT: PROPERTY MATTERS

    Sport raises housing stakes in Brazil

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 05:08am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... Cup, Brazil has something else to offer: property. However, will time ever be called on a bull run that has seen house prices almost double since 2008? Fitch Ratings kicked off the conversation ... growth Dan Johnson, director of TheMoveChanel.com Property website TheMoveChannel.com entered the game by comparing the housing markets of every country taking part in the World Cup, ranking them ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1554809/sport-raises-housing-stakes-brazil
  9. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Sustainability is a big problem for the small-house policy

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 04:29am by MICHAEL LOWER

    ... Michael Lower Sooner or later, there will not be enough land to satisfy a potentially endless pool of claimants Sustainability is a big problem for the small-house policy The film ... on a massive scale. The corporation is a giant machine acquiring the villagers' rights under the small-house policy and turning them into a torrential stream of cash. The opening scenes sketch out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1554238/sustainability-big-problem-small-house-policy
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    SHKP to build on sites where Housing Society deemed project too costly

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 11:29am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Tin Shui Wai sites abandoned by Housing Society as too costly have new lease of life High cost for some an opportunity to profit for others A private developer is confident it can profitably build on sites where the Housing Society abandoned a residential project for the elderly as being too expensive. Sun Hung Kai Properties snapped up two sites in Tin Shui Wai ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1553911/shkp-build-sites-where-housing-society-deemed-project-too

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