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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing- not science- is the best use of land at Science Park's fourth phase

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 04:42am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp A successful Science Park requires us to be larger and more vertically integrated in technology Housing- not science- is the best use of phase 4 land Hi-tech ways ... away the site of the proposed Phase 4 of Science Park for housing and, right on schedule, Science Park launches a study to discover new uses for Phase 4. They will be fashionable ones, too, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1588170/housing-not-science-best-use-land-science-parks-fourth-phase
  2. Business - Comment

    How freeing up public housing would help Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:17am by Richard Wong

    ... Richard Wong Privatising and deregulating public housing could free HK$3.36 trillion for the government to finance health care and old-age welfare payments Home for more capital The value of Hong Kong's housing capital last year was estimated at HK$6.8 trillion, or 320 per cent of gross domestic product. This is the net value of private residential housing at market prices, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1583989/how-freeing-public-housing-would-help-hong-kong
  3. Comment - Blogs

    The rule of thirds: New evidence of the Chinese role in Vancouver’s housing market

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 08:29am by Ian Young

    ... Ian Young 33 per cent of house buyers in city last year were mainlanders, according to leading firm There are at least three ways to respond to the influx of mainland Chinese money to Vancouver’s real estate market, depending on your perspective of the phenomenon. One position is to oppose it on the grounds that it has helped boost housing unaffordability to unacceptable levels: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1581034/rule-thirds-new-evidence-mainland-chinese-role-vancouvers-housing
  4. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Government too weak to fight villagers over small house policy

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

    ... 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 ... the interplay of politics, property and money. The policy was set up in 1972 as a temporary measure to deal with the low level of housing in the New Territories. Indigenous male villagers who can trace ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1580676/government-too-weak-fight-villagers-over-small-house-policy
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing's housing policy challenge

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:41am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Beijing's housing policy challenge Local government, which depends on revenue from property sales to finance services and infrastructure, has combined in the past with developers to get around policy measures to cool the mainland property market. Now sustained tight credit, a huge oversupply of housing and negative sentiment have combined with administrative moves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1579600/beijings-housing-policy-challenge
  6. 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
  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    House rules in sale of land to official

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 01:23am by Howard Winn

    ... that the land Lam bought had already been the subject of two previous approvals. One, in 1995, was for a small house. The other was for three small houses. This planning approval lapsed in August last ... was no guarantee that the redevelopment proposal in respect of the lots would ultimately be approved by his office". Approval was conditional on ascertaining that the lots had "house ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1573096/house-rules-sale-land-official
  8. 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

    ... Richard Wong HK's high rate of marriage break-up leaves forecasters of housing demand stumbling in the dark, especially with reliance on a flawed 'sharing' ratio Divorced from realty The prices of small housing units are showing signs of moving up again, suggesting that underlying demand is still strong. Home prices in Hong Kong have escalated since the 1980s ...

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

    House News' closure shows Beijing's desire for control of Hong Kong media

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:33pm by Albert Cheng

    ... Albert Cheng Albert Cheng believes Tony Tsoi was targeted by the Chinese authorities as part of a broader campaign to stifle support for Occupy Central protests House News' closure shows Beijing's desire for control of Hong Kong media New media operations offering news and views have mushroomed in Hong Kong over the past couple of years. House News, until recently ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1568365/house-news-closure-showsbeijings-desire-control-ofhong-kong-media
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Housing bubble the real problem in China

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:25pm by Andrew Collier

    ... Andrew Collier Andrew Collier says a book that blames the US financial crisis on the drop in spending caused by declining asset values should worry China, whose own housing market ... A controversial new book proposes a different measure of looking at the underlying causes of the American financial crisis, one that may be relevant to China. The book, House of Debt, by economists Atif ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1568366/housing-bubble-real-problem-china

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