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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Getting a flat in new affordable housing project in Beijing like winning a lottery

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 11:07am by CELINE SUN; LANGI CHIANG

    ... Celine Sun in Beijing and Langi Chiang The city's latest affordable housing scheme leaves more than 140,000 applicants vying for just 2,000 homes in an outer district Buying ... are permanent residents of Beijing without a flat and those already enrolled for a unit in other government-subsidised affordable housing. The project, called Royal Scenery, is part of a broad plan ...

  2. News - China - INFRASTRUCTURE

    Residents fear Hebei expressway will drive up house prices

    Posted Jun 06th 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com People sceptical about actual benefits of Hebei expressway dubbed Beijing's seventh ring road Residents fear road will drive up house prices Hebei media ... through the capital. Others feared it would cause housing prices to rise. Hebei transport authorities had signed an agreement with Beijing to work together to speed up construction of several ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - MAINLAND

    Affordable-housing sales poor in tier-one mainland cities

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Big-city affordable-housing sales weak Sales of government-subsidised housing in Shanghai and Beijing have been disappointing because those who qualify for such flats cannot afford the high purchase prices, agents and property analysts say. "The sales of affordable housing in Shanghai are not good because the qualifying salary ceiling is too ...

  4. News - China

    Migrant workers feel the squeeze in Beijing micro-flats

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 06:28pm by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Just when you thought Hong Kong’s sub-divided flats couldn’t get any smaller, consider this – more than 38 residents squeeze themselves into an Beijing apartment measuring about 130 square metres (1,400 square feet), the Southern Metropolit ...

  5. Comment - Blogs

    House-arrested Hu Jia gets a few surprise visitors

    Posted Sep 25th 2012, 12:39pm by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy Beijing-based dissident Hu Jia may still be on a hunger strike in protest of being placed under house arrest on September 18. It's hard to say because his home internet ... a meal, supposedly) but were eventually able to get him down to the courtyard for a few quick photos. In early 2008 while Hu was in prison and his wife Zeng Jinyan kept under house arrest ...

  6. Housing compensation activist stays unbowed

    Posted Jul 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... first call the local police station to get permission to leave her house. Qi refuses to accept the compensation offered for the farmhouse, saying it's a tenth of its value. She says ... demolitions for the past seven years. That has helped me organise petitions to present to both district and municipal governments. I took the district government's housing agency to court, ...

  7. House scandal hits C.Y. ratings

    Posted Jun 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Leung was still embroiled in the row over illegal structures at his houses on The Peak. Fresh media reports accused him of lying about the timing of the construction of one of the six exposed ...

  8. Beijing urged to ease curbs on luxury housing

    Posted Jun 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... up, the rises began in the luxury end and spread to the mass market. 'The government is trying to buy time to build more subsidised housing for lower-income groups,' he said. 'If the curbs are eased, I don't think developers would be willing to build subsidised housing any longer.' Ji said that relaxing the property curbs was not the only way to stimulate ...

  9. Issue of national law on housing splits political aides

    Posted Mar 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com As the mainland continues its ambitious public housing projects to make housing more affordable for citizens, political advisers are split over whether there should be national legislation on the issue. While some say a law should be drafted to ensure the proper use of low-income housing, others suggest that creative solutions by local governments ...

  10. More cash for low-income housing

    Posted Feb 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of fund-raising options for local governments, and says they must 'effectively guarantee' their share of the funding needed to sustain affordable-housing projects under their control, while 'not leaving any gap' between the plans and their financing. With the increasing emphasis on such housing, Vice-Premier Li Keqiang on Monday called for more efforts to prevent deception ...




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