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  1. Britain puts homeowners in charge

    Posted Sep 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Richard Warren in London A new form of tenure set to be introduced may not prove practical for overseas-based leaseholders A new form of tenure, commonhold, will be introduced by the government as an alternative to leasehold in England and Wales on Monday. Leaseholders will have the option to convert to commonhold if they wish. This may prove especially popular with leaseholders ...

  2. UK landlords put up with pointless red tape

    Posted Feb 28th 2007, 12:00am by Alan Lester

    ... and guarantees for new homes, guarantees for any work carried out on the property and replies to local searches. As if this were not enough, after June 1 estate agents must be able to produce an Energy ... to imagine many sellers paying substantial sums for something that is not required, critics have described the whole exercise as worthless. Meanwhile, the National Association of Estate Agents has ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Hong Kong real estate seen as poor bet

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 01:37am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com City comes last, with Tokyo in lead, in terms of future returns from residential investments in analysis of 12 cities around the world HK real estate seen as poor bet Hong Kong is likely to see the lowest returns on residential investments in the next five years among 12 global cities monitored by Real Estate Foresight, an independent research, ...

  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - RENTS

    Rents hit record high on 50 major Hong Kong housing estates

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:51am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Further increase is likely after a gain of 2.1pc amid strong demand for leasing Rents hit record high at 50 major HK estates Average rents at 50 major housing estates in Hong Kong hit a record high last month, research by Ricacorp Properties shows. The average rent at 50 estates monitored by Ricacorp rose 2.1 per cent month on month to HK$26.99 ...

  5. Business - China Business - Tax

    Reverse mortgages hit estate tax snag

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... inheritance tax Reverse mortgages hit estate tax snag Beijing's controversial inheritance tax plans could be complicated by its own efforts to promote reverse mortgages to help fund old-age ... estate-backed loan, the terms of which allow residents to live in their properties until death, or the expiration of the mortgage. Permitting reverse mortgages effectively removes from the net the key ...

  6. Property - International - AFRICA

    Foreign investors in real estate boost Mauritius

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:52am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Port Louis Foreign investors in real estate boost Mauritius Foreign direct investment in Mauritius jumped 67.3 per cent to 7.926 billion rupees (HK$1.92 billion) in the first six months of 2014 from a year earlier, helped by a flow of money into real estate, the central bank said. The island nation has been trying to shift an economy traditionally focused on sugar, ...

  7. Sale of 9,400ha estate a once-in-a-century opportunity

    Posted Jul 28th 2010, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Estate sale is unusual because it is offered leasehold when most country estates are freehold. The vendor wants to retain freehold to protect its water rights on the estate, the catchment area ... of landed estates at accountants Saffery Champness, said the leasehold price was high. 'This is rather an expensive deal for a 125-year lease,' Harrison said. 'From an investor's ...

  8. Business - Companies - FUNDRAISING

    Powerlong Real Estate eyes 1.5b yuan from notes as Kiu Hung Energy bond deal flops

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 10:43am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Kiu Hung Energy Holdings has failed to raise HK$112 million through convertible bonds, while developer Powerlong Real Estate Holdings said on Thursday ... credit policy tight to private developers so far this year despite a downturn in the real estate market that is hitting its economic growth. ...

  9. Magazines - 48hrs - FOOD & WINE

    Best Kept Secret: Kai Yip Estate Mushroom Huts

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 10:30pm by Christopher Dewolf

    ... Mushroom huts, or dong gu ting, are a distinctive feature of 1970s-era public housing estates, when the Housing Authority provided space for open-air restaurants inside mushroom-shaped ... especially true at Kowloon Bay's Kai Yip Estate, where a cluster of the huts sprout beneath a towering stand of horsetail trees. During the day, grab an iced tea and some French toast at Sun ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    Luxury Peak home of Carrie Lam’s neighbour burgled in latest raid on exclusive estates

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 05:42pm by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com Break-in at Carrie Lam's neighbour A senior education official who lives next door to Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on The Peak is the latest victim in a string of break-ins in the exclusive neighbourhood ...




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