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  1. Official policy waits to see what develops

    Posted Oct 13th 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that a freeze on land sales should be extended another year. But look more closely and what they actually say is that the resumption should only apply to land for luxury residential developments. ... of property development; part of keeping in touch with all sectors of the community, you know. If only it were all sectors. First the developers get an opportunity to bend the ear of President Hu ...

  2. Land development tax could be unique solution for a unique city

    Posted Jul 27th 2006, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... it is used for that purpose or not. Thus, industrial property might be taxed at X per square foot of permissible floor area and luxury housing at a higher rate of Y. If we want to rezone ... is unique in many ways. In particular, it is unique in the matter of property and land ownership. The government is head landlord to all property and derives a substantial proportion of its revenue ...

  3. Housing starts, not rising prices, signal looming supply shortage

    Posted Oct 17th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to luxury properties, and they only affect the very wealthy and not the typical homebuyer.' Not quite. In the first place, the frothiest excess of a property bubble hardly constitutes a good ... out when prices are low and falling. Comfort yourself that it is not Hong Kong people alone who do this. It happens all around the world. But, in these matters of the property market, let us ...

  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    China risk is the real worry for Hong Kong banks

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 01:09am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... As the first chart shows, even at the height of the property slump in 2001, with residential prices on their way to a 70 per cent collapse from their 1997 peaks, the six-month mortgage delinquency ... "priority". Let us give him a hand. The second chart tells you where the danger to the Hong Kong financial system really lies. It shows that since 2006 loans for the purchase of residential properties ...

  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Only higher rates will ease property prices

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 02:07am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... are now singing the government line that punitive stamp duties have restrained prices. I am not so sure, and neither is the data. Certainly the government's own official residential property ... property prices Hong Kong's home prices should drop by more than 10 per cent from their current level this year and by more than 20 per cent next year, according to investment bank Jefferies. ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    FSDC adviser Bill Strong has weak argument for stopping reit profit tax

    Posted Dec 03rd 2013, 05:45am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... we would do with your proposals for abolishing profits tax on real estate investment trusts. Let's get reits straight first. A reit is a tax dodge for property investment. It was invented in America and picked up elsewhere by copycat regimes that set great store by doing what everyone else does. There are few listed real estate companies in the United States. Residential ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Developers misread market for flats

    Posted Sep 15th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake Van Der Kamp Developers way off beam when it comes to sizing up the market [Sun Hung Kai Properties] co-chairman Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong said: "We will definitely follow the market trend. Most of our new projects to be released for sale will be small- to medium-sized flats. Our acquisition targets will be mass residential sites." South China Morning Post, ...

  8. Mr Source has got it wrong about property

    Posted Jul 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... survey that lists the floor area of the stock, completions, authorisations, commencements and take-up of residential, office, retail, industrial and all other forms of property in the public ... to believe, I know, but there you go. Ain't discovery a wonderful thing? Here is another discovery for you to make. The vacancy rate in residential property never goes to zero. There is always ...

  9. Beijing might as well tell night to be day with moves to cool property

    Posted May 19th 2006, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... in the world on the basis of luxury cars, however, and big property developers likewise make themselves big on the mass market, not the luxury one. If Beijing wants to emphasise low-income housing, ... with Jake van der Kamp 'State Council draws up plans to control soaring property prices' SCMP headline May 18 PREMIER WEN JIABAO has professed himself unhappy with overheating ...

  10. Size really is all that matters in our antiquated property market

    Posted Apr 29th 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'There is a virtual oligopoly in the supply of property.' Joseph Yam Chi-kwong Hong Kong Monetary Authority March 3 'There is no oligopoly in the supply of property.' Michael Suen Ming-yeung Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands April 27 SO TAKE THAT, Joseph. You are meant to stay on side. Best think twice about using ...




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