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  1. Property - International - NORTHERN IRELAND

    Mortgage foreclosures surge in Northern Ireland

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Belfast residents are in difficult position as a jump in distressed mortgages and surging unemployment play havoc with market Belfast retail worker Chantal McCarthy never thought she would have to find a new home at the age of 57, but her husband lost his ...

  2. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    'Shadow' homes could burden US housing agencies, report says

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... which would need to be managed by government-run Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, or some other federal housing agency. Once seized, these so-called real estate owned properties (REO), present ... on the number of shadow inventory properties that are ultimately foreclosed on," it said. Since the housing market boom and bust, the government has employed billions of dollars to help borrowers ...

  3. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    US housing supply suffers with homeowners lacking equity to sell and buy elsewhere

    Posted May 29th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Many US homeowners with mortgages lack the equity to enter the market, thus limiting sales About 22 million Americans may lack enough home equity to move, keeping property listings tight and limiting sales as the housing market recovers, Zillow says. Forty-four per cent of homeowners with mortgages owed more than their properties are worth or had less than 20 per cent equity ...

  4. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Prospect of property slump adds to risk

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... of property slump adds to risk Rising property values have increased our equity in our Hong Kong home. We are thinking of increasing our current home mortgage to buy a property in Britain or Canada. ... think? You need to carefully identify and manage a number of risks. These include working out your new debt level as a percentage of the value of your Hong Kong home. If property values in Hong ...

  5. Property - International - PHILIPPINES

    Limits on Philippines property loans may be tightened further

    Posted May 08th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... The Philippines may further limit property loans to prevent a housing bubble as it uses lower interest rates rather than capital controls to deter inflows. "We plan to reference real ... cent and improved credit ratings. Cheaper loans stoked an 18.9 per cent climb in property lending and investment to a record 561.6 billion pesos (HK$106.3 billion) in the first half ...

  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    HKMA measures put Hong Kong in good stead to weather property plunge

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 12:00am by Leland Sun

    ... Leland Sun property.post@scmp.com City would not suffer as severely as in the past from a collapse in home prices because of limits on the amount of debt owners can take out HK well prepared for a property plunge Last week, I offered three specific suggestions to address the high property prices head-on. As when any new measures are introduced, some stakeholders are bound ...

  7. Business - Companies - LENDING

    Hitachi Capital lures homebuyers with offer of 95 per cent loans

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li, KANIS LI

    ... Anthony Hong, executive director at Hitachi Capital, which specialises in offering car loans. When homebuyers take out loans worth more than the standard 70 per cent value of a property from ... broker and property consultancy Pan Asian Mortgage, said his firm had no plans to follow Hitachi's example, adding that other financial institutions already provide 95 per cent loans ...

  8. Property - International - BRITAIN

    'Modest' upward trend in UK house prices predicted

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... British house prices rose last month, according to Halifax, which said values may continue on a "modest" upward trend this year. Prices rose 0.2 per cent from the previous month to an average £163,943 (HK$1.95 million), the mortgage unit of Lloy ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - MAINLAND

    H7N9 bird flu not behind slowing Shanghai home sales, agents say

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... widespread outbreak of a new strain of bird flu, property consultants said. "We don't see any panic reaction to the H7N9 influenza virus. People are very calm here," the managing director of property consultant Savills China, Albert Lau, said. "After the outbreak of Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) 10 years ago, the Shanghai government came up with preventive ...

  10. Property - International - BRITAIN

    UK home prices rise most in three years

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... outstripped supply. Average values in England and Wales increased 0.3 per cent, the biggest advance since March 2010, property researcher Hometrack said. In London, prices jumped 0.7 per cent, ... Institution of Chartered Surveyors said earlier this month that its gauges on the outlook for the property market improved last month. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced two ...




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