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  1. Banks focus on service and variety

    Posted May 19th 2006, 12:00am by Kenneth Ko

    ... rather than price cutting. Buyers can secure mortgage loans in yuan, Hong Kong or US dollars from mainland and foreign banks for luxury properties. The loan-to-value ratio varies from bank ... with Citic Ka Wah Bank. Ms Pau said the traditional mortgage instalment scheme remained the most popular and the normal loan tenor was between 15 and 20 years. The official lending rate ...

  2. Mortgage lending slumps to lowest level in two years

    Posted Feb 25th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that interest rates have peaked. Hong Kong's mortgage lenders have recently marched into a home loan price war, following HSBC's decision to slash its mortgage rate to 2.75 per cent below ... Maria Chan Holiday hits sales as homebuyers keep hands in pockets and sights on rates New home loans hit two-year lows last month as the Lunar New Year seasonal slump and interest rate ...

  3. Loan curbs see fall in mortgages

    Posted Aug 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Residential mortgage loans of mainland banks in Shanghai fell 6.6 per cent during the first six months of the year amid the government policy to tighten credit to property developers. At the end of June, 247.02 billion yuan of residential mortgages remained outstanding at the banks, down from 264.49 billion yuan at the end of last year, the Shanghai office of the China Banking ...

  4. Mortgage agency looks overseas to expand loan portfolio

    Posted Apr 26th 2006, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Maria Chan and Enoch Yiu The Hong Kong Mortgage Corp (HKMC) is considering buying home loans on the overseas markets, including mortgage loans offered in the mainland, to boost its loan ... on overseas markets. It will not be an easy task,' the source said. Established by the government in 1997 at the height of the property bubble, the HKMC buys mortgage loans from banks ...

  5. Rate cuts lift home sales

    Posted Feb 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Last week's mortgage offers are brightening prospects for cautious buyers Secondary home sales jumped 40per cent last week as interest rate cuts boosted a market that has been sluggish for eight months. Property agents said cautious home seekers were more willing to shop after HSBC announced a cut in its mortgage rate last Wednesday and other banks followed ...

  6. Residential mortgage loans show bad signs

    Posted Apr 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu The credit quality of mainland banks' residential mortgage loans is showing early signs of deterioration- despite a drop in the bad loan ratio of their overall property lending ... loans of 3.07 trillion yuan at the end of last year. Although the non-performing ratio of the 1.8 trillion yuan outstanding residential mortgage loans stood at about 1.5 per cent at the end ...

  7. Mortgage loan approvals fall 9.1pc

    Posted Oct 26th 2006, 12:00am by Andy Chen, Sandy Li

    ... many presale buyers of new apartments opted for staggered payments. 'This way, they will not apply for mortgage loans until construction has completed for the flats they bought,' he ... The outstanding value of mortgage loans decreased 0.1 per cent to HK$526.1 billion last month. ...

  8. Mortgage war swells housing loan value to nine-month high of $12.6b

    Posted Apr 26th 2006, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... triggering mortgage rate adjustments by other lenders and new offers to attract customers. 'I think the refinancing loans will remain high [this month],' said Lau Shun-chuen, an assistant ... this month and next.' Meanwhile, new mortgage loans drawn down last month were little changed at $7.48 billion. In another development, Sun Hung Kai Properties and HSBC yesterday announced ...

  9. Questions begin to arise on mortgage loans quality

    Posted May 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is a billion yuan question. The mainland began experimenting with housing sales as early as 1982. The Guangzhou branch of China Construction Bank (CCB) granted the nation's first mortgage loan ... outstanding, accounting for 8.9 per cent of Chinese banks' overall loan portfolio, according to the People's Bank of China (PBOC). Even Hong Kong banks are offering mortgages at much lower ...

  10. Mortgage wars hit DBS loan volume

    Posted Apr 29th 2006, 12:00am by Andy Chen

    ... Andy Cheng Singapore's DBS Group Holdings blames the decline in its loan volume in the past three months, the first in three years, on the mortgage wars in Hong Kong and Singapore. ... of positive growth. A group spokeswoman said the decline in home loans came after 'DBS exercised discipline amid intense mortgage competitive pricing pressures'. DBS Bank (Hong Kong), which ...




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