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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - MORTGAGES

    More homebuyers opting for cheaper Hibor-based mortgage loans

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 09:51am by Sandy Li

    ... of mortgage applicants opting for loans priced with reference to Hibor- the wholesale money market on which banks raise their funding- rose from 42 per cent in January to 77 per cent in June, Hong Kong Monetary Authority data shows. Of the total approved mortgage loans of HK$25 billion in June, only 21 per cent were priced with reference to best lending rates, down from 26.4 per cent ...

  2. Business - China Business

    Chinese fuel Australian mortgage demand

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:28am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Sydney Chinese drive up mortgage demand Almost a third of the home loans written last month by a mortgage provider in Australia part-owned by Macquarie Group were to Chinese ... on the loans, which are in the range of A$350,000 to A$750,000, according to Bouris. Following the recent expansion, growth is now flattening out, he said. Outstanding Australian mortgages climbed 6.7 ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Mortgage loan curbs to stay until home prices fall, HKMA chief Norman Chan says

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 11:40pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Home values remain stubbornly high despite six rounds of Monetary Authority cooling measures Loan curbs to stay until prices fall Six rounds of mortgage tightening by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority since 2009 have reduced lending but not reined in prices, the latest figures show. The average loan-to-value ratio of new residential mortgage loans has ...

  4. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    DBS to expand Hong Kong loan book through China trades

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... but in FX, in money markets, in debt." Hang Seng Bank said last week that loan growth may be stable this year as the city imposes mortgage restrictions to cool housing prices. The bank, ... Bloomberg DBS to expand HK loans through mainland trade DBS Group, Southeast Asia's largest bank, plans to expand its Hong Kong loan book by about 10 per cent this year, mainly ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Looser mortgage rules seen boosting China's sluggish property market

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 04:23am by Toh Han Shih, VICTORIA RUAN AND PEGGY SITO

    ... Toh Han Shih, Victoria Ruan and Peggy Sito First-time buyers redefined as those who have paid off mortgage loans Looser mortgage rules set to boost demand The People's Bank of China ... Yesterday's announcement redefined first-time buyers and lowered the preferential mortgage rate for them. Those who have fully repaid an outstanding mortgage loan will now be considered first-time ...

  6. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    Falling US mortgage rates spark rush to refinance

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:16am by Bloomberg

    ... per cent in November, borrowers wanting to refinance accounted for 84 per cent of applications. At Quicken Loans, the fourth-biggest mortgage lender in the country, application volumes doubled ... Bloomberg in Boston Mortgage costs follow slide in treasury yields in wake of weak overseas economic data, giving homeowners opportunity to lower payments Falling rates spark rush ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Competition for cheap home loans seen crimping demand

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 04:02am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Quota snapped up in minutes, leaving most buyers facing bank mortgages at higher rate Competition for cheap loans seen crimping demand Home buyers ... mortgages from commercial banks. But last month's quota was snapped up within minutes of its release. The waiting list is long and growing. The difficulty in securing cheap loans is crimping ...

  8. Property - International - MORTGAGES

    Ben Bernanke can afford to buy his house but gains with a mortgage

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 07:16am by Bloomberg

    ... interest rates and tax breaks Ben Bernanke says he cannot refinance his house. With his book advance and speaking fees, why does the former Federal Reserve chairman even want a mortgage? Even for the wealthiest Americans who can afford to buy their houses outright, mortgages come with a double benefit: interest rates low enough that returns on investments can beat them, and a tax subsidy ...

  9. 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

    ... Sandy Li and Kanis Li Homebuyers lured with offer of 95 per cent loans Money lender Hitachi Capital (HK) is teaming up with mortgage broker mReferral to offer home loans of up to 95 per cent of the price of a flat, with the loan capped at HK$5 million. The move comes after the Hong Kong Mortgage Corp's decision in February to tighten eligibility for payment protection ...

  10. Business - China Business - BONDS

    China calls on banks to boost mortgage securities market

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 01:26pm by DON WEINLAND

    ... International. Commentators in People's Daily said up to one trillion yuan (HK$1.3 trillion) in mortgage loans should be securitised, a sizeable amount given that the mainland's mortgage ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com Central bank and regulator's call comes in bid to revive financing for flagging homes sector Beijing calls for boost to mortgage securities market ...




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