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  1. Regulator calls for lenience to curb mortgage deterioration

    Posted Jul 10th 2003, 12:00am by Raymond Ma

    ... profits. 'Banks need to keep a watchful eye on the situation and adopt a pro-active and helpful approach to restructuring mortgage loans when borrowers start to exhibit signs of financial distress,' he said. Speaking at a luncheon organised by the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association, Mr Carse said banks' profits could be badly affected if the quality of mortgage assets ...

  2. New mortgage deal to save old buildings

    Posted Sep 27th 2004, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... are uncommon since banks are reluctant to provide good mortgage terms. Most will offer only a mortgage loan of up to 60 per cent of the price, with the mortgage period plus building age not exceeding ... The authority would offer interest-free loans, free building material and professional advice. The refurbished buildings would be entitled to the preferential mortgage terms, including a 95 per cent ...

  3. Pre-sales banned on flats in Shenzhen

    Posted Apr 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Chan

    ... investment destination for Hongkongers, is the latest mainland city to introduce further measures after Beijing raised mortgage loan down-payment ratios on March 17 and this week ordered local governments to stabilise property prices or be held responsible. On Tuesday, 16 Shanghai banks united to ban mortgage loans on flats that were being put on the market less than a year after purchase ...

  4. More rate rises on the way, says broker

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... mortgage rates may climb to as high as 5 per cent in Hong Kong because most Hibor-linked mortgage loans extended previously will become unprofitable as funding costs increase. Barclays Capital Asia ... on the housing sector remained insignificant compared with the macroeconomic risks. Mortgage loans drawn down in the market were expected to fall from HK$324.2 billion last year to HK$228 billion ...

  5. Mortgage lenders seek to woo with greater flexibility

    Posted Apr 28th 2004, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... in town is 1.23 per cent, offered by Bank of Communications. Customers who borrow more than $3 million will enjoy the rate and a cash rebate of 0.2 per cent of the mortgage loan. Other banks ... 'Many banks are set to follow Hang Seng Bank, which obtained approval from the HKMC to approve mortgage loans of up to 90 per cent,' he said. A Hang Seng Bank spokeswoman said the bank had ...

  6. Avoid these mortgage pitfalls in Australia

    Posted Jul 06th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Bentley

    ... cent mortgage over 30 years). Don't take a big mortgage for the tax benefits You should not necessarily take out a large loan just to acquire tax benefits. There is a big difference ... payment and in closing costs when you apply for a mortgage. The more you put down, the better rates and terms you are likely get. At the same time you need to stay within your means and comfort ...

  7. Count the cost

    Posted Sep 29th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Taylor

    ... linked feature. 'The mortgage interest of such products is calculated daily on the outstanding net balance or the outstanding loan amount, and the borrower can still enjoy the flexibility ... Michael Taylor Choose a mortgage that suits your financial planning needs If owning a house is a dream come true, selecting the most appropriate mortgage can be a downright nightmare- ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Banks turn screws on loans and mortgages

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Authority, said in Beijing yesterday. 'Mortgage lending declined because property transactions fell while trade financing dropped on slowing trade flow.' Total loans grew by 29 per cent ... sales fell to a six-year low last week after multiple rounds of mortgage rate rises this year as tightened loan supply due to high loan growth and lower Hong Kong dollar deposits sent lending ...

  10. Sales may fall 'but prices will still rise'

    Posted Jul 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... affected by banks' tightening of mortgage loans and property valuations as they could borrow no more than 40 per cent of the value of the property. 'Rent should surge 7 per cent to 10 per ...




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