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  1. Ask our experts

    Posted May 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the size of mortgage loans relative to the value of the home. Hong Kong has also targeted the creation of 30,000 to 40,000 public housing units this year, versus an earlier target of 20,000. ... need to monitor recent rises in mortgage rates. If people are looking to buy for investment purposes, she says, the narrowing of rental yield over the mortgage financing cost could make ...


    Posted Mar 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Last year's population census has revealed that 60 per cent of Hong Kong's 1.2 million households that own and occupy their homes do not pay mortgages. A total of 3.6 million people live in private housing, while the remaining 4.5 million live in public or subsidised housing. Compared with 10 years ago, fewer people are living on Hong Kong Island or in Kowloon, while ...

  3. Volume slump foreshadows slide in HK property prices

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... They point out that as commercial demand for loans has risen, Hong Kong's banks have been able to raise the interest rates they charge on new mortgages, even without an increase in underlying ... As the developed world's economic recovery has run into sand, mainland China has tightened its monetary policy, and interest rates for new Hong Kong mortgages have edged higher, buyers have started ...

  4. It's bad news for offshore mortgages

    Posted Dec 06th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... Nick Gentle Rachelle Berges and her fiance are among the many Hongkongers now grappling with offshore mortgages as the dollar plunges. They invested heavily in Australian property, ... said Ms Berges, who works for an American telecommunications company. 'We have several mortgages, all of which are in Australia. Obviously we have financial plans and schedules... ...

  5. We must work together to haul city out of this economic crisis

    Posted Feb 08th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I find it difficult to agree with those people who argue that the Hong Kong government should help property owners suffering from negative equity. These people should have assessed their own ability to make repayments when they applied for their mortgage and the lending bank should have considered whether it should approve the loan to them. I listened to a radio phone-in ...

  6. Comment - Blogs

    Morning Clicks, August 27

    Posted Aug 27th 2012, 09:49am by John Kennedy

    ... John Kennedy Keywords: Bank loans, Fiscal stimulus, South China Sea, Occupy Hong Kong, China Construction Bank, Japan, Internet regulation, Africa, Egypt, Iran, Russia, Pearl River Delta   The Times of India--  China's rail link to hit Indian exports BBC--  China banks under pressure as loans turn sour The Telegraph--  China announces £800bn stimulus to boost confidence Carnegie ...

  7. WINDS of change

    Posted Jun 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... proposed by Leung, the period for tax deduction of mortgage interest will be extended from 10 years to 20 years, while the maximum interest deductible will be raised from HK$100,000 to HK$150,000. The government will also consider introducing low-interest or interest-free loans to help middle-class families buy private-sector homes. Thomas Lam, director for Greater China at Knight Frank, believes ...

  8. Mid-Levels site could hit record HK$10.9b

    Posted Mar 02nd 2011, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... But now market talk is of a rise in interest rates in the second half of this year and slower demand from mainland buyers. Is the party over for luxury residential property? 'Mortgage rates were around 12 per cent in 1997. Even if the existing mortgage rate doubled to 4 per cent, it is still far below the level in 1997,' noted Tsang. On the other hand, the influx of mainland ...

  9. Economic boom pushes Hongkongers to top of the international optimism league

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... amid the continuing crisis over assets linked to subprime mortgages- home loans to people with poor credit histories- have dampened the outlook for global growth this year. ...

  10. Ship crew rules a boost for rivals

    Posted Aug 11th 2010, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... for the non-payment of loans or mortgages. The time between a ship being arrested and sold through the High Court's bailiff office can be six or seven months. But under the Immigration Ordinance, ...




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