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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - FINANCING

    Developers offer buyers financing to get around banks’ loan-to-value curbs

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 03:22pm by Sandy Li

    ... mortgage Hong Kong's biggest developers are skirting around bank restrictions by offering loans to raise the mortgage ceiling up to 85 per cent of a flat's value- which could put buyers ... ratio for high-priced homes. "A higher loan-to-valuation ratio will definitely mean higher risk," said Ivy Wong Mei-fung, Centaline Mortgage Broker's managing director. Developers ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Hang Seng expects drop in new mortgage loans

    Posted Apr 19th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI

    ... at the bank had jumped 300 per cent from last week, before the metal's price slumped, he said. Hang Seng expects drop in new mortgage loans ... New mortgage lending is likely to drop this year as a result of government measures to cool the property market, a senior banker at Hang Seng Bank said. Nixon Chan Lik-sang, the head ...

  3. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Mortgage debt a threat to recovery, says Bank of England

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:19am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in London Britain's central bank governor warns interest rates could rise soon as housing loans increase BOE sees threat from surging mortgage debt Bank of England governor ... debt is about 140 per cent of disposable income, mortgages at high loan-income ratios are at a record and there are signs of a drop in banks' underwriting standards. "This ...

  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    China risk is the real worry for Hong Kong banks

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 01:09am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... mortgage loan growth calculated on a yearly basis has shrunk to 4.2 per cent from 8.7 per cent in 2010. "These figures show the growth in mortgage loans has been brought under control..." ... Jake van der Kamp Jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com While HKMA boss fusses over trifling mortgage delinquency ratios, exposure to borrowings from across the border should be his target China risk ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - C-SUITE

    Mortgage broker sees 0.25 point rate rise this year

    Posted May 13th 2014, 03:15pm by Peggy Sito

    ... Howard Chu Ho-hwa, chief executive of mortgage broker mReferral, said. The volume of home loans will continue to shrink this year, as the US may increase its rates sooner than expected, ... to decline as homebuying demand was hit by austerity measures. Figures from mReferral and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority show the value of new residential mortgage loans fell 17.3 per cent ...

  6. UK banks tighten purse strings on loans

    Posted Aug 04th 2010, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Richard Warren in London Non-British investors are finding it increasingly difficult to secure mortgages on British property as many high-street banks and building societies refuse loans ... of lack of finance, than we are used to. Buyers need to be mentally prepared for that.' The Council of Mortgage Lenders had forecast GBP150 billion (HK$1.83 trillion) would be loaned ...

  7. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    Fed may keep buying mortgage bonds to curb interest rates for home loans

    Posted Jul 17th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Atlanta US economic-policy makers are in no rush to stop buying mortgage bonds, as purchases help keep a lid on interest rates for home loans Fed treads carefully in housing ... housing recovery. That means the Fed may concentrate first on trimming purchases of Treasuries, while continuing to buy mortgage bonds to keep a lid on interest rates for home loans. "There ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Developers’ cash flow hit by delays in home loan approvals

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 10:56am by SANDY LI AND LANGI CHIANG

    ... year," Bei said, estimating the ratio for top developers to have fallen to 80 per cent or even lower from 85 to 90 per cent last year. "Mortgage loans have become more or less a bottleneck ... Sandy Li and Langi Chiang Lengthy approval times for loans are a nightmare for buyers eager to move into new homes and developers waiting for their money Cash flow delays hurting builders ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    China lenders unlikely to sell cheap mortgages

    Posted May 19th 2014, 03:22am by Langi Chiang

    ... to sell cheap mortgages Mainland banks, under rising pressure to protect their net interest margin, will be less than keen about heeding the central bank's call last week for speedy and cheaper mortgage loans, indicating more policy relaxation or deeper cuts in home prices are needed to curb the downward spiral in the property market. "Nowadays, banks' No 1 goal ...

  10. Property - International - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    Dubai property sales fall as mortgage restrictions start to take effect

    Posted May 21st 2014, 06:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Dubai Dubai home sales fall as mortgage restrictions bite Naseema Ahmed, a broker at Indus Real Estate in Dubai, has been digging through her e-mails for leads after failing ... the world's biggest price increases in 2013 prompted the United Arab Emirates Central Bank to restrict mortgage lending and the government doubled transaction fees. Ahmed's sales drought is good ...




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