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  1. Speculators, and mothers-in-law, drive property prices ever higher

    Posted Nov 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Daniel Ren Rampant stimulus-induced speculation, soaring prices, Mickey Mouse and evil mothers-in-law: Shanghai's property market has become a brutal and unforgiving world ... to buy a property ahead of his marriage. Several years ago, mainland internet users coined the term 'mortgage slave', or fangnu, to describe the numerous young couples who spent ...

  2. Prime property defies slump

    Posted Sep 25th 2009, 12:00am by Kenneth Ko

    ... fundamentals. I believe the worst is over, although it could take a longer time for the world to see a full recovery. The rallies of the local stock and property markets should produce a multiplier ... positive growth in rental renewals in the second half of the year. Harbour City is the flagship property portfolio of The Wharf (Holdings). The 10 office towers in the complex provide more than ...

  3. Property agent denies extortion

    Posted Aug 12th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu A female property agent who allegedly threatened a man, demanding HK$10,000 from him, appeared in Eastern Court yesterday charged with two counts of blackmail. Money Leung Chin-chin, 22, pleaded not guilty to extortion. The offences were alleged to have taken place in a room at L'Hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View on January 2 last year and between January 25 and 30. ...

  4. Most unaware of land title law

    Posted Apr 01st 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng Most members of the public are not even aware of a law that will introduce a land-title registration system- to give better protection to the owners of 2.8 million properties ... or the acquisition of the property through fraud. So buyers must appoint lawyers for every transaction, to review historical deeds and confirm ownership. The 2004 law, if not amended, will enable existing ...

  5. Fear of open spaces

    Posted Nov 19th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... That's also why we buy them an Xbox, Wii or Nintendo so they can sit still and not move too much for hours and hours. That's why we have family malls- owned by the same property developers- ... it is another effective method of social conditioning to make children sit still. As a people, we in Hong Kong have commoditised space and built most of our economy and personal wealth on property ...

  6. Owners of small properties should be allowed a level playing field

    Posted Jul 31st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the property, but the proposal is to lower this to 80 per cent. This would apply to residential buildings which are at least 50 years old. Though this measure is supported by most developers and landlords, property owners in these kinds of buildings are concerned that their properties could, in effect, be seized by developers and they might not get paid the fair market value. Such fears ...

  7. Property management cannot brush aside sex offender risk

    Posted Jan 05th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... parents- in Laguna Verde when the property management disclosed that they do not have the legal power to ban an owner who is a convicted child molester from entering or using the clubhouse. With full respect for upholding ownership rights and preserving the individual rights of the ex-offender, we believe that the property management should not simply stop there. It also bears ...

  8. Shanghai prepares reit launch to bolster sluggish property market

    Posted Jan 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai Shanghai, the mainland's financial hub, was set to launch a real estate investment trust this year to boost the slumbering property market, a senior city official said. Fang Xinghai, the director-general of the Shanghai Financial Service Office, said the Pudong district government had finalised preparations for property investment trusts, ...

  9. Injustice reigns too close to home

    Posted Sep 20th 2009, 12:00am by Peter Simpson

    ... of Xinyuan No3 Building. He and his neighbour, who gives his name only as Huang, flick through legal papers: contracts, letters, photocopies of property laws and a copy of the Chinese constitution. They claim CCTV officials are using an outdated relocation and property-reimbursement law to offer them compensation set at 2001 prices- 5,500 yuan a square metre for prime property- and force them ...

  10. Shenzhen flat owners mob police station in row over shoddy work

    Posted Apr 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng More than 1,000 residents of a Shenzhen housing estate surrounded a police station to demand the release of two neighbours detained in a clash between property owners and a government work team pushing residents to accept a compensation offer. The Taoyuancun estate provides low-cost flats, but protesters say it has been shoddily built. A property owner who gave her name ...




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