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  1. New property law deserves support

    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the property sector would like to see as few restrictions as possible. But there is clear public consensus that a law is needed to stamp out misleading sales practices and make property transactions ... The way in which property is sold and marketed has long been a matter of public concern in Hong Kong. The marketing of properties is not regulated, unlike that for other commodities ...

  2. Home away from home

    Posted Jan 21st 2011, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... are benefiting from falling property prices and the weakness of the pound, which helps the Hong Kong dollar stretch further in that country's housing market. Hong Kong investors have bought fractional shares of holiday homes in Scotland. In such a scheme, each owner has an equal share of the property and time that can be spent there. Twenty-four fractional shares of apartments ...

  3. Striking a balance

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... John Cremer Are there restrictions to buying property in Singapore? In order to strike a balance between helping Singaporeans buy a stake in the small city-state and attracting foreign investment and talent, the nation has some restrictions on foreigners buying property through the Residential Property Act. According to the Singapore Land Authority, a foreign person ...

  4. Row over HK$330m fund back in court

    Posted Jun 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com The second son of late Bossini founder Law Ting-pong said he had absolute discretion over the distribution of about HK$330 million his father had reserved as a 'rainy day' fund for his descendants, the Court of Appeal heard yesterday. Edward Chan King-sang SC, lawyer for Law Shuk-hoi, put forward the argument in an attempt to overturn a Court ...

  5. Time to revisit law and consider minority property owners' rights

    Posted Sep 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the applications for compulsory land sale orders were made by well-known property developers and property acquisition agencies. It appears that the new law, having operated for almost 18 months, works very ... With the entry into force on April 1, 2010, of an amendment to the law governing the compulsory sale of land for redevelopment, which reduced from 90 per cent to 80 per cent the proportion ...

  6. Property tax is cooling mainland market- for now

    Posted Feb 09th 2011, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Mainland homebuyers seem to have got the message- for now at least. Responding to the first roll-out last month in Shanghai and Chongqing of the long-awaited property tax- which ... in Shanghai and Chongqing was a response to the introduction of the property tax. Shanghai announced a trial annual tax which was effective from January 28. The tax will be levied annually at a rate ...

  7. Mainland curbs on property draw split views

    Posted Jan 29th 2011, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Analysts agree that the central government is serious about cooling down the overheated property market, but they differ sharply over whether Beijing's measures will work- ... on house prices, forcing them down. 'The new measures demonstrate the government's determination to rein in property prices, as well as its concerns about an asset bubble and inequality ...

  8. Office rental chief credits success to playing for keeps

    Posted Mar 07th 2011, 12:00am by Mukul Munish

    ... Mukul Munish Prosperity Reit, the Hong Kong-listed property manager, announced a satisfactory performance in 2010, despite the lingering effects of the global financial crisis. The Reit manager benefited from a quick recovery in commercial property rentals last year and a high tenant retention, at 64.5 per cent, according to CEO Stephen Chu. Chu said he made an effort to meet ...

  9. New mixed zoning will help to prevent nuisance to residents

    Posted Feb 18th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the editorial ('The romance of our city must be preserved', February 9), where it is claimed that the government is pursuing a policy of phasing out mixed-use zoning, and Mary Melville's letter ('City thrives on mixed use� ...

  10. Cultivation takes over at Sai Kung beach site

    Posted Feb 01st 2011, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Simpson Cheung

    ... Ng Kang-chung, Simpson Cheung and Joyce Ng A farm or garden appears to be taking shape on a controversial site at Tai Long Sai Wan beach, Sai Kung, despite a government zoning order meant to halt development. A possible loophole, allowing 'agricultur ...




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