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  1. Property market in crisis

    Posted Dec 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com The mainland property market is in meltdown and the damage is spreading, not only to consumers but across the mainland's economy and, perhaps, ... equity. Negative equity arises when the housing loan exceeds the market value of the property. Except for a brief period in 2008, this is the first major housing market downturn since ...

  2. Mixed fortunes in 2011 for HK's property market

    Posted Dec 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com This year was one of mixed fortunes for Hong Kong's property market and analysts predict all real estate- except retail properties in prime locations- ... the market. Increased land supply, tightened lending on the mainland, the euro-zone debt crisis and global slowdown all helped to end the property market's bull run. 'Without substantial ...

  3. Tinkering with loan controls won't help property market

    Posted Dec 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... was still worried about the dangers of a property market bubble, telling Legislative Council members that prices had not yet fallen to a 'satisfactory level'. Two weeks later, he changed ... tweaking lending controls. If officials do believe they can steer the market like this, they are mistaken. The purpose of lending restrictions is not to manage property prices, but to reduce ...

  4. HK's property market is no bubble, it's driven by the peg

    Posted Nov 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... about a bubble in the property market. 'It is still my worry that there could be another bubble being formed,' the financial secretary said. Let's get one thing straight. Hong ... system's exposure to the property market, today's borrower is sitting on a mortgage worth on average only slightly more than 50 per cent of the price of his new home. As a result, whatever you ...

  5. Swire to list property unit despite market slump

    Posted Sep 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Swire Pacific yesterday stunned the market by reviving its plan to spin off its property arm at a time when several high-profile initial public offerings were ... Properties will be given to our shareholders free,' said a Swire spokeswoman. The new spin-off bid comes after a market downturn forced the company to shelve a listing in November 2009 ...

  6. Keeping the property market clean

    Posted Oct 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Luisa Tam At the start of 1999, a licensing regime for the estate agency trade came into effect. There are two licence types for individuals: an estate agent's licence, which is required to operate a related business, and a licence for a salesperson, ...

  7. A rare bust in HK's property market boom

    Posted Jul 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Peggy Sito and Sandy Li Hong Kong's property market is booming, yet a property investor has managed to make a rare loss, following the government's crackdown on the home loans ... million, sold it for HK$23.88 million. Sun Hung Kai Properties developed the residential project. Property agents described it as a rare case of failure in the local housing market. Some expect ...

  8. HK officials won't risk blame for a property market quake

    Posted Jul 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the property market for good. That's made people angry, and increasing numbers of those unfortunate enough not to own their own homes are calling on the government to engineer a decline in prices ... so they do nothing. The Hong Kong government is in much the same situation when it comes to the city's property market. Prices are painfully high. But if officials do anything to improve ...

  9. Moves to cool property market take edge off prices in 70 mainland cities

    Posted Mar 19th 2011, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... in Shanghai dropped 10 per cent month on month in February, but it said this reflected changes in the top end of the market only. 'Transactions in the luxury property segment dropped sharply last month. Potential buyers of luxury properties all owned more than two flats. The new restrictions on buying second homes have kept them away from the market,' said Alan Chiang Sheung-lai, ...

  10. Investors flock to commercial and industrial property markets

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Paggie Leung Hong Kong's commercial and industrial property markets are expected to remain buoyant after recording rising numbers of sales and transaction values, due mainly ... and Ricacorp Properties data. The total amount involved in the transactions rose 13 per cent to over HK$9.35 billion from nearly HK$8.25 billion. The data confirms that the commercial property market ...




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