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  1. Property - International - BRITAIN

    'Modest' upward trend in UK house prices predicted

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... on housing demand during the remainder of this year," said Martin Ellis, a Halifax economist. "We expect to see a modest increase in UK house prices during 2013." Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne pledged £3.5 billion in his budget last month to help homebuyers. Recent house price data has been mixed. Nationwide Building Society said last week that the outlook ...

  2. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    Probable US home sales rise points to recovery

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Purchases of new and existing properties reach highest level since 2009, according to forecasts Sales of US homes probably rose in December to the highest level in three years as the industry headed toward a more rooted recovery in 2013, economists said before reports this week. Combined purchases of new and existing properties climbed to a 5.49 million annual rate last month, ...

  3. Property outlook index rises as efforts are made to cool market

    Posted Jun 20th 2007, 12:00am by Ting Shi

    ... Ting Shi Despite continued central government efforts to cool the real estate market, the mainland property outlook index rose last month, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday. It increased to 103.32, up 1.45 percentage points from a year earlier and 0.67 points from April, the bureau said. The index covers property prices, sales volume and consumer confidence, with a higher ...

  4. Property - Experts Q&A

    Q & A with our experts, March 6, 2013

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Q: My employer pays me a monthly rental allowance of over HK$10,000 and I am entitled to this for two more years. I have been using it to rent an apartment, but as property prices keep climbing, I am thinking about buying. Should I give up the rental allowance now or wait till later? A: I think the current economic environment is favourable for buying property because ...

  5. Property - Experts Q&A

    Q & A with our experts, March 20, 2013

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Q: I have saved about HK$500,000. I want to use it for the down payment for a mortgage on my first home. Where can I find properties priced slightly over HK$2 million? What are the options? A: With a down payment of about HK$500,000, given the fact that you can borrow up to 80 per cent of the value of the flat, you could afford a property priced at between HK$2.5 million ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    'Modest default risk' in property price slump

    Posted Mar 22nd 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com 'Modest default risk' in property price slump The city's banks face moderate default risks even if property prices drop significantly, according ... Fitch's head of Hong Kong financial institutions Sabine Bauer. But the ability of home-buyers to repay would be stable even if property prices dropped, given the low interest rates. The Monetary ...

  7. INTERESTING outlook

    Posted Jul 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kenneth Ko With recent changes in global and local financial climates, mortgage experts say property buyers and owners should prepare better for the risk of higher interest rates and possible increases in mortgage outlays in the medium term. At present, a HIBOR-based mortgage is the most popular scheme for homebuyers because of the extraordinarily low mortgage rates it offers. ...

  8. Bleak outlook doesn't mean it's time to offload your flat

    Posted Jul 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'The outlook for Hong Kong's housing market has become clouded with uncertainty as the near three-year cycle of retreating interest rates appears to be turning and borrowing costs look set to begin rising again.' Property, July 2 Our weekly property section is all good stuff and, being a slumlord myself (property in Canada), I go through ...

  9. HKMA says outlook for loan demand clouded by subprime fallout

    Posted Jan 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan The Hong Kong Monetary Authority said there was some uncertainty in the outlook for loan demand given the potential spillover from the US subprime crisis and concerns about ... became subdued. But rising property prices and interest-rate cuts in the fourth quarter should bolster property loans. Meanwhile, the HKMA said non-performing loans for some banks could have ...

  10. Interest rate outlook boosts optimism

    Posted Jul 12th 2006, 12:00am by Sandy Li, Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu and Sandy Li Transaction volumes and prices in the Hong Kong housing market will remain soft in the second half, but the outlook is optimistic with interest rates expected to peak next year, according to analysts and property agents. While many analysts and agents expect home prices to see a modest rise in the whole of 2006, UBS believes home prices will jump ...




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