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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Positive sentiment bodes well for upcoming launches of new homes

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 02:59pm by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Rising second-hand residential values help boost demand and prospects for developers' launches HK price rebound set to benefit upcoming projects The recent rebound in Hong Kong residential property prices and successful sales at new projects will release more pent-up demand in the market and benefit developers with upcoming launches, ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Plans for flats on two Tai Po sites rejected

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:30am by BRIAN YAP, Olga Wong

    ... Brian Yap and Olga Wong Incomplete assessment of the impact of public flats projects draws criticism from councillors who accept a third, largely undeveloped, site Tai Po flat plans fail ... of public flats. Only the plan to build 4,860 homes in the largely undeveloped Tai Po area 9, in the northeast of the district, received general acceptance. Proposed residential blocks in Chung Nga ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Developers may get revised guidelines urging clarity on fixed windows

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 05:06am by Olga Wong, SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Department's demands. One of the conditions is that a flat should not be exposed to traffic noise exceeding 70 decibels. Only when no department raises any objection do town planners approve a project ... illustrations. They must also mention such windows in sales brochures, but can do so in a note. The Sales of First-hand Residential Properties Authority, set up in April last year, said it might advise ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Lawmakers call for study into return of rent controls to protect tenants

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 03:42am by Olga Wong

    ... on the government to hold a public consultation on rent controls and to set a timetable for a review. It came as the government released a report on rent controls overseas. Average residential rents ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    An open-and-shut case? Not for some homebuyers

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 05:06am by Olga Wong

    ... for the layperson. Some projects are more transparent in making their fixed-window design known. Double Cove in Ma On Shan, jointly developed by Henderson Land Development, New World Development ... Pacific Bond, the firm overseeing the Providence project, said. Vincent Ho said it was not surprising that such information was given subtly, so that properties didn't lose their appeal. ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    300 buyers compete per flat in Lantau scheme

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 04:49am by Olga Wong

    ... for a parking space," said Professor Chau Kwong-wing, a real estate professor at the University of Hong Kong. He said the project had caught the attention of private-market buyers as the public did ... housing projects," Chau said, referring to opposition to its development plans. In February last year, the Housing Authority proposed converting one 12-storey public rental block ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Experts see lengthy downturn, but no collapse for China's property sector

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 01:30am by Peggy Sito

    ... DTZ's head of residential, Greater China. Concessions have been seen in some cities, such as Wuxi in Jiangsu province lowering its entry level for residency via real estate investment. ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Home price inflation eases on mainland

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 10:39am by Langi Chiang

    ... of infrastructure projects. On the local level, a few cities, including Hangzhou in Zhejiang province and Wuxi in Jiangsu province, have relaxed rules to stimulate housing demand and help ease the cash ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Public-flat funding 'no longer works'

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 04:48am by FANNY WF FUNG

    ... at an open meeting of the authority yesterday. They showed that three out of the seven HOS projects endorsed by the authority in the past year will see financial deficits. The seven estates, ... numbers, the minister acknowledged that the model of financing public housing would need to be changed. "I will not comment on the figures of individual projects. But because of rising ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Proposed easing of stamp duty isn’t helping sales, property agencies say

    Posted May 20th 2014, 03:03pm by Sandy Li

    ... fallen as developers hold back on the launches of new projects and homeowners offer less room for negotiation after the proposed easing of stamp duty on some transactions. "Only 176 new units have been sold so far this month. It is the lowest since about 80 deals were recorded in June, after the new rules regulating the sale of new projects took effect on April 29 last ...




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