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  1. Property - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's simple answer to its industrial land space puzzle

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:06am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to industrial land puzzle The government's bias towards housing development in planning policy has left business owners crying out for industrial space. SCMP Property, July 2 Let me present you ... prices of new residential flats. A puzzle indeed but it has a simple answer. The industrial space is no longer being used for industrial purposes only. Most of it is in use for retail operations, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/article/1545172/hong-kongs-simple-answer-its-industrial-land-space-puzzle
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Posh property expensive? It's Hong Kong meting out justice

    Posted Nov 25th 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Global guides miss the complexity and economic redress lurking behind high real estate values Posh property expensive? It's Hong Kong meting out justice HK rises to top 3 on pricey cities list SCMP Property, November 21 Let's talk about pricey property in Hong Kong. At the latest official count, 765,000 flats in this city have an average monthly rent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1090140/posh-property-expensive-its-hong-kong-meting-out-justice
  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rise in interest rates is something to welcome, not worry about

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp The easier it is to pay off a mortgage, the more likely it is that prices will go up and nowhere is this equation truer than in the property market Don't worry about rise in interest rates, welcome it Homeowners do not have to worry about a sudden surge in interest rates, which would further hit an already ailing property market after the United States ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1543904/rise-interest-rates-something-welcome-not-worry-about
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Li Ka-shing's stake in investment property is far less than what it seems

    Posted May 13th 2014, 01:03am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... effect Li's actual stake in property rentals not that much Li Ka-shing's apparent move to reduce his investments in Hong Kong could damage the city's economic competitiveness, says a study by a central government think tank. SCMP, May 10 And just how would it have that result? Let us first consider the nature of property development, Mr Li's primary business. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1510838/li-ka-shings-stake-investment-property-far-less-what-it-seems
  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Only higher rates will ease property prices

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 02:07am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... are now singing the government line that punitive stamp duties have restrained prices. I am not so sure, and neither is the data. Certainly the government's own official residential property ... property prices Hong Kong's home prices should drop by more than 10 per cent from their current level this year and by more than 20 per cent next year, according to investment bank Jefferies. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1338249/only-higher-rates-will-ease-property-prices
  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    China's consumer success story still has a long way to go

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 01:51am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... into shops. They cannot do it. Their stock answer is instead to pour more concrete by speeding up infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, there are signs everywhere of a slowdown in the property market ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1530418/chinas-consumer-success-story-still-has-long-way-go
  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Tardy MTR Corp must tell stock exchange about its delays

    Posted May 15th 2014, 12:52am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... bankers said HK$25 billion. In order not to lose face, Donald then told the Lands Department to stuff the company full of cheap property with relaxed development restrictions. It was done ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1512229/tardy-mtr-corp-must-tell-stock-exchange-about-its-delays
  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    US dollar peg to blame for high private rentals in Hong Kong

    Posted May 06th 2014, 12:32am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... be seen in rising property prices and rents- where property developers and landlords get rich at the expense of workers' stagnant wages. Letters to the editor, May 4 I suppose I shall have ... And it is not property developers or landlords who have driven home prices out of the reach of so many people this way. It has happened because we are pegged to the US dollar and because the US Fed is scared ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1505396/us-dollar-peg-blame-high-private-rentals-hong-kong
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    How John Tsang's 'cooling' measures turned up the heat on the poor

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 05:07am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... to push property prices to sky-high levels after Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah's announcement to rein in the market. South China Morning Post, February 21 I'm not quite so sure. This needs a little refinement and we start with the pictures, as so often in these matters of supply, demand and price. The government publishes an official residential property price ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1433394/how-john-tsangs-cooling-measures-turned-heat-poor
  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Vacancy tax an idea loaded with empty promise

    Posted Jan 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Hong Kong would be better off with a continuing property levy than targeting big developers that aren't in the business of hoarding Vacancy tax an idea loaded ... residential projects completed by big developers and then held off the market for extended periods in hopes of getting higher prices. Small single-project developers do this but they contribute little ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1133274/vacancy-tax-idea-loaded-empty-promise

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