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  1. 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
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Distant central bankers drive home prices up in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 03:56am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... and it is that these irresponsible monetary practices abroad have completely distorted our property market. I present the evidence of the chart, which shows that over the last six years prices of smaller flats, defined ... of the more common reasons offered for the strength of our property market is that an inflow of hot money, principally from the mainland, is driving prices up. But hot money flows mostly do not go ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1586672/distant-central-bankers-drive-home-prices-hong-kong
  3. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's new rail projects a case of city planners asleep at the wheel

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 05:40am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... It probably isn't. They have a choice to make in this new west line- either dig it deep under the residential areas up the hill and then dig deep, deep lift shafts to the line or locate ... by the chief executive to use the MTR's land seizure powers for his residential projects. I can't rule it out. jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1599759/hong-kongs-new-rail-projects-case-city-planners-asleep-wheel
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing- not science- is the best use of land at Science Park's fourth phase

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 04:42am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... what a surprise- help for the elderly and for small and medium enterprises. If only Science Park chairman Nick Brooke, a career property man, could learn to wrap his tongue around words like ... hi-tech industry, which actually only survives because it is kept alive in a perpetual government cradle. Residential development is by far the best idea for that Science Park Phase 4 land. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1588170/housing-not-science-best-use-land-science-parks-fourth-phase
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Take a lesson from the West, yuan boost won't spur growth

    Posted Sep 28th 2014, 06:02am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... very easily. The point about all this where China is concerned is that the latest economic figures all point to an economic slowdown, particularly in the property market, which is mammothly oversupplied and has experienced a steady and steepening decline in prices in recent months. Who wants to put money into property when you can expect to get less back out than you put in and still have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1602455/take-lesson-west-yuan-boost-wont-spur-growth
  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong contractors' bid-rigging is behind rising prices

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:57am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Industry players say their own costs are pushing quotes sky-high, but data taken from GDP figures does not support their claims HK contractors' bid-rigging behind rising prices One contractor who asked to remain anonymous described ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1594838/hong-kong-contractors-bid-rigging-behind-rising-prices
  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    China risk is the real worry for Hong Kong banks

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 01:09am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... As the first chart shows, even at the height of the property slump in 2001, with residential prices on their way to a 70 per cent collapse from their 1997 peaks, the six-month mortgage delinquency ... "priority". Let us give him a hand. The second chart tells you where the danger to the Hong Kong financial system really lies. It shows that since 2006 loans for the purchase of residential properties ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555497/china-risk-real-worry-hong-kong-banks
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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