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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    When homebuyers get a free car

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 11:08am by Peggy Sito

    ... developers give away a car with each purchase of a home? The obvious answer: competition for customers is getting tough in the face of a cooling market. In the midst of the property market doldrums ... Developments announced last week that the villas at its luxury residential development The Fountainside would come with an environmentally friendly BMW i3 electric car. An additional BMW i3 is being ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1445111/when-homebuyers-get-free-car
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Hong Kong investors face cloudy prospect in UK property sector

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 01:07am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito HKMA's participation in Mayfair project and talk of capital gains tax send mixed signals HK investors face cloudy prospect in UK property sector Prospective Hong Kong investors in British properties received mixed news from the market recently. On the one hand, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority unveiled its investment in a prime, mixed-used development in London, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1359692/hong-kong-investors-face-cloudy-prospect-uk-property-sector
  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Withdrawal of Tin Shui Wai tender dims market outlook

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:57am by Yvonne Liu

    ... to fortune-telling books at the beginning of the year for insight on the year ahead. But if you want hints on what this year will bring in the property market, I think a more reliable reading would be based on the latest actions of developers and the government. The closing two weeks ago of the tender for MTR's residential project at the Tin Wing Light Rail Station may be one of the latest indications ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1420180/withdrawal-tin-shui-wai-tender-dims-market-outlook
  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Young homebuyers in China can't be too proud to accept parents' help

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 11:52am by Langi Chiang

    ... ngi Chiang Concerns grow as the mainland's elderly are using life savings to make down payments Young homebuyers can't be too proud to accept parents' help Would you use your parents' life savings to buy a home? Some young mainlanders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1482066/young-homebuyers-china-cant-afford-be-too-proud-accept
  5. Property - Comment - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Flats for Hongkongers scheme a failure

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 01:09am by Peggy Sito

    ... the government said last week that there was no urgency to continue the "Hong Kong property for Hong Kong people" scheme, it was tantamount to saying the initiative, which was introduced ... is unable to help Hongkongers who are priced out of the property market But Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po denied any such move was in the works. Rather than heralding further easing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/article/1467653/flats-hongkongers-scheme-failure
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Does HK$1.38m per sq ft make sense for a shop in Causeway Bay?

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 11:53am by Yvonne Liu

    ... such a return is not attractive, the buyer, Mico Chung Cho-yee, chairman of CSI Properties, said the yield was similar to that offered by properties in prime locations. I believe the buyer is focused ... properties in first-tier locations available for purchase. That explains why an investor would be willing to pay a premium for the property, although there is not a great deal of shopper traffic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1456056/does-hk138m-sq-ft-make-sense-shop-causeway-bay
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Government should not forget Hong Kong’s middle class when increasing supply of flats

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 11:48am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com The government has succeeded in curbing price of property but many still cannot afford to buy Do not ignore the middle class when supply of flats rise ... cooling measures did help to curb property price increases since February last year. But that didn't make homes affordable for those who are neither poor nor well off as property prices ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1439186/government-should-not-forget-hong-kongs-middle-class-when
  8. Property - Comment - BRICKS & MORTAR

    The good, bad and ugly of a fistful of property intervention

    Posted Mar 19th 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... to curb speculation in the property market. Following on its October intervention, the government last month unexpectedly doubled stamp duty on purchases of residential as well as non-residential properties valued at more than HK$2 million. Investors in non-residential properties were shocked by the inclusion of the sector in the clampdown on speculation and rising prices. They had thought ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/article/1194003/good-bad-and-ugly-fistful-property-intervention
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Sex shop owner's insights stimulate debate among China's developers

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 11:48am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Wake up call from sex shop owner has mainland property developers worried about the future Developers in shock as they confront the power of the net Ma Jiajia has suddenly become a famous- albeit controversial- figure in the mainland property market. Born in the 1990s, she is the chief executive of a company that runs sex shops. Ma was recently ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1434020/sex-shop-owners-insights-stimulate-debate-among-chinas
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Beijing audit takes aim at land sales revenue

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 12:17am by Langi Chiang

    ... this year, in another milestone in the opening up of local governments' balance books. However, it is only a starting point in cutting the economy's heavy reliance on the property sector ... reforms to deflate the bubble gently and guide the market towards a more sustainable track. Some economists have long argued that the property sector has taken the mainland's banking system ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1450944/beijing-audit-takes-aim-land-sales-revenue

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