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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Mainland property players still upbeat despite tougher conditions: survey

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by DAVID JI

    ... property markets, respondents were generally positive about prospects for both occupier- and investment markets. On the residential market, sentiment swung towards increasing occupier demand ... the China market continued to fall under the influence of restrictive policies, DTZ believed it would be interesting to gauge real estate players' outlook for China's property market ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1143808/mainland-property-players-still-upbeat-despite-tougher
  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    'Rigid' demand for homes is more of a marketing myth than reality

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHUNG

    ... Stephen Chung property.post@scmp.com People often say that property prices on the mainland will just keep on rising, but this is not grounded in reality The myth of rigid demand for homes Commentators on the mainland property market have often attributed the resilience of home prices and their resistance to pressure to "rigid" buyer demand. I have my doubts. First, the need ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1154008/rigid-demand-homes-more-marketing-myth-reality
  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Government needs better ways to rein in property prices

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by Leland Sun

    ... these measures achieved their unspecified goal? If the goal has been to moderate the rise, or dampen residential property prices, the data shows that the collective measures have been largely ... Leland Sun property.post@scmp.com Government and HKMA's repeated efforts to prick real estate bubble haven't worked, so how about trying other steps that might do the trick? ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1210872/government-needs-better-ways-rein-property-prices
  4. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    British budget tightens taxation of homes held by non-residents

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 03:21pm by KATIE GRAVES

    ... the British government has been seeking to tax people who own British residential property by way of a company or other "corporate envelope". The aim was to "tackle tax avoidance and to ensure that those wrapping residential property in corporate and other 'envelopes' and not using them for commercial purposes, such as renting them out, pay a fair share of tax". ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1464613/british-budget-tightens-taxation-homes-held-non-residents
  5. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Heavier taxes on homes held in companies make London hotels an attractive option

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 11:22am by JAMES INNES

    ... there are many parallels with the Hong Kong market, though market and legislation in London seem to be one step behind. Residential property will be taxed if held in a company or other envelope through ... between £500,000 and £1 million. With stamp duty set at 15 per cent for these properties, many investors are beginning to look at their options. Investors can buy residential property as a British ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1526632/heavier-taxes-homes-held-companies-make-london-hotels
  6. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Changes to UK property taxes to take effect in April

    Posted Jan 02nd 2013, 12:00am by HOWARD BILTON

    ... This is the annual residential property tax. Capital gains tax, which was previously not paid by non-Britain resident sellers whether they were individuals or companies, will be charged on the resale ... are likely and the annual charge will start biting. In summary, there is a brief window when action can be taken at minimal cost to avoid future capital gains tax and the annual residential property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1117631/changes-uk-property-taxes-take-effect-april
  7. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    UK tax changes alter property strategies

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 12:00am by Brendan Harper

    ... the British government announced several key changes to the taxes payable on residential property, some of which are already in effect with others to kick in by next year. Regardless of their domicile, these measures affect existing owners and new buyers, especially those who hold properties via corporate vehicles or trusts. There are four key changes regarding British residential ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1097452/uk-tax-changes-alter-property-strategies
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Should investors buy property, property stocks or both?

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by STEPHEN CHUNG

    ... property, reits or both? Broadly speaking there are two ways to invest and participate in the Hong Kong real estate market. There is the direct approach- you buy a property (be it residential ... toward commercial properties, and given that the typical bricks-and-mortar investor would find the residential sector easier to comprehend and participate in, it makes sense, then, to participate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1180141/should-investors-buy-property-property-stocks-or-both
  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Potential home price correction would have broad impact on economy

    Posted May 13th 2014, 02:30pm by Gerard Burg

    ... Gerard Burg property.post@scmp.com Amid the collapse of Zhejiang Xingrun, risks are seen more related to the development side than the household side Price correction may have wider impact on economy Concerns about China's residential property market have existed for several years, with many observers describing it as a bubble. Fears have increased recently with the high-profile ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1508227/potential-home-price-correction-would-have-broad-impact
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Hong Kong has no future without mainland

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by ANGELA WONG

    ... households owned or rented residential properties on the mainland in 2003, up 13.5 per cent over just two years. Back then, there was even a growing fear of a mass exodus of home buyers. Ten years ... the demand for office buildings is expected to grow. And these mainland firms will also bring staff who will help build solid demand for residential properties. True, the buyer's stamp duty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1159194/hong-kong-has-no-future-without-mainland

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