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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 - Letters

    Increase property taxes on the rich investors who hoard vacant property

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 04:40am by LETTERS

    ... unchanged for the first residential property held in the name of each permanent identity card holder. Because a person or family only requires one home to live in, however, a second home in the ID ... transparency in the housing market should be encouraged by promoting titles held in the name of the ultimate beneficial owner, rather than in company names. Residential property owned by a company ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1453544/increase-property-taxes-rich-investors-who-hoard-vacant-property
  3. Comment - Blogs

    Luxury residential opportunists count rewards

    Posted Apr 15th 2013, 05:55pm by Anna Healy Fenton

    ... Anna Healy Fenton anna.fenton@scmp.com Global luxury residential markets are always interesting. It really does indicate where the wealthy are hanging out, migrating to and moving away ... and the courage to jump in at the bottom. Whatever happened to the dreadful doom and gloom in the US property market only a few months back? Last week in New York all anyone could talk about was how ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1215296/luxury-residential-opportunists-count-rewards
  4. Comment - Letters

    Large-scale property development planned for enclaves

    Posted Mar 11th 2014, 04:37am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Large-scale property development feared planned for enclaves The recent revelation that government departments did not heed advice from the Country and Marine Parks Board to incorporate certain enclaves into our country parks should come as no surprise. It appears this government's true intention is to initiate property development on a large scale inside country ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1445681/large-scale-property-development-planned-enclaves
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Double stamp duty on non-residential premises will hit businesses hard

    Posted May 16th 2013, 12:00am by TIMOTHY PEIRSON-SMITH

    ... To address this, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's administration made early efforts to further curb residential property prices by introducing a buyer's stamp duty following ... unchanged. Yet, worryingly, the inclusion of non-residential property in the scheme will discourage businesses wishing to acquire property to house their operations or make long-term investments. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1238366/double-stamp-duty-non-residential-premises-will-hit
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - YANGTZE BRIEFING

    Wenzhou punters cautious over property bets in Shanghai free-trade zone

    Posted Mar 08th 2014, 03:59am by Daniel Ren

    ... to the early 2000s, when thousands of Wenzhou investors travelled around the mainland buying up new residential properties. Their euphoria was seen by some as dangerous and a contributing factor ... The investment frenzy fuelled worries of a property bubble that would undermine Shanghai's push to establish a mini-Hong Kong, fears that failed to materialise. Unlike before, Wenzhou speculators ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1443171/wenzhou-punters-cautious-over-property-bets-shanghai-free
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Drastic measures necessary to stabilise Hong Kong property market

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 03:05am by Anthony Cheung

    ... valorem stamp duty for all property transactions, whether residential or non-residential, is under scrutiny by another Legco bills committee. These demand management measures are not introduced casually. They are extraordinary measures to cope with exceptional circumstances. Before the 2012 measures were announced, residential property prices had increased by 24 per cent just between ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1429032/drastic-measures-necessary-stabilise-hong-kong-property
  8. Comment - Blogs

    Immigration, property prices and Vancouver: An expert’s view

    Posted Mar 05th 2014, 10:14am by Ian Young

    ... Ian Young No one in Vancouver better understands the impact that rich immigrants have had on the city’s property prices than Professor David Ley. Ley, holder of the Canadian Research Chair ... of the scheme and its closure on Vancouver’s sky-high property prices, which he said represented deliberate “suppression”. “There are interest groups who are in denial and the moment that you or I make ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1440792/immigration-property-prices-and-vancouver-experts-view
  9. News - China - YANGTZE BRIEFING

    Empty office buildings point to deeper malaise in China's wealthiest region

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 03:35am by Daniel Ren

    ... in the area's major cities will stay high in the coming years due to weaker-than-expected demand. While a loan default by a developer in Zhejiang sparked fears of a collapse of the residential property sector, the situation in the office sector appears to be even worse. Residential property developers can at least slash prices to dispose of flats to recover part of their investment. Half-empty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1465139/empty-office-buildings-point-deeper-malaise-chinas-wealthiest-region
  10. Comment - Blogs

    Do we need to make property prices 'politically correct'?

    Posted Oct 19th 2012, 12:05pm by George Chen

    ... Let’s talk about property prices. I am not a property industry expert but as a writer and reader, honestly speaking, I can tell nowadays in both Hong Kong and Mainland China, anything related to property prices has become more and more a political issue than simply a supply-and-demand market matter. Analysts at Credit Suisse apparently agree with me on this view. “While we believe ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1064757/do-we-need-make-property-prices-politically-correct

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