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  1. Residential property construction slumps

    Posted Apr 19th 2008, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Construction of private residential units has fallen to a record low, a sign tightening supply may help the property market ride out the impact of the worsening US subprime ... of the first quarter from 55,000 at the end of last year. Hong Kong's property market, fuelled last year by a bullish stock market, has started to slow in tandem with real estate markets ...

  2. New tax could hit owners of UK homes

    Posted Jun 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... rules, announced in the March budget, will hit those who have established companies to buy residential property worth more than GBP2 million (HK$24.2 million). Any Asian or expatriate in Asia who owns a British residential property worth more than GBP2 million via a company, such as a British Virgin Islands (BVI) company, could be affected by these rules. A BVI is a regularly used ...

  3. Market shake-up

    Posted Feb 04th 2009, 12:00am by Chris Champion

    ... which will see considerable relaxation of the rules governing overseas investment in residential property. Two of the changes will be of particular interest to Hongkongers. The requirement ... it is fairly simple for non-Australians to invest in commercial property, while investment in residential property is governed by complex rules. All residential property purchases by non-Australians ...

  4. Beijing sets stage for imposition of commercial property tax this year

    Posted Jan 26th 2008, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... properties. 'The tax rate is high. Transactions for commercial properties will drop if the government imposes the tax this year,' he said. Transactions in the luxury residential market have ... next step will be to impose a tax on residential properties. But Feng Changchun, head of the Centre of Real Estate Studies and Appraisals at Peking University, said it would take at least two ...

  5. US mortgage woes slow sales

    Posted Sep 28th 2007, 12:00am by Mark Armsden

    ... for turning off the tap. 'The US credit crunch has cast some level of cautiousness and uncertainty in Singapore's residential property market,' said Tay Huey Ying, director of research and consultancy at Colliers International. 'Banks are now more cautious when assessing home mortgages, and the ability of borrowers to pay is paramount. Sale activities in the residential property ...

  6. Bank mortgages can be a problem

    Posted Dec 19th 2004, 12:00am by Chris Oliver

    ... Chris Oliver Investors looking to take a stake in a historic property in Shanghai, either for commercial or residential purposes, should be aware of the ground rules. Generally, ... to a strong rental market, most residential properties yield between 5 and 7 per cent. Old properties in some locations, such as near the mayor's residence in Kangping Road, Hunan Road and near ...

  7. Tax refugees help to fuel offshore property boom

    Posted Sep 27th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... several major new residential property developments have recently been completed and developers report healthy demand from new residents. Even closer to Britain, a few dozen miles from the English ... months would be a period of 'stabilising' house values. 'Prices are still rising but at a lower annual rate,' Gibaut said. Residential property prices in Guernsey have been ...

  8. All the signs point to a sharp correction in property market

    Posted Jun 21st 2005, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... to be a correction that drives residential property prices down by as much as 25 per cent over the next year or so. Not everyone is so bearish, but even those with more moderate views believe prices ... in mid-2003, average residential prices have risen by about 70 per cent. Luxury flats, however, have doubled in price, reflecting the disproportionate number of purchasers buying property in hope ...

  9. Investors wait for rebound

    Posted Nov 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... adopted a wait-and-see attitude. While opinions of analysts vary, most predict the price of Hong Kong residential property will fall by 5-10 per cent over the coming months. 'With so much ... properties where they can expect to receive a stable rental yield of about 4 per cent. Lam expects rental returns on primary and luxury residential properties to remain steady. Meanwhile, depending ...

  10. About-face on capital gains tax policy illustrates state concern over market

    Posted May 30th 2007, 12:00am by Andrew Ness

    ... supply-demand balance. Vendors of properties in suburban or outlying areas may well be tempted to offer their residential properties for lower prices, doubly spooked by the potential release ... However, because the policy has not been strictly implemented at the municipal level, payment of 1 per cent of the sales price on disposal of 'common' residential properties and 2 per ...




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