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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    Homebuyers may face tougher mortgage stress test

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI

    ... payments as property prices kept rising. The Monetary Authority, the city's de facto central bank, has already rolled out five rounds of measures to rein in the soaring home prices. As property prices keep rising, commercial banks are anxious about when the sixth, which is likely to include a tougher stress test, will come. If such a measure is taken, people may find it more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1154255/homebuyers-may-face-tougher-mortgage-stress-test
  2. Residential mortgage loans show bad signs

    Posted Apr 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bei Hu The credit quality of mainland banks' residential mortgage loans is showing early signs of deterioration- despite a drop in the bad loan ratio of their overall property lending ... 'Because of the long maturity of such loans and fluctuations of property prices, residential mortgages are just entering the period when, internationally speaking, the risk will become more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/545637/residential-mortgage-loans-show-bad-signs
  3. Property - International - CANADA

    Rebound in Canadian housing starts last month beats forecast

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... winter-time noise", Emanuella Enenajor, an economist at CIBC World Markets in Toronto, said in a note to investors. "Nonetheless, the broader trend of residential construction is still ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1189294/rebound-canadian-housing-starts-last-month-beats-forecast
  4. Property - Experts Q&A

    Q & A with our experts, March 6, 2013

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Q: My employer pays me a monthly rental allowance of over HK$10,000 and I am entitled to this for two more years. I have been using it to rent an apartment, but as property prices keep climbing, I am thinking about buying. Should I give up the rental allowance now or wait till later? A: I think the current economic environment is favourable for buying property because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/experts-qa/article/1180115/q-our-experts-march-6-2013
  5. Business - Money - PROPERTY

    Lower rates, cash influx make shops hot property

    Posted Oct 26th 2012, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... for non-residential property spur investment interest, agents say. Figures from Ricacorp (CIR) Properties indicate transactions in retail properties increased 16 per cent last month from August to 448, ... number of investors were shifting to retail properties because the special stamp duty introduced by the government to cool the red-hot residential market did not apply to the sector, he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1069810/lower-rates-cash-influx-make-shops-hot-property
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    HKMA measures put Hong Kong in good stead to weather property plunge

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 12:00am by Leland Sun

    ... Leland Sun property.post@scmp.com City would not suffer as severely as in the past from a collapse in home prices because of limits on the amount of debt owners can take out HK well prepared for a property plunge Last week, I offered three specific suggestions to address the high property prices head-on. As when any new measures are introduced, some stakeholders are bound ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1216147/hkma-measures-put-hong-kong-good-stead-weather-property
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Government cannot afford to relax in keeping a stable housing market in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... resilient market sentiment. A similar enthusiasm also was to be found in prices and rents in the mass residential market in July. According to a Centaline Property Agency index that charts average ... of residential property prices rose by 10.5 per cent and rents gained 9.5 per cent. It is easier to say what is driving the rise than when and how it will go into reverse, as it must one day. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1018711/government-cannot-afford-relax-keeping-stable-housing-market
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Banks press Chinese mainland developers to speed property sales

    Posted Aug 18th 2012, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li, Victoria Ruan and Peggy Sito Banks press developers to speed property sales Banks have reportedly asked highly leveraged mainland developers to speed up property sales, in a tougher refinancing environment. Alan Chiang Sheung-lai, head of residential property at DTZ on the mainland, said banks had been tightening lending to developers for the past two years and had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1017455/banks-press-chinese-mainland-developers-speed-property
  9. Property sales rise again but crackdown is set to bite

    Posted Mar 12th 2011, 12:00am by Sandy Li

    ... of the year, up 26 per cent from the same period a year earlier, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. The value of all property transactions, both residential and commercial property ... brought forward their purchases of homes before banks tightened their mortgage lending and scrapped their mortgage discounts,' said Alan Chiang Sheung-lai, head of residential property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/740629/property-sales-rise-again-crackdown-set-bite
  10. Game over for property bubble

    Posted Nov 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... (during which residential prices have risen 43 per cent since 2009, according to Centaline Property Agency) has finally run its course. The only question remaining is, how big will this downturn ... of all Hong Kong properties coming onto the market. However, in the luxury residential market, they account for more than 30 per cent of the volume, he says. If China eases liquidity, that could ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/986136/game-over-property-bubble

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