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  1. Bankers fear sharp increase in bad loans

    Posted Oct 15th 2010, 12:00am by Sophie Yu

    ... of uncertainty in the direction of the real estate market'. They said short-term risks were building, with property development loans needing particular attention. Developer loans, mortgage loans ... the down payment requirement for home purchases, increased mortgage rates, restricted people in some cities to buying only one apartment and will likely introduce a property tax on a trial basis ...

  2. Investors feel heat of tighter credit rules

    Posted Apr 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Financing will become a problem,' said Gu, who owns six Shanghai apartments ranging from 30 to 120 square metres. Gu received a mortgage equal to 70 per cent of the property's value when ... mortgage for my sixth-home purchase early this year after providing sound cash and asset proof,' said Gu, who said banks had since tightened lending. Last week, the State Council raised ...

  3. Two sites to be auctioned to increase flat supply

    Posted Apr 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... of the median income on their mortgages. The announcement comes less than two months after the sites, in Ho Man Tin and Mount Nicholson,were listed among six the government said it would put up ... next month they will provide a further 2,550 flats. Tsang also urged flat buyers to be careful to ensure they could afford payments if interest rates rose. He said the ratio of mortgage ...

  4. Beijing's move shows resolve to cool market

    Posted Apr 28th 2010, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... in this segment of the market would be charged at 1.1 times the People's Bank of China benchmark interest rate of 5.31 per cent. Three days later the council banned mortgages on purchases of a third ... by the family other than the one for their own dwelling, whether or not the first property was mortgaged. The new measures would cool the market, said Chiang, who believed that prices in first-tier ...

  5. China not a subprime crisis in the making

    Posted Apr 12th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... are as leveraged as the infamous US 'Ninja'- no income, no job, no assets- subprime mortgage borrowers who fuelled the US property bubble. People buying their first home must put up at least 20 ... decade and that the mainland property market is another subprime crisis in development. Clearly, the authorities are concerned. Residential property prices in important cities have climbed ...

  6. Mainland banks to post 4.7pc profit rise

    Posted Dec 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai Mainland banks are expected to report a combined profit of more than 700 billion yuan (HK$815.64 billion) this year and a rising bad-loan ratio, according to the country's top banking regulator. But Liu Mingkang, the chairman o ...

  7. Speculators may switch to office sector

    Posted Nov 24th 2010, 12:00am by Paggie Leung, Peggy Sito, Yvonne Liu

    ... Peggy Sito, Yvonne Liu and Paggie Leung Hit by higher stamp duties levied on housing gains, some speculators may now decide to focus on short-term trades in the office and commercial markets- a response that could throw into doubt the government's st ...

  8. Tighter rules in Shenzhen on home purchases

    Posted Oct 04th 2010, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... measures included in the central government announcement included the suspension of third-home mortgages; raising the down-payment requirement for first-time buyers to 30 per cent from 20 per cent; ... units paid 30 per cent. The announcement also called for more stringent administration of a 50 per cent down payment for second-home mortgages. Before the latest measures, third-home mortgages ...

  9. Financial repression

    Posted Aug 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... subprime projects are undertaken, bank loans may go sour and non-performing loans could mushroom. Investment decisions are still heavily politicised and risk assessment is weak. Trying to serve two ...

  10. Agricultural Bank expects to beat profit target after 40pc first-half rise

    Posted Aug 31st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing Agricultural Bank of China, the country's third-largest lender by assets, expects net profit to continue rising in the second half of the year as assets and margins expand. Full-year earnings are expected to top the 82.9 billion y ...




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