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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Mainland students renting rooms rather than flats in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 11:56am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li Mainland parents shift from buying or renting flats for their children studying in the city Rentals still in demand, but for rooms only While higher duties on property purchases in Hong Kong have scared off affluent mainland buyers, the demand for flats for rental for their children studying in the city remains unchanged. What is different this year is that some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1561038/mainland-students-renting-rooms-rather-flats-hong-kong
  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing Authority must raise public housing rents or run out of money

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 12:45am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Housing Authority will run out of money if it continues building flats without raising rents that are already among the lowest in urban world High time we stopped paying ... years, the average HA flat rents for little more than HK$1,200 a month. In a city that is a byword for high-priced housing, a third of the population lives in some of the cheapest urban ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549258/housing-authority-must-raise-public-housing-rents-or-run-out-money
  3. Business - China Business - EARNINGS

    Chinese state firms' profits grow faster in first seven months

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 01:28am by Reuters

    ... criticised for being inefficient and not turning over more of their profits to the nation despite being generously subsidised by the state. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1577956/chinese-state-firms-profits-grow-faster-first-seven-months
  4. Business - Economy - THE VIEW

    Hong Kong's public housing policy a homewrecker for poor couples

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 11:15am by Richard Wong

    ... Of the marriages, 23,000  are remarriages.  Subsidised rental units in Hong Kong perversely reward divorce with improved living conditions –  fewer people occupying small flats. But they also lower upward ... Richard Wong Hong Kong's public flat policy rewards divorce among the poor, and helps perpetuate inequality Housing homewrecker Hong Kong’s divorce rate in 2011 was 2.9 per 1,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1544154/housing-policy-heartache
  5. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Scholarism duo among students to secure Jupas-funded university places

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:07pm by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Almost 64,000 school leavers learned whether they had won subsidised university spots on Friday, with only 30 per cent successful Prominent student ... for subsidised university places had been successful. A total of 27,943 school leavers, including the two core members of student activist group Scholarism, achieved or surpassed the minimum exam scores ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1569205/scholarism-duo-among-students-secure-funded-university-places-through
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Nothing to see here: Cheung Kong stands by 'no viewing' policy for tiny Hong Kong flats

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 10:55pm by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Is it legal for Cheung Kong to make would-be buyers of flats at Mont Vert agree they can't view them? And with 8,000 vying for one, does it matter? Room without a view Netty Cheung was overjoyed when she first heard the news of the cut-price sale of new flats at Mont Vert, a housing development in Tai Po. "A new flat in Hong Kong that costs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1558445/ins-and-outs-cheung-kongs-no-viewing-clause-mont-vert-flats
  7. Property - International - ACQUISITIONS

    China Metallurgical wins tender for Singapore site with S$471.62m bid

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 11:24am by Peggy Sito

    ... square metres (about 608,414 square feet). The development will comprise 700 flats, together with commercial spaces. China Metallurgical said the acquisition would strengthen its position ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1579026/china-metallurgical-wins-tender-singapore-site-s47162m-bid
  8. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Developers may pitch in to build public flats in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... role in the construction of subsidised flats, advisers on long-term housing have proposed. Other controversial measures up for public discussion include rent control, issuing licences ... private companies to build subsidised flats. "It would be difficult for the Housing Authority to increase the supply significantly on its own," Hui said. The Private Sector Participation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1302189/developers-may-pitch-build-public-flats-hong-kong
  9. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    Girl sent plea for help before attack

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 04:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... at about 2pm on Wednesday after Lin Yiu-wai, also 16, leapt to his death from a 20th-floor flat at Man Wo House in Wo Che Estate, Sha Tin. Officers believe Cheung retreated to the kitchen ... source said. "But she was unable to answer the call when her boyfriend telephoned her," the source said. Officers found the injured girl semi-conscious in the living room of the flat ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1578645/girl-sent-plea-help-attack
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Government should not forget Hong Kong’s middle class when increasing supply of flats

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 11:48am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com The government has succeeded in curbing price of property but many still cannot afford to buy Do not ignore the middle class when supply of flats rise The Hong Kong government is going to build more subsidised public housing to help people with lower incomes. It is time to care about the sandwich class. It is true that the government's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1439186/government-should-not-forget-hong-kongs-middle-class-when

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