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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Rezoning hurdles slow residential land release

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 03:57pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... if it wants to increase land supply. But it has run up against strong objection from District Council members and local residents in trying to do so. Nineteen of the 34 residential sites in the land ... The rezoning proposal for four Pak Shek Kok sites for residential use received more than 450 comments from local residents and lawmakers in June, most of them objecting to the plan as they are against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1604556/rezoning-hurdles-slow-residential-land-release
  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Looser mortgage rules seen boosting China's sluggish property market

    Posted Oct 01st 2014, 04:23am by Toh Han Shih, VICTORIA RUAN AND PEGGY SITO

    ... lending rates, against a 15 per cent discount previously. Households that own two or more homes and have paid off their mortgages will be allowed to obtain loans to buy another property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1604970/looser-mortgage-rules-seen-boosting-chinas-sluggish
  3. Property - International - HUNGARY

    Rate cuts pull home seekers back into Hungarian market

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 06:07am by Bloomberg

    ... from the surge in foreign-denominated mortgages has been most pronounced in Hungary. Borrowers' repayments more than doubled following the forint's plunge of about 45 per cent against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1598811/rate-cuts-pull-home-seekers-back-hungarian-market
  4. Property - International - CANADA

    No major changes for housing finance

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 06:07am by Bloomberg

    ... mortgages against default, and its insurance is fully backed by the federal government. By law, Canadian mortgages that have less than a 20 per cent down payment must be insured. Bank of Canada ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1598814/no-major-changes-housing-finance
  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    China's VAT reform to impact developers in cooling market

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:28am by Langi Chiang

    ... or for long-term leases on office and commercial buildings when VAT is introduced. The government also has to guard against any impact on its own coffers, already hit hard by the property downturn. A 7.4 ... pending reforms include property-related taxes such as a punitive levy against multiple home owners. The Cofco Land executive also expressed concern over the cash-flow impact as developers would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1597684/chinas-vat-reform-impact-developers-cooling-market
  6. Business - China Business - EARNINGS

    Moody's upbeat on Chinese developers' prospects

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:57am by Peggy Sito

    ... by shrinking profit margins and rising debt levels in first-half earnings reports can look forward to a better second half, Moody's Investors Service says. Against the backdrop of a market ... along with higher contracted sales. Average gross margin was 31.7 per cent in the first half, against 32 per cent for all of last year, it said. Tight financing and high inventories have weighed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1594936/moodys-upbeat-chinese-developers-prospects
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - HOUSING

    Xiamen only city in mainland China to report growth in housing prices

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 02:45pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Official figures reveal declines in 68 of 70 big mainland cities last month, against 64 in July Xiamen only city to see increase in house prices Xiamen is the only mainland city which recorded growth in new private housing prices among the 70 major mainland cities in August, government figures showed. Some 68 of the 70 cities monitored ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1595357/xiamen-only-city-mainland-china-report-growth-housing
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - REGULATION

    Beating the bid-riggers: Angry homeowners use competition law to battle price-fixing

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:43am by Benjamin Robertson, Elaine Yau

    ... over six foot tall, the former Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigator seemed an ideal candidate to lead the alliance. Lam said he is also too well aware of the obstacles ... Stephen Lai, managing director at quantity surveyors Rider Levett Bucknall. Lai says his firm tracks the market price of key materials such as concrete and tiles and compares them against tender ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1592797/beating-bid-riggers
  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - DEBT

    Mainland developers boost fundraising in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 04:29pm by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Mainland property firms taking advantage of low interest rates in Hong Kong to raise funds in case coming winter is blighted by poor sales Developers make full use of cheap fundraising in HK Mainland developers have stepped up their fundraising in Hong Kong to safeguard against a winter chill in case sales disappoint during the crucial ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1593887/mainland-developers-boost-fundraising-hong-kong
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - C-SUITE

    Cifi chairman Lin Zhong remains focused on high growth

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 11:33am by Peggy Sito

    ... range between 1.1 billion and 1.2 billion square metres, against peak levels of 1.5 billion sq metres. How much will home prices fall this time? On average, it will be around 5-10 per cent. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1593169/cifi-chairman-lin-zhong-remains-focused-high-growth

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