Londoners are increasingly becoming tenants whether they like it or not after the British capital's average home price passed £500,000 (HK$6 million) last month.Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 4:07am
The median monthly rent climbed 6.7 per cent from a year earlier to US$3,195, according to a report last week by appraiser Miller Samuel and brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The number of new leases signed was up 10 per cent year on year at 3,697.17 Apr 2013 - 5:31am
Located in purpose-built blocks or converted buildings, student studio apartments can be purchased for less than £50,000 (HK$586,000), making them less costly to buy than most mainstream British homes.20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am
Mumbai's vegetarians can be a pushy lot, commonly using their clout to prevent meat-eaters from renting or buying flats in the complexes where they live. The aim is to turn their apartment blocks into vegetarian enclaves.8 Dec 2012 - 3:34am
Showering instead of taking baths and minimising the use of air conditioners are a few of the things we can do at home to protect our planet. Some serviced apartments are also adopting green measures to help residents reduce their carbon footprints.
Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Gateway Apartments has a 200-square-metre solar panel system.21 Sep 2012 - 11:08am
The government will relax the building and town planning rules to make it possible to convert old private industrial buildings into "transitional accommodation" to help the housing supply.8 Sep 2012 - 2:50am
Demand for luxury rental properties remains strong, with Kerry Properties re-leasing flats in its "super deluxe" Tavistock development in Mid-Levels at a 30 per cent premium on expiring leases.22 Aug 2012 - 2:22am
Demand for subdivided flats has mushroomed over the last decade, bolstered by immigration from the mainland and a recognition among owners that subdividing flats could make for big profits, says Institute of Surveyors spokesman Vincent Ho Kwok-kwan.
Older buildings are easier to subdivide than new ones, he says, making Sham Shui Po a hub for low-income housing.19 Aug 2012 - 10:26am
Chic apartments in convenient locations are selling like hot cakes at premium prices, as investors target single-block luxury flats.15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm
The problem of storage is something of an absurdity in Hong Kong. Despite a common lack of storage, shopping remains a prime pastime for many here. Something has to give.
But apartments won't suddenly double in size and the city's passion for fashion doesn't show any signs of abating. Which is why many rely on interior designers for solutions.15 Aug 2012 - 10:43pm
Business executives on solo assignments are a key segment of the serviced apartment market, but people forget their needs are just one part of the sector's overall picture.20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Research by Knight Frank has found the Singapore government's cooling measures are working. Lending restrictions, additional taxes and protection from 'hot foreign money' have indeed slowed sales figures and lowered prices.20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Hongkongers were relieved when the government cracked down on old buildings jammed with illegally partitioned flats early this year. Two deadly fires last year had roused public concern, and the forced demolition seemed reasonable - except to many of those who were forced to leave their humble homes.16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Companies go to great lengths to achieve the right look and feel for serviced apartment interiors, with a view to combining style, function and the best possible use of space. In doing this, the guiding principle may be to adopt a distinct design theme and palette throughout, or allow for greater flexibility and individual choice.13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Development minister needs to fall on his sword11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am