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  • Sep 17, 2014
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Londoners forced to rent will fuel boom in apartment investment

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

Manhattan apartment rents rise sharply, close on record

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

Hong Kong investors take a shine to UK student studio flats

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 vegetarians attempt to keep meat-eaters out of apartment blocks

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

An eco-friendly lifestyle

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

Bid to increase HK housing supply by making factory conversions easier

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 flats to rent still strong, Kerry Properties says

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

How subdivision of flats yields higher profits

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 and luxurious

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

Thinking outside the box for storage solutions

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