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Experts' views on Tsang’s budget

Wu Boxiong, associate professor of economics at Hong Kong Baptist University.


Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 4:20pm 2 comments

Bar state-owned developers from commercial housing market

Despite government efforts to cool the property market, land sales in China have surged in the first five months of the year, with record prices set. More worryingly, state-owned enterprises were once again in the thick of the action, despite an order from the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (Sasac) to back off.

13 Jun 2013 - 2:18am

Dublin – repossessions start soon

There are lots of reasons to see recovery in Ireland. Today's second look at Ireland demonstrates its desire to be the first country to leave the European rescue programme. Property is a key factor in this.

7 Jun 2013 - 9:26pm

Ireland – time to buy property again?

The Irish property market collapsed spectacularly when most of Europe went into meltdown. Ireland was one of the “I”s in “PIGS” – Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Greece and Spain. That’s largely thanks to feckless lending by the big banks, which needless to say were bailed out, but until now have been oddly reluctant to lend to anyone wanting to borrow.

7 Jun 2013 - 9:05pm

Small-house policy is flawed

The small-house policy is now becoming more like a tool for developers to grab land and build houses for sale rather than a policy for villagers to build their own houses.

Although every indigenous male villager has the right to build a small house, not all of them want to and even those who do may not be able to acquire a piece of land to make this possible.

4 Jun 2013 - 1:58am 1 comment

Land reclamation is not the answer to public housing shortage

Passions were running high last Saturday as government officials met the public for the second stage of consultation on reclamation in Hong Kong waters.

17 May 2013 - 3:17am 1 comment

Complexities of small-house issue are no excuse for government to back off

What does the word "temporary" mean to you? In the case of the small-house policy, it means 40 years and more. It was first introduced in Hong Kong as a temporary measure to address housing needs of indigenous villagers in the New Territories. Today, it has been criticised as unsustainable and outdated.

7 May 2013 - 2:23am

More property buying tips in China

There are many good reasons to buy a new, not second-hand, home in China. Every time I talk to property investment expert Chris Dillon I glean something new. Most of it is common sense, such as if you buy from a developer, you evade to 0.5 per cent to 3 per cent estate agent commission, depending on location and your negotiating skills.

29 Apr 2013 - 1:08pm 1 comment

Draughty London mansion, anyone?

So, London’s reputedly most expensive mansion has been trumped by London’s even more expensive mansion. This comes only a few weeks after reading that Heath Hall, on north London’s Hampstead Heath had its asking price slashed by a thumping £35 million (HK$420 million) from its previous £100 million (HK$1.2 billion) tag.

29 Apr 2013 - 12:56pm

Hong Kong property buyers can turn the tables on mainland Chinese

Hongkongers who are tired of mainland buyers driving up local property prices may want to flip the situation and buy real estate across the border.

Property specialist Christopher Dillon looks at exactly that in his new book Landed China. He writes about the steps foreigners must take to buy property on the mainland.

22 Apr 2013 - 2:28am