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International Property

Britain's Help to Buy homes plan a mixed blessing for Hong Kong

As part of his latest budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne introduced Help to Buy, a combination of shared-equity loans for buyers and mortgage guarantees for lenders. The plan is open to first-time buyers and home movers, but not Hong Kong investors or other second-home buyers, although they will be indirectly affected.

Wednesday, 27 March, 2013, 5:44am

Austrian property firm plans residential investment in Germany

Austrian company Conwert Immobilien Invest plans to buy German residential real estate, part of a strategy shift to focus more on buying and renovating apartment blocks.

27 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

UK home prices rise most in three years

The Bank of England's Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) has helped ease credit conditions, while plans announced by the government last week to assist homebuyers will also support the market, Hometrack said.

27 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Number of evictions in Spain a record high in 2012

Eviction procedures in Spanish courts for unpaid mortgages and rent hit a fresh high last year, an oversight body said, as a sharp economic downturn and record unemployment continued to take a toll.

27 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Germany will draw Hong Kong property investors, IP Global predicts

Although the euro-zone financial crisis continues to impact countries across the continent, Germany is comparatively unaffected, says Tim Murphy, IP Global's founder and CEO.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

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

Singapore new-home sales dive 65pc last month

New private home sales in Singapore plunged 65 per cent last month from a month before as market cooling measures and the Lunar New Year holidays kept buyers away, official data showed.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

House price gains signal end of US rental bonanza

Rents for single-family homes are rising more slowly than property prices as firms such as Blackstone Group flood the market with homes for lease, posing risks to investors betting billions on the burgeoning market.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

Hollande's taxes threaten to end Paris home price boom

Home prices in Paris, up 37 per cent since 2009, are set to end their upward streak as President Francois Hollande cuts property subsidies and raises taxes.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

London home prices rise as weak pound fuels foreign buying interest

London home sellers raised asking prices this month as the weakness of the pound fuelled interest from overseas buyers during the spring selling season, according to Rightmove, a property-website operator.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

Golden chance to soak up sun

Hundreds of investors from China are clamouring for a golden opportunity to invest in Portuguese property. Following clarification of a new visa system, which automatically offers residency in return for a substantial investment in either a home or business, the so-called "Golden Visa" is keeping Portuguese legal firms busy.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

UK market attractive for buyers in Hong Kong, China and Singapore

Developers of overseas projects are benefiting from the measures being taken by governments in Hong Kong, Singapore and the mainland to curb demand in their property markets.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:07am

Tokyo office market fights back after 20-year slump

Tokyo's office market is showing signs of recovery after a two-decade decline, prompting companies such as Apple and Morgan Stanley to relocate before rents rise and vacancies fall.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:06am

Singapore and Hong Kong swap notes on making cities more liveable

After conducting a study in 2011 on sustainable development in Hong Kong, the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit research group, teamed-up with the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore to study high-density living in the Lion City.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:02pm

Investors dominate the Australian housing market

The value of home-loan approvals for investors rose 4 per cent in December from a year ago in seasonally adjusted terms, while mortgages for owner-occupiers fell 1.8 per cent in the same period, government data show.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:06am