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  • Aug 21, 2014
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Market intervention

China Vanke chair Wang Shi again warns of China housing bubble

The bubble is not "light", Wang said at a conference in Shanghai yesterday. "If the bubble lasts, it will be dangerous." Home prices have been increasing even as the government in March stepped up a three-year campaign to cool the market.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 3:46am

Can restricting exports on milk formula prove best for Hong Kong's babies?

"There was only one tin left at home, but we could not buy another tin of the same brand for a whole week," says Snowy, the mother of a 10-month-old girl, as she recalls the scramble for milk powder she and her husband went through during the Lunar New Year holiday.

27 May 2013 - 9:04am 3 comments

Market changes call for stamp duty alternative

The current Buyers Stamp Duty (BSD) is only really effective in a rising market and a more equitable form of tax such as a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) now needs to be planned for and implemented as a replacement as the market corrects.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am 1 comment

China home sales show mixed results after cooling measures

Figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics show residential sales' values jumped 57 per cent year-on-year last month, but were down 13 per cent month-on-month.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

Beijing clampdown on property market 'won't hold back China homes sales'

The mainland property market will continue to grow, but at a slower pace, while developers which focus on the mass market will experience strongest growth, Moody's Investors Service said.

9 May 2013 - 4:39am

Home prices defy curbs to rise further

Driven by strong demand, average prices of new homes in 100 major mainland cities rose 1 per cent last month from March, extending the run of increases to 11 consecutive months, the China Index Academy said.

3 May 2013 - 3:36am

Property investors switch focus from East Asia to the West

The exodus of investors from Hong Kong's property market - sparked by the government's measures in February to curb speculation - is continuing, with buyers now seeking alternatives in the West.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

German cities plan tighter rent laws

State governments that oversee housing rules in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and other cities planned to make it illegal to raise rents by more than 15 per cent in three years, according to government officials.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:20am

China home sales set to fall after latest tightening measures

New-home sales in first-tier and second-tier cities were up 8 per cent and 13 per cent week on week, respectively, according to Nomura. The next catalyst for the housing market should come after the first week of May - the three-day holiday starting on April 29.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:31am

Hong Kong second-hand home sales rebound to 7-week high after new curbs

On February 22 the government announced new measures, including a doubling of stamp duty for homes and non-residential properties valued at more than HK$2 million, and requiring buyers of non-residential properties to pay stamp duty earlier.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:31am

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