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Hong Kong's mortgage loan approvals climb 29 per cent in August

The average size of new mortgages issued last month hit a record high as investors dived into Hong Kong's hot property market.

Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 2:50am

Investors plan to step up purchases of homes in United States, survey shows

Almost two-thirds of US property investors plan to buy as many as or more homes in the next 12 months than they have in the past year - even as prices rise - according to a survey.

26 Sep 2012 - 1:41am

Home prices remain stable after HKMA's cooling measure

Anthony Cheung

Property sales remained steady yesterday after Hong Kong's central bank clamped down on second mortgages to combat the US Federal Reserve's third round of quantitative easing measures (QE3) and major developer Sun Hung Kai Properties cut the prices in its new Tuen Mun project.

Property agents said the sales of second homes were stable compared with a week ago.

16 Sep 2012 - 3:00am

Mainland lenders end rate discounts for home loans

Big mainland banks have cancelled their discounts on first mortgage lending rates, dashing developers' hopes of strong home sales for this month and next, traditionally a peak period for housing sales.

13 Sep 2012 - 3:07am

Rates hit Australian home-loan approvals

Upmarket Mansion Street, in Bellevue Hill, Sydney.

Australian home loan approvals unexpectedly fell in July by the most in five months as the highest interest rates among major developed economies discouraged buyers from entering the market.

The number of loans granted to build or buy houses and apartments declined 1 per cent from June, when they rose a revised 1 per cent.

14 Sep 2012 - 6:52pm

Housing prices tipped to stay stable

Home prices in Hong Kong will remain stable for the rest of the year, according to analysts, who believe the new government is unlikely to introduce measures that would dampen the market in the near future.

UBS Investment Research has revised its projection for the year to a 5 per cent year-on-year rise, from a drop of 5 per cent.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Home sales jump as economy slackens

The mainland's residential housing sales jumped last month as homebuyers shrugged off property curbs amid expectations that a slowing economy would force the government to ease some of the restrictions.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rival projects compete on price

Sino Land is to offer its low-density residential development in Tai Po at 23 per cent lower prices than the previous launch, in November. This is to compete with a rival project in Sha Tin, according to one analyst, amid speculation of further tightening of mortgage lending for buyers purchasing second homes.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The Garden City


Offering a safe and pleasant living environment rarely seen in modern cities, Singapore property has long been a favourite for wealthy global investors.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Price and rate cuts lift sales of homes

Property sales on the mainland climbed significantly this month amid a lowering of mortgage rates at banks and steep price cuts by developers at new projects.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Beijing office rents rise faster than rest of region

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Property market in crisis

The mainland property market is in meltdown and the damage is spreading, not only to consumers but across the mainland's economy and, perhaps, internationally as well.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Mortgage consulting company mReferral expects the total value of mortgages from banks for this year will be about HK$228 billion, lower than the HK$324 billion for 2010, as a result of the quieter market in the second half.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

More rate rises on the way, says broker

Mortgage broker mReferral has joined in the chorus of those who are predicting rising mortgage rates in Hong Kong next year, forecasting that they could well climb to nearly 4 per cent.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Agencies pare back as home sales slow

Mainland real estate agencies have started cutting staff and closing outlets because of low transaction volumes due to stringent government controls on property sales, and agents expect more cuts in the coming two months.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am