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Public Housing in Singapore

China could learn from Singapore's public housing model

China could learn from Singapore's public housing model

Even with the small dip after strong control measures, housing prices in Hong Kong remain near a historic high. With its property among the most expensive in the world, Hong Kong has long grappled with the problem of housing affordability. To effectively address it, a co-ordinated programme should have been put in place more than two decades ago. Yet mainland China has worse housing problems than Hong Kong. But it is not too late to fix it.

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Q & A with our experts

Richard Lee

Q: I read in a newspaper that Cheung Kong paid a high price for a waterfront site at Tsuen Wan West station last week. I own a two-bedroom flat at Vision City and plan to buy a bigger flat in the same estate. Do you think prices in the area will go up further? Should I sell my flat and buy a bigger one now?

15 Aug 2012 - 5:34am

Buyers snap up units at Vancouver's Athletes' Village

Nearly three months after Vancouver hosted the Winter Olympics, locals got their first chance to look, over the weekend, inside the Athletes' Village built for the Games - and bought 31 units on the opening day of sales.

19 May 2010 - 12:00am

39 Masterpiece flats sold to 'VIPs' before public

Fresh questions are being asked about sales practices at a luxury Tsim Sha Tsui tower.

11 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Buyers entitled to know true size of flats they buy

One thing that sets Hong Kong apart from other cities is that, as prosperity and home ownership have risen over the years, new living spaces have shrunk in size rather than expanded. At the same time, the real cost per square foot of living area has gone up.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

HA plans to provide 33,000 new public housing flats

Updated at 5.35pm: The Housing Authority?s Subsidised Housing Committee on Thursday passed a proposal to provide 33,000 public housing flats for applicants during the 2005/06 year.

26 May 2005 - 12:00am

SHKP snares $300m from sales of Royal View flats

Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) has raised $300 million from the sale of 30 flats at Royal View in Mid-Levels since its launch early this month.

The project, formerly known as Royal Court, is a serviced-apartment complex previously held by SHKP for rental purposes.

18 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Sino Land in launch of 28 Dynasty flats

Sino Land is launching the public sale of 28 apartments in Dynasty Heights in Beacon Hill next week at $4,988 to $8,018 per square foot and will start selling the bigger units today on a first-come, first-served basis.

28 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Flats sales

Nearly 60 per cent of the first batch of public housing flats were sold, legislators were told. Of the 26,896 flats on sale, 15,550 were sold. But there were 9,459 requests - or 35 per cent - for repair work.

22 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Power threat a turn-off for Cup viewers

More than 322,000 families in public housing estates could face World Cup blackouts because their electricity supplies are on a waiting list to be upgraded.

Tenants were left disgruntled during the 1990 tournament when electricity levels failed to meet the sudden surge in demand at night and the Housing Department was swamped with about 770 complaints.

10 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Homes battle deadline extended

Property buyers who found their Tseung Kwan O flats did not measure up were yesterday given two more weeks to decide if they would accept a compensation package.

The Housing Society had given buyers of the 1,894 flats in Verbena Heights six weeks to decide if they would rescind their purchase after a majority of the properties were found to have been wrongly measured.

17 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

SHK offers 96 more Meadowlands flats at same price level

SUN Hung Kai Properties will release an extra 96 flats at its low-rise Meadlowlands development in Yuen Long, raising the total number of units on sale to 160.

A total of 312 people had registered to buy the flats in the offering when the five-day registration period ended yesterday.

5 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Housing Authority's administration monster

WE read with interest your editorial headlined, 'A controversial move', on the Housing Authority's (HA) intention to make public housing means tested.

However, until the HA speeds up its allocation process, this exercise can only be of minimum help to those on the waiting list.

27 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Ceiling on income up

THE monthly income ceiling for households wishing to buy flats of four or more rooms from the Housing Development Board in Singapore has been raised to S$8,000 (about HK$42,425).

The income ceiling for extended families had also been raised by $1,000 - from $11,000 to $12,000, said a report in the Business Times.

4 Jan 1995 - 12:00am