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Raymond Cheng

CLEAR the air

Homebuyers in Hong Kong will soon be facing something their counterparts in most countries are used to - the use of 'saleable' floor area rather than 'gross' floor area when calculating prices in transactions.

Friday, 8 June, 2012, 12:00am

Stability key to prosperity

During the annual session of the National People's Congress, Premier Wen Jiabao announced that the mainland's gross domestic product growth target this year would be 7.5 per cent, the first time in eight years that the figure is below 8 per cent. His two priorities are to achieve stable growth and steady prices.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Long-term view

With the fast-moving nature of the property market, it is all too easy to focus on the short term. The central government's policy tightening has led to mainland property investors being less forthcoming, leading to some experts worrying that this source of investment may be shrinking.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Strength in unity

An early Christmas present has arrived at the doorsteps of global investors. Central banks including the US Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan and People's Bank of China have put in measures to ease liquidity for the markets.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Yield appeals

The latest official economic figures reveal that the property sector is going through testing times. But if investors choose wisely, real estate remains a fruitful place to invest despite the government's pledge to increase supply.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Though measures that would affect the luxury property market announced in Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's policy address were limited, the government's take on property is something we cannot ignore.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Golden years

A report by a think tank headed by a former top property analyst at UBS, Franklin Lam, has thrown some light on the opportunities and challenges facing Hong Kong. Entitled 'Hong Kong - The Golden 5 Years (2010-2014)', the report argues that the city will enjoy some of the strongest inflows of business opportunities and professionals in its history.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Question of supply

In his final question-and-answer session of the Legislative Council year, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen spoke about property and gave some indication of what lies ahead. 'I believe the government should not be too heavy-handed towards the property market in using policy to attack property prices. Since the government acted last time, the property market has stabilised,' he said.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


The writing was on the wall that the government would sooner or later introduce further measures to stabilise the property market. Many analysts had warned of 'policy risks' facing the market and intervention was effectively factored into the share price of developers.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Steady as she grows

Hong Kong takes another step towards a healthier real estate market, thanks to the government living up to its promise of increasing land supply in an orderly fashion, with Financial Secretary John Tsang planning to announce sites for auction every quarter. Property prices have steadily gone up since the government's stabilising measures last November.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am