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Real Estate Economics

Price fear over Leung Chun-ying's ending of HOS flat resale premium

On July 16, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying declared an interim measure to help first-time homebuyers prior to the completion of new subsidised flats in 2016. It was part of what was seen as his mini policy address in the Legislative Council.

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 4:31am

Curbs warning as Home prices head for rebound

If recent land auctions across the mainland are anything to go by, the retreat in home prices this year could be due to turn, but some analysts warn that a full recovery might trigger new curbs on property demand and price growth.

Buoyant bidding from some cashed-up developers is lifting land prices in major cities and has spurred talk of a turnaround in sentiment.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Real problem with the housing shortage is that there isn't one

With home prices soaring, the government will put eight sites up for sale over the summer in what [development minister] Carrie Lam calls a 'conscious effort' to increase land supply

SCMP, May 26

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

The grass is greener

The rolling fields of England beckon mainlanders with the promise they will reap big rewards, Andrea Li reports.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

REVIVAL under way

After months in the deep freeze, the housing market is showing signs of thawing, as buyers return from the sidelines.

In February, monthly home sales in the primary and secondary markets rebounded 10 per cent over the previous month, figures from the Land Registry show. But February home sales were still 63 per cent lower than the corresponding month a year earlier.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Shimao expects Beijing to ease curbs on buyers

Shimao Property said yesterday Beijing would lift some restrictions on buying property in the middle of this year.

The government's credit tightening policy has not only put liquidity pressure on developers but also on first-time homebuyers, who have had difficulty securing loans.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing keeps brakes on for homebuyers

Local governments across the mainland are extending policies designed to restrict home purchases, triggering fears that the housing market will slide next year.

The Shanghai municipal government said on Tuesday that it would continue next year with measures that restrict the number of homes purchased, in an attempt to slow down housing development in the city.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Toronto is a huge hit with buyers

Canada's real estate market remains a global stand-out, according to the latest analysis by Scotia Economics.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Give money directly to help people buy or rent a home

Our government has two key responsibilities in housing: overall supply and housing for the needy. And its policies to meet these needs should be more market-driven.

In Hong Kong, the government is the sole supplier of 'new' land, and sets prices for converting existing non-residential land to residential use.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Bid to ease rules on office-house conversions

In Britain, government proposals to allow offices to be converted into homes without planning permission may provide development opportunities for investors, planning experts say. Changing a building from commercial to residential use can increase its value.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am