Real Estate Economics

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

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying looks at a site. Photo: Sam Tsang

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

Eversfield Manor, Devon.

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

Australia in line for 'orderly fall' as rates creep up

The Australian property market was one of the strongest in the world last year, according to a new study, outperforming even the 'ultra-low interest rates' and gradually improving economic conditions in other countries.

While the Scotiabank of Canada's Global Real Estate Trends report will bring new year cheer for investors, its news is not all good for this year.

12 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Statistics bureau taking closer look at signs of speculation

Following mainland media reports that 64.5 million urban electricity meters registered zero consumption over a recent six-month period, Beijing will start gathering data on unoccupied residential units amid fears of a property bubble.

4 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Mainland home prices set to fall by up to 20pc

Home prices on the mainland may fall sharply in the next few months as a result of Beijing's intensified crackdown on the overheated market, according to property consultancies who predict that developers will now begin offering discounts.

Jones Lang LaSalle forecast prices could fall up to 20 per cent as developers cut prices to support sales.

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Mortgage slaves' plight more fact than fiction

Until it was mysteriously pulled from the airwaves recently, the latest hit TV show on the mainland was Woju. Set in the imaginary city of Jiangzhou, clearly based on Shanghai, it follows white-collar workers as they struggle to buy apartments.

2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Beijinger shows the way in reaching for the top

Julien Zhang is the first locally promoted managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle's Beijing branch. Mr Zhang talks about his successful career and the example it sets, the prospects of Beijing's volatile real estate market and his experiences managing the 'Bird's Nest' National Stadium during last summer's Olympic Games.

21 Jun 2009 - 12:00am