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  • Aug 31, 2014
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Real Estate

Olympics 'distracted' buyers in Britain's housing market

Home sellers in Britain reduced the asking prices for a third month in September as the property market failed to cope with the "distractions" of the London 2012 Olympics, according to Rightmove.

Wednesday, 19 September, 2012, 2:45am

Ease rules for factory conversions, says Far East Consortium

Property developer Far East Consortium International says the government should relax conditions on the conversion of industrial buildings for other uses in a bid to speed up the redevelopment of under-utilised properties.

17 Sep 2012 - 2:15am

Rising rents see banks reluctant to offer safe deposit boxes

People looking to securely store their favourite family heirloom or marriage certificate are finding it increasingly hard to rent safe deposit boxes in the city as the rising cost of real estate makes banks reluctant to expand the service.

A banker, who declined to be named, said banks did not want to install more safe deposit boxes as it was not a profitable business.

17 Sep 2012 - 2:15am

Slow weekend for HK property after cooling measures introduced

Home seekers are becoming more cautious as they digest the implications of the measures introduced by the city's central bank on Friday to cool the overheating housing market, according to some estate agents.

17 Sep 2012 - 8:58am

Letters to the Editor, September 09, 2012

Restricted sale policy will be lame duck

I am writing regarding the proposed flats for Hong Kong people policy.

Nowadays it is difficult to define what you mean by Hong Kong people.

Since the early 1980s one-way visas have been issued to mainland citizens.

9 Sep 2012 - 12:36am 2 comments

Bid to increase HK housing supply by making factory conversions easier

The government will relax the building and town planning rules to make it possible to convert old private industrial buildings into "transitional accommodation" to help the housing supply.

8 Sep 2012 - 2:50am

Hongkongers too obsessed with flats and cars

Traditional Hongkongers have four things they consider symbols of success: a flat in a building with elevators, a European car, a good spouse and a pedigree dog.

7 Sep 2012 - 2:05am 13 comments

CE announces residential sites reserved for HK buyers

Two sites at the former Kai Tak airport have been selected to build flats that will be sold only to Hong Kong buyers, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Thursday afternoon.

The sites are part of a pilot scheme under the so-called “Hong Kong land for Hong Kong people” proposal floated by Leung in his election manifesto. 

6 Sep 2012 - 6:41pm

HK housing market not at risk of a bubble, says Jones Lang LaSalle

Hong Kong is not at risk of a housing price bubble, and home prices should remain firm, supported by strong end-user demand and sound purchasing power, says property consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:08am

Home prices in Melbourne tipped to fall further amid glut

Melbourne, where home prices have fallen more than in any other major Australian city, may see further declines as a record number of new developments approved in the boom years hit the market.

4 Sep 2012 - 11:45pm