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  • Apr 21, 2014
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Residential property

Flats for Hongkongers scheme a failure

When the Hong Kong government said last week there was no urgency to continue the “Hong Kong property for Hong Kong people” scheme, it was tantamount to saying the initiative – introduced in 2012 to reserve selected new homes for the city’s residents – was a failure.

Monday, 7 April, 2014, 11:29am

Stronger interest expected in luxury residential sites in Tai Po, Sai Kung

Last month, two residential sites in Tuen Mun were sold at 8 per cent and 24 per cent below market expectations. The scrapping of an auction for an MTR Corporation site at Tin Shui Wai also reflected pessimism among developers about the outlook for the mass residential market in the New Territories.

5 Mar 2014 - 5:08am

Berlin home rents rise at slower pace in 2011 and 2012

The Berlin Mietspiege index, published last week by the Berlin Department for Urban Development, shows an average annual rise of 4 per cent for 2009 and 2010. Analysts expected an increase of 2 per cent to 4 per cent a year based on estimates compiled by Berlin landlords GSW Immobilien and Deutsche Wohnen, said Thomas Rothaeusler, an analyst at Commerzbank.

29 May 2013 - 3:21am

Sales in Hong Kong secondary home market rise as primary releases evaporate

Data from Ricacorp Properties showed that for the week ended May 12, 176 second-hand flats were sold in the 50 largest private housing estates it monitors, up 24 per cent from 142 sales the previous week.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am 4 comments

Hong Kong home rents fall as owners cancel sale plans amid falling prices

In the Lohas Park development in Tseung Kwan O, rents dropped by up to 20 per cent last month, taking rates back to the same level as early last year, according to Alvin Ma, a senior district manager at Midland Realty's branch in Tseung Kwan O.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am 3 comments

China home sales show mixed results after cooling measures

Figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics show residential sales' values jumped 57 per cent year-on-year last month, but were down 13 per cent month-on-month.

15 May 2013 - 3:06am

New sales rules to curb launch of Hong Kong housing projects in short term

The Residential Properties (First-hand Sales) Ordinance, aimed at shielding buyers from dishonest sales practices, came into force on Monday and will affect the launch of new flats in the short term, say property analysts.

1 May 2013 - 3:44am

A bird in the hand may cost you a flock

I'm buying a Hong Kong residential property. Should I buy it in my own name or through a company and trust arrangement?

29 Apr 2013 - 3:59am

Property prices may fall 20pc after curbs, agent Savills says

The prediction follows in the wake of a sharp drop in sales of commercial and residential properties since the government raised stamp duties payable on all commercial and non-residential properties sales effective from February 22.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:20am

DTZ predicts continuing uncertainty in Hong Kong property market

Overall residential prices in the secondary market have dropped about 5 per cent since the government announced the doubling of stamp duty on February 22, it noted.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:31am

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