An extra 2,000 loans will be offered in the next two years to entice single people into buying flats and help salvage the Chief Executive's home-ownership pledge. The Housing Authority has also been asked to sell off 50,000 rental flats a year - double the present rate. The moves come amid growing signs Tung Chee-hwa's pledge to have 70 per cent of families owning flats by 2007 could fall flat. Secretary for Housing Dominic Wong Shing-wah, who yesterday briefed legislators, said more hard work was needed to achieve the target. Since the handover, 150,000 families have bought their own homes through various government loan schemes. But the home-ownership rate still stands at 53 per cent - only one per cent more than 1997. Mr Wong said measures, including expanding the Housing Authority's Tenants Purchase Scheme and Home Purchase Loan Scheme, and boosting the Housing Society's Home Starter Loan Scheme, were being considered. A recent government review showed demand for loans by single people would be considerable. Under the Tenant Purchase Scheme, the Government offers loans of up to $300,000 each to 500 single people every year to buy flats priced at $1.5 million or below. Mr Wong said it aimed to boost the quota to 1,500 in each of the next two years.