Real Estate

Hong Kong real estate brokerage firm opens branch in Taiwan

Centaline Property Agency Ltd., one of Hong Kong's largest property brokers, opened its first branch in Taiwan on Monday in anticipation of a booming market helped by the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed by Taiwan and China l...

Hong Kong Property: Predictions For 2011

Zarathustra W. The Business Insider 11.01.2011
Hong Kong Property: Predictions For 2011

Where is the Hong Kong Property Market headed to in 2011? I have written my views on Hong Kong real estate market here and there, but rarely have I made any specific predictions. I thought it is a good idea to integrate all these ideas together ...


Hong Kong Luxury Property Deals Surge

POLLY HUI The Wall Street Journal 07.01.2011
Hong Kong Luxury Property Deals Surge

The value of luxury property transactions in Hong Kong surged 40% in 2010, exceeding the level recorded during the 1997 property boom, real-estate agency Centaline Property Ltd. said in a research report Thursday.

Hong Kong Government to Consider Expansion of Mortgage Database

Hong Kong’s government plans to consider a request by the city’s financial-services industry to allow them to widen the scope of credit checks on clients’ mortgage borrowing history.


Property Prices, Transactions at Highest Level Since 1997 Peak

Polly Hui The Wall Street Journal 06.01.2011
Property Prices, Transactions at Highest Level Since 1997 Peak

The value of Hong Kong’s property transactions surged 34% in 2010 to the highest level since 1997, as ample liquidity, tight supply and record low interest rates helped boost prices for the second straight year.

Ex-Treasury chief Henry Paulson loses $1 million on DC home

Few know better than former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson how the struggling U.S. economy has battered home prices. As former President George W. Bush's top economic adviser, Paulson played a lead role battling the U.S. housing downturn and dee...


Australia leads world in house price rises

Barry FitzGerald The Sydney Morning Herald 30.12.2010
Australia leads world in house price rises

Australia led the world in house price increases in 2010. But the prospect of more interest rate increases in 2011 is expected to force a slowdown in the rate of gains.

HK Nov mortgage loans drawn down rise 11.1 pct

Christina Lo, Kazunori Takada Reuters 29.12.2010
HK Nov mortgage loans drawn down rise 11.1 pct

New mortgage loans drawn down in Hong Kong totalled HK$27.9 billion ($3.58 billion) in November , up 11.1 percent from a month earlier, data from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) showed on Tuesday.


More H.K. Property Curbs May Hurt `Real Buyer,' HSBC Says

Stephanie Tong Bloomberg.com 28.12.2010
More H.K. Property Curbs May Hurt `Real Buyer,' HSBC Says

Any additional measures by Hong Kong’s government to cool house-price gains would run the risk of crimping demand among “real buyers” as well as speculators, a senior HSBC Holdings Plc executive said.

Hong Kong Reverse Mortgage Endeavor

Kelly Wnuk EQuicknews 20.12.2010
Hong Kong Reverse Mortgage Endeavor

Hong Kong has recently announced that it will pursue a reverse mortgage pilot plan in the next year.


Hong Kong's Luxury Home Prices to Grow at Slower Pace, DTZ, Colliers Say

Hong Kong’s luxury home prices, which have gained more than 60 percent since early 2009, may grow at a slower pace in 2011 as government measures to curb real estate values divert investments to other property sectors, according to real-estate bro...

Soaring Hong Kong Rents Prompt Financial Firms to Shift

Kelvin Wong and Bei Hu Bloomberg.com 15.12.2010
Soaring Hong Kong Rents Prompt Financial Firms to Shift

Surging office rents in Hong Kong are prompting firms including Allianz Global Investors to shift out of the city’s most expensive towers as competition for prime space heats up along with the region’s growth.


Hong Kong Home Prices Entering Bubble, JPMorgan Says

Hong Kong’s home prices may be entering a “bubble” amid a battle between surging liquidity and government efforts to cool the market, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said.

Rich Americans Ditch Home Ownership For Renting

Patrick Lee went from homeowner to home renter this year. It may sound like a downgrade, but the New Yorker didn't make the switch because he couldn't keep up with payments or because he lost his job. Instead, Lee was nervous about the state of th...


Hong Kong's Home Sales to Slow for a Second Weekend After Government Curbs

Property transactions in Hong Kong, whose government on Nov. 19 unveiled its toughest measures yet to rein in home prices, will probably “remain slow” for the second straight weekend as buyers anticipate lower prices.

HK home prices may fall 10% soon, says Wheelock

DEVELOPER Wheelock expects prices for Hong Kong residential property to fall as much as 10 per cent in coming months, a senior executive said, days after the government implemented its toughest market- cooling measures this year.


Property developers on Tuesday criticised government measures to rein in Hong Kong's soaring property prices, saying they will scare off ordinary home buyers rather than wealthy speculators.

High-Priced Flats in Hong Kong's Art Hub

Alice Truong The Wall Street Journal 23.11.2010
High-Priced Flats in Hong Kong's Art Hub

For Ilse Crawford, it’s the details that make a home. When she designed TwoTwoSix, a residential property in Sheung Wan named after its Hollywood Road address, the London-based architect — whose client list includes Marks & Spencer, DKNY and Volvo...


Hong Kong’s new property measures will drag on home price gains rather than reverse the uptrend, UBS AG said in a report.

Shanghai, Beijing's Luxury Home Prices to Pass Hong Kong, UBS's Zhang Says

Shanghai and Beijing’s luxury home prices may increase 15 percent each year to overtake Hong Kong in the next five to 10 years, said Joe Zhang, deputy head of China investment banking at UBS AG.



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