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Property bubble still a risk in Hong Kong, it is claimed

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Property bubble still a risk in Hong Kong, it is claimed - Hong Kong - property market

Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary has warned that there is still the risk of a property bubble as prices hit record highs. John Tsang said that if there are signs of overheating in the property market he will introduce more cooling measures and he warned property buyers not to blindly follow the market.

‘I remain highly concerned about the risk of a price bubble,’ he said, adding that the government is determined to increase land supply to try to maintain more stable property prices.

Hong Kong’s housing prices have increased by more than 70% since the start of 2009 helped by record low mortgage rates and an influx of mainland Chinese buyers. Prices have risen almost 4% this year, after falling about 5% in the second half of last year, according to figures from the Centaline Property Agency.

The property agency said rich investors were switching from cash to property amid the panic caused by the sovereign debt crisis in Europe. So many foreign executives are arriving in the former British colony that international schools are overcrowded, rents are sky high, and bars and restaurants are jammed.

Prices of second hand flats on Hong Kong Island have hit a record high, bolstered by improved sentiment and limited supply. Indeed, the Centa City Leading Index, shows home prices on Hong Kong Island edged up 1.37%  week on week to 112.3 during the week of March 26. It surpassed the previous peak of 111.88 in the week of June 5, 2011.


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