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Yuen Long moves uptown as Midtown goes sky high

Derek Yiu and Beth Ye The Standard 19.02.2010
Yuen Long moves uptown as Midtown goes sky high

The first homes at Yoho Midtown in Yuen Long will fetch up to HK$9,000 per square foot - indicating just how dear new flats have become under Hong Kong's limited land supply system.

Ilse Crawford works on Hong Kong apartment

Studioilse is designing the interiors and exterior of a six-storey apartment block in Hong Kong, aimed at what founder Ilse Crawford calls ’the cultured buyer’.

High Hong Kong Property Costs Have Given Rise To Secret Loft Market

Hong Kong's soaring rents and apartment costs have given rise to a booming but clandestine loft market, where buyers are finding discounts of up to 50% off the going rate. Buyers looking at these properties, though, should take precaution. Many of these loft conversions were done illegally, and buyers could end up stuck with a unit they cannot resale, or possibly worse.

Trendy spacious lofts in Hong Kong creating an underground market

Rising rents and surging prices of apartments in Hong Kong are driving a trend towards converting older industrial and commercial buildings into lofts for residential living.

Property of Hong Kong

Clifford Coonan The National 15.02.2010
Hong Kong Developers Speak Out Against Stamp-Duty Increase

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong said the city’s government shouldn’t raise stamp duty on home sales as such a move would punish the middle class trying to improve their living standard.

Fear of property bubbles in Hong Kong have helped shares fall to five-month lows, prompting forecasts of negative growth in the first half of the coming year. Paul Hilton / EPA

Hong Kong has been transfixed by the gripping but sad tale of Nina Wang, or “Little Sweetie” as Asia’s richest woman was known, a legendary property magnate even in a city that is defined by its tycoons.


elitetraveler.com 12.02.2010

HK property market due for correction

The Business Times 12.02.2010

February 6, 2010 - Bangkok, Thailand - Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, has been appointed by Country Group (Thailand) to manage a luxury hotel in the heart of Bangkok. The management agreement was signed by Mr. Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman of Jumeirah Group, and Mr. Ben Taechaubol, Managing Director of Country Group, at a recent ceremony in Bangkok.

HK property market due for correction

The Hong Kong property market has risen too fast and buyers must look out for a bubble, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd's executive director Justin Chiu said.

Hong Kong, China

Lured by lax monetary policy, and discounts of up to 50% on luxury property, Chinese mainlanders have been on a buying spree in Hong Kong of late. Double-digit price growth is predicted for Hong Kong flats in 2010, as a prevailing buying mood has developers anxious to satisfy the surge in demand.

Chinese buy HK luxury

Cash rich mainland Chinese buyers are snapping up luxury flats in Hong Kong which they regard as a good investment at a bargain price, according to research.

Belcher's Hill snapped up in 2 days

Derek Yiu The Standard 01.02.2010
Sun Hung Kai' rental income from shopping malls up 20% in 2009

Feb. 4, 2010 (China Knowledge) - Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong's largest developer by market value, said that its rental income from shopping malls rose 20% year on year to HK$936 million in 2009, boosted by increasing retail sales after the launch of a mainland multiple-entry visa scheme, the Standard reported.

Belcher's Hill snapped up in 2 days

New World Development (0017) sold around 80 percent of the homes at Belcher's Hill in Sai Wan - the first major project put on the market in two months - within two days of the launch.

Hong Kong housing market retreats

The Wall Street Journal 27.01.2010
Hong Kong housing market retreats

HONG KONG—Hong Kong's de facto central bank said the city's residential property market cooled in the fourth quarter, allaying concerns a real-estate bubble may be forming, though it noted the city's asset markets remain vulnerable to international capital flows.

Cheung Kong's HK property sales may hit HK$60 bln: executive

Jan. 21, 2010 (China Knowledge) - Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd, a major property developer in Hong Kong owned by business tycoon Li Ka-shing, may reap HK$60 billion from property sales in Hong Kong in 2010, sources reported, citing Executive Director Justin Chiu as saying.

CapLand plans $3b bid for HK firm

Esther Teo The Straits Times 21.01.2010

Hong Kong consumers property hopes dip

South China Morning Post 20.01.2010
CapLand plans $3b bid for HK firm

SOUTH-EAST Asia's largest developer, CapitaLand, is set to stage a giant US$2.2 billion (S$3 billion) acquisition of Hong Kong property investment holding company Orient Overseas Developments Limited (OODL).

Hong Kong consumers property hopes dip

Hong Kong consumers' confidence in property has plummeted for the third consecutive quarter to a record low since a City University survey began last year.

Hong Kong's Boutique Bonanza

MARK GRAHAM CIB 20.01.2010

Rogers Says Shanghai, Hong Kong Property in Bubble (Update1)

Shiyin Chen and Valarie Tan Bloomberg 20.01.2010
Hong Kong's Boutique Bonanza

It is difficult for rival cities to keep pace with Hong Kong – the place virtually reinvents itself every few years, raising the hospitality bar higher and higher each time.

Rogers Says Shanghai, Hong Kong Property in Bubble (Update1)

Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Shanghai and Hong Kong property prices may fall after being driven higher by speculative demand, said investor Jim Rogers, author of “A Bull in China.”

Hong Kong Leads Gains in Global Home Prices, Knight Frank Says

Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong home prices rose the most among the world’s major housing markets last year, according to property adviser Knight Frank LLP, adding to signs that the city may face a property bubble.


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