Hong Kong businessman Raymond Chiu says he has perfect credit and is prepared to spend about HK$16 million ($2 million) on a 1,000-square-foot apartment in the city’s Mid-Levels residential area. There’s just one catch. The government requires a 50 percent down payment.
Luxury-home rents in Hong Kong and Singapore, two of Asia’s most expensive cities for apartment leases, are declining for a third year as banks squeezed by slowing growth cut budgets for expatriate workers.
Jane Hu, a financial adviser from the Southern Chinese city of Huizhou, travels to the outskirts of Hong Kong to shop with her friends at least once a month. They rarely venture into the city center or stay overnight.
The Kwok family trust, which controls Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., has agreed to pay about HK$800 million ($103 million) in land premiums to the Hong Kong government to turn a building site in the city’s Island South district into a luxury housing project, Ming Pao reported, citing people it didn’t identify.
When Julia Chang, a 48-year-old Taiwanese who divides her time between Taiwan and Tokyo, decided to diversify her family’s overseas investments, she settled on real estate in the Japanese capital where prices have slumped for two decades.
Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., Hong Kong’s biggest developer by value, bought a building site for less than analysts’ estimates, underscoring concerns that rising supply and slowing global growth may crimp home prices.