RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Here's why you should not panic about Hong Kong's mortgage war

Find out why investors can afford to shrug off the mortgage rivalry for now.

According to Bloomberg, the mortgage war in Hong Kong, the world's most unaffordable housing market, is getting intense. But instead of panicking, investors in HSBC Holdings Plc should be looking to uncork the champagne.

Frequent attempts by the government to cool an overheated market have brought transactions in pre-owned homes to a standstill. New launches, though, are still abundant as developers clear inventory. And to help hapless buyers suspend their disbelief as they write million-dollar checks for shoebox-sized apartments, lenders are coming up with what look like giveaway rates.

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