RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Residential property sales plunged 58% in June

And the loan-to-value ratio of homes costing between HK$7m -10m has been limited to 60%.

IP Global says property transactions also fell for the fifth straight month in May.

Here’s more from IP Global:

The Hong Kong government implemented additional cooling measures in June 2011. Buyers of homes that cost more than HK$7 million but less than HK$10 million can now only apply for a maximum loan-to-value ratio of 60%, subject to a cap of HK$5 million. For properties worth HK$10 million or above, the maximum loan-to-value ratio is 50%. Since these measures, sales at ten of Hong Kong’s biggest residential developments fell 58% over a weekend.

Property transactions fell for a fifth straight month in May, but homes prices still increased by 1.3% in early June, according to Centaline.

Home prices have risen 11% so far this this year, according to government estimates. With the measures, we expect price growth to slow down to a stable and robust level over the rest of 2011.  


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