RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Strong sales unlikely to stem home price decline: JLL

Monthly sales need to hit 5,700 transactions to prop up slowing prices.

The strong sales witnessed by a number of recent residential projects is unlikely to reverse the downward trend in Hong Kong residential property prices, according to a report from JLL. 

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Sales need to be sustained above 5,700 transactions per month to be able to see price gains but the threshold has fallen to about 4,200 monthly transactions in recent years. 

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"With the recent flurry of sales being underpinned by heavy discounting in the primary market, attempts to raise prices will quickly thwart any hint of a market recovery," Denis Ma of JLL said in a report.

Sun Hung Kai Properties and China Overseas Property were amongst the big-ticket property developers who have been turning to discounts during their recent launches in a bid to prop up struggling bottomlines. 

As the US-China trade dispute festers, the property market will continue to witness the outflow of Chinese capital as sentiment sours. "With a quick resolution unlikely, we maintain our view for housing prices to continue their slide in 2019 and fall a further 10-15% after slipping 4.2% from their peak in 2018," he added.

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