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Hong Kong new home sales hit 11-year high after property curbs removed

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Hong Kong new home sales hit 11-year high after property curbs removed
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​Hong Kong’s new home transactions hit an 11-year high in March, an encouraging sign for the beaten-down property market after the government lifted cooling measures.

There were about 4,170 sales in the period, more than 14 times the figures from the prior month, according to a report from the Hong Kong Economic Journal. 

This comes after Hong Kong authorities scrapped property curbs in late February to revive the sector. Developers are counting on the pickup in sales to reduce excess inventories that are keeping a lid on prices.

“We think that the strong sentiment for firsthand transactions should extend into April,” said Sammy Po, chief executive of Midland Realty’s residential division for Hong Kong. “Even if non-Hong Kong buyers are asking for lower prices, they are showing a much higher level of interest to purchase a property.”

Part of the reason for the climb could be the launch of several new projects, including Wheelock Properties Ltd.’s Seasons Place and Henderson Land Development Co.’s Belgravia Place. Both have recorded strong results.

Over the long weekend, CK Asset Holdings Ltd. released more units of its Blue Coast development on the southside of Hong Kong Island. There were 50 times more bidders than available units, as buyers eye the development’s lower pricing, discounts and proximity to international schools. The developer is set to hold a press conference on Tuesday. 

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Still, Hong Kong’s residential market may continue to weaken this year, with UBS Group AG expecting values to decline 5%. Buyers’ interest in new homes are also set to add pressure on prices in the secondary market. 

 

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