30 Jul '14, 4am

Hong Kong, Singapore Popping Housing Bubbles London Can’t Handle

Hong Kong, Singapore Popping Housing Bubbles London Can’t Handle

An aerial view of the Grange Road area in Singapore, on Sept. 21, 2013. (Bloomberg Photo/Nicky Loh) Take a look at the world’s dizzying surges in the price of housing for 12 months at the end of June: London, up 20 percent. Manhattan, 18 percent. Sydney, 15.4 percent. Then there are Singapore and Hong Kong: down 3.7 percent and 0.6 percent. Prompted by concerns over potential property bubbles and affordability for the middle class, the governments of the two Asian cities have been reining in home prices by imposing measures including mortgage caps, taxes on property flippers, and levies on foreign buyers as high as 15 percent. “Hong Kong has successfully cooled down the market in terms of transactions and turnover,” said Raymond Yeung, senior economist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group in Hong Kong. “Singapore has been more effective.” So could New York, London and ...

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