22 Feb '13, 6am

Property prices pose biggest risk to HK economy

The overheating property market remains the biggest risk factor to the stability of the Hong Kong economy, Mr Norman Chan, head of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, said yesterday, adding that household debt was now at 59 per cent, close to the record high of 60 per cent in 2002. Only three months after Hong Kong rolled out a tough new round of cooling measures, home prices have again climbed to record highs, with demand unusually strong for new flats over the normally quiet Chinese New Year holiday break. Property prices now exceed HK$10,000 (S$1,600) per sq ft even in drab, unglamorous districts such as Taikoo Shing on Hong Kong Island, where thousands of 700 sq ft units sell for more than US$1 million (S$1.24 million) each, more than a large cottage in Provence, France, or a 1,300 sq ft flat on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Hong Kong officials have stressed repeatedly th...

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