25 Feb '13, 12am

Hong Kong unveils more cooling measures

The territory’s government yesterday announced comprehensive curbs in an attempt to arrest the exuberance in the property market that it warned could destabilise its economy. The measures come a month after Singapore unveiled wide-ranging measures to cool property prices. Beginning today, Hong Kong will double the stamp duty to as high as 8.5 per cent of the property value for certain transactions, unless the buyers are first-time homeowners and are permanent residents of the city. The new stamp duty will also be applied to all property transactions, instead of just residential ones as was previously the case. Meanwhile, the loan-to-value ratio for commercial properties will be lowered by 10 percentage points for all borrowers, down to 40 per cent for locals and 30 per cent for non-local buyers, respectively. Financial Secretary John Tsang told a news conference: “We think...

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