06 Sep '11, 11am

Hong Kong land sale falls short in cooling market

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong land sale Tuesday failed to meet expectations, suggesting a continuing cool-down of the territory's red-hot real estate market, with analysts saying equities volatility played a key role. The city has been struggling to control rising housing prices, the government's major headache, stirring growing disquiet among a seven million-strong population over the rocketing cost of owning a home. A 13,393-square-metre (144,161-square-foot) site at the city's outskirts sold for HK$3.12 billion ($400 million) on Tuesday, short of the average HK$3.2-3.96 billion range forecast in an analyst poll by Dow Jones Newswires. It was the third government land sale in a row to fall below market expectations, among the five that have been held this year. Two smaller suburban residential sites, which were also put up for sale, fetched prices in line with market expectatio...

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