27 Jan '11, 11pm

Dilemma for genuine home buyers: The URA's property price index for 3Q2010 showed that residential property pric...

The Government's latest round of measures to cool the residential property market was clearly targeted at short-term investors and speculators. Effective since Jan 14, they include the highly punitive stamp duties which apply to the resale of residential properties within four years of purchase, the reduced loan limit of 60 per cent for buyers with one or more outstanding mortgages, as well as the 50-per-cent loan limit for buyers who are non-individuals, for example companies and trusts. It would appear that the measures have been applied to slow down the market to avoid the growth of a property bubble, as well as to allow genuine buyers the opportunity to purchase their dream homes without runaway prices. Genuine home buyers do form a significant demand pool, and many have planned to make their purchases in the near term. The introduction of the fresh measures has led th...

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