18 Dec '15, 4pm

US interest rate rise could dampen global property markets like Hong Kong and Singapore

The interest rate rise in the United States is likely to have a dampening effect on the residential real estate markets in Hong Kong and Singapore, it is claimed. This is because it will most directly impact currencies with dollar or basket based pegs which will see interest rates dragged upwards in parallel with the dollar, most notably the Hong Kong and Singapore dollars, according to international real estate firm Knight Frank. In a new analysis report it explains that in both of these markets residential properties have benefited from cheap credit over the last few years. ‘Holding everything else equal, an increase in interest rates will have a dampening effect on these two global cities as the cost of debt increases. We could see sales volumes compromised as new purchasers see mortgage rates rise, and the attraction of property as an investment recede slightly,’ it sa...

Full article: http://www.propertywire.com/news/global-news/us-interest-...

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