Commercial real estate in Hong Kong

I spent the July 1, 2021, public holiday walking around Hong Kong Island, and was struck by the volume of vacant commercial real estate.  Over the past two years, Covid-19 and political unrest slashed tourist arrivals and sledgehammered Hong Kong’s food and beverage sector. Social distancing regulations and the absence of wealthy mainland visitors changed […]

New real estate policies in China

March 31, 2016 — Recently, China’s central and local governments introduced new real estate policies to cool demand in Tier 1 cities (Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen) and stimulate demand elsewhere. Here is a summary of the new real estate policies: The minimum down payment for first-time home buyers outside Tier 1 cities was reduced […]

Relaxed restrictions in China

August 28, 2015 — Earlier this month, Mainland authorities relaxed restrictions on foreigners purchasing real estate in China. The change scrapped a requirement that non-Chinese people live in China for one year before they could buy a home. The amendment makes it easier for end-users to buy property. But this is a national level change, […]

Is there a China bubble?

April 30, 2013 — Does the China bubble exist? This is one of the most pressing questions facing property buyers in China — and investors the world over. The following excerpt is from the book Landed China. Is there a bubble? As this book went to press, many people were debating whether China was in […]

The launch of Landed China

April 25, 2013 — Yesterday marked the launch of Landed China in Hong Kong. I spoke at a luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club that was graciously hosted by club governors Angie Lau and Anna Healy Fenton. A video of the presentation is available here. The presentation looks at restrictions that apply to non-Chinese people […]

Buying a home in China

The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Buying a home in China that was delivered at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Hong Kong on April 24, 2013. Video of the presentation is available here. The presentation explains: Restrictions on foreigners buying real estate in China, including Circular 171, Circular 186 and local ownership […]

Landed China in Shanghai

April 20, 2013 — A big “thank you” to the Canadian, Swiss and Benelux chambers of commerce for hosting the launch of Landed China in Shanghai on April 19.  Forty people attended the luncheon at Bloc, which featured good food and lots of interesting questions. The same presentation was delivered at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club […]