Landed Hong Kong

Key local knowledge you need to buy a Hong Kong home.

In Landed Hong Kong, you’ll find:

Step-by-step explanations of how to buy Hong Kong homes—from a high-rise apartment in West Kowloon to a village house on Lantau Island
Extensive checklists for buying Hong Kong property, including pre-owned homes and off the plan developments
Background on the New Territories: the Heung Yee Kuk, the Small House Policy, indigenous villages, "ding" rights, and laws and customs
Detailed case studies about buying and renovating a Hong Kong apartment, a small office and a flatted factory
Financial Information, including mortgage lenders, Hong Kong Monetary Authority regulations, Hong Kong stamp duty and buyer's stamp duty
Explanations of Hong Kong property law, including zoning, government land leases, and the roles of the owners' corporation and management committee
A section on renovating Hong Kong property, including building permit requirements, local quirks, buying materials and hiring professional help
Demographic data that show how an aging population in Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese immigration shape the property market
Background on asbestos, expropriation, statutory orders, subsidence, unauthorized building works and other risks that affect Hong Kong real estate
Essential information about Hong Kong’s history, political and legal systems, government departments and long-term development plans
Descriptions of Hong Kong neighborhoods—from laid-back Lamma Island and green Pokfulam to exclusive Kowloon Tong—with typical home prices
Information about how cemeteries, feng shui, lucky numbers, murders and suicides affect the value of Hong Kong real estate

Praise for Landed Hong Kong

“A long-awaited manual to the often difficult to understand Hong Kong property market. Dillon clearly summarizes every aspect of the market and its mix of new and archaic regulations that have resulted in the shape of our property market today. A must-have for everyone–whether tenant, landlord or long-time Hong Kong investor.”

Allan Zeman, Chairman

Lan Kwai Fong Holdings Ltd.

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About the Author

Christopher Dillon author of Landed Hong Kong

Christopher Dillon is an award-winning writer and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong.

In 2002, he bought and renovated a floor in an office building in Hong Kong’s Central business district. Since then, he has purchased and refurbished a luxury apartment on the west side of Hong Kong Island and transformed a derelict steam laundry into a multimedia studio. He began investing in Japanese real estate in 2010 and has served on the management committee of a 210-unit apartment complex in Hong Kong since 2012.

That experience inspired four books: Landed Hong Kong (2008), Landed Japan (2010), Landed China (2013) and Landed Global—which includes case studies and data from more than 110 countries and territories—in 2014. A second edition of Landed Hong was published in 2015, and an expanded and revised edition of Landed Japan was released in 2018.

A native of Canada, Dillon lived in Tokyo from 1989 to 1992. He appears regularly in the international media, as both a contributor and a guest.



280 pages

152 × 228 mm

Published 2015

ISBN 978-988-17147-9-4

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