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(CGTN) Hong Kong’s biggest mortgage lenders announced rate rises on Tuesday and Wednesday, with homeowners set to see the largest increase in five years in the Special Administrative Region.

The SAR’s three largest lenders – HSBC, Bank of China (Hong Kong) and Hang Seng Bank – all announced increases of 10 basis points on Wednesday evening, a day after CitiBank announced its first rate rise in a decade.

Other banks including Standard Chartered and China Construction Bank (Hong Kong) also announced rate rises, with homeowners facing payment increases effective from this week onward.

HSBC, which accounts for 22 percent of all mortgages in the SAR, will set its interbank-linked mortgage rates at 2.35 percent, while prime rate-based mortgages will increase to 2.25 percent, effective from Monday.

Hong Kong has been the world’s most expensive housing market for eight consecutive years. A study by consultancy firm Demographia earlier this year found that the average Hong Kong resident must wait 19.4 years without any other expenditure to afford a home. According to the study, the wait time in a healthy housing market should be between three and six years.

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An aerial view of Wanchai, Hong Kong Island, one of the most densely populated urban districts on Earth. /VCG Photo

Record prices in recent years had forced banks to keep rates down in a bid to encourage borrowers, with house prices continuing to grow rapidly in the region. According to Midland Realty, the average price per square foot last month was 23,502 Hong Kong dollars (2,994 US dollars), up 18.5 percent on the same period last year.

However, in line with recent interest rises from the US Federal Reserve, there had been growing speculation that Hong Kong’s lenders would be forced to increase their rates.

Data from Hong Kong’s central bank the Monetary Authority show that as of June, Hong Kong residents held 1.258 trillion Hong Kong dollars’ worth (163 billion US dollars) of mortgage debt, with the average loan standing at 4.08 million Hong Kong dollars (519,780 US dollars).

It remains unclear how the rate changes will affect property prices in Hong Kong. According to Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Patrick Wong, “a ten basis points increase is just a mild one…take-up should remain healthy.”

However, a recent report by UBS suggested that higher borrowing rates could see property prices fall by between five and 10 percent by the end of 2019. If trade tensions between China and the US have a negative effect on Hong Kong’s economy, UBS warns that previous economic downturns have “immediately affected domestic sentiment of the existing as well new potential property buyers.”

HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said in her maiden Policy Address last October that affordable housing would be her “top priority,” with plans to help out first-time buyers with “Starter Homes” sold at below-market rates.

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Post time 2018-8-11 11:26:55 |Display all floors
Long overdue, too much cheap money going into property speculation, driving up home prices beyond the reach of average Hongkongers!

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Post time 2018-8-11 22:26:32 |Display all floors
This will keep the heat out for a while!
People forget too easily!
The yearn to own a new property is top priority in Hong Kong, especially Chinese!
The burden however heavy will be shared and shouldered!
Matter of time, a pigeon hole home unit will be paid with three generations of bank loan!

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Post time 2018-8-13 18:53:14 |Display all floors
Cosmetic approach to a long-standing, intractable problem.

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Post time 2018-8-16 15:18:34 |Display all floors
Yet, you have madness and senseless guys in Hong Kong; read this report:

Hong Kong politician: Trump should target us in trade war with China
A Hong Kong politician who advocates independence said the United States should extend its trade war with China to his own city.
Andy Chan Ho-tin says that could help Hong Kong preserve its autonomy and freedoms from mainland China.
Analysts say the idea is unrealistic, even with Donald Trump in the White House.

If it happens, majority of these intrinsically senseless fools will pack up and leave for their "Green_Card homes" in the USA, UK, Australia, NZ, etc....; then return to pick up the pieces handsomely when Hong Hong is cheap. What is so good in them? ! Absolutely ZERO .

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Post time 2018-8-16 15:35:09 |Display all floors
GhostBuster Post time: 2018-8-11 22:26
This will keep the heat out for a while!
People forget too easily!
The yearn to own a new property i ...

Sorry, but I have to disagree with you...

'three generations of bank loan! THIS IS LIFE!'

This is plain stupidity

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