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RICS Bi-Weekly Asia Economic & Real Estate Research: Hong Kong Housing Activity Falls on the Back of Curbing Measures

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HONG KONG, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — According to “RICS Bi-weekly Asia Economic and Real Estate Research” released on 3 May 2013, the latest data suggest the economy is losing some steam as it heads into the second quarter. While seasonal distortions explain some of the softening, there seems to be an underlying loss of momentum. Disappointing manufacturing PMI data for April underlined the fading momentum. Moreover, retail sales activity cooled in March, providing further signs of a slackening in economic growth. On a positive note, exports ticked up in March, surprising to the upside with an 11.2% increase year-on-year. The better-than-expected reading is partially driven by the growth in intra-regional trade.

RICS believes that the economic growth in Hong Kong can still pick up at a steady pace this year, provided that China remains on track to post a gradual recovery and we do not see a pronounced deterioration in the global economic environment. That said, the pace of improvement will likely be slow in the coming few months and a notable GDP rebound will not take place until the second half of the year.

On the housing front, the implementation of the new double stamp duty in late February has triggered an immediate cooling of sales and some stabilization of home prices. While the cooling measures may raise the possibility of downward adjustments in residential housing prices in the near term, RICS judge the likelihood that the residential property market will experience a sharp fall in prices as low.

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Written by asiafreshnews

May 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm

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