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Old November 1st, 2008, 09:10 PM   #21
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房委會擬用9.5億增設升降機
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10月24日 星期五 10:57

房委會在未來5年會動用9.5億元,在屋邨加裝700部升降機,方便長者出入。運輸及房屋局長鄭汝樺出席立法會委員會時表示,升降機改善工程,包括在依山而建的屋邨,加建扶手電梯,或者加裝電梯,為沒有電梯設備的舊屋邨加建升降機等,方便居民上落。而民主黨的李華明就指,部分公屋的電梯「有上無落」,要求當局加快興建進度。鄭汝樺回應指,會諮詢區議會,亦會詳細評估每一個項目的人流和工程可行性。
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Old November 1st, 2008, 09:15 PM   #22
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政府無計劃復建居屋
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10月24日 星期五 10:05

運輸及房屋局長鄭汝樺表示,現時市況不明朗,社會對復建居屋無共識,故此政府無計劃復建居屋。

鄭汝樺指,根據出售剩餘居屋的時間表,明年約有4100個單位分兩期出售。而未來5年仍會興建足夠公屋單位,維持公屋申請輪候3年上樓的目標。
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 06:01 AM   #23
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 06:05 AM   #24
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Why does the city have to pick the ugliest paint colors for the housing projects?
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 07:01 AM   #25
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They really should just keep them white.
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Old November 2nd, 2008, 05:39 PM   #26
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Why does the city have to pick the ugliest paint colors for the housing projects?
I believe the reason is practical. Due to Hong Kong's location in the tropics, using bricks and dark-coloured materials accelerates the heat island effect as these colours trap heat, hence building exteriors are kept lightly-coloured to reflect off the sun's rays from the buildings.
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Old November 9th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #28
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Old November 11th, 2008, 10:33 AM   #29
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Ping Shek Estate structurally safe
Government Press Release
Monday, November 10, 2008

The Housing Department (HD) will spend about $45.8 million on building improvement works for Ping Shek Estate, Kwun Tong, to sustain it for the next 15 years.

The department recently completed a comprehensive structural investigation for Ping Shek Estate and it was found that all the seven building blocks are structurally safe. However, because of ageing problems and corrosion, structural repair and improvement works will have to be carried out in various locations of the buildings

“Estate improvement works include the construction of lifts and additional lift floor openings to facilitate access as well as installation of green roofs. They will be carried out in parallel to enhance the living environment for the tenants,” a spokesman for the department said today (November 10).

“To ensure safety and minimise nuisance arising from the repair and improvement works, safety measures will be introduced and less disturbing repair methods will be used,” the spokesman said.

“The works will be carried out in sequence to minimise disturbance to the tenants,” the spokesman said.

Completed between 1970 and 1971, Ping Shek Estate comprises 4,575 flats in seven blocks of eight to 28 storeys. It is the last of the first batch of 10 estates under the Comprehensive Structural Investigation Programme.

The programme was launched by the Housing Department in 2005 for aged public rental housing estates to study whether the housing blocks were structurally safe and economically sustainable. It was later expanded to cover another 32 estates.
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Old November 15th, 2008, 05:37 AM   #30
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坪石邨不拆 半億元重修
11月11日 星期二 05:05

【明報專訊】房屋署已完成有38年樓齡的觀塘坪石邨的全面結構勘察工作,發現邨內7幢住宅樓宇結構安全,毋需清拆,但因樓宇老化及環境侵蝕,署方將動用4580萬元做改善工程,包括安裝升降機、鋪設綠化屋頂等,相信可為該邨延壽15年。

加裝升降機 料可延壽15年

房屋署發言人表示,現時邨內部分樓層未有升降機直達,署方將透過改善工程,增加升降機出入口,方便居民上落,預計明年初會啟動安裝升降機的工程,歷時約18個月,但具體工程時間、設計等,皆視乎屋邨諮詢委員會及居民的意見。

坪石邨為「全面結構勘察計劃」首批10個屋邨的最後一個,計劃於2005年9月開始推行,為樓齡約40年或以上的屋邨做結構安全勘察,以決定持續保存這些屋邨是否符合成本效益。房屋委員會 策劃小組委員今年初同意將計劃擴展至32個於1974至1980年間落成的屋邨,有關勘察計劃將陸續展開。
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Old November 15th, 2008, 04:27 PM   #31
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The Link Reit's hefty rental rises in defiance of a grim economy may backfire as small traders are forced out of business
13 November 2008
South China Morning Post

The lease on her 88 sq ft ground floor stall is up for renewal next month and managers have set the new rent at HK$23,000. The HK$5,000 monthly rental she pays now is slightly below market rates, but at HK$261 per sq ft, the new rent is almost triple that at a nearby fresh market at City One Plaza, a private residential estate.

"The rent rise is crazy," Yeung complains. "How can I afford such a huge sum in the midst of an economic downturn?"

Two weeks ago she joined other stall owners at the market in a protest against the rent increases demanded by Superhappy Investment, running the space on behalf of The Link Management.

It was the latest in a series of run-ins that have plagued the management since 2005, when the government privatised commercial space on public housing estates in a sale to The Link Reit. The publicly listed real estate investment trust took control of 180 properties that included 150 shopping centres, 100 fresh food markets and 178 car parks. The move brought HK$30 billion into Housing Authority coffers, and it was also supposed to benefit shopkeepers and residents by introducing more streamlined commercial operations.

But The Link Reit has been mired in controversy, from disputes over lease conditions and rentals to residents unhappy at the prospect of higher prices in their local shops.

Last month, shopkeepers at Lok Fu Shopping Centre again staged a protest against The Link Reit's declaration that after renovations at the arcade are completed next year, rent for some units will more than quadruple, from HK$30 per sq ft to HK$130 per sq ft.

In a written response to criticisms of "unreasonable" rent, a Link spokesman said the rate was adjusted to market conditions and the circumstances of individual shops, and provided "value for rent".

But that claim looks increasingly shaky as rents are forecast to decline amid the global economic slowdown.

Kenny Mui King-kuen, a consultant at Centaline Property, says rent in second-tier shopping districts such as Jordan and Tsuen Wan is set to fall at least 10 per cent over the next 12 months as landlords strive to maintain occupancy.

Property agency Colliers International reports that average rentals at prime shopping districts such as Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay fell 3.6 per cent in the third quarter of this year. Yet The Link's new rates at the Lok Fu arcade, located in a low-income neighbourhood, are almost as high as those at premium locations such as Mong Kok's Argyle Centre (HK$150-HK$300 per sq ft). Lok Fu rents are also much higher than arcades of a similar grade, such as the Dragon Centre in Sham Shui Po (about HK$50 per sq ft), and Amoy Plaza in Ngau Tau Kok (HK$60-HK$100 per sq ft).

The Link's strategy seems to be to boost profits by giving its properties a makeover and bringing in higher-end retailers that can pay higher rents, typically chain operations. And if existing shops catering to budget-conscious customers move out because they find costs too steep, that's just too bad.

But it's hard to see how such an approach can work when Link properties are located on public housing estates inhabited by low-income families. Many residents at Lok Fu Estate, for instance, are elderly people on welfare. Higher-end retailers won't get much patronage from cost-conscious public housing residents - so who will shop at the upgraded malls and markets?

Hau Tak shopping centre at Tseung Kwan O gets some traffic from nearby Sai Kung. Similarly, retailers at Tak Tin market in Lam Tin survived despite having to raise prices because they also attract middle-class customers from private housing estates nearby.

But Ho Wai-man, of the Federation of Public Housing Estates, says it isn't always possible to attract customers from outside public housing estates, especially in locations such as Tin Shui Wai.

"Meanwhile, the upgraded retail centres have affected residents with less disposable income," he says.

At Sun Tin Wai Shopping Centre in Sha Tin, a restaurant that couldn't afford the rent has been replaced by a nursing home. Such a radical change in business functions also eventually affects customer traffic, says To Kwan-hang of watchdog group Link Watch.

"The nursing home doesn't serve the neighbourhood because most of its clients are from other districts," he says. "The restaurant used to draw customers to the wet market because people tended to drop by after having dim sum. But stall owners at the wet market complain custom has dropped since the restaurant closed."

Peter Wong Yee-wai, executive director of the Lion Rock Institute, a pro free-market think-tank, doubts many firms will open new outlets in spruced-up Link facilities, especially in the tough economic climate.

"The aggressive rent rise by The Link is not a sound business strategy," he says.

Lingnan University economics professor Ho Lok-sang says: "The rent increase might bring short-term profit for Link shareholders, but if a lot of small vendors can't afford the rents, they will eventually move out, resulting in a high vacancy rate. The long-term turnover might even shrink," he says. "In such tough times, it makes more sense to freeze rent to retain tenants, as most property companies are doing."

So why is The Link Reit persisting with its strategy? After all, it is controlled by international hedge funds, supposedly run by skilled managers.

Paul Cheng Ming-fun, who quit as The Link's chairman last year because he opposed rent increases, says its institutional investors have failed to take into account the government's expectation that the properties, while commercially run, would nonetheless benefit working-class communities.

"The hedge funds rushed in purely because they felt the valuation at the time of the initial public offering was low and that they could quickly change the nature of the arcades and speed up the valuation process," Cheng says.

"The hedge funds bought the wrong product, and the ones with significant shareholdings may have a difficult time exiting their investments. Reits, by and large, are investments more suitable for insurance companies and pension funds looking for steady income and not for investors looking for gains within shorter time frames."

While he was with The Link, Cheng says, hedge funds were pressing its management to bring in new tenants to get higher rentals than if they renewed existing leases.

"As a result, some small shopkeepers' leases were not renewed unless they were willing to pay the higher rents. In other words, these malls may eventually compete more with private sector malls rather than serve grass-roots communities," he says.

"I tried my best to brief the hedge funds, but they were - and probably still are - more concerned with making a profit for their shareholders than giving due consideration to the local social situation."

Legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit says public housing residents are hardest hit by The Link's policy as they have been deprived of a choice of budget outlets in their estates. "Kai Tin shopping centre in Lam Tin used to have some small stalls selling a bowl of congee for under HK$10. But now they've been replaced by a chain operator whose prices are almost double," he says.

This is at odds with The Link's mission to "refine the trade mix with a view to providing a wider assortment of quality choices at affordable prices".

Government officials insist The Link has a right to determine its business strategy, but Leong says there's no excuse for the government to turn a blind eye to its rent policy, which is affecting quality of life on public estates.

"It's a statutory duty of the government [under the Housing Ordinance] to make sure the life of public housing residents is properly provided for. The obligation cannot be transferred even after selling the asset to The Link," he says.

Leong urges the government to exert pressure on major Link shareholders to face up to their social responsibilities.

But it may be too late for vegetable seller Tam So-mui, 46, whose rent at Yu Chui will nearly double under the new lease. She started the business when her husband lost his job six years ago, renting a 170 sq ft stall at the market.

"I didn't want to live on welfare and that's why we run this vegetable stall. But I won't be able to pay an extra HK$8,000 in rent," she says.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 05:13 PM   #33
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安 達 臣 石 礦 場 規 劃 建 公 屋



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城市規劃委員會通過支持將九龍市中心的「高地」安達臣道石礦場舊址,定為具房屋發展潛力地點,區內約二十五公頃土地規劃作「住宅(甲類)」地帶,發展公營房屋,預計首批公屋於二○一五年三月入伙;而為了環保及節省資源,土木工程拓展署正研究,讓石礦場運作至二○一三年十月,將開採的三萬噸石料製成混凝土、瀝青等,供應本港基建工程。

城規會昨日正式通過修訂觀塘北部的分區計畫大綱圖,讓安達臣道石礦場舊址,獲選定為具房屋發展潛力的地點。佔地約一百七十一公頃的規劃區,其中二十五公頃,會用作發展房屋。約四點五公頃土地,則劃作「政府、機構或社區」地帶,主要擬議的設施,包括中小學、電力支站,以及食水抽水站。至於寶琳路與秀茂坪道交界處用地,則預留作廟宇發展和公眾休憩處。

而該區南部及北部的陡峭山坡,佔地共約十八公頃,則劃作「綠化地帶」,以保存其自然風貌。當局預計,安達臣道的公共房屋及相關設施,首期可於二○一五年三月入伙,並規劃承建商須在入伙前一年半,即二○一三年十月完成爆破工程,並於二○一六年六月前完成美化環境工程,包括栽種植物及進行護養工作。為減少對環境造成破壞及浪費,涉及大量移山工程的安達臣道公屋發展計畫,正研究循環再用開山時所產生的約三萬噸石料,運往毗鄰的石礦場處理後,再製成混凝土、瀝青等製品,供應至本港其他基建工程。

土木工程拓展署向觀塘區議會提交的文件顯示,署方準備與安達臣道石礦場承建商商討,讓發展計畫時所產生的剩餘石料,運往石礦場處理,製成建築用石料,以供應本地建造業使用。署方預計未來四年期間,有關工程會產生約三萬噸石料,可研究運往毗鄰的石礦場處理,再製成混凝土、瀝青等製品。

署方認為,有關安排既可善用本地現存的寶貴天然資源,又可穩定本港基建工程石料的供應,並且大幅減少運泥車運送剩餘石料至啟德臨時躉船轉運站的架次。

另外,隨覑社會對斜坡外觀日漸關注,土木工程拓展署昨日委託顧問,準備展開一項「改善斜坡外觀的試驗性研究」,當局已在全港挑選四百七十一幅斜坡,全部位於繁忙路段或人煙稠密位置。當局會要求顧問公司為有關斜坡搜集詳細資料,以及建議改善斜坡外觀的方式,並於最後挑選其中十五幅斜坡作改善試點。

2008-11-15
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免礙景觀增青山公路負荷 屯門東棄建公屋減密度
21 November 2008
星島日報

為降低建築物發展密度,政府連日不斷出招。土木工程拓展署及規劃署昨日公布屯門東十四幅地皮規劃最新建議,當中原定用作興建公屋、發展密度較其他地皮為高的一幅公屋用地,建議改劃為中、低密度私營住宅;另外會保留五幅土地作政府、機構及社區用途。區議員對發展計畫持不同意見,有議員對新方案表示歡迎,認為不再起屏風樓,正面回應區議會訴求;但也有議員認為該處應該興建居屋,供應區內居民。

保留五地作政府用途

當局就屯門東十四幅用地展開第二階段諮詢。其中,有意作公屋用途的第十四號用地,在文件中已確定建議用作興建中、低密度私人住宅,密度由原本的二點五倍地積比,進一步下降至一點三倍;另有六幅本規劃作「政府、機構或社區」用途的土地,現保留五幅作相關用途。

文件中指出,在第一階段諮詢時有意見指,該土地位置偏僻、附近缺乏就業機會及公共設施,以及較高密度的公屋發展與附近一帶的低密度發展並不協調。有關部門平衡各考慮因素後,最終建議該地段作中、低密度私營住宅發展。文件中又提及到,屯門東的整體發展密度宜保持在地積比率零點四至一點三之間,以避免影響景觀,以及加重青山公路的負荷、噪音所帶來的影響。

無屏風樓 區議員歡迎

公眾對保留土地作政府、機構及社區用途有強烈訴求,現將保留五幅土地作專上院校、國際學校及中學等社區設施的發展。

另外,文件中又建議,將來發展商在設計研究土地發展時,應注意樓宇發展的高度、綠化措施等,更強調要有通風設計,避免在樓宇布局上引致屏風效應。

民建聯區議員陳雲生表示,對十四號土地用作私營房屋發展表示歡迎。他指出,若然該處興建公營房屋,將對區內樓價構成壓力,又會令本已沉重的屯門區交通系統百上加斤,文件中亦提到要避免屏風樓的設計,整體來說是對區議會一次較正面的回應。

民主黨區議員陳樹英表示,她較傾向在不影響樓市的情況下,於該處興建居屋,一來有助年輕人置業,二來有助房委會增加名下資產,長遠減輕房委會財政收入不穩健的問題,亦可與港鐵融資興建鐵路,解決區內交通問題。
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揀樓不足一個月 寧損失十萬元
居屋準業主撻訂離場

21/11/2008




金融海嘯導致本港樓市急挫,最新推出的居屋貨尾銷情冷淡,六成準買家揀樓時「甩底」,更有已簽署買賣協議的準業主撻訂離場,現時揀樓不足一個月,已有三名成功揀樓的準業主突然申請撤銷買賣協議,遭房屋委員會沒收相等於樓價百分之五的訂金,損失近十萬元,他們分別是一名綠表及兩名白表申請人,涉及屋苑包括居屋樓王筲箕灣東濤苑及黃大仙瓊軒苑。

東濤苑二期平均售價一百一十五萬元至二百九十一萬元,黃大仙瓊軒苑售價則由八十七萬元至二百三十五萬元不等。以準買家選購單位售價為一百五十萬至二百萬元計算,估計他們被沒收的訂金達七萬多至十萬元。

今期居屋上月底開始揀樓,截至昨日為止,房署邀請了三千人出席揀樓,但結果只有一千二百人到場,當中一千一百人成功揀選單位,佔總單位三成四,當中以筲箕灣東濤苑銷情較佳,已售出近四百個單位,天水圍天富苑的銷情則最差,售出單位僅五十多個。

房屋署發言人表示,並無查問今期居屋三名申請人撤銷買賣協議的原因,未知是否與金融海嘯有關。強調房委會沒收訂金後,不會再向申請人追回日後出售有關單位時出現的差價。由於有關買賣尚未完成所有程序,申請人亦不會被視作曾擁有該單位,他們可繼續申請居屋及住於公屋中。

申補地價個案銳減
另外,受經濟轉差影響,近期居屋業主向房署申補地價的個案亦銳減,上月居屋補地價宗數只有一百五十九宗,較去年同期大幅減少三成八。上期居屋原本亦有三名業主申請補地價,涉及旺角富榮花園、錦豐苑及和明苑,其後一名業主撤回申請。

房署發言人指出,若居屋業主經濟劇變,例如破產及收入銳減以致無力償還按揭供款等,需將單位出售,而有關業主又符合其他申請公屋條款,房署會酌情考慮接納有需要人士的公屋申請。

公屋聯會主席王坤估計有關準業主可能是受金融海嘯衝擊,才撻訂離場。「簽得買賣協議,就當然想做業主啦,除非迫不得已シ,撻訂涉及近十萬元,依家咁砼環境,都幾傷。」他認為房署應主動了解準業主撻訂的原因,並提供適當的協助。
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明年新公屋 訂最貴租金
22 November 2008
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【本報訊】經濟嚴冬降臨,但房委會未有與基層市民共渡時艱。明年落成的5個位於市區及馬鐵石門站附近的新屋屯,合共約1.1萬個公屋單位,租金依然令人吃不消,每平方米租金介乎54.1元至56元,維持最高租值,逾84%單位每月繳交低於1,800元租金。有公屋團體批評,包括公屋輪候冊家庭在內的公屋家庭入息中位數僅7,200元,但新屋屯租金已佔入息1/4,建議將租金水平調低1成,以體恤市民。

明年1月至7月落成的5個新公共屋屯,合共有11,279個單位,當中東隧旁地盤第4期油麗屯的1,576個單位、藍田第7和8期的藍田屯 3,036個單位、秀茂坪第13和14期秀茂坪屯的3,995個單位,以及黃大仙上屯第3期的714個單位,每月租金為每平方米56元,即單位租金介乎 950至2,240元。

84%單位月租低於1,800元

至於沙田第11區的石門屯,包括1,598個新和諧式單位及360個非標準型附翼單位,每月租金為每平方米54.1元,即單位租金介乎960至2,140元。

房委會發言人昨日表示,去年8月起全港公屋減租11.6%,而明年推出的5個新屋屯的租金水平,亦因應作出調整,認為租金水平為準租戶所能負擔,而且租金已獲得相當大的資助,相信逾84%新公屋單位每月繳交租金低於1,800元。發言人又稱,入住1992年前建成屋屯的租戶,有需要可申請「租金援助計劃」。

公屋聯會主席王坤批評,房委會以各區最高租值訂定新屋屯租金,雖未違反過往做法,但目前經濟轉差,房委會應體恤公屋住戶的負擔能力。他指,房署早前曾把公屋輪候冊的家庭計算在內,11萬公屋家庭的入息中位數僅7,200元,證明基層市民生活艱難,他建議房委會調低新屋屯的租金1成,較為切合目前經濟情況。
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1.1萬公屋明年推 團體促減租
14 November 2008
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經濟環境轉壞,但房委會並未體䘏基層市民經濟負擔能力下跌,建議5個明年上半年落成、坐落市區或鐵路沿線的公屋「筍盤」約1.1萬個單位,每平方米租金介乎54.1至56元,仍維持該等地區最高租值。

坐落市區等 維持最高租值

有公屋團體批評,房委會漠視輪候公屋人士面對的困難,促請應立即調低新屋村租金水平。

明年1至7月落成的5個屋村,包括東隧旁4期的油麗村、藍田7和8期、秀茂坪13和14期、黃大仙上村及沙田石門村3期共16幢大廈,合共有11,279個單位。

除前四者位處市區外,石門村亦位於馬鐵石門站附近,而油麗村1,576個單位中,部分更可飽覽鯉魚門海景,故此這批單位,絕對是近年難得一見的公屋「筍盤」。

為配合去年8月起全港公屋減租11.6%,今次5個新屋村的租金水平相應調低,但單位租金仍介乎950至2,240元。房委會估計,有關屋村每年營運將錄得約700萬元虧損,平均每個單位每年需補貼621元。房委會資助房屋小組下周五前不提出任何異議,便會正式落實有關租金建議。

公屋聯會主席王坤批評,面對經濟逆轉情況下,房委會仍以各區最高租值訂定新屋村租金,是罔顧輪候公屋者負擔能力,漠視基層人士的困難。他認為,現時公屋租金檢討機制存在漏洞,在訂定新屋村租金時不能配合經濟環境轉變,擔心不少人入住後,生活水平反而下降,建議房委會應調低新屋村租金。
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HOS buyers stay away, fearing further price drop
31 October 2008
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Sales of the latest batch of flats under the Home Ownership Scheme received a chilly response yesterday amid the financial crisis, with most buyers staying away, apparently fearing a further drop in property prices.

Analysts blamed the poor response on the Housing Authority's failure to adjust prices in light of drastic changes in the market in the past three months.

Only 74 people turned up at the authority's customer service centre in Lok Fu, although the authority had told 182 successful applicants to come and choose flats.

The 40 per cent attendance was well below the 70 per cent for the previous sale this year.

By the end of the day, 68 people had selected flats and paid deposits, the authority said.

The sale was part of the fourth phase of a sell-off of flats left over from the shelved subsidised-housing scheme, offering 3,221 flats in a wide range of sizes and designs in locations including Shau Kei Wan, Wong Tai Sin, Ma On Shan and Tin Shui Wai.

During the application period in September, the authority received 11,000 applications, which was less than half the response to the previous batch.

"The low response rate is within our expectations considering the impact of the financial tsunami," a spokesman for the authority said.

Property experts said prices that were too high, gloomy economic forecasts and a lack of confidence among the public were the main reasons for the unsatisfactory sales result.

Buggle Lau Ka-fai, chief analyst at Midland Realty, said the government usually set prices for the subsidised flats three to four months before sales.

"In fact, the market has undergone dramatic changes over the past few months, and the prices for private property estates have dropped around 10 to 20 per cent," said Mr Lau.

"However, the prices for HOS flats were not adjusted accordingly. That's why they are not as appealing to buyers as before."

Eddie Hui Chi-man, from the department of building and real estate at Polytechnic University, believed that many people, especially the low-income group, were becoming increasingly worried about their situation during the financial crisis.

"They have to think about how to pay the mortgage if they lose their job one day." He said this fear might become even more serious for buyers as the government had cancelled its buy-back policy years ago.

Under this policy, Home Ownership Scheme flat owners were allowed to sell their properties back to the government within two years of purchase.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said yesterday the government had no intention of resuming the Home Starter Loan Scheme to help first-time buyers.

"I don't think it is a good timing to resume this scheme, especially during the financial crisis," she said.

This scheme was launched in Hong Kong in 1998 to grant low-interest loans with a cap of HK$600,000 to those eligible.

By the time it closed in March 2002, a total of 23,735 families and 9,702 single people had benefited.

Some interest groups have suggested the scheme should be revived in the face of tightened lending by banks.
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860夾屋餘貨 明年中擬照推
1 December 2008
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近月樓市表現疲弱,但房協傾向如期在明年中推售餘下860個夾屋餘貨,現正等候政府答覆。消息指,若政府決定明年凍售居屋及夾屋餘貨,房協需承擔額外1,000萬元的差餉及維修保養支出,勢必加重機構財政負擔。

另外,新一期居屋餘貨嚴重滯銷,推售一個月以來僅售出三成六單位,近6成準買家放棄揀樓。有地產界人士指,政府應立即決定押後一年推售居屋及夾屋餘貨,否則會對低迷樓市造成更壞影響。

居屋餘貨滯銷 6成棄揀樓

面對金融海嘯衝擊,樓市持續萎縮,10月底推出的居屋餘貨3,221個單位,銷情極度冷淡。房屋署發言人回應查詢時表示,截至上周四共邀請4,104人出席揀樓,但結果只有1,686人到場,當中1,171人簽署買賣合約,佔單位總數三成六,以筲箕灣東濤苑銷情最理想。

雖然居屋餘貨銷情慘淡,但房協消息人士稱,仍然繼早前賣剩190多個夾屋餘貨單位,會和將軍澳疊翠軒645個單位一併在明年中推出,現時正等候政府回應。

當年入伙僅1年多便出現外牆嚴重剝落問題的疊翠軒,房協早前已完成維修及保養工程,因此不希望再押後出售,以免浪費有關開支。

消息人士解釋,夾屋餘貨每月涉及管理、保養和差餉等支出,平均每月每個單位需要1,000元,若政府真的凍結推售居屋和夾屋餘貨單位,房協1年便要多耗1,000萬元,形容絕不划算。

業界反對 免樓市雪上加霜

據悉,房協正面對頗大的財務壓力,因推行樓宇維修綜合計劃已要動用40億元;下年度轄下屋村改善計劃涉款亦達3億元;加上應付天水圍及北角丹拿山村舊址兩個長者屋項目建築支出及補地價費用,以及在投資方面錄得虧損,令房協需推售餘貨單位套現。

中原地產研究部聯席董事黃良昇表示,反對房協明年推售剩餘夾屋單位,指定價太高難以售出,定價太低亦會影響同區及同屋苑單位的樓價,促政府應盡快宣布明年停售資助房屋餘貨單位,避免令樓市雪上加霜。
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