08.05.2013 - Stamp duty chokes sales of Hong Kong commercial property
Commercial property deals in the city fell sharply over the past three months as short-term investors shied away after the doubling of stamp duty on the purchase of both residential and non-residential properties. "Buyers held off in the hope that vendors would cut their asking prices to compensate for the increased investment cost caused by the doubled stamp duty," the executive director of Asia investment services at agency Colliers International, Antonio Wu, said. "But vendors were reluctant to cut the prices as they are still enjoying high rental yields."..............................................Full Article: Source
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