And there’s no stopping the rise for the foreseeable future. JLL research shows that limited supply has pushed up prices.
Ingrid Cheh, Associate Director at JLL Hong Kong Research, says: “From a buyer’s perspective, the Hong Kong residential sales market remains supply-driven. With few choices in the market, a lack of incentive to buy in the secondary sales market and strong pent-up demand, newly launched flats continue to be gobbled up quickly.”
Against such a backdrop, capital values are expected to grow 10-15 per cent for 2017, even under the tightened mortgage rules and anticipation of increasing mortgage rates.
Hong Kong is hardly alone; many of the most expensive cities for local residents to buy a home are in Asia.
“Inventories in these markets are low and demand from genuine owner occupiers settling in these cities is huge,” says Joe Zhou, Head of Research JLL China. “Everyone wants to live in Tier 1 economic centers.”