Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hong Kong 15% stamp duty on homes sold within 6 months

The battle against the bubble continues. Flippers targeted.

China Day Ahead: Reserve Ratio Increase; Hong Kong Real Estate
Hong Kong intensified a yearlong battle to curb surging home prices with additional taxes and higher down payments a day after the International Monetary Fund warned that asset inflation may derail the city’s economy.

Homes sold within six months of purchase will incur a 15 percent stamp duty from Nov. 20, Financial Secretary John Tsang said in a briefing. Down payments for homes costing HK$12 million ($1.5 million) or more will rise to 50 percent, from 40 percent. A stock gauge of developers in Hong Kong fell for the eighth day in nine ahead of the announcements.

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