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Hong Kong’s weekend homebuyers balk at Henderson’s The Holborn amid supply increase


Hong Kong is seeing robust home sales as developers launch more projects to take advantage of a boom in the world's costliest property market

The batch up for grabs at The Holborn is priced at an average price of HK$28,888 (US$3,711) per square foot

Hong Kong homebuyers were hesitant on the second day of weekend property sales on Sunday, amid an increase in supply that had left them with more options.

Henderson Land Development had sold 60 flats – or 47 per cent – of the first 128 units on offer at The Holborn project in Quarry Bay as of 5.40pm, according to real estate agents. Sales at the Mangrove and La Marina projects a day earlier were, in comparison, torrid.

The batch up for grabs at The Holborn was priced at an average price of HK$28,888 (US$3,711) per square foot. The 224 sq ft to 260 sq ft flats range in price from HK$5.8 million to HK$8 million. The price was not at a discount to the market rate, which probably had not helped the sale, property agent said.

Hong Kong has scored robust home sales in September so far, as developers launch more projects to take advantage of a boom in the world’s costliest property market. On Saturday, Kwai Hung Group’s Mangrove sold 128 out of the 130 flats on offer, while Kerry Properties sold 69 per cent of the 135 units on offer at La Marina. Last weekend, all the 212 units on offer were sold at the Wetland Seasons Bay project, while 98 per cent of the 188 flats on offer found buyers at an earlier launch of La Marina.

Hong Kong’s broader property market is largely buoyed by a promising growth outlook. Homebuyers are leveraging a continuing economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic in the city this year. Hong Kong’s economy expanded by 7.6 per cent in the second quarter following an 8 per cent expansion in the preceding three-month period, which was its fastest growth pace in more than a decade.

A dovish stance on monetary policies by the US Federal Reserve has also fuelled a boom in the property market, as moves to raise or cut borrowing costs in the city mirror those in America.

Hong Kong’s sales of new homes will probably hit a record 1,800 units in September, a 50 per cent increase from the previous month. In the second-hand market, about 5,500 lived-in homes are expected to be transacted, unchanged from August, according to property agency.

The prices of lived-in homes in Hong Kong increased 0.5 per cent to close on a record high, continuing a trend of rising every month this year, according to an index published by the Rating and Valuation Department. Prices have risen 4.3 per cent in the first seven months of the year.

An increase in housing supply has so far failed to cool down the frenzy. New home supply is expected to increase 14 per cent from a year ago to 36,919 units in 2021, according to another agency.

(South China Morning Post)

 

上月港島區甲廈空置率9.79%

疫情肆虐下,指標商廈租金回落,吸引實力企業進駐。根據代理行統計,8月份香港區整體甲廈空置率錄約9.79%,比7月份回落0.23個百分點,暫緩過去多月升勢。其中金鐘區表現見好,最新甲廈空置量為8.79%,按月大減0.62個百分點,空置情況走勢趨穩。該代理行預測,寫字樓與經濟環境息息相關,國內企業是不可或缺的租賣來源,港府於9月陸續推出「回港易」及「來港易」計畫,預計有助增加本港與內地的經濟交流,為港島甲廈帶來利好因素。

該行代理表示,資料顯示,港島區甲廈空置率自今年5月起連升3個月,7月份升至約10.02%,直到8月份升勢終於遏止,8月甲廈空置率錄約9.79%,按月大幅回落0.23個百分點,重回今年5月約9.72%水平。核心一綫區中以金鐘區明顯改善,由7月份約9.41%,下降0.62個百分點至最新約8.79%,同時對比去年同期輕微遞增0.28個百分點,反映金鐘區甲廈空置長時間走勢趨穩。

代理:升勢已暫緩

中環空置量錄約7.29%,與上月相若。上環區與中區近在咫尺,但由於區內寫字樓相宜,部分可望海景,因而吸引企業承租,上環8月份甲廈空置率9.41%,按月減少0.97個百分點。銅鑼灣空置率有所遞減,最新錄約11.14%,按月跌幅0.22個百分點。灣仔則為港島的五區中,唯一按月空置量錄升幅,8月份該區空置率13.14%,升幅較7月份僅高出0.19個百分點。

該代理指出,金鐘力寶中心二座高層06室,面積約1913方呎,月租約9.28萬,呎租約48元,舊呎租約60元,新租金減約20%,今年初交吉招租。

該代理分析,港府於9月份推出「回港易」及「來港易」計畫,讓合資格人士可以豁免強制檢疫來港,增加中港兩地經濟活動,利好寫字樓市場。

(星島日報)

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灣仔洛克商廈全層2930萬售 太子珠寶鄧鉅明沽貨 七年升值25%

太子珠寶鐘錶主席鄧鉅明活躍於市場,持有自用的核心區巨鋪及全幢商廈,亦有純粹作投資用途的商廈、豪宅及鋪位。最新,他以2930萬沽售灣仔乙廈洛克中心全層,帳面賺580萬,持貨7年升值約25%。

鄧鉅明笑言,他當年基於一個誤會而入市,看中該單位擁有一個大平台,適合做食肆及會所,於是拍板購入,隨後才發現大廈公契並不允許!」上址為駱克道301至307號洛克中心4樓,建築面積約2399方呎,另入契平台約954方呎,鄧鉅明於2014年4月以2350萬入市。他說:「現時市場氣氛較2014年差,疫市沽貨有錢賺,我心滿意足!」他貨7年,帳面獲利580萬,升值約25%。

2014年時正值鋪市高峰期,鄧鉅明購乙廈,亦連購民生區護老院鋪位收租,當時有投資者高追銅鑼灣核心區鋪,鄧鉅明勸他別買,只因他掌舵一盤奢侈品生意,發現增長放緩,多年來鋪租卻三級跳,帶動鋪價攀上頂峰,買唔過!儘管準確為市況「把脈」,他卻未有放售早年購入的核心區自用物業。

「疫市沽貨有錢賺」

目前,他手持北京道、海防道全幢物業,地下巨鋪自用,樓上出租,過去兩年來,動亂及疫症爆發,奢侈品生意「日日在流血」,幸好,物業收租力保不失,北京道地標商廈太子集團中心,樓上租予食肆,目前僅一層待租中,海防道全幢樓上由服務式住宅承租。

準確為市況「把脈」

去年中,他放售旺角西洋菜南街與山東街交界3層高逾萬呎巨鋪,租予時裝連鎖店,意向價由12.6億減至近9億,他說,代理游說他放盤,「其實,此類型核心區巨鋪,開關後才是出售時候!」鄧鉅明說,旗下投資物業,表現較自用的為佳,住宅及民生區鋪位收入穩定,無懼疫市衝擊。

長綫持愉景灣洋房收租

他認為,住宅在剛性需求帶動下,價格難大跌,旗下一批愉景灣洋房,早於三十年前不斷「收集」,現時由外籍客承租,每個洋房月收逾10萬。「當年搭的士到大埔睇康樂園,司機說,愉景灣洋房低水兼好租。我發現事實如此,拍板購入。」五年前,以7600萬購入奧運站一號銀海一個頂層複式戶,收租至今。今年5月,他沽售鴨脷洲豪宅南灣,作價6228萬,持貨11年賺逾1500萬離場。

(星島日報)

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