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HK land prices rocket as developers lapse to merger spree

Hong Kong land prices have surged in a past dual months as internal vital developers returned to land merger during an assertive gait amid sprightly sales during new projects.

Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP), Sino Land and Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings), that is 33.4 per cent owned by Henderson Land Development, have snapped adult 3 residential sites in supervision tenders given July, compared with dual plots sole to internal large players in a whole of 2014 and 2015.

The latest 3 sites were sole for 20 per cent to 35 per cent above marketplace expectation, in sheer contrariety to prior plots sole during below-market rates.

Thomas Lam, conduct of gratefulness and consultancy during Knight Frank, pronounced a reward paid recently by internal developers was due to an alleviation in marketplace sentiment.

“The certain land sale outcome is expected speedy by a rebate in marketplace uncertainties,” he said.

Home-buying certainty has been on a arise in perspective of a US Federal Reserve’s capricious time support for an seductiveness rate hike, while Britain’s opinion to leave a European Union has had a minimal impact on a market, Lam said.

On Aug 8, Hong Kong Ferry teamed adult with Walter Kwok Ping-sheung, a former authority of Sun Hung Kai Properties, to secure a tract during Castle Peak Bay, Tuen Mun, for HK$2.7 billion. The HK$4,085 per block feet cost tab represents a 20 per cent reward on a high finish of marketplace expectations and is 22 per cent above what Wing Tai Properties paid for a site in a same area in June.

Meanwhile, SHKP bought a residential tract in Sha Tin for HK$2.7 billion, that represents a land cost of HK$5,448 per sq ft – 35 per cent above a marketplace foresee a month earlier.

SHKP’s assertive bid came a month after Sino Land’s merger of a residential site in Pak Shek Kok, Tai Po, for HK$1.62 billion, or HK$3,932 per sq ft, that was 20 per cent above marketplace value.

Smaller developers have also been profitable a outrageous reward recently. Just final week, Gingerlily Investment, a association owned by internal financier Angela Leong, purchased a residential site during Tsing Ha Lane, Tuen Mun, for HK$1.4 billion, or HK$6,800 per block foot, that was 66 per cent aloft than Hong Kong Ferry paid for their circuitously site.

“The manners of a diversion in a land marketplace have been changed. In face of heated foe from mainland players and small-to-medium sized developers, vital firms would be doubtful to win if their regressive behest attitudes stay unchanged,” pronounced Wong Tsz -choi, comparison director, gratefulness and advisory services, during CBRE Hong Kong.

Most supervision tenders have captivated dozens of bidders given a Leung Chun-ying administration’s pierce to boost land supply in 2012 to brace home prices.

“They [big developers] have to bid aggressively or even slight their distinction margins for those sites they are penetrating to buy,” he said.

Denis Ma, conduct of investigate during JLL, pronounced a supervision land sales market’s new eye-catching formula would have a certain impact on a sector.

“This latest result, joined with a clever sell-through rates during recently launched projects in a primary market, will boost marketplace perspective and lend serve support to a housing cost convene we have seen in new months,” he said.

But Knight Frank’s Lam pronounced a new upswing in land sale prices did not prove a full spin around in a residential market.

“The marketplace composition will final for one to dual years ,” he said.