Source : SCMP, Jan 11 2017
Author : Sandy Li
Hong Kong’s two largest property agencies, Midland Realty and Centaline Property Agency, are offering “zero down payment” schemes to existing home owners in a bid to drum up sales, a move that challenges the Hong Kong Monetary Authority tightening mortgage policy, which is intended to temper soaring property prices.
mReferral Mortgage Brokerage Services, a unit of Hong Kong-listed Midland Holdings, will lend up to 130 per cent of the value of a flat, up to a maximum of HK$20 million, through financial institutions from Tuesday.
“It should be a breakthrough in Hong Kong’s mortgage lending industry,” said Sharmaine Lau Yuen-yuen, mReferral’s chief economic analyst. “We are in talks with different developers to offer this scheme for their new projects.”