作者: Chen Anya
[Comprehensive Guide on Investment in a Parking Space] Tips to gain mastery on how to calculate the stamp tax for parking spaces and flats with parking spaces
Compared with the stamp duty on residential properties, the duty on a parking space is much less. Since the government regards parking spaces as non-residential properties, there is no need for the buyer to pay the buyer』s stamp duty and special stamp duty. No matter how many parking spaces are purchased, a buyer is only required to pay a double stamp duty.
Private car parking spaces in Hong Kong have become a target for investors, especially since demand outstrips supply.
If you pay attention to advertisements of real estate agents, you will often see a note which says “land premium has been paid” for HOS flats listed as on offer for sale. What is the premium?
[A comprehensive guide on government rent] Which types of properties need to pay government rent? How is government rent calculated?
Many people find it difficult to distinguish between rates and government rent, and they don’t even know how they are assessed. Some people still say that those living on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon need not pay government rent.
Tom: “The government has relaxed mortgage insurance schemes, thus paving the way for more properties to become eligible to apply for and obtain mortgage loans of up to 90 per cent of the value of a flat. But is it difficult to apply for a mortgage loan?”
Not all properties can be offered for rent! If the property has been mortgaged to the bank, in principle, the mortgagee’s consent must be obtained before the property can be offered for lease. Many banks also have mortgage or rent restrictions on non-self-used properties.
1. Sign the Estate Agency Agreement for Sale of Residential Properties in Hong Kong and appoint a real estate agent to sell a flat
There have been fraudsters who pretended to be the landlord and who “disappeared” after receiving the tenant’s deposit. To avoid falling into this trap, first-time tenants should conduct a property search before signing a lease to confirm that the unit’s lessor is the “genuine landlord” and whether the ownership of the flat is complete.
[Trading of a haunted house] Is a haunted house worth buying? Is there a way to determine if a property is haunted?
Many people are averse and are very likely to resist any suggestion to purchase a 「haunted house.」 But because prices of “haunted houses” are generally discounted, properties in good locations have become the pick of some first-time homebuyers.
In the event of death, the deceased is likely to leave some estate, which may include money, stocks, or property. When the inheritance includes a piece of property, this will involve numerous procedures. The following are common questions regarding inheritance of property.
[Comprehensive guide for Home Ownership (HOS) Flats Mortgages] Mortgage tenor and focus of New HOS programme against HOS White Forms holder
Although new HOS flats and those eligible for purchase by buyers with White Forms are both subsidized housing provided by the Housing Authority (HA), the first programme involves first-hand properties, while the latter involves used HOS flats before premiums for them are paid to the government.
[Buying property through shares transfer in a company] What you need to know about actual operation and hidden risks
There are numerous big-ticket property transactions in the market with values that exceed HK$10 million. These properties are often held by companies. What is it really like to purchase a property through shares transfer in a company?