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Old 11-27-2005, 11:01 PM   #81
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If you think rental property in SF is expensive, check out some of the hot rental properities in Hong Kong:

http://www.sallmannsres.com/hot/

Reference #* 23940
Property Name Hillsborough Court
Mid-levels
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Size 1369 sq feet
Price Rent: HK$45,000 inclusive (per month) USD = $5,700
An elegant 3-bed apartment in this sought-after and beautiful maintained development in upper Mid-Levels. Peaceful mountain views. Pool & Gym.

Reference #* 26303
Property Name Broadwood Road,
Happy Valley
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3.5
Size 4396 sq feet
Price Rent: HK$230,000 exclusive (USD $30,000) per month!!!
Stunning penthouse duplex in this prestigious new complex in Happy Valley. Separate family room, balcony, 2 covered carparks. Amazing views over the racecourse and city. Superb fittings throughout. Great clubhouse.

I wonder how do people afford this kind of rental given the income per capita of $26,810 in Hong Kong, China (it ranks 22nd while US ranks 4th)

http://www.finfacts.com/biz10/global...epercapita.htm

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I wonder how do people afford this kind of rental given the income per capita of $26,810 in Hong Kong, China (it ranks 22nd while US ranks 4th)

http://www.finfacts.com/biz10/global...epercapita.htm

It's a little like looking at rental prices in high end Manhattan and then asking "How does the average US resident afford it."* It is disengenuous as not all residents live or want to live in the most expensive areas.

The two examples you picked are in the more desirable/exclusive areas of Hong Kong Island. As such, the rental premiums for views, space and location are high.* 30 minutes outside of the centre of Hong Kong and you could 2000 sq ft for less the US$1000 a month. Like any real estate it is about location (location, location). Property in Hong KOng is VERY expensive, but it is not reflected by the examples you quote.

Secondly, one factor that most of the income surveys do NOT account for is the statistical mis-match created by Hong Kong's taxation system. Most of the surveys are based upon tax returns and taxable income or the best estimate of that income. Hong Kong only taxes EARNED INCOME (via the Salary Tax). Other income is largely untaxed and therefore not reported on tax returns and not coolated in the income statistics. Rental Income is taxed, but all investment income, interest, dividends etc are not and there is no requirement to declare that income. Thus for a large portion of the population, a significant portion of annual income is not reported. Most business owners do not salary tax at all. They pay themselves only enough to soak up the tax allownaces and then pay all other money in the form of dividends. That is why only a very small band (I think 20% of working people in HK pay Salary Tax), thus the statistics used to compile these surveys is often very far wide of the mark.

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Re: Real estate-- calling the top.
Old 11-29-2005, 08:54 AM   #82
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Old 11-29-2005, 09:07 AM   #83
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I am not ready to call the top yet in the Arizona market, where we are investors in a couple of condo developments. In one of the developments of about 200 units, they are selling at the rate of 9 or 10 a month. This will mean nearly two years to sell them all off, but we already have been repaid nearly all our investment and the rest is profit.

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Growth in home prices in Arizona continues to accelerate, with a one-year rate of increase of 30 percent — the largest of any state by a wide margin.
Stocks ... schmocks. Who needs'em when you can get 30% per year in Arizona RE!

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I can tell you that the peak has passed in Manhattan. Since June, the median apartment is down 16% (through Oct. 31) while the average is down 18%. You wouldn't catch that from reading the typical news story which reports the month-over-month sales counts, but only the year-over-year price, which for most markets are still up while the downturn is in progress.

Those who take comfort in the fact that there has never been a national crash in real estate overlook several facts:

1. The housing bubbles of the 70's and 80's did indeed result in a reversion to mean valuations, but not through crashes in nominal prices. In both cases inflation ate away the gains in a few years. In areas like NY, LA, and Boston, where recessions occurred during the early 90's there were indeed crashes in nominal values.

2. There has never been a national bubble like this one. The runup in RE prices since 1995 is due to a nationwide, indeed global, credit bubble caused by the trade imbalances and cheap money policies of central banks, including the FED, ECB and BOJ. The bubble will end, with a bang like Japan or a whimper like the UZ and Australia. Whether it will be followed by a generation of RE deflation like Japan or in a soft landing like the UK and Oz (so far!) remains to be seen. In one way or another RE valuation will regress to the mean measured by price/rent and price/salary ratios. The question is whether a systemic banking crisis and a depression accompany it.
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2. There has never been a national bubble like this one. The runup in RE prices since 1995 is due to a nationwide, indeed global, credit bubble caused by the trade imbalances and cheap money policies of central banks, including the FED, ECB and BOJ. The bubble will end, with a bang like Japan or a whimper like the UZ and Australia. Whether it will be followed by a generation of RE deflation like Japan or in a soft landing like the UK and Oz (so far!) remains to be seen. In one way or another RE valuation will regress to the mean measured by price/rent and price/salary ratios. The question is whether a systemic banking crisis and a depression accompany it.

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I agree. I've been waiting for the crash for more than three years but instead the gov't just blew the bubble bigger. I think right now, as the Fed is raising short-term rates to stifle the housing market, it is also adding liquidity on the other end to keep the general economy from tanking--all in order to 'manage' the slowing housing market. I'm watching this action as closely as I can. But I don't have any real numbers to look at for this process. If they manage this process, then it may prolong the housing drop and subsequent effect on the (retail?) economy. I can't pinpoint a time for the big drop just yet? You? What's your take on when? If it's a gradual housing price drop, when will it will affect retail?
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I agree.* I've been waiting for the crash for more than three years but instead the gov't just blew the bubble bigger.* I think right now, as the Fed is raising short-term rates to stifle the housing market, it is also adding liquidity on the other end to keep the general economy from tanking--all in order to 'manage' the slowing housing market.* I'm watching this action as closely as I can.* But I don't have any real numbers to look at for this process.* If they manage this process, then it may prolong the housing drop and subsequent effect on the (retail?) economy.* I can't pinpoint a time for the big drop just yet?* You?* What's your take on when?* If it's a gradual housing price drop, when will it will affect retail?*

You give the "government/fed/"them" too much credit. Forget about what they are doing. "They" are clueless. Look into your own heart/head.
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You give the "government/fed/"them" too much credit. Forget about what they are doing. "They" are clueless. Look into your own heart/head.
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Martha...come on down! But, being a member of the AZ Bar, I need to remind you there is no reciprocity. I wonder if Arizona's examiners include material on the Sherman Act these days? (I happen to disagree with the AZ Bars restraint of trade.)
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I am not ready to call the top yet in the Arizona market, where we are investors in a* couple of condo developments.* In one of the developments of about 200 units, they are selling at the rate of 9 or 10 a month.* This will mean nearly two years to sell them all off, but we already have been repaid nearly all our investment and the rest is profit.

Move to Arizona!*
Time on the market is starting to creep up here, Martha. That could be an indication of a decline.
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Martha...come on down! But, being a member of the AZ Bar, I need to remind you there is no reciprocity. I wonder if Arizona's examiners include material on the Sherman Act these days? (I happen to disagree with the AZ Bars restraint of trade.)
The wife of one of our lawyers pursuaded him that it was time to move to Arizona for the sunshine. The moved there and he actually took the Arizona bar exam. Yuck. No more bar exams for me. He passed and practiced some law down there. But they decided they disliked Arizona and moved back.

He is a Republican in our firm of mostly Democrats. He said the Democrats in Arizona were more conservative than he is.
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Oddly enough with the growth the AZ Bars restraint of trade has paid off for those who are in the club. This use to be empty, hostile desert.* Now its just hostile and the old guard are very protectionist.* *There is actually a shortage of experienced practioners in Tucson and Phoenix in most of the specialties. I would hope the regulators start doing their job to protect the consuming public.* None of this impacts me as I have always had a closed practice.* *I limit my practice to mining and related areas, much of it in now russia and south america, and these days I am only doing personal deals. (I now look back and realize I did more engineering than law anyway.* The law was useful to keep what was there, but the venture still had to get it to market). I still get involved in mining investments, most of them in Peru and Chile, and a few in the CIS (mostly platinum and palladium) but only to make certain my assets are busy keeping me free from having to show up for a day job.* Its amazing that what is going on in real estate is also occuring in the commodity sector.* I wonder if this is part of a bigger trend?





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Time on the market is starting to creep up here, Martha. That could be an indication of a decline.
Currently I think it is a matter of "location, location, location." The condo developments we own are in desirable areas in Phoenix, so they seem to be moving pretty fast, with prices actually increasing. Fifteen units are set to close in December. At this point, all we can do is cross our fingers.
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It is location. To think something that effects real estate in the northeast will have a strong affect in the vacation/retirement areas is a little simplistic. The same goes for the working, welfare and wealthy areas of a city. Each have their own concerns and problems with real estate. The real estate market is not a national market. There are national things that affect sales, but it is a local and some time very local market.
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It is greed -- greed ... greed. Buy now and sell it quick for a profit.
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The quake already came and went. Mostly little damage as always now days. It is not 1906 anymore.
As a structural engineer, I find this attitude puzzling. The quake has not come and gone in the Bay area. Look at what happened in Kobe, Japan in the 90s. They thought they were prepared--in fact they were more prepared than the Bay area. A lousy 7.0 (Loma Prieta) is peanuts. It's a logarithmic scale. Try an 8.5 and see what happens (or a 9.0 like the Alaska quake). Modern seismic engineering dosen't even attempt to prevent major damage in a design quake. The goal is to prevent major damage in the "operational" (50 year) quake, and catastrophic collapse and loss of life in the "design" (500 year) quake (I'm speaking of bridges, might be a bit different for buildings, probably less strict since federal funding is not involved typically). These codes have only been applied to the stuff built fairly recently. And this assumes a level of knowledge in the field that, frankly, may or may not be there (engineers tend to think they know more than they do, but even if they know a lot, how much do the geologists know that are feeding them the inputs?). The level of knowledge didn't cut it in Kobe, although up to that point Japan was very proud of their seismic engineering.

I've always thought people that live in a big urban center over a fault must have a special psychological gift, or maybe ostrich genes?

What does this have to do with property values? Not much, but it probably should.
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Here is a link for those who are still leaving in California:
Next Big Quake in the Bay Area
http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/prepare/future/index.html
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To bosco's point, I was in SF in the 1989 quake (7.0). Houses in the Marina collapsed, part of the bay bridge collapsed and the worst was the 880 freeway where many people in their cars were flattened like pancakes. We take it for granted that modern structural engineering will hold up during a quake of a large magnitude. 1989 showed us otherwise.
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