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Hong Kong homes on the verge of becoming least affordable in 24 years

Hong Kong housing is at risk of becoming the least affordable in 24 years, as rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve drive up borrowing costs in the Asian financial hub

Hong Kong | Real Estate  | US Federal Reserve

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housing is at risk of becoming the least affordable in 24 years, as rate hikes by the drive up borrowing costs in the Asian financial hub.

The percentage of monthly household income used for mortgage repayments in could reach 60.1%, the least affordable level since 1998, if mortgage rates rise to 3.5%, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.

That could deter buyers unless household incomes surge or home prices decline further, Bloomberg analysts Patrick Wong and Francis Chan wrote in a note on Thursday. For the ratio to remain at about 56%, current home prices need drop by at least 10%.

Monetary Authority Chief Executive Eddie Yue told reporters on Thursday that banks would “very likely” raise their deposit and lending rates by the end of the year as continue to spike. HKMA lifted its base rate by 75 basis points to 3.5%, hours after the Fed’s move of the same magnitude.

In August, Plc and Plc increased the cap on HIBOR-linked mortgages by 25 basis points.

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First Published: Thu, September 22 2022. 09:40 IST