Hong Kong's weekend homebuyers balk at Henderson's The Holborn amid supply increase

Henderson Land Development, were, in comparison, torrid, in September so far, risen 4.3 per cent

Hong Kong homebuyers were hesitant on the second day of weekend property sales on Sunday, amid an increase in supply that had left them with more options.

Henderson Land Development had sold 60 flats – or 47 per cent – of the first 128 units on offer at The Holborn project in Quarry Bay as of 5.40pm, according to real estate agents. Sales at the Mangrove and La Marina projects a day earlier were, in comparison, torrid.

The batch up for grabs at The Holborn was priced at an average price of HK$28,888 (US$3,711) per square foot. The 224 sq ft to 260 sq ft flats range in price from HK$5.8 million to HK$8 million. The price was not at a discount to the market rate, which probably had not helped the sale, said Sammy Po Siu-ming, CEO of Midland Realty’s residential division.

Hong Kong has scored robust home sales in September so far, as developers launch more projects to take advantage of a boom in the world’s costliest property market. On Saturday, Kwai Hung Group’s Mangrove sold 128 out of the 130 flats on offer, while Kerry Properties sold 69 per cent of the 135 units on offer at La Marina. Last weekend, all the 212 units on offer were sold at the Wetland Seasons Bay project, while 98 per cent of the 188 flats on offer found buyers at an earlier launch of La Marina.

Hong Kong’s broader property market is largely buoyed by a promising growth outlook. Homebuyers are leveraging a continuing economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic in the city this year. Hong Kong’s economy expanded by 7.6 per cent in the second quarter following an 8 per cent expansion in the preceding three-month period, which was its fastest growth pace in more than a decade.

Henderson Land Development, were, in comparison, torrid, in September so far, risen 4.3 per cent

Homebuyers line up for Henderson Land's The Holborn development on Sunday. Photo: Dickson Lee

A dovish stance on monetary policies by the US Federal Reserve has also fuelled a boom in the property market, as moves to raise or cut borrowing costs in the city mirror those in America.

Hong Kong’s sales of new homes will probably hit a record 1,800 units in September, a 50 per cent increase from the previous month. In the second-hand market, about 5,500 lived-in homes are expected to be transacted, unchanged from August, according to Midland.

The prices of lived-in homes in Hong Kong increased 0.5 per cent to close on a record high, continuing a trend of rising every month this year, according to an index published by the Rating and Valuation Department. Prices have risen 4.3 per cent in the first seven months of the year.

An increase in housing supply has so far failed to cool down the frenzy. New home supply is expected to increase 14 per cent from a year ago to 36,919 units in 2021, according to Ricacorp.

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