Getting an Overseas Property Loan in Hong Kong: A Complete Guide

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If you’re a Hong Kong citizen or a permanent resident foreigner, you can sometimes apply for a so called overseas mortgage.

The mortgages are designed to let you finance a property outside of Hong Kong, often you have the first contact with a bank in Hong Kong and you later transfer to a branch in the country where you intend to buy. They sometimes even help you to fill out the application, before the transfer is made.

Which banks offer overseas property loans in Hong Kong?

It’s not easy to find summarized about the banks that offer overseas mortgages (at least in comparison to Singapore), how much you can borrow and what conditions that apply. Therefore, I decided to do some research on my own and to write this article.

I’ve personally been in contact with a number of banks and with branches in Hong Kong (and the UK) to understand what overseas mortgages they offer. Let’s have a look.

1. BOC (Bank of China)

Bank of China, sometimes referred to as BOC, is one of the top four commercial banks in China. It opened its first Hong Kong branch in 1917 and has become one of the major players.

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Top Real Estate Agencies in Hong Kong: The Ultimate Guide

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Hong Kong is the crown jewel of Asia and one of the top three financial cities in the world, after New York and London. The legal system is transparent and buying real estate is straight forward, even if you can only get hold of leasehold property.

Even if there are many estate agents in Hong Kong, it can be a daunting task to find one, as many market themselves in Cantonese. Yet, you’ll be able to find a number of international agencies that are used to cater to foreign buyers.

In this article, I’ve listed some of the most popular real estate agents in Hong Kong. Let’s have a look.

1. Engel Völkers

Engel Völkers was founded in Hamburg in 1977 and is one of the biggest franchised real estate networks in the world. The company currently employs over 10,000 people in 800 different locations. Chris Liem is the Principal and Owner of Engel Völkers Hong Kong and he previously worked at Lehman Brothers. Over the years, he’s managed to grow the office to around 20 persons.

The company has won a number of awards and reached major achievements, including:

  • “Best of the Best” Mid-levels Real Estate Agency by Squarefoot in 2012
  • Named Best Real Estate Agency in Central and Sheung Wan by GoHome for 2011
  • Engel & Völkers Hong Kong is the home of the 8th Top Agent in the Engel & Völkers global network for rental transactions

Property types

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Top 10 Property Developers in Hong Kong: The Definitive Guide

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Hong Kong has one of the hottest real estate markets in the world and plenty of local and overseas property developers.

Interestingly, many of these companies have founders and CEOs that are some of the wealthiest in Asia, or even in the whole world.

Some focus on building commercial property, like hotels and shopping malls, while others build big apartment complexes and condominiums.

In this article, I’ve listed some of the biggest property developers in Hong Kong. You’ll learn when the companies established, who their founders are, what kind of property they build, and more.

1. Sun Hung Kai Properties

Founded by Kwok Tak Seng in 1863, Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. is one of the top 5 real estate developers in the world and the largest developer in Asia. It’s also the fastest growing developer.

They’ve completed hundreds of residential and commercial projects, including many skyscrapers. One of their most prominent projects is the International Commerce Centre (ICC), the tallest building in Hong Kong with 484 meters.

More than 37,000 people work at Sun Hung Kai at the moment.

Property types

Include everything from skyscrapers, condominiums, housing projects, townships, hotels, shopping malls, resorts and government buildings. You have a wide range of options to invest in, with both residential and commercial properties.

Current projects

Some of their most popular residential projects are:

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Buying Property on Lantau Island: By Kelly Merrick

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Lantau Island is one of the most overlooked places in Hong Kong. If you discuss Hong Kong property with any person, you’ll most often end up talking about the difficulties people have to buy a decent home, even in places like New Territories.

Well, you have other options too.

Lantau Island has more than 100,000 inhabitants and offer properties with great sceneries over the mountains and the ocean. You’ll also be able to take long walks on astonishing white beaches.

In this interview, Kelly Merrick from HomeSolutions explains the basics you need to know when buying a property on Lantau Island.

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