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postgraduate thesis: To evaluate the impact of government intervention on housing tenure choice in Hong Kong

TitleTo evaluate the impact of government intervention on housing tenure choice in Hong Kong
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Issue Date2004
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Sung, Y. [宋艷伶]. (2004). To evaluate the impact of government intervention on housing tenure choice in Hong Kong. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.
Abstract(Uncorrected OCR) ABSTRACT In Hong Kong, due to the government's strong intervention in the housing market, the housing subsidy system and rationing on owner-occupation and the public rental housing sector have significant impact on households' tenure decisions. As laid down in the first and second Long Term Housing Strategy respectively in 1987 and 1998. the government adopted an active policy of promoting home ownership towards privatization via various subsidies, like the Home Ownership Scheme (I IOS) and the I lome Purchase Loan Scheme (HPLS). During this period, property ownership was also regarded as an inflation-resistant investment and an effective wealth accumulation vehicle. Unfortunately, the property market slump following the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis has come to mean Ihe cessation of the "wealth escalator" function of property ownership. In view of lackluster property market and the political pressure, the government took the unprecedented decision on 13 November 2002 to extricate itself from the role as a direct provider of subsidized sale flats, allowing market forces to address the problem. A new Home Assistance Loan Scheme (HALS) was introduced on 2 January, 2003 as a phase process. On 14 July 2004. the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) also ceased the provision of 1IALS in order to be freed from the heavy financial burden. Currently, the subsidized home ownership of 1 long Kong is abolished. It is noted that structural changes that characterize the housing and labor markets in the new age of global economy are creating some impact on housing market behavior. As the risks arising from the higher incidence of unemployment, low wage work and volatile housing prices increase, homeowners now prudently, re-assess the terms and conditions before committing to mortgage arrangements. This research centers on investigating the determinants of tenure choice from the approved purchasers of HALS and their views over producer and customer subsidies to home ownership, i.e. HOS versus HALS. '1'hc findings in this paper reveal that factors like age, family structure and income of the household do carry weight in the decision-making process of property purchase. With diversifying social composition nowadays, singletons have become a growing source of homeowners in recent years. The research also indicates that despite certain reticence during the economic turmoil, home purchase instead of renting remains a fundamental priority, and stagnation in purchase is largely due to financial constraints. Moreover. homeowners are now more cautious in taking up loans and are generally more concerned about housing affordabilily and the early repayment of debt. Additionally, they are less inclined to attain higher social status through filtering up the housing ladder, and lend lo place more emphasis on use value, ontological security and
DegreeMaster of Housing Management
SubjectHome ownership - Government policy - China - Hong Kong.
Home ownership - China - Hong Kong.
Rental housing - China - Hong Kong.
Dept/ProgramHousing Management

 

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dc.contributor.authorSung, Yim-ling-
dc.contributor.author宋艷伶zh_HK
dc.date.issued2004-
dc.identifier.citationSung, Y. [宋艷伶]. (2004). To evaluate the impact of government intervention on housing tenure choice in Hong Kong. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR.-
dc.description.abstract(Uncorrected OCR) ABSTRACT In Hong Kong, due to the government's strong intervention in the housing market, the housing subsidy system and rationing on owner-occupation and the public rental housing sector have significant impact on households' tenure decisions. As laid down in the first and second Long Term Housing Strategy respectively in 1987 and 1998. the government adopted an active policy of promoting home ownership towards privatization via various subsidies, like the Home Ownership Scheme (I IOS) and the I lome Purchase Loan Scheme (HPLS). During this period, property ownership was also regarded as an inflation-resistant investment and an effective wealth accumulation vehicle. Unfortunately, the property market slump following the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis has come to mean Ihe cessation of the "wealth escalator" function of property ownership. In view of lackluster property market and the political pressure, the government took the unprecedented decision on 13 November 2002 to extricate itself from the role as a direct provider of subsidized sale flats, allowing market forces to address the problem. A new Home Assistance Loan Scheme (HALS) was introduced on 2 January, 2003 as a phase process. On 14 July 2004. the Hong Kong Housing Authority (HA) also ceased the provision of 1IALS in order to be freed from the heavy financial burden. Currently, the subsidized home ownership of 1 long Kong is abolished. It is noted that structural changes that characterize the housing and labor markets in the new age of global economy are creating some impact on housing market behavior. As the risks arising from the higher incidence of unemployment, low wage work and volatile housing prices increase, homeowners now prudently, re-assess the terms and conditions before committing to mortgage arrangements. This research centers on investigating the determinants of tenure choice from the approved purchasers of HALS and their views over producer and customer subsidies to home ownership, i.e. HOS versus HALS. '1'hc findings in this paper reveal that factors like age, family structure and income of the household do carry weight in the decision-making process of property purchase. With diversifying social composition nowadays, singletons have become a growing source of homeowners in recent years. The research also indicates that despite certain reticence during the economic turmoil, home purchase instead of renting remains a fundamental priority, and stagnation in purchase is largely due to financial constraints. Moreover. homeowners are now more cautious in taking up loans and are generally more concerned about housing affordabilily and the early repayment of debt. Additionally, they are less inclined to attain higher social status through filtering up the housing ladder, and lend lo place more emphasis on use value, ontological security and-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B30782041-
dc.subject.lcshHome ownership - Government policy - China - Hong Kong.-
dc.subject.lcshHome ownership - China - Hong Kong.-
dc.subject.lcshRental housing - China - Hong Kong.-
dc.titleTo evaluate the impact of government intervention on housing tenure choice in Hong Kong-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb3078204-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Housing Management-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineHousing Management-
dc.description.natureabstract-
dc.description.naturetoc-

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