Prices rose 0.37 percent in the week ended Aug. 3, surpassing the last record reached in March 2013, according to a weekly index compiled by Centaline Property Agency Ltd., the city’s biggest closely held realtor. Last week’s increase brought the gain this year to 4.2 percent, the index shows.
Housing sales are rising again after transactions plunged last year to the lowest since at least 2002 as the government stepped up cooling measures to contain prices that have doubled since 2009. Total residential sales, both new and existing homes, reached 7,792 units in July, a near two-year high, data from the Land Registry shows.
“The impact of the curbs has pretty much been digested,” said Patrick Chow, head of research at realtor Ricacorp Properties Ltd. “People waiting to buy a home have been waiting for a low point to enter the market, but it hasn’t happened.”
The monthly price index of private housing tracked by the government rose to 249.8 in June, also a record high, according to the Hong Kong Rating and Valuation Department.
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