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Property Markets From Hong Kong to Sydney Join Global Slump

  • Rising interest rates, volatile stocks have dented sentiment
  • A home-price recovery in Singapore has proved short-lived
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Sydney's Property Plunge Is Becoming RBA's No. 1 Worry

Asia is finally succumbing to the global property slowdown that’s jolted homeowners and investors from Vancouver to London, with markets in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia showing fresh signs of softening.

The economic ramifications could be serious. Lower house prices and higher mortgage rates will not only dent consumer confidence, but also disposable incomes, S&P Global Ratings said in a report last month. A simultaneous decline in house prices globally could lead to “financial and macroeconomic instability,” the IMF said in study released in April.