Hong Kong housing prices up 5 percent in a month

The price of Hong Kong residential properties in March was 25 percent higher than a year ago. Could it be – a bubble?

This chart shows the price index and annual change for residential property prices in Hong Kong, starting in 1992. Prices have been rising quickly since 2009. Is Hong Kong in the middle of a boom?

Today, the University of Hong Kong released their Hong Kong Residential Real Estate Series (HKU-REIS) indicating that, in March, the price of residential properties increased a whopping 4.54% since February climbing 25.46% above the level seen in March 2010.

The “Hong Kong Island” index, “Kowloon” and “New Territories” sub-components also showed stunning monthly and annual increases with the "Hong Kong Island" series indicated that prices have now far outpaced the prior 1997 peak.

The HKU-REIS is a set of property price indices constructed monthly using a “modified” repeat-sale methodology similar to that of the S&P/Case-Shiller indices yet suited to the Hong Kong property market.

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