With traditional financing drying up in Hong Kong and property prices at a record high, home buyers are looking to non-bank lenders.
Asian shares outside Japan advanced on Friday after the Fed decided to hold off on its first rate hike in nearly a decade.
A drop in Chinese tourist numbers is driving down shop rentals in Hong Kong, with vacancies increasing in the same prime areas.
The persisting turmoil in commodity markets ignited risk aversion in most Asian stock markets on Wednesday, with Tokyo and Sydney equities finishing at fresh lows.
Former co-chairman of Hong Kong-listed developer Sun Hung Kai Properties, Thomas Kwok, was sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday for corruption.
Asian equities largely rose on a data-light Monday following a bounce in oil markets and a third consecutive winning session on Wall Street last Friday.
Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday amid caution over developments in Hong Kong and as investors focused on data in China and Japan.
HK's property developers are locked in a price war as measures to cool its expensive real estate markets force them to impose discounts to hit sales targets.
Cash-rich mainland Chinese, have fled Hong Kong's real estate market, scared off by cooling measures that have sent them scouring overseas for better options.
A series of tightening measures have put the brakes on Hong Kong's overheated property sector, forcing developers to cut prices and prompting a warning from Asia's richest man Li Ka-shing: speculators stay away.
Malaysian casino operator Genting envisions red and gold pagodas and a panda exhibit on the 87-acre plot of Las Vegas land it bought this week, a new gambling playground for rich Chinese.
China markets resumed their decline, after a one-day recovery on Wednesday, dampened by fresh worries about monetary tightening and expansion of property sector curbs.
Just three months after Hong Kong rolled out a tough new round of property cooling measures, home prices have again climbed to record highs with demand unusually strong for new flats.
Asian shares ended in the red on Wednesday as cautious investors waited for crucial economic data from China later this week, while the yen's extended gains spurred profit taking in Japanese equities after their recent rally.
Ricco DeBlank, CEO of Hotels, Sun Hung Kai Properties sees occupancy rate of around 92% in its hotels in Hong Kong. He also projects double digit growth from 2011's record year in the region.
HONG KONG, Nov 1- Mainland Chinese shares posted their strongest daily gains in more than three weeks on Thursday, boosting Hong Kong stocks, following positive China economic data and a report that local governments were easing restrictions on property purchases. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong jumped 1.1 percent.
The study by commercial real estate services firm CBRE comes just days after Hong Kong announced its first residential property tax targeted at overseas buyers as U.S. quantitative easing and record-low interest rates boost the risk of a housing bubble in the Asian financial centre.
HONG KONG, Oct 30- Hong Kong shares sank to their lowest in almost two weeks on Tuesday, with most local developers slipping further in the wake of fresh curbs on real estate purchases in the territory. Investors also took profits on Chinese banks, recent outperformers after strong third-quarter earnings from three of China's ``Big Four'' banks.
*Hong Kong developers slump on fears curbs will crimp sales. *Hong Kong turnover lowest in almost two weeks, Shanghai weak too. HONG KONG, Oct 29- Hong Kong shares edged lower on Monday, as local developers tumbled on fears that new measures to cool soaring property prices will sap demand, but broader losses were limited by earnings-driven strength in Chinese banks.
HONG KONG, Oct 29- Hong Kong shares fell on Monday as local developers tumbled on fears that new measures to cool soaring property prices will sap demand, but broader losses were limited by earnings-driven strength in Chinese banks. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was up 1 percent.