Hong Kong’s Housing Market Has Become “A Sea Of Madness” Central Bank Warns

A HK new home sale site queues with over thousand of buyers.
Last time this happened in 1997. pic.twitter.com/DHtH897ga9
— Simon Ting (@simonting) May 26, 2017

What a difference 16 months makes.
It was in February of 2016 when, looking at the latest trends in the Hong Kong housing market, we wrote that in January [2016] Hong Kong home prices tumbled the most since July 2013, and after a 12 year upcycle, prices were now down 10% from the recent peak just four months prior…
… while the local Centaline Property Agency estimated that total Hong Kong property transactions at the start of 2016 were on track to register the worst month on record.
Fast forward to today when that particular blip is long forgotten, swept away by the record credit injection unleashed by China in the interim, which has spilled over into the Hong Kong’s housing market where instead of concerns about a bubble bursting, the locals are preoccupied with chasing the latest, and biggest yet, housing bubble to form in Hong Kong, as crowds of people line up in hope of being the winning bidder for one of several properties for sales, some of which are oversubscribed as much as 15x.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 29, 2017.