Residential Mortgage Survey Results for December 2006
According to the 23 authorized institutions (AIs) which participate in the HKMA's monthly survey of residential mortgage lending, new mortgage loans drawn down during December increased by 32.7% to HK$14.0 billion, the highest level in 18 months.
New loans approved, however, decreased by 14.9% to HK$13.3 billion. Decreases were seen in all types of market transactions. In value terms, primary market transactions decreased by HK$0.7 billion (-15.6%), secondary market transactions by HK$0.7 billion (-9.0%) and refinancing loans by HK$0.9 billion (-26.0%). The number of new applications decreased by 22.2%.
The proportion of new loans approved at more than 2.5% below the best lending rate increased to 61.0% from 54.8% in November, while the proportion of new approvals priced with reference to rates other than the best lending rate or fixed rates decreased to 34.2% from 40.3% over the same period.
The outstanding value of mortgage loans rose by 0.6% to HK$529.4 billion.
The mortgage delinquency ratio edged up to 0.20% from 0.19% in November. With the rescheduled loan ratio decreasing to 0.26% from 0.28%, the combined ratio improved to 0.46% from 0.47% a month earlier.
For further enquiries, please contact:
Hing-fung Wong, Officer (Press), at 2878 1802 or
Thomas Chan, Senior Manager (Press), at 2878 1480
Hong Kong Monetary Authority
25 January 2007