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Residential Mortgage Survey Results for October 2002

New mortgage lending fell in October, according to the HKMA's monthly survey of residential mortgage lending.

New loans drawn down during the month decreased by 16.3% to HK$7.2 billion. New loans approved also decreased, by 14.6% to HK$7.7 billion, driven largely by a 26.6% decrease in loan approvals for primary market transactions. New approvals for secondary market transactions rose by 8.4% while refinancing transactions remained flat.

The proportion of new approvals that were priced at more than 2% below the best lending rate remained unchanged at 89.6%.

The amount of outstanding mortgage loans decreased by 0.3% to HK$535.3 billion.

The mortgage delinquency ratio increased slightly from 1.08% to 1.11% while the rescheduled loan ratio remained unchanged at 0.46%. The combined ratio thus increased to 1.57% from 1.54%.

"Banks will need to stay vigilant to any signs of possible deterioration in their mortgage portfolios amidst the uncertain economic outlook and carefully manage their problem loans," said Mr David Carse, Deputy Chief Executive of the HKMA.

Gross loans for the purchase of properties in Mainland China decreased to HK$219 million, and the amount of outstanding loans was HK$6.2 billion.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Jasmin Fung, Manager (Press), at 2878 8246 or
Sylvia Yip, Manager (Press), at 2878 1687

Hong Kong Monetary Authority
28 November 2002

Annex

Residential Mortgage Survey

Notes to Annex

  1. The Residential Mortgage Survey is a continuous monthly survey covering 28 authorized institutions in the banking industry.
  2. Residential mortgage loans (RMLs) in this survey are loans (including refinancing loans) to private individuals for the purchase of residential properties, including uncompleted units, but other than those properties under the Home Ownership Scheme, the Private Sector Participation Scheme and the Tenants Purchase Scheme.
  3. Gross new loans made are new mortgage loans drawn down during the surveyed month.
  4. New loans approved are mortgage loans approved during the surveyed month. The loans can either be drawn down in the same month or in the following months. Loans that are approved but not yet drawn, which have implications for the amount of gross new loans made in the following months, are shown under the item "New loans approved during month but not yet drawn".
  5. Delinquency ratio is measured by a ratio of total amount of overdue loans to total outstanding loans.
  6. Rescheduled loan ratio is measured by a ratio of total amount of rescheduled loans to total outstanding loans.
  7. Co-financing schemes refer to those schemes that involve provision of top-up finance by property developer(s) or other co-financier(s) in addition to mortgage loans advanced by authorized institutions. For loans associated with co-financing schemes, only the portion of loans advanced by reporting institutions is included in this survey.
  8. Average loan-to-value ratio and average contractual life for new loans approved during the surveyed month are average figures weighted by the amount of new loans approved during the surveyed month by individual reporting institutions.
Last revision date: 1 August 2011
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