Mainland China Firms Acquiring a Majority of Hong Kong's Developable Land in 2019

JLL | July 05, 2019

According to JLL's latest Hong Kong Residential Sales Market Monitor report, only two remaining residential sites to be tendered on the Kai Tak runway could enjoy Victoria Harbour views after the government awarded the tender for Kai Tak Area 4C Site 1 site. Developers will remain keen in acquiring sites in Kai Tak because there are fewer land supply with Victoria Harbour view.

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Realtor testimonials make a huge difference to the potential customer. This infographic takes a look at different types of testimonials, how to get them from your best clients, and how to incorporate them into your marketing strategy

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Knock | January 25, 2023

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REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY,REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

Wolsen Real Estate Partners With Side in Wolsen Realty To Expand Its Sphere of Influence in Miami’s Luxury Market

Wolsen Real Estate | November 30, 2022

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Wood Partners | December 02, 2022

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