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Additional Taxation for Foreign Owners of Condominiums in Jeju

Additional Taxation for Foreign Owners of Condominiums in Jeju

JEJU, Jan. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting this year, foreigners in Jeju will be subject to heavy taxation if they use condominiums that they have purchased as vacation homes. Jeju Province announced on Wednesday that condominiums acquired by foreigners, unless proven as primary residences, will be regarded as private vacation homes, and will be subject [...]

Study Shows Areas with More Renters Have More Schools

Study Shows Areas with More Renters Have More Schools

SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Areas with a higher number of households that pay monthly rent for housing have more schools, while areas with residents who own their homes have more hospitals. In addition, in areas with a high proportion of households living in rented homes, there is a trend towards an increase in [...]

Mortgage Burden Likely to Get Heavier as BOK Lifts Key Rate

Mortgage Burden Likely to Get Heavier as BOK Lifts Key Rate

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Households may have to cope with higher mortgage rates as the Bank of Korea (BOK) raised its key interest rate for the first time in a year, market watchers said Friday. In a widely anticipated move to cool property prices, the BOK lifted its key rate by 25 basis [...]

Once Red-hot, Home Prices in Seoul Show Signs of Stability

Once Red-hot, Home Prices in Seoul Show Signs of Stability

SEOUL, Nov. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Being a homeowner has become more difficult for Hwang Jin-kyu, a 38-year-old software engineer who has been trying to buy a three-bedroom apartment in northern Seoul for months. He sought to borrow about 200 million won (US$178,300) from a bank to buy the 79.3-square-meter home, but his application for [...]

First Apartment Complex in S. Korea Coated with Fine Dust Fighting Paint

First Apartment Complex in S. Korea Coated with Fine Dust Fighting Paint

SEOUL, Oct. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — The first apartment complex in South Korea armed with an air filtering function has made its reveal. The Seoul Housing & Communities Corp. (SH) painted the exterior of an apartment complex in Seoul with a type of photocatalyst paint that helps remove nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxides, the main [...]

The Future of Banking is Paper-free

The Future of Banking is Paper-free

SEOUL, Oct. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — In the near future, blockchain technology will be incorporated into real estate databases, allowing users to gain access to relevant official documents without having to submit physical certifications. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of Science and Technology yesterday revealed plans to create a real [...]