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Seoul to Build Homes for Younger Generation Using Public Property

Seoul to Build Homes for Younger Generation Using Public Property

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to carry out a construction project known as the Compact City to offer homes to younger Seoulites by redeveloping traffic islands, old sites used by rainwater pump stations, and other unused public property. The Seoul Housing and Communities Corp. (SH) announced on Thursday a [...]

Customs Service Cracks Down on Illegal Foreign Exchange Activity in Malaysia

Customs Service Cracks Down on Illegal Foreign Exchange Activity in Malaysia

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korea Customs Service has cracked down on 146 individuals who purchased a country house in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and other costly real estate using an illegal foreign exchange method commonly known as “hwanchigi.” The individuals purchased stores, condominiums, and country houses in Johor Bahru without reporting the transactions [...]

Jeju Construction Companies Facing Crisis with More than 1,200 Homes Unsold

Jeju Construction Companies Facing Crisis with More than 1,200 Homes Unsold

JEJU, Apr. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Construction companies are facing the consequences of the decline in the real estate market on Jeju Island, as an increasing number of houses are sitting empty without buyers. Jeju Province announced on Monday that as many as 1,271 residences were left unsold this year. The number of unsold homes [...]

S. Korean Landlord Has Nearly 200 mln Won in Debt: BOK

S. Korean Landlord Has Nearly 200 mln Won in Debt: BOK

SEOUL, Mar. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — An average landlord in South Korea owed 200 million won (US$176,000) to financial institutions last year, a central bank report showed Thursday. According to the Financial Stability Report submitted by the Bank of Korea (BOK) to parliament, the total financial debt of households that lease homes and commercial buildings [...]

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 [...]