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Experts Forecast Real Estate Market Slump in 2019

Experts Forecast Real Estate Market Slump in 2019

SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Real estate experts forecast a market downturn throughout the country next year, although some see a chance of an increase in prices in the capital area, a survey showed Wednesday. According to a report from KB Financial Group’s research institute, 70.5 percent of 112 people specialized in the property [...]

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 [...]

Lotte Subsidiaries Moving into Vacant Office Space at Lotte World Tower

Lotte Subsidiaries Moving into Vacant Office Space at Lotte World Tower

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — A significant portion of the empty office space currently available at Lotte World Tower will soon be taken up by the company’s subsidiaries. By doing so, Seoul’s newest landmark building is expected to lower its vacancy levels from the current 60 percent to 30 percent. According to an announcement [...]

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 [...]

Civic Action Coalition Calls for Higher Tax Rates for Property Owners

Civic Action Coalition Calls for Higher Tax Rates for Property Owners

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Korea Bizwire) —Various civic groups that claim the problem of land speculation in Korea cannot be overcome without increasing property holding tax have come together to launch a civic action coalition calling for stronger measures. Civic groups such as Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice and Mibyun’s Committee on People’s Livelihood & Economy [...]

Real Estate Takes up Largest Proportion of S. Koreans’ Assets: Report

Real Estate Takes up Largest Proportion of S. Koreans’ Assets: Report

SEOUL, Oct. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Real estate accounted for more than half of South Korean households’ total assets, with the rate of homes owned for investments far higher compared to major economies, a report showed Thursday. It is based upon an analysis of features of household assets in five nations — South Korea, the [...]