In a shopping mall in one of Hong Kong’s prime retail districts, more than 100 people wait patiently to take a lift to the sales floors – not to buy luxury bags or clothes, but high-end apartments with price tags of up to $4.4 million.
Foster Lee, a 30-year-old banker, was among the lucky ones who won the chance to buy a unit after a ballot in which more than 1,600 people signed up for just 80 luxury units on offer.
“I was expecting home prices to fall four years ago and they keep increasing. It really hurts,” said Lee, who plans to buy one of the flats offered by New World Development and Wheelock & Company in the prime location near Kowloon West for his family.
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