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Residential mortgage loans in negative equity: End of June 2019
The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced today (July 31) the results of its survey on residential mortgage loans (RMLs) in negative equity at end-June 2019.
     The estimated number of RMLs in negative equity decreased to 1 case at end-June 2019 from 44 cases at end-March 2019.  The case was related to RML under mortgage insurance programme, which generally has a higher loan-to-value ratio.
     The aggregate value of RMLs in negative equity decreased to HK$3 million at end-June 2019 compared with HK$230 million at end-March 2019.
     The unsecured portion of these loans decreased to HK$120,000 at end-June 2019 from HK$6 million at end-March 2019.
     Since the first quarter of 2011, there have been no RMLs in negative equity with delinquencies of more than three months.
     It is important to note that the figures derived from this survey relate only to RMLs provided by authorized institutions on the basis of first mortgages and which the reporting institution knows to be in negative equity (i.e. the outstanding loan amount with the reporting institution exceeds the current market value of the mortgaged property).  Not included in these figures are RMLs associated with co-financing schemes which would be in negative equity if the second mortgages were taken into account.  The extent to which such RMLs are in negative equity is not known because authorized institutions do not maintain records on the outstanding balances of the second mortgages. 
     The mortgage portfolios of the surveyed authorized institutions represent about 99% of the industry total.  The survey results have been extrapolated to estimate the position of the banking sector as a whole.
Ends/Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Issued at HKT 13:00
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