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"Hot Money" At Boiling Point: Hong Kong Apartment Sells For Record $8773 Per Square Foot, New Asian Record

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Over the past year, one of the more confounding developments has been the relentless surge higher in the Chinese currency, whose unpegged version has soared to multi-decade highs against the USD, even as the economy has been mired in a downward secular shift with various indicators showing an ongoing decline. The reason for this "hot money" phenomenon is the easy money policy adopted by all the world's central banks (except for the PBOC of course, which is forced to stick with reverse repo-based ultra short-term money injections), coupled with the anti-foreign capital stance adopted by Switzerland, making China, Hong Kong and Singapore as the go to targets for "excess global cash." And as long as the hot money continues to flow and keep the inflation threat "on the sidelines", all attempts to cool its notwithstanding, the PBOC will be unable to ease, and allow US tech companies' stock prices to finally rise, as their profitability is and has always been a reflection of Chinese end-market demand. By the looks of things, the PBOC will be stuck in a holding pattern for a long time, as just confirmed by the sale of a luxury Hong-Kong 6,683 sq. foot apartment in the Gehry-designed Opus Hong Kong in Mid-Levels East, at a price of HK$455 million, which translates to HK$68,000 per square foot, or just under $8,800: a new all time record for Asia. So much for cooling the hot money.

From South China Morning Post:

A buyer has paid HK$68,083 per square foot for a luxury flat at Opus Hong Kong, the new Frank Gehry-designed residential building in Mid-Levels East, a record for an apartment in Hong Kong and Asia in terms of price per square foot.


Data from the Lands Registry show the flat, on the 9th floor of the building at 53 Stubbs Road, was sold for HK$455 million on October 17, nine days before the government announced measures to curb property speculation. There is no information on the buyer.


The 6,683 sq ft flat offers a view of the city and Victoria Harbour.


The price beat the previous record, set by a duplex flat at 39 Conduit Road in Mid-Levels West, which sold for HK$360.7 million, or HK$63,999 per sq ft in April last year.


Ricky Poon, executive director of Colliers International's residential sales department, believes the buyer was willing to pay a record-breaking price because there is a lack of flats bigger than 6,000 sq ft and it is the latest luxury development in the city.


The price is almost 6 per cent higher than that paid for a flat on the 8th floor at Opus Hong Kong, which sold for HK$430 million or HK$63,657 per sq ft in August.


The 12-storey Opus Hong Kong, developed by Swire Properties, provides 10 flats and two double-level garden apartments with private swimming pools. The flats are 6,000 to 6,900 sq ft. Gehry's previous designs include the Guggenheim Museum in Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.


Despite the luxury residential market taking a hit from the government's new measures since the record-breaking deal was signed, Poon said he did not expect the buyer to cancel. "I don't think Swire would cut their asking prices for the remaining flats. They would rather keep the flats for leasing. And luxury residential prices have dropped a few per cent only and the buyer did not need to pay the new buyer's stamp duty and new rate of special stamp duty," he said.

This is what an insane amount of money buys any self-respecting Russian oligarch. From the Opus website:



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Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:31 | 2975648 GetZeeGold
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Can't give that crap away in the ghost cities of China.


Location, location, location......learn it, love it, live it.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:34 | 2975668 Gully Foyle
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Biden 2016, like white on rice

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:43 | 2975684 francis_sawyer
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Jump you fuckers...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:44 | 2975696 GetZeeGold
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Lead the way amigo.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:52 | 2975724 Dalago
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Market top, bitchez!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:47 | 2975711 Gully Foyle
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You know that is how most Asians commit suicide, by jumping off buildings.

Western bankers may not have the motivation to take the big plunge, but Asians have no problem.

(Biden 2016,Feel the wrath)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:55 | 2975728 Soul Train
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Texas is booming with over 60,000 votes to succeed today, yesterday they hit the 25k threshold.


Dig it. So Hong Kong is not the only one booming - Texas has proven they've blown a valve and the Obamaites better watch out.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:58 | 2975743 Gully Foyle
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Soul Train

Texas voted to become a success story, god on them.

(Biden 2016, who would of thunk this)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:08 | 2975755 francis_sawyer
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All my "ex's" live in Texas could be the new national anthem... Sweet!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:59 | 2975746 Gully Foyle
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The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the iconic kids' show in the wake of allegations that he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy.

( Biden 2016, like leftovers?)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:31 | 2975653 LawsofPhysics
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Hong Kong is not China, it is Hong Kong.  Let's hope it stays that way.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:35 | 2975659 GetZeeGold
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Hong Kong is not China is now. Let's see how long they can keep from screwing it up.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:37 | 2975672 Thomas
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Hot money produces bubbles. How many times does this need to be learned?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:48 | 2975713 Dr. Engali
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How much time do you have, and which bubble would you like to start with? Should we start with the South Sea bubble or Tulip mania?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:53 | 2975951 john39
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why would they stop? its working splendidly for them.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:00 | 2975750 GlobalCtzn
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At least one more time...................

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:35 | 2975669 JPM Hater001
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Right...this time is different cause the city is different.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:38 | 2975678 LawsofPhysics
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Tommorrow is another day and on a long enough timeline...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:43 | 2975692 Gully Foyle
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What the fuck does happen on a long enough timeline?

We have no idea because our science is about half a century old and our species is only around 5ok years.

Get back to me when we encounter aliens with a few million, or billion, years under their belts.

Something that can actually factually discuss long enough timelines.

(Biden 2016, Going commando since 1985)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:49 | 2975715 LawsofPhysics
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What happens?  You fucking die moron.  What you do with the time your are given is what matters.  Now go try and be productive Gully and try not to look like such an idiot when posting.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:57 | 2975741 GetZeeGold
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Warning......spoiler alert.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:04 | 2975759 Gully Foyle
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You can not prove that you die.

You have zero evidence that includes every single person born in the last 50k years.

You can not prove anyone living today will not have acheived immortality via technology.

The reality is we have suggestions regarding the mechanics of the universe that surrounds us.

Those suggestions are frequently modified and outdated ideas replaced with new.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:10 | 2975779 francis_sawyer
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There is no spoon...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:13 | 2975789 GetZeeGold
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You can not prove that you die.


Here's Johnny! He's sorta like a prophet.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 14:55 | 2976923 mrgneiss
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Guess you guys missed this one, the afterlife has recently been proven:

Work on your merkaba, there isn't much time left.


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:20 | 2975810 Dr. No
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Just because it does not happen readily, does not prove a false.  Try an experiment:  Step ini front of a bus.  My bet is you die.


The sun has never exploded.  Does that mean it never will?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 11:21 | 2976048 JPM Hater001
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Tue, 11/13/2012 - 13:03 | 2976492 slackrabbit
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go drink petrol  and prove me wrong.

(anyone got a lighter?)


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:50 | 2975718 adr
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Don't you know, there are no ancient civilizations left.

Once a society believes they can unlock the secrets of the universe and search for the Higgs Boson, they destroy themselves soon after.

Or maybe you never watched Lexx.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:07 | 2975770 Gully Foyle
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I don't recall Higgs Boson from LEXX.

Kai: I am Kai, last of the Brunnen-G. Millennia ago, the Brunnen-G led humanity to victory in the war against the Insect civilization. The Time Prophet predicted that I would be the one to destroy the Divine Order and the League of 20,000 Planets. Some day, that will happen… but not today, as today is my day of death. The day our story begins.

( Biden 2016, got Meth?)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 12:59 | 2976476 slackrabbit
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um dude it was handed back in 1997

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:32 | 2975660 falak pema
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petraeus's pad after he agrees not to testify.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:33 | 2975667 GetZeeGold
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Heard the cat cut a pretty sweet deal......good for him.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:37 | 2975675 Gully Foyle
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falak pema

Dude where you been? It is far more interesting

(Biden 2016, I'm not Gore)


The FBI probe into the sex scandal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday.

According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 documents — most of them e-mails — of “potentially inappropriate” communications between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close relationship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall.

Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. He also served as Petraeus’s deputy when both generals led the military’s Tampa-based Central Command from 2008 until 2010.

The FBI first notified the Pentagon of its investigation into Allen’s communications with Kelley on Sunday evening, according to the senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the pending case.

Jill Kelley, the woman who was (allegedly) threatened by Gen. Petraeus's squeeze Paula Broadwell and who (apparently) started the FBI investigation that led to Petraeus' ouster, who went to the FBI for help after the threats and then (allegedly) had a relationship with the FBI agent in charge of her own case, who (allegedly) sent her shirtless pics of himself, also (apparently, allegedly) had "compromising" communications with Gen. John Allen, the Big Damn Commander of our war effort in Afghanistan.

You can't even make this shit up. It's not a love triangle. It's a love Pentagon.


Twenty to thirty THOUSAND pages? I write for a living and I can tell you that I haven't written twenty to thirty thousand pages in my working career. Cheese-and-crackers, that's a damn lot of love letters. I've never liked anyone enough EVER to spend that much time talking to them. Eesh.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:47 | 2975708 Quinvarius
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I am going to send junk shots to everyone involved and add another layer to this tangled web.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:07 | 2975772 GetZeeGold
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Just as long as we don't leave another 4 people to die on video.....I'm good with it.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:59 | 2975748 spanish inquisition
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With all this love letter writing to side action, who's got time for intelligence or warmongering? Makes you wonder who is actually running these wars.........

"Ooh baby, get me some tanzanite. Not the regular stuff. The fancy Iranian tanzinite! And if you really loved me, you would go get it yourself.... Thats what would make it special!"

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:10 | 2975782 GetZeeGold
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Love letter tsunami alert!


Can you feel all the love going around?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:16 | 2975799 falak pema
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you're obviously not a 4 star general who is tired of staring as stray afghan goats and walking women's tents and having an intense desire to enter into a woman's wigwam. 

Just imagine all those lonely nights spent in Poppy flower smoke without a poke.

Even soldier monks gets the urge to splurge. 

So maybe those 20000 pages are his way of saying "I have an irrepressible urge to climb Empire State with you my Kelly of such gracious face."

Who can blame him for trying to play King Kong. He knew like we know how a film like that ends; its called Karma. 

Maybe this is the KAiros moment of Pentagon when our ADOLESCENT dreams will come true and we'll hear the brass hats singing all naked on the Pentagon lawn : GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 14:05 | 2976713 Fuh Querada
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"Fuck for peace" was the slogan of SF flower power in the 60s.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:05 | 2975761 ReactionToClose...
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pretty funny .....

... and get 'compensated' for the book he could write but will never get published now


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:32 | 2975661 JPM Hater001
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And we have peak housing bubble confirmed in China.

Please strap yourself in as we head for the bottom.  It's 8733 feet below.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:39 | 2975680 Gully Foyle
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JPM Hater001

Funny how I read peak this and peak that damn near every day, but nothing ever really drops these days.

Sure it is a good throw away line, but when nothing happens it becomes "Where's the Beef".

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 11:23 | 2976053 JPM Hater001
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Let me see where did I put your ticket for the clue bus...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 12:06 | 2976207 Blankenstein
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No doubt the same thing was said by deniers prior to October 1929. 

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:53 | 2975688 drivenZ
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no different in the US...


There is no bottom in China. Atleast not one that will have a major global impact. The communist put is at work. The government has the means to support the economy and they will keep doing it.   


I might add that as long as the divide between the uber-wealthy and the poor continues to grow, there will still be a healthy market for properties like this. Even with the financial crisis the Manhattan real estate market had a much quicker turnaround than most areas of the country. 

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:33 | 2975664 krispkritter
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Is it just me or does it already look like it's about to fall over? It's like the Leaning Tower of Pisa(Shit)....

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:50 | 2975717 HelluvaEngineer
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I believe that's the view from Apple maps...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:39 | 2975682 slackrabbit
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damn that building is ugly...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:45 | 2975702 Gully Foyle
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It has a kind of modernist appeal.

Would be cool if they did HK version of Towering Inferno in this building.

(Biden 2016, Not a Muslim)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 15:50 | 2977147 e-recep
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i wonder what kind of retard designs such a butt-ugly building?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:44 | 2975695 THE DORK OF CORK
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Much of this stuff is a result of european capital export post 1980 / they changed from Nation to extreme market states


Now theres not much european capital remaining - however a break up of the Euro would still sink the BRics in my opinion and Hong Kong as a trading / old opium dealing island.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:44 | 2975697 justanothersucker
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It's only worth....well....whatever, until someone builds another taller building farther up the hill.  It's all about the high ground.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:15 | 2975802 Dr. No
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Or when someone builds between them and the view.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:45 | 2975701 adr
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That is one ugly building with an interior only a Jew could love.

6000sq ft? God, one flat could house what? 600 Chinese?

Let the 100sq ft slum dwellers in Hong Kong know that some fools have 6000sq ft pads in the hills.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:14 | 2975790 francis_sawyer
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That's why the Brazilians are clever... All the favelas are up in the hillsides on prime real estate...


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:59 | 2975749 swissaustrian
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I've researched this a year ago, too. Returns on these stocks have been mixed at best:

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:47 | 2975712 frenchie
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i thought that 8000 euros / m² in Paris was insane ?

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:53 | 2975727 adr
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And to think my property is only worth $92 a square foot.


Print Bernanke print!!!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:56 | 2975733 Sudden Debt
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Nice :)

And just thinking that the guy who bought it pays his workers 5 cents a hour working 14 hours a day 7/7....

Gotta love the trickle down system.

When he spits from his balcony, he's pretty sure it will hit some poor "employEEeeee's" head...

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 09:56 | 2975736 adr
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I think Bang Bros found a new set location.

All that marble and the giant couch are only good for one thing.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:04 | 2975745 Sudden Debt
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that balconny looks scary dangerous when it rains...

that living rooms makes me seasick watching it...

that bathroom is a killer when you get out of bath and where are the showers?

and when you open the window, you're at smog height....

It actually looks like a 4 star hotel room. Not 5.

nice buy... :)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:17 | 2975764 Dr. No
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More inflation data:


I was in brazil recently and foudn the following:

1) Big mac meal: $10 US

2) Reward for lost dog (glued to light pole): $1000 US

3) Glass of orange juice: $2.50 US

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:33 | 2975841 BlueCollaredOne
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I would run a dog finding service during the day, and steal dogs at night.  


Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:36 | 2975854 slackrabbit
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sorry MF Global already has that sector covered

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 14:04 | 2975818 Volaille de Bresse
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This shit is obscenely expensive ugly and it seems to be about to crumble = it's a perfect metaphor for 21st century capitalism!


Go Geary go! You've made it (unvolunteerly of course as Geary is a terminal dickhead full of himself).

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:47 | 2975924 juliawong
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You don't understand ;)

Regarding to the insane price tag: People who lives in the Hong Kong Island mountain all think that they are "lording" over the peasants at sea level.

Traditionally (as in since the colonial times), most of them used to be british or at least caucasians expats who thought that living higher up in the mountains is more preferably because the air is fresher and freer from the pollution/exhausts from the traffic down hill.

Recent studies, shows that the mid levels facing North is one of the worst in terms of air pollution because China's factories release the pollutants particles and it's trapped by the mountain facing "up" north and it's no longer the car exhaust that is the major souce of pollution, physically, in HK.

And there is also the probability of "price propping" for free PR stunts purposes, where it is just a "show" and underthetable, the actual price paid is much less. It has happened before in Hong Kong more than a few times. However, personally, I think this is not very likely here, in the case here, because they only have 12 units, unlike the previous highly suspicious cases where the "rest" of the units are at least in the dozens.



Tue, 11/13/2012 - 11:30 | 2976087 combatsnoopy
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After watching a school building crumble in China during a 5.0 earthquake, I refuse to step foot into any Chinese made building past the first floor.  I feel a lot better about the buildngs in Japan. 
Asia is merely nothing more than a cute backdrop for "imperialists".  Asia is way too crowded for me. 

To the person who buys this thing, I've got a bridge in Arizona to sell you.  

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 12:16 | 2976263 WilliamShatner
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Infration, britchez!

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 12:54 | 2976450 Totin
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Hopefully it comes with some nice, 24 hour, female staff.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 13:15 | 2976534 Diogenes
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Now you know why they think Vancouver real estate is cheap.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 14:38 | 2976857 orangegeek
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And after the markets tank, you can pack lots of suicidal financiers into this flat  - and it's high up enough that jumping shouldn't be a problem.


Someone should open a bucket, sponge and squeegee store at street level.  There's going to be a helluva mess to clean up.



Wed, 11/14/2012 - 15:29 | 2981008 Belteshazzar
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It's a plot to save money on replacement flags when Puerto Rico joins the union!

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