China’s property market has surged in recent years. After prices jumped 25 per cent in 2009 alone, the central government imposed austerity measures, including lending curbs, higher mortgage rates and restrictions on the number of homes each family can buy.
During a recent discussion with business school students at Tsinghua University the question arose as to whether real estate prices would fall if populations began declining. This is certainly likely, yet it is still just one possibility, and the notion that fewer people leads to lower property prices is not always destiny.Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 3:44am 1 comment
The mainland's recent property market cooling measures have perplexed foreign nationals, who wonder what the new rules mean for them. Time for a quick call to Chris Dillon, author of mainland property buying guide Landed China, for an explanation.
Many of the new measures apply only to locals, and those for foreigners are not that complicated, says Dillon.29 Apr 2013 - 3:59am 1 comment
To try to contain the fast growth in home prices, Guangzhou's Municipal Land Resources and Housing Administrative Bureau ordered developers and property agents to submit pricing for all new projects for scrutiny.24 Apr 2013 - 5:16am
The conversion of a luxury boutique hotel in a historical district of Shanghai into a multi-storey flagship retail outlet will be the first project to be tackled by China Xintiandi, a commercial property unit to be spun off by Hong Kong-listed Shui On Land.24 Apr 2013 - 5:20am
Passing through Taipei's major business districts, it is common to see office buildings adorned with names of insurance companies. Indeed, about half of the grade-A office buildings in the city are owned by domestic insurers, with these companies accounting for about 40 per cent of turnover in the past few years.24 Apr 2013 - 5:20am
Hongkongers who are tired of mainland buyers driving up local property prices may want to flip the situation and buy real estate across the border.
Property specialist Christopher Dillon looks at exactly that in his new book Landed China. He writes about the steps foreigners must take to buy property on the mainland.22 Apr 2013 - 2:28am
While mainland property firms have enjoyed growth in sales and market capitalisation over the past few years, Deloitte China is less optimistic about the future.
The professional services firm cites pressures on profitability from slower growth, lower liquidity and surging gearing.19 Apr 2013 - 4:05am
The latest round of cooling measures this month is expected to slow down homebuying on the mainland after scorching sales in March. Prices of new homes climbed in 68 out of 70 cities in March from February, according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics - the highest number of cities since September 2011.19 Apr 2013 - 5:04am
Increased demand for grade-A office space from domestic and foreign financial firms has led rents in Shanghai's Pudong area to exceed those in Puxi, the city's traditional central business district.17 Apr 2013 - 5:31am
New-home sales in first-tier and second-tier cities were up 8 per cent and 13 per cent week on week, respectively, according to Nomura. The next catalyst for the housing market should come after the first week of May - the three-day holiday starting on April 29.17 Apr 2013 - 5:31am
The flow of shoppers from Shenzhen to Hong Kong is slowing as more international fast-fashion chains open for business in the border city.17 Apr 2013 - 5:31am
Mainland developers are expected to benefit from the 20 per cent capital gains tax on second-hand homes, which has been in force since the beginning of this month.
Homebuyers would now tend to turn to the primary market, property consultants said.15 Apr 2013 - 3:43am 1 comment
Local branches of the National Development and Reform Commission were sent notices this month instructing them to complete the checks by the end of April, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren't authorised to speak publicly about the investigation.12 Apr 2013 - 5:43am
A week after most mainland cities announced details of the latest round of State Council-ordered cooling measures, home sales in the secondary market across the country plunged as much as 90 per cent.11 Apr 2013 - 5:07am
Flat owners of Shenzhen's Jiayu Garden, who suspect that the developer had used cheap sea sand in the concrete, are shocked to learn that a sample from their block barely passed Hong Kong's standard for chloride ions.11 Apr 2013 - 5:44am 1 comment