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Mainland Property

Roads paved with gold for property investors in Qianhai

People who bought flats in estates a stone's throw from the Qianhai experimental zone quickly came to regret their decision. They kept doors and windows firmly sealed to shut out the dust and incessant noise from container trucks traversing the nearby highway.

Monday, 4 March, 2013, 5:42am 1 comment

'Rigid' demand for homes is more of a marketing myth than reality

While the human need for accommodation tends to be rigid, the need to buy a home is not. It is comparatively flexible, or "elastic" to use economics terminology.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:40am

Affordable-housing sales poor in tier-one mainland cities

Sales of government-subsidised housing in Shanghai and Beijing have been disappointing because those who qualify for such flats cannot afford the high purchase prices, agents and property analysts say.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:40am

Home sellers on mainland raise prices after holiday sales boom

Data from the China Index Academy, a unit of SouFun Holdings, shows 21 of 27 cities recorded a rise in sales from February 4 to 17 compared with the same period last year, with average prices in 14 cities nearly doubling.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:40am

Outcry at ban on property searches in mainland cities

Restrictions on property registry searches introduced by several mainland cities following a spate of online exposés of corrupt officials have sparked a public outcry, with the authorities accused of covering up corruption in the name of protecting privacy.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:09am 3 comments

Beijing property prices rising sharply beyond reach of some buyers

Data from the China Index Academy, a unit of SouFun holdings, China's biggest real estate website operator, shows that the average price of a new home in 100 major cities recorded an eight successive month-on-month rise in January, to 9,812 yuan per square metre. That represented an increase of 0.03 per cent from December and on a year-on-year basis prices were up 1.2 per cent - the first annualised rise in prices in nine months.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:59am

Mainland property players still upbeat despite tougher conditions: survey

DTZ Research conducted a cross-sector and cross-regional survey of those with an interest in the mainland property market for their views on market demand in the New Year, their financing and portfolio growth prospects, and what factors would be most important in driving their portfolio development.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:59am

Land sales drop amid dip in supply with developers wary of higher prices

The total number of sites that were sold for commercial, industrial and residential developments registered a month-on-month decrease of 53 per cent to 2,145 in January, according to transactions monitored in 300 cities by the China Real Estate Index System (CREIS).

6 Feb 2013 - 4:59am

Land bank deal boosts shares of for Shenzhen Investment

Property developer Shenzhen Investment's shares surged yesterday after the company said it plans to acquire a site in Shenzhen from its shareholder Shum Yip Group.

Analysts said the deal was just the first step for the company in replenishing its land bank as the market recovers. The acquisition is expected to enhance the developer's leading position in the city's residential market.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:58am

Demand to keep mainland property market buoyant, say bank analysts

Resilient end-user demand will continue to support mainland property market sales this year, after a rise in both sales volumes and prices in 2012, according to analysts.

Home prices, especially in major cities, could be pushed higher as inventory stocks drop, which might trigger expectations for further policy measures to regulate the market, the analysts said.

23 Jan 2013 - 4:47am