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Can the rental market deflate China’s housing bubble?

Apartment blocks in Beijing © Reuters New policies should reduce imperative of homeownership Chinese home prices have climbed so much and so fast that cities like Beijing and Shanghai now rank among the world’s least affordable property markets. The high cost of living has reduced the competitiveness of local economies by making it difficult for young […]

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China:What next? A China housing crash?

Prices have fallen but high deposit required means low risk of crisis. As China’s equity markets cool down and its currency is devalued, attention will return to the question of whether the country’s property market is heading for a fall. In my view, the boom days are over, but with buyers required to put at […]

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China: Housing Market Posts First Growth of Year

Housing sales rise in April, only the second year-over-year increase since November 2013  SHANGHAI—China’s housing sales showed signs of a turnaround in April, posting growth of more than 10% after falling in 15 of the previous 16 months, as home buyers waded back into the market following recent policy-easing measures by the central government. While […]