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Jul 16, 2020 01:48 PM
ECONOMY

China’s Home Prices Rise the Most in 10 Months

A Chinese flag flies in front of an unfinished building complex in Haikou, South China's Hainan province, in March 2018. Photo: Bloomberg
A Chinese flag flies in front of an unfinished building complex in Haikou, South China's Hainan province, in March 2018. Photo: Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — China home prices rose at the fastest pace in 10 months in June, prompting some local authorities to roll out fresh housing curbs.

• New home prices in 70 major cities, excluding state-subsidized housing, increased 0.58% last month, National Bureau of Statistics data released Thursday showed.

• Values in the secondary market, which is largely free from government intervention, gained 0.31%, the biggest rise in 11 months.

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Key insights

• Property prices have rebounded as the central bank loosens credit to support an economic recovery from the coronavirus shutdown. Frenetic buying is increasingly taking place across large and midsize cities, where properties are seen as a safe place to store wealth.

• The value of home sales reached a monthly record of 1.84 trillion yuan ($263 billion) in June, Bloomberg calculations show, as developers offered more projects to boost first-half results.

• Policymakers are responding quickly, rolling out fresh curbs to cool demand. Earlier this month, authorities in Ningbo raised eligibility requirements to buy a property. Tech hub Shenzhen imposed harsher curbs on Wednesday, raising the bar for first-time buyers.

• “The government wants to exclude property from their credit easing, and has been reacting fast to any sign of a housing bubble,” Nomura Holdings Inc. property analyst Leif Chang said before the data was released. “We expect home-price growth to slow in the third quarter.”

• For the full year, Nomura forecasts average nationwide house-price growth of 3%. However, performance may diverge heavily between large and small cities, as some economically weaker towns still see subdued sales, according to China Real Estate Information Corp.

• Prices rose in all large and midsize cities in the survey. Growth was most evident in so-called tier 2 cities, mostly regional centers, with values rising 0.71%.

Contact editor Yang Ge (geyang@caixin.com)

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