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Home prices pick up as buyers look to smaller cities
    2018-05-17  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

NEW home prices in China rose in April with an increasing number of smaller cities driving broader growth, helped by government measures that allowed buyers to get around existing restrictions and economic development prospects in those centers.

New home prices in China’s 70 major cities rose 0.5 percent in April from the previous month, up from a 0.4-percent rise in March, showed calculations from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data published yesterday.

On an annual basis, home prices increased 4.7 percent in April, slowing from a 4.9-percent gain in March.

Fifty-eight cities of the total 70 cities surveyed by the NBS reported higher prices in April, up from 55 cities in March, suggesting broader market strength despite persistent curbs to contain the still hot market.

The data signals an increasing differentiation between urban property markets across the country, analysts say, with China’s city-based policy fine-tuning has allowed some easing of restrictions in smaller centers.

“This perfectly illustrates the kind of mentality still prevalent in Chinese property market,” said Yan Yuejin, research director at Shanghai-based E-house China R&D Institute. “Many buyers are looking to buy in cities that are still cheap, with lax policies and have come up with some kind of development concept, especially as opportunities are limited now in bigger cities.”

New policies that allow college graduates to bypass purchase restrictions in provincial capitals have stoked investment, said Zhang Dawei, an analyst with Hong Kong-based Centaline, a real estate research consultancy.

Price growth in China’s second-tier cities, which include most of the larger provincial capitals, and smaller third-tier cities accelerated 0.1 percentage points and 0.2 percentage points, respectively, in April, the statistics bureau said. It did not give the actual rates of growth.

Analysts also point to political and economic developments that have drawn new investors into markets away from the bigger centers.

The Chinese city of Dandong, which lies on the border with North Korea, became the top price performer in April, rising a robust 2 percent, NBS data showed.

Investors rushed into the city’s property market after the historic inter-Korea summit last month.

China has also flagged the development of an international free trade zone and port on the southern island of Hainan.

Hainan cities Sanya and Haikou both rose 1.9 percent in April, becoming the second top price performer.

China’s house price growth started to cool more notably in the second half of last year as the government sought to deal with property bubbles, following a two-year expansion in the sector.

Authorities have introduced curbs in more than 100 cities since 2016 in a push to reduce bubble risks while ensuring a soft landing as real estate remains a crucial driver of the economy.

With signs that rapid housing growth in top-tier cities is cooling, regulators have this year turned their attention to smaller cities where there have been no purchase restrictions.(SD-Agencies)

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