Home prices fell in most Chinese cities in March
NEW home prices in twothirds of China’s major cities fell in March, the government said on Wednesday, as officials maintain policies to curb the property market.
China has implemented several measures aimed at limiting runaway property prices for more than a year, including bans on buying second homes, hiking minimum down-payments and introducing property taxes in select cities.
Out of 70 major cities tracked by the government, 46 recorded falls in home prices in March from the previous month, the National Bureau of Statistics said — one more than February.
Only eight cities registered price rises while 16 were flat, the bureau said in a statement.
“New home prices are generally continuing to go lower,” it said.
Cities with active property markets such as Beijing and Shanghai, and Guangzhou and Shenzhen in the south, have seen prices fall for six straight months, the bureau said.
Analysts say measures aimed at limiting prices are threatening the country’s economy as property investment helps drive growth while revenue from land sales is a key source of income for local governments.
But the Chinese government, which has faced widespread criticism over unaffordable housing prices, has remained firm.
The State Council, or cabinet, said Friday that the government would “maintain property control policies without wavering”, even after economic growth slowed to a near three-year-low of 8.1 percent in the January- March first quarter.
Property market curbs have also affected inflows of foreign investment, a commerce official said on Tuesday.