China Real Estate Picking Up…But Only in Larger Cities

China’s metropolitan areas have witnessed a financial and property revival while the recovery in smaller cities has been much slower. The home sales volume in tier-1 cities surged 42.9% in teh first half of this year from last year. For tier-2 cities the uptick was 16.9% and for tier-3 cities there was a fall of 2.9%.

The recovery for the housing market in tier-3 and tier-4 cities is weighted down by high inventories, according to Zhang Dawei, chief analyst at Centaline.

China reduced the down payment levels for second-home buyers in March. It is now 40%, rather than the 60-70% that was previously required. They also exempted business tax for sales of homes that are purchased over two years ago.

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