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China to cut housing loan rates for first-home buyers

Xinhua | Updated: 2022-10-01 01:10
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Potential homebuyers look at property models in Huaian, Jiangsu province. [Photo by Chen Liang/For China Daily]

BEIJING -- China's central bank announced on Friday that it would cut the loan interest rates of the housing provident fund for first-home buyers by 0.15 percentage points.

Starting Oct 1, the interest rates for loans that mature within or at five years will be at 2.6 percent, while the over-five-year rate will be slashed to 3.1 percent, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) said on its official website.

The loan rates for second-home buyers will remain unchanged, the PBOC said.

The housing provident fund is a long-term housing savings plan made up of compulsory monthly deposits by both employers and employees. It can only be used by employees for house-related expenses.

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