An executive from one of Beijing's leading real estate firms says the secondhand
property market is cooling because people would rather invest in stocks than
reinvest back into real estate.
According to Hu Jinghui, vice-president of 5i5j, in the first quarter of this
year, the trade volume of Beijing's secondhand houses surpassed 30,000 units, up
28.9 percent from the same period last year. The houses with area under 90
square meters made up more than 70 percent of the total.
After March 18, when the People's Bank of China, the central bank, announced a 0.27 percentage
point hike in key interest rates, the auction listing volume of secondhand
houses saw a 35 percent increase compared with before the hike, accounting for
almost half of the total number of secondhand houses.
The growth rate of the auction listing volume of secondhand houses with an
area of between 80 to 90 square meters increased by 12 percent, those that are
100 to 140 square meters grew 21 percent, and properties with morethan100 square
meters soared to 36 percent, according to Hu.
Wang Zhiwei, marketing director for Beijing Homelink Real Estate Consultant
Co Ltd said, from March 1 to March 20, the auction listing volume of secondhand
houses with an area of more than 140 square meters and a price of more than
12,000 yuan per square meter grew 21 percent compared with the same period in
January of this year.
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