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Beijing public housing fund raises mortgage limit to 800,000 yuan
Updated: 2008-11-06 11:31

Beijing's public housing fund management agency said it raised the ceiling on mortgage lending yesterday, from the previously 600,000 yuan ($878.66)to 800,000 yuan per household.

The policy change followed that of Shanghai last month, where its counterpart lifted the mortgage limit by 20 percent to 600,000 yuan.

The new ceiling takes effect today, in an aim to encourage families to buy homes.

The public housing authorities announced on September 16 to lower their five-year lending rates to 4.59 percent from 4.77 percent, while rates for over five years fell to 5.13 percent from 5.22 percent.

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