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Downpayment ratio for second home drops to 40 percent

By Zhang Jie,Dai Tian and He Yini ( Updated: 2015-03-30 18:02

Downpayment ratio for second home drops to 40 percent

A property construction site in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province. [Photo/China Daily]

China's required downpayment ratio for second homes fell from 60 percent to 40 percent, as the latest measure to shore up the cooling market, China's authorities said in a notice on Monday.

The minimum downpayment ratio for first home buyers who use the housing provident fund will also be reduced from 30 percent to 20 percent, said the notice.

Meanwhile, if buyers use the housing provident fund, the ratio for a second house will remain at 30 percent if all loans are settled on their first home.

The notice, jointly released by the country's central bank, the Ministry of Housing, the Urban-Rural Development authority, and the China Banking Regulatory Commission, is a recent move to stabilize China's housing market following a raft of new housing policies .

A larger portion of the purchase may be made using housing provident funds. For example, in Beijing, the ceiling for loans backed by the housing provident funds increased from 800,000 yuan ($130,000) to 1.2 million yuan, the local authorities said.

On March 27, Chinese land and housing authorities announced measures to fall in line with the cabinet's guidelines for the different property markets in different regions.

"The measures aim to reasonably optimize the scale and structure of land supply... and promote the property sector's stable and healthy development," the statement said.

The 2015 government work report also pledged to stabilize the country's property market, with tailored, market-based policies.

"We will encourage people to buy homes for their personal use or buy second homes," Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at a press conference at the conclusion of the annual parliamentary session, without elaborating on actions the government may take.

Meanwhile, the country's central bank has cut the benchmark deposit and loan interest rates twice since November last year.

The Shanghai Composite Index rallied 2.6 percent on Monday, marking a peak since 2008, led by real estate, as companies including Merchants Property, Poly Real Estate Group, Rongan Property and Guoxing Real estate jumped by the daily limit of 10 percent.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, among 70 large and medium-sized cities surveyed, 66 saw new home prices dip on a monthly basis in February, two more cities than in January

China's property sector took a downturn in 2014 after several boom years.

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