New policies have been announced to help revive Mainland China’s property market

It began to cool in March with the recurrence of the COVID-19 outbreak, an expected fall in personal income, and stalled sales activities

The PBOC and CBIRC will advise banks in each city on how to alter their own interest rates and pricing in compliance with national requirements and market conditions. Prospr Digital/Shutterstock

As reported by Xinhua, China is implementing programs to bolster rational homebuying.

The housing market continued to experience a decline in April, with several cities reporting slower growth or falling prices. It began to cool in March with the recurrence of the COVID-19 outbreak, an expected fall in personal income, and stalled sales activities.

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According to National Bureau of Statistics data, 39 major Chinese cities experienced a month-on-month (MoM) decline, 10 more than in March, however, new property prices in four first-tier cities increased 0.2 percent MoM in April.

Thirty-one of the second-tier cities saw their new home prices drop by 0.1 percent MoM, while 35 of the third-tier cities saw their prices fall by 0.6 percent.

Faced with dwindling demand, China has aggressively implemented supportive measures to bolster buyer sentiment while fostering the sector’s sound development.

In line with this, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and China’s Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) announced a reduction in mortgage loan interest rates for some home buyers, allowing commercial banks to decrease the lower limit of interest rates on home loans by 20 basis points for first-time homebuyers, based on the tenor of the benchmark loan prime rate.

The new minimum mortgage rate will influence local governments and banking institutions on credit regulations, promote real estate developers to actively offer their projects, and lower homebuyers’ expenses even further, according to South China Morning Post.

“Combined with policies such as lowered down payments, lowered mortgage interest rates, loosened restrictions on second-hand housing sales … [the new adjustments] will create better conditions for a more active market in mid-to-late May and even later,” said Yan Yuejin, director of Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institute.

The PBOC and CBIRC will advise banks in each city on how to alter their own interest rates and pricing in compliance with national requirements and market conditions.

The Property Report editors wrote this article. For more information, email: [email protected].

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