Jan 18, 2012

Chinese Real Estate in Broad Decline

We have already seen anecdotal evidence of sharp price cuts by property developers eager to move inventory of unsold homes (China's Housing Crash is Gathering Momentum) or sharp drops in the most speculative luxury vacation home market (Property Prices in "China's Hawaii" Down Almost 30%). The market reversal is now spreading with Dec marking the third month in a row of negative average growth of home prices in all of China. Moreover, according to Reuters, prices dropped in 52 out of 70 cities. The situation is far from desperate but can get worse very fast with the government continuing efforts to reduce property speculation, developers losing access to funding and new home sales slowing to a crawl. The real trouble will probably start when prices in all cities start dropping at the same time.

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