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Property prices to fall, says Vanke boss

SHANGHAI: Property prices in the China’s major cities will fall later this year because of the government’s tightening campaign and a coming surge in housing supply, the country’s top listed developer said in comments published on Monday, Aug 9.

The government will not end its clampdown on housing speculation even as the economy slows, and developers who try to resist lowering prices are being unrealistic, Wang Shi, chairman of Vanke, was quoted as saying by the Securities Daily.

“Many developers who do not cut prices now are making a bet on policy,” said Wang, suggesting that they were hoping that Beijing would back down on its property controls.

Wang said the issue was of social, not just economic, importance.

“Property prices in some cities have risen to levels unacceptable to the middle class,” he said.

Vanke and other big developers, including Evergrande and Greenland, have cut prices, boosting their sales. The value of properties sold by Vanke in July rose 65 per cent from a year earlier to 8.44 billion yuan (RM3.92 billion).

Showing its determination to cool the real estate market, Beijing has instructed banks to stop extending mortgage loans to people buying third homes in at least four major cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. -- South China Morning Post

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