Monday, July 26, 2010

Chinese property developers cut prices.

From Chinadaily:
BEIJING - More property developers have began to cut prices and adjust their business portfolios to cope with sluggish transaction numbers due to government tightening of the real estate sector.   According to Li Wenjie, general manager of property agency Centaline China's North China Region, most Beijing developers have lowered prices by 15 percent on new projects.
Shenzhen-based Vanke, the country's largest real estate firm, made public sale prices of a large-scale project in Beijing over the weekend, with units priced 1,600 yuan ($236) lower than the expected price of 15,000 yuan per square meter.

Shanghai-headquartered Shimao Group just launched an upscale residential project called "Royal Garden" in Beijing's Central Business District area at a price of 65,000 yuan per sq m. The average price of similar projects nearby has been close to 70,000 yuan per sq m.
Of course the article quotes real estate firms spinning the lower prices but as I have mentioned previously first volume slows and then the price cuts start.  Is the beginning of the end or just the end of the beginning? 

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