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Property sales lose momentum in east China city

2015-February-4       Source: Xinhuanet.com

Real estate sales have started to lose momentum in Hangzhou in January after a strong recovery in the August-December period last year.

HANGZHOU, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Real estate sales have started to lose momentum in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, in January after a strong recovery in the August-December period last year.

Sales of housing and commercial property slumped 43.7 percent month on month to 7,471 units last month, according to tmsf.com, a local industry tracking website. Prices also declined 4.5 percent.

Fang Zhangjie, president of the website's research department, said although January is often a time of weak sales, the slump exceeded market expectations.

The property inventory in the city has reached a record high of 154,222 units, or 20 months of sales. The huge inventory could put further pressure on the market and prices could fall further, said Zhang.

Although January saw a month-on-month slump, it still registered a 24 percent year-on-year growth.

A modest recovery may be sustained this year as more easing measures are expected to be rolled out to give a boost to the industry, he said. The city lifted house purchase restrictions in August last year and the central bank eased mortgage rules a month later.

 

Editor: Olivia

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