Current China Housing Market Term Paper

Length: 6 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Urban Studies Type: Term Paper Paper: #27814511 Related Topics: China, Foreign Exchange Market, Estate Planning, Real Estate
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¶ … China Housing Market

Starting with 2008, and deepening in 2009, the world has been facing an economic crisis, the severity of which has often assimilated with that of the depression between 1929 and 1933. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the major problems laid in overproduction, whereas the crisis of the twenty first century was constructed on the credit crunch, brought out by the subprime mortgages offered by the American banks. What is however common to both crises is the fact, that while emerged within the United States, they soon expanded to impact numerous other regions. The main element which allowed the Great Depression to expand to other regions was that, after the First World War, the United States became the creditor of the European regions suffering war losses. As the U.S. however faced financial challenges, they proved unable to any longer support the economic revival of the other nations. In more modern times, the economic crisis expanded as a result of the growing forces of globalization, a phenomenon which allows and encourages the economic, political, technological and socio-cultural values to transcend boundaries from one location to the other. There are some voices which argue that globalization has been created as the attempt to the North American country to impose its ways upon the entire world; this belief gave birth to the concept of Americanization.

All this information is crucial to set the context for the current research: the housing market in today's China. As mentioned throughout the previous lines, the financial crisis was brought on by the American real estate industry. Soon, the real estate sectors in other global regions registered demises. The question being posed in this context is whether, and how, the real estate sector in China, a strong economically emergent nation, has been impacted by the crisis.

2. The International Housing Market

The mechanism behind the problems emerged within the global real estate sector was that of banks and other financial institutions granting credits to people who revealed reduced abilities to reimburse their debts. As the populations became unable to pay, the banks tried to sell the properties and recuperate their money. The value of the houses had however declined. Entering a vicious circle, the construction industry took a severe plunge, followed closely by the furniture industry, the electronics sector, automobiles and virtually all economic sectors.

Overnight, the prices in real estate plunged and the offer increased. Nevertheless, the populations were now unable to purchase homes as their access to finances was drastically reduced by the more prudential financial institutions. While it may seem that this situation depicts the American real estate market, it can safely be argued that it is also applicable to Spain, Italy, or other countries.

In Spain for instance, the inventory of homes increased by 24%; the number of new houses being built decreased by 50% in 2007 alone; the estimations for 2008 pointed out to a 70% decrease in the construction of new houses. The prices of the houses in Great Britain decreased by approximately 20% in less than four months. Prices and demand for real estate properties in Easter Europe also decreased, but the situation here is somewhat different in the meaning that these countries (Hungary, Bulgaria,...


Loans in euros are as such extremely popular in this region, but the fluctuating exchange rates took their toll on the state's real estate sectors, as the loans became more expensive and numerous owners found themselves in an impossibility of payment (Leap 2020, 2007). In Japan, the prices of both land as well as houses decreased; in the first quarter of 2009 for instance, prices decreased by 9.2% comparative to the same period of 2008. Also here, prospective customers or constructors found it challenging to acquire loans from the over protected banks (Global Property Guide, 2009).

3. The Chinese Housing Market

Before presenting any factual data, it has to be stated that the Chinese real estate sector was impacted by the internationalized economic crisis, but to a less intense degree. This is mainly due to the fact that the banks and other financial institutions in China did not become engaged in subprime mortgage operations, or at least not as much as the United States. While the American banks requested a 2% down payment on real estate acquisitions, the Chinese banks requested that customers paid at least 40% from the price of the house in advance. Companies looking to buy commercial spaces had to make a 50% down payment. The action was implemented as part of a larger strategy to cool down the housing market, in which retail prices were continually on the rise. In supporting the efforts, as well as reducing the demand for houses, the Chinese government offered an increased access to low rent houses (Latest News and the Property Market in Singapore, 2007). All this was happening in a context in which the United States and Europe were reducing down payment necessities in an attempt to increase the population's access to mortgages. Given this approach of the market, it is only natural for China's real estate sector to have been less impacted by the internationalized economic crisis.

At the beginning of 2007, the Chinese real estate sector was prudential, but manifesting sustained growth. Foreign direct investments in Chinese housing construction were continually increasing, and the retail price of real estate properties had increased by an estimated 40%. At the beginning of 2008 however, the increase in retail prices was of a mere 0.7%; in most cases however, vendors were willing to offer up to 10% discounts to attract more customers. By June, the prices of houses had decreased by approximately 20% (an exact figure cannot be offered due to the lack of a nationwide price index on housing). Measurements of the real estate industries foresaw future decreases of 30% in the retail prices of the houses and apartments in the largest Chinese cities; the volume of traded houses also decreased by an estimated 20%. The evolution of the retail prices on houses is best depicted by the chart below:

Source: NuWire Investor, 2008

Despite the severity of the decline, fact remains that the figure point out to a less dramatic situation than that in the United States or in Europe. This was generally due to the previous anti-speculative measures implemented by the Chinese government, including the following:

property restrictions imposed on foreigners; ownership for investments was eventually prohibited for both individuals as well as economic agents the introduction of a property business tax, combined with stricter controls over lands the increase in the required down payments (NuWire Investor)

Sales began to pick up starting with November 2008 however. In 2009, the housing market in China is showing signs of revival, unlike other global regions, which seem to find no way out of their problems. As the year commenced, sales began to increase. In January for instance, 600 apartments were sold in Beijing in less than 24 hours. The real estate projects presented customers with reduced prices, making the houses more accessible to the prospective buyers. The government once more intervened with the attempt this time to drive house trade up. With this objective in mind, they reduced the property taxes, as well as the interest rates on mortgages.

As it can be observed in the following charts, both the volume of traded houses increased in 2009, as well as the construction endeavors. Despite the reduced growth in constructions, fact remains that the Chinese housing sector shows signs of improvement uncommon to other global regions.

Source: Batson, 2009

The main reasons as to the different outcome of the housing markets in China and those in Europe and…

Sources Used in Documents:


Batson, A., April 2, 2009, China Housing Market Shows Signs of Life, The Wall Street Journal

2007, China to Raise Downpayment for Second Homes: Sources, Latest News and the Property Market in Singapore, / last accessed on November 26, 2009

2007, European Real Estate in 2008: Spain and UK Deep into the Crisis / Eastern Europe near Housing Bubble Burst, Leap 2020, last accessed on November 26, 2009

2008, China Real Estate Market Faces Slump, NuWire Investor, last accessed on November 26, 2009
2009, Japan: Price History, Global Property Guide, last accessed on November 26, 2009

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