China’s Property Market, Once a Lifeline, Now Carries Economic Risks

Beijing relied on home buying to help boost the economy in 2015, but concerns about debt and house prices could limit that option now SHANGRAO, China—Investors were pouring into this sleepy city in southeastern China until late last year to scoop up apartments as new high-rise projects mushroomed. Then sentiment turned. Unsold units started piling … Read more

Why China’s Housing Market Refuses To Crash

As far back as 2005, international media sources have been projecting the collapse of what has been dubbed the Chinese property bubble. In 2008, the Economist declared that the “sizzle is off” China’s housing market and there were no improvement on the horizon. They then upped their ante in 2014, with an article entitled “End of the golden … Read more

China January-May Housing Sales Rise 5.1% but Property Investment Continues to Slow

SHANGHAI–China’s housing sales in the first five months of the year rose 5.1% year-over-year, a reversal from the 2.2% decline recorded in the first four months as lower borrowing costs and relaxed mortgage requirements lured home buyers back into the market. Housing sales in January to May totaled 2.07 trillion yuan ($333 billion), according to … Read more