ASIA, December 13, 2016 (Bloomberg): China’s home sales grew at the slowest pace this year in November, as renewed property curbs in red-hot markets hurt demand.
The value of new homes sold rose 16 percent to 910 billion yuan ($132 billion) last month from a year earlier, according to Bloomberg calculations based on data the National Bureau of Statistics released Tuesday. The increase compares with a 38 percent year-on-year gain the previous month.
Shanghai, which introduced restrictions in March, last month increased the down-payment threshold for first-home purchasers from 30 percent to as much as 70 percent if they have mortgage loan record, dealing a blow to purchasers seeking to buy more expensive homes. Tianjin raised minimum down-payment requirements for first-time buyers by 5 percentage points, while eastern Hangzhou ruled more non-local buyers ineligible, on top of curbs released recently.