16 Nov '16, 2am

#Harvard scholars: High home prices in #China sustainable #propertynews

Despite having shot up in recent years, China’s home prices could still be sustainable. Given the robust demand for homes, China’s sky-high prices can be maintained provided the government curtails new demand, according to four Harvard University scholars (quoted in a Bloomberg report). Led by Edward Glaeser, the scholars noted that home prices are resilient partly because buyers are not in any major debt. Investing for the long term, said buyers are unlikely to dispose of their homes or have them repossessed, despite a drop in prices. Leveraged developers also enjoy good relationships with state banks; as such, their loans can be restructured even if pressured, they said in an October working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. China’s central bank is walking a tightrope as it struggles to address skyrocketing home prices. Last week, it vowed to c...

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