China home sales slump 47% over May Day holiday vs 2023


BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s average daily home sales during the major May Day public holiday sank 47% from a year earlier, and were down around 30% from pre-pandemic levels in 2019 for the same holiday period, according to a private survey on Monday.

Home sales fell in 19 of 22 surveyed cities during the five-day May Day compared to the same period of 2023, and were down more than 60% in mega cities of Guangzhou and Shanghai, according to data from the China Index Academy, one of the country’s largest independent real estate researchers.

Chinese authorities have been ramping up measures to prop up the troubled sector, but analysts say many of the policies are piecemeal in nature or have a limited, short-term impact.

The policymakers at a politburo meeting last week highlighted they would improve policies to clear housing inventory.

“The new housing market is still under adjustment pressures,” said the research firm, adding “there is more room for lowering the downpayment ratio, reducing mortgage interest rates and transaction taxes and fees.”

The southwestern city of Chengdu eased home purchase limits last month and Beijing last week also announced “optimised measures” to allow some residents to buy a new flat in outer districts to boost home sales.

Analysts expect more easing policies and local governments to buy more housing stock from developers to turn them into subsidized housing.

(Reporting by Liangping Gao and Ryan Woo; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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