China Wants Housing Funds to Exit Top-Tiers

Caixin: China Loosens Rules to Make It Easier to Buy Housing in Runaway Market
China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development is accelerating the building of a platform aimed at raising the efficiency of public housing funds, as local governments struggle with real-estate destocking in some smaller cities.

The platform, set to be in service by the end of June, will allow public housing funds – also known as housing provident funds – to be transferred more freely between cities amid the Chinese workforce’s increasingly rapid movement between cities, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

The move is likely to make it easier for employees seeking to tap housing provident funds to buy homes in cities – usually their hometowns – other than the one in which they work.

Runaway housing prices in first-tier cites dashed hopes of owning property for many out-of-towners. As a result, many people working in large cities turned to the more affordable and pragmatic option of buying homes back in their hometowns.

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