Government Jawboning Chills Land Market Nationwide in August

Nationwide data shows a chill in the land market last month following two months of jawboning and stepped up regulations.

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The average land auction premium over starting bidding prices in 40 major Chinese cities monitored by E-house China R&D Institute fell to 17.3 per cent – its lowest level since June 2015, during the last property downturn, and compared with 38.2 per cent a year ago.

Average land sale prices also dipped by 2.9 per cent from July to 4,472 yuan (US$654) per square metre, the fifth straight month-on-month decline.

Separately, another report by China Index Academy, which monitors a wider pool of 300 Chinese cities, found the average premium falling sharper to 9 per cent from 30 per cent a year ago, while average prices declining 9.8 per cent over July to 2,598 yuan per square metre.
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According to data from the Yiju Research Institute, in August, the typical land transaction premium rate of 40 typical cities was 17.3%, which was the lowest in 39 months, down 20.9 percentage points from the same period last year.

The land market fever has continued to die down.

Recently, a number of institutions released data on the land market in August. According to data from the China Index Academy, in August, the total land area of ​​300 cities across the country was 73.22 million square meters, a slight increase of 1% year-on-year. The total amount of land transfer fees was 351.6 billion yuan, a slight increase of 4% year-on-year, and the data increase narrowed significantly.

The premium rate continues to decline. In August, the average premium rate of land in 300 cities nationwide was 9%, a decrease of 5 percentage points from the previous month and a decrease of 21 percentage points from the same period last year.

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