housing policy

“Affordable Housing” Numbers Don’t Quite Add Up

Reuters investigates Beijing’s progress in increasing the country’s supply of affordable accommodation: To gauge the status of the scheme, Reuters visited a dozen building sites in the dusty city of Shijiazhuang...

China's Thin Margin for Error in Property Policies

Amid growing concerns about the economy and the collapse of the Euro, there are added worries that China’s campaign to deflate housing prices will go too far. While Beijing has eased credit policies to regulate inflation,...

Hong Kong to Subsidise Housing after Public Anger

The recent boom in Hong Kong housing prices led to the discontent and frustration of many families. The government now plans to make thousands of homes available to lower income families by reinstating a revision of a housing...

State Media Blames Housing Crisis on Corrupt Government

ChinaGeeks translates a candid article from China Youth Daily about the housing crisis and corruption: Housing is meant to be a one of the basic necessities of life, but at present it has become a very common problem. If the...

Loss of Homes Threatens Social Stability in China

The possibility for social unrest in China could arise as a result of the conflict between the state’s property prerogatives and citizens’ housing interests. From Stephanie Ho of Voice of America News:...

China Creates Housing and Construction Ministry

The National People’s Congress proposed creating a new Ministry of Housing and Construction as part of a ministry reshuffle. It would be the first ministry that specifically looks at housing needs. The new ministry would...

China’s new housing policy risks unintended consequences – Mark A. DeWeaver

On May 17, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced a six point plan intended to make it easier for the average urban family to find housing. It called for: (1) more maller-sized units, (2) macro-control using tax, credit, and land policies, (3) fewer forced relocations, (4) a more orderly market, (5) more rental and low-income housing, […]

China puts squeeze on villa boom – AP

From The Associated Press: China has banned the use of new land for luxury villas and will tighten scrutiny of banks’ lending practices, expanding a campaign to rein in a building boom and cool economic growth, state media reported Thursday. Measures issued by the Ministry of Land and Resources also call on local officials to […]

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