China Review News (CRN) recently reported that the National Bureau of Statistics released its June report on the housing market. The report showed that 25 out of 70 major and mid-sized Chinese cities reported housing price increases. That number is 19 more than the number from May. However, most of the cities have lower prices than last year. For example, for new real estate, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen fell 1.3 percent, 1.9 percent, 1.6 percent, and 2.5 percent, respectively. Experts suggested that there are 3 reasons of the recent June price rebound: 1) Lower interest rates (the central bank lowered the interest rate twice in one month); 2) Worries in the market of the possibility of a big price rebound; 3) Some sellers obtained good sales results after lowering prices earlier and are now marking the prices up. It is widely believed that the government imposed market adjustments are still at a critical stage before housing prices return to a reasonable level.
Source: China Review News, July 18, 2012