New home supply in Shanghai at highest

11:05, May 31, 2011      

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New home supply in Shanghai soared to the highest in five months last week, with sales little changed but the average price fell more than 2 percent.

A total of 522,100 square meters of new homes, excluding those built under the city's affordable housing programs, were released locally last week, compared to only 61,000 square meters during the previous seven-day period, Shanghai Deovolente Realty said yesterday.

New home sales edged up 0.3 percent to 183,400 square meters last week while the average price shed 2.2 percent from a week earlier to 21,998 yuan (US$3,384) per square meter, according to Deovolente data.

"Despite a significant increase in new supply, buying momentum continued to remain sluggish with weekly transaction volume failing to rebound above the 200,000 square meter barrier for another week," said Lu Qilin, a researcher with Deovolente.

But Lu noted that if real estate developers offer attractive prices, it could trigger robust sales as he cited the example of a project in outlying Baoshan District.

The Baoshan project, last week's best-seller, managed to sell 228 apartments at an average price of less than 12,000 yuan per square meter. It was the only residential project in the city that has sealed more than 200 purchase deals in a week since late January when the central government started to launch a series of tightening measures to combat surging housing prices.

Sales of luxury houses costing more than 50,000 yuan per square meter reached 34 units, or 6,700 square meters, up 2 percent from a week earlier, Deovolente research found.

Source: Shanghai Daily
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