Experts call for survey on Chinese residents' housing conditions

20:42, August 05, 2010      

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Experts have called on the Chinese government to carry out a survey on Chinese residents' housing conditions in a bid to guide cooling-down measures for the property market.

The survey should have been performed earlier, said Chen Guoqiang, deputy head of the China Real Estate Society, on Thursday. "If the government did not know the residents' housing conditions, how could the government make corresponding policies?"

China launched a survey on residents' housing conditions in the 1980s, but not since, said Chen.

By the end of June, China had 106.5 million square meters of unsold homes, up 0.2 percent year on year, according to a statement posted on the website of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Wednesday.

The statement also said China had 192 million square meters of unsold commercial housing by the end of June, up 6.4 percent from one year earlier.

The figures were taken from a survey of 80,522 property developers across China, the NBS said.

Given that China sold 937 million square meters of commercial housing in 2009, the stockpile of commercial houses is sufficient for sale within two and a half months, by and large, said Yang Hongxu with the Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Development Institute.


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