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Property investment hits new highs among working class

By Qu Xiangyu (People's Daily)    09:57, December 13, 2017

Beijing (People's Daily) - On Tuesday, the China Household Finance Survey (CHFS) released a report revealing two new record highs as housing assets accounted for almost 80 percent of total assets among Chinese working-class families, while roughly 70 percent accounted for total combined assets.

CHFS Director Gan Li said the latest national average of housing-to-total–household-assets ratio was just under 70 percent. But the report cited over 80 percent of working class assets involved property.

Photo: Prof. Gan Li introduces main findings of his survey.

"The housing-to-total-household-assets ratio soared over the past decade,” Gan confirmed with People's Daily on Tuesday. Ratio advances were due to increases in housing prices and relaxed down-payment minimums on top-tier real estate, Gan explained.

Requirements favor households with existing mortgages which makes multiple property purchases easier.

Overspending on housing typically inspires decreased spending on investments and expenditures Gan explained and added, "The current rate dwarfs figures from other developed nations, including the US and Japan, which merits assessment by decision-makers."

According to a similar CHFS report, US housing-to-total-household-assets ratio stands at around thirty percent.

Photo: Panel on the credit development of China’s working class.

Around 200 million, roughly 26 percent of China’s workforce population is categorized as a wage-based demographic, the report showed.

CHFS survey comes from over 40,000 cases in China. The survey was funded by Chinatopcredit Inc., a credit-based micro-loan provider under the CITIC banner.

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