Real estate weekly and first-tier cities are expected to lead the real estate market to stabilize and recover.

Focus on new signals of real estate market
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Recently, many new signals have appeared in the real estate market. According to the data of the National Bureau of Statistics, the signal that the real estate market in first-tier cities stabilized and rebounded in September was obvious. It is worth noting that the central and local policies to stabilize the property market continue to increase, the market is clearing, and normal investment demand has rebounded. In first-tier cities, the policy of "recognizing housing but not loans" is superimposed on the traditional "golden nine and silver ten", and some positive changes have taken place in the real estate market in first-and second-tier cities.
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■ China Economic Times reporter Xia jinbiao
In the past two months, various support policies for the real estate market have been implemented nationwide, and the policy effects are gradually emerging. The real estate market is showing signs of recovery-the real estate market in first-tier cities is the first to recover.
According to the housing price data of 70 cities published by the National Bureau of Statistics in September, the sales price of new houses in first-tier cities turned flat from 0.2% in August, with Beijing and Shanghai rising by 0.4% and 0.5% respectively, with Shanghai leading the country.
Since the end of August, the easing policies of the real estate market in many places have been continuously released. In particular, the four first-tier cities in the north, Guangzhou and Shenzhen have successively implemented the policy of "recognizing houses but not loans", which has obviously boosted the real estate market. Take Shanghai, which led the rise in September, as an example. Following the announcement of the implementation of commercial loans on September 1, on October 17, Shanghai announced the optimization of the criteria for determining the number of housing provident fund loans. If Shanghai has no housing, no provident fund loans in the country or the first provident fund loans have been settled, it will be recognized as the first set of housing … The policy has been continuously exerted, boosting the Shanghai real estate market.
From the perspective of the second-hand housing market, the price of second-hand housing rose by four cities in September, an increase of one city compared with August. First-tier cities turned up for the first time after falling for four consecutive months, with an increase of 0.2%. Among them, Beijing led the national second-hand housing market with an increase of 0.7%; Followed by Shanghai, the price of second-hand housing rose by 0.6%.
Some insiders believe that the price of second-hand houses in Beijing and Shanghai has increased month-on-month, mainly due to the strict implementation of the policy of "recognizing houses and recognizing loans" in Beijing and Shanghai. After the implementation of "recognizing houses but not recognizing loans", the demand potential released is relatively large, especially in Beijing and Shanghai. There are many old second-hand houses, and there is great potential for improved demand, and the activity of second-hand houses has increased.
It should be pointed out that although first-tier cities take the lead in recovery, this recovery is still unstable, and there are still divisions within first-tier cities. The prices of new houses in Guangzhou and Shenzhen continued to fall, with a month-on-month decrease of 0.6% and 0.5% respectively, and a year-on-year decrease of 1.7% and 3%. The price of second-hand houses in Guangzhou decreased by 0.7% month-on-month, while the price of second-hand houses in Shenzhen was flat.
In addition, although the sales price of commercial housing in second-and third-tier cities has increased and decreased year-on-year, the chain is still declining. From the ring comparison, in September, the sales price of new commercial housing in second-tier cities decreased by 0.3% from the previous month, and the decline rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than that of the previous month. Second-hand housing decreased by 0.5% month-on-month, the same as last month. The sales price of new commercial housing in third-tier cities decreased by 0.3% month-on-month, and the decline rate narrowed by 0.1 percentage point from last month; Second-hand housing decreased by 0.5% month-on-month, and the decline rate was 0.1 percentage point higher than that of last month.
At present, the risk release of the real estate supply side continues, and residents’ income and expectations need to be further improved, which has affected the stabilization of the real estate market in second-and third-tier cities to a certain extent, resulting in the decline in house prices in second-and third-tier cities. In addition, the recovery of first-tier cities brought by optimizing real estate policies needs to be further stabilized.
Due to the implementation of policies such as "recognizing houses but not loans", the demand for housing replacement in first-tier cities has been released, which has led to a significant increase in the number of second-hand houses listed in first-tier cities. Under the background of a large increase in supply, the prices of second-hand houses in first-tier cities are still in a downward channel in the short term.
Some insiders believe that whether it is just needed or improving demand, residents usually "buy up and not buy down". At present, consumers’ confidence in housing prices and the market is weak, and they are more cautious and slow to enter the market. In this regard, it is necessary to further optimize the real estate policy, "stabilize housing prices" and "stabilize expectations" and promote the repair of the real estate market.
In the short term, the real estate market is still facing adjustment pressure. However, in the medium and long term, the urbanization rate of permanent residents in China is 65.2%, and the urbanization rate of registered population is only 47.7%, so there is still much room for improvement in urbanization. In addition, although the total number of houses in China has reached about 40 billion square meters, the houses are mainly small and medium-sized units with great improvement potential.
The market expects that the policy is expected to continue to be optimized around stabilizing housing price expectations, activating the replacement chain, and lowering the threshold for reasonable housing demand. In particular, with the further liberalization of policies such as purchase restriction in first-tier cities, hot cities will enter a more solid market recovery stage, which is expected to lead the real estate market out of the bottom area and stabilize and recover.
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Good news is coming! The latest voice of the General Administration of Financial Supervision is related to real estate financing!

On January 26th, the General Administration of Financial Supervision held a meeting to deploy and promote the implementation of the coordination mechanism of urban real estate financing.

The two departments held a meeting on the same day to deploy a coordination mechanism for urban real estate financing.

Earlier on the same day, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development also held a deployment meeting of urban real estate financing coordination mechanism, requiring all localities to study and put forward a list of real estate projects that can be given financing support, coordinate the issuance of loans by financial institutions within their respective administrative areas, and accurately and effectively support reasonable financing needs. It is understood that before the end of this month, the first batch of projects can win loans after landing.

On January 12th, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the General Administration of Financial Supervision jointly issued the Notice on Establishing the Coordination Mechanism of Urban Real Estate Financing (hereinafter referred to as the Notice), requiring cities at or above the local level to establish the coordination mechanism of urban real estate financing.

The working meeting held by the General Administration of Financial Supervision pointed out that the coordination mechanism is an important measure to implement the decision-making arrangements of the Central Financial Work Conference, meet the reasonable financing needs of real estate enterprises with different ownership equally, and promote the virtuous circle of finance and real estate.

Specifically, the Notice clarifies that the coordination mechanism, based on the development and construction of real estate projects and the qualifications, credit and finance of project development enterprises, puts forward a list of real estate projects that can be given financing support in accordance with the principle of fairness and justice, and pushes it to financial institutions within their respective administrative regions. Financial institutions shall evaluate the support objects pushed by the coordination mechanism according to the principles of marketization and rule of law, and actively meet the reasonable financing needs for projects with normal development and construction, sufficient collateral, reasonable assets and liabilities and guaranteed repayment sources; For projects that encounter temporary difficulties in development and construction, but the funds can be balanced, we should not blindly draw loans, pressure loans or cut off loans, but give greater support through the extension of existing loans, adjustment of repayment arrangements and new loans.

Li Yujia, chief researcher of the Housing Policy Research Center of Guangdong Urban and Rural Planning Institute, pointed out that the purpose of establishing a coordination mechanism this time is to establish a docking platform so that both banks and enterprises can fully communicate, and whether or not loans still need to follow the bank risk control and credit approval process.

Strengthen the closed management of funds and prevent misappropriation.

Xiao Yuanqi, deputy director of the General Administration of Financial Supervision, made a "notice" when he attended the press conference on high-quality economic and social development of financial services held by the State Council yesterday. Recently, the General Administration of Financial Supervision will hold a relevant work deployment meeting, asking banks to act as soon as possible, and under the lead coordination of the urban people’s government, together with the housing and construction departments, make good use of the policy toolbox because of the city’s policy, and more accurately support the reasonable financing needs of real estate projects.

The General Administration of Financial Supervision pointed out that the coordination mechanism should strengthen information sharing and provide relevant financial institutions with information such as project construction and operation and pre-sale fund supervision in a timely manner. It is necessary to guide financial institutions to negotiate with real estate development enterprises on an equal footing, make independent decisions and implement them according to the principles of marketization and rule of law, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of financial institutions.

At the same time, the General Administration of Financial Supervision stressed at this meeting that financial institutions should attach great importance to it, strengthen organizational leadership, establish internal mechanisms and clarify working rules. For projects that meet the credit conditions, it is necessary to establish a green channel for credit granting, optimize the approval process, shorten the approval time limit, and actively meet the reasonable financing needs. For projects that encounter temporary difficulties in development and construction, but the funds are basically balanced, we will not blindly lend, cut off loans, or press loans, but support them by extending existing loans, adjusting repayment arrangements, and adding new loans. At the same time, financial institutions should strengthen the closed management of funds to prevent the misappropriation of credit funds.

"All supervision bureaus should actively participate in the coordination mechanism, actively cooperate with local governments and housing construction departments, carry out related work in a steady and orderly manner, jointly promote the effectiveness of the coordination mechanism and promote the stable and healthy development of the real estate market." The General Administration of Financial Supervision said.

Editor: Wang Yunpeng

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