Amid the ongoing economic turmoil in China, the country's real estate market is continuously growing. For one, the commercial property prices climbed 10 percent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the previous year.
The current tax imposable on transfers on real property is pegged at one percent for the first $200,000. The rate increases to two percent when the property is worth $2 million and anything over that is taxed at three percent. Many first time buyers are exempt from this tax. With this tax alone, a projected $1.5 billion in revenues are expected to be collected between 2015 and 2016 alone.
There are many reasons why spring is busy for real estate. One of the reasons is that homes look better during spring. This causes listings to expand and increase available inventory. Alongside this is the increase of potential buyers interested in purchasing a home at this period. With these two factors, home prices naturally would increase as demand increases.
With previous articles showing that Ordos Kangbashi as the "largest ghost city in China", recent reports have started to dispute the assertion. Recent government announcements said that the city is at 90 percent occupancy.
As of the moment, the average rental cost is at £1,867 per month. This was 2 percent higher from prices at the start of 2015 as observed by real estate agent Portico's London Rental Market Report. In the said report, based on its historical data, two bedroom homes would reach £2,008 per calendar month by the time September comes around.
Spring 2016 comes with a 5.1% increase in the sales of existing homes against the newly built residences in March from the previous month’s 1.5% from a similar period last year. The buyers closed on a total of 5.33 million of townhouses, single-family homes, condominiums and co-ops last month based on the seasonally adjusted figures in a recent report.
The reported volume for March was higher than February's annualized rate of 5.07 million. Previously, projected sales forecast was pegged at 3.5 percent or a volume of 5.30 million units for March. As reported, sales increased by 1.5 percent from last year's volume.
With the digital age overtaking many established markets, only time will tell until it reaches and dominates the real estate market. The main problem is, according to a report from CNBC, government agencies and established companies are too slow to adjust to the changing times.
Houses that are priced at the top of the luxury market felt a decline in demand compared to the last quarter of 2015. The average sale price of a home in the Hamptons, one of the luxury neighborhoods in the US, was at $8.8 million for the first quarter of 2016. In 2015, a similar home in the same luxury neighborhood was at $12.3 million.