China's new house rules

As sales volumes drop, the Chinese government is trying to make its residential property sector as safe as houses.

China's property sector is a foundation stone of the economy, accounting for almost a quarter of the country's fixed asset investment. But things have turned tepid recently especially compared to last year's hot housing market figures from the National Bureau of Statistics released in September showed that sales of residential houses were down 31% year-on-year.

├┤Statistics show that in 2008, commodity house sales suffered the first negative growth for the past 11 years, and China's real estate industry is now...

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