More than 1.4 millionsqm of land will be auctioned off in the
city this month in a bid to cool down rising residential property
A 110,000-sq-m plot was sold in the Guangzhou Development
District (GDD) on Tuesday. Low-cost apartments will be built on the
land to house local low-income families.
And there's more to come. The city's land sales in September are
expected to set a record high for a single month - double that of
the first eight months of the year - and will open up opportunities
for local and foreign property developers.
Some of the land will be used to provide affordable housing for
low-income families and migrant workers, while the rest will be
used for commercial apartments.
The average price of residential homes was more than 12,000 yuan
per sqm at the end of August across the Guangdong provincial
capital's eight main districts.
Industry insiders predict the city's property prices will
continue rising until 2015.
The city will auction 71 pieces of land over more than 5sqkm to
property developers for affordable and luxury apartments, said
Zhang Guangning, mayor of Guangzhou.
"It will be two times more than the total land auctioned off in
the city in the past two years," said Zhang.
Zhang has pledged to put the brakes on the city's rising real
estate prices. At the end of August, 720,000 sqm of land had
changed hands in the city this year.
(China Daily September 7, 2007)