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Shenzhen opens new ‘rent control’ housing

Shenzhen’s Housing and Construction Bureau opened applications online this week for 248 sets of renovated apartments in Tanglang City Plaza. These are not just any kind of apartments, however: their rents are set at a monthly baseline averaging RMB110 per sqm (slightly adjustable for bigger units and higher floors), which is significantly below the market average of RMB139.6 per sqm in the surrounding Nanshan district, home to many of the city’s tech companies.

Moreover, here’s the kicker: rents in these units will be controlled. Annual fluctuations will not exceed 5%, up or down. Successful applicants can take leases of 1-3 years, which can be renewed, but for a maximum total of five years.

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Guangzhou commercial market stabilizes

Guangzhou’s commercial property market picked up in Q3 as supply eased and transactions rose, latest data quoted by local media show. Apartments and shops were strong, while offices were still hampered by oversupply.

Apartment transactions rose 40% YoY, while those for shops were up a whopping 70%. Office transactions, however, fell 20% YoY, although Q3 was a sequential improvement over Q2 (+20%).

Broken down by month, September showed an acceleration, especially in offices. Fewer office buildings have been coming onto the market in recent months, while apartments and shops continue to surge. In September, only 49,000 sqm of new office space was released.

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Shenzhen to build 1.7 million flats

Shenzhen’s government has released a formal notice of its intention to reform the city’s housing market, which will see 1.7 million new homes built over the remainder of the GBA masterplan ending in 2035.

According to local media, Shenzhen will bring this supply onto the market in a phased, manner, balancing the need for government guidance and market participation. At its core, it seems there is only one red line: the supply of land will ensure a strict 40:60 ratio is maintained between public and commercial housing. Public housing will include apartments set aside for “talent”, as well as subsidized ownership and rentals.

In short, Shenzhen is going to be more like Singapore and nothing like Hong Kong.

The “Interim Provisions”, which have been released for public comment – no, really, they have – clarify that the government will “comprehensively guide” the supply of various types of housing land, yet will mainly undertake the task of renting public housing land. In order to “mobilize the enthusiasm of market participants” and adhere to the basic principle of “benefit sharing,” market entities (developers) will be responsible for building public housing for sale, yet “adopting agreements and transfer in accordance with national policies”. This is to encourage market participants to “actively participate,” understand.

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Developers rush to cash in on Shenzhen’s new status

It is known as the “818” policy, after the day on which Shenzhen was given its status as a Pioneering Zone for Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. Since August 18, the city’s property developers have been celebrating by releasing a flood of new homes onto the market, raising expectations of a surge in housing-based prosperity.

So far, it hasn’t happened. New data from Shenzhen shows that the supply of new homes in September expanded by nearly 150% month-on-month, as developers brought 533,500 sqm of space onto the market. Yet transactions dropped, totaling 2,748, down 9.55% over August.

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Songshan Lake to get complex

Songshan Lake, the high-tech zone in Dongguan, is going upscale. Already the home of the Huawei R&D headquarters known as Ox Horn, which has a collection of European-style buildings and its own mini-railway, the district has been in need of a major commercial complex. It is getting one around the Songshan Lake North railway station, courtesy of China Resources Group, which makes its first foray into Dongguan with a large, mixed use project, Wan Xiang Hui. 

The project broke ground yesterday, Dongguan Daily reports. It is expected to be finished in three years, boasting offices, shops, hotels and apartments, covering an area of 44,100 sqm, with a total construction area of about 350,000 sqm. It consists of a podium with five floors above and one below ground, plus two towers at 240 meters and 130 meters high, respectively.

The station is a major future transport hub, with the Guangzhou-Huizhou Intercity Railway passing through, as well as Dongguan’s metro Lines 3 and 5, all of which are still under construction. 

Residents will likely especially appreciate the Wan Xiang Hui Square, which will feature a wide variety of modern dining and entertainment options. Songshan Lake is a beautiful area, but it does get a bit dull at night.

Shenzhen property stays cool

Shenzhen’e real estate market continued to stabilize in August, with the sales price of new homes rising 0.2% while the secondary market saw a slight dip, down 0.2%. 

Quarter-on-quarter, prices in the secondary market rose 2.3% QoQ, and they remain the highest in Guangdong at RMB 68,433 per sqm.

Analysts said it was clear that cooling measures put in place earlier this year were continuing to be felt. Huang, Lichong of Synergy Solution Management, said he expected prices will be stable or even slightly down in the near term.

Yuejin Yan, the CRO of E-house Research Institute, said that downward pressures remained strong, as Shenzhen needs to control the widening wealth gap and build more social housing.

Qianhai’s office rent seen catching up fast

Qianhai has a lot of yet-to-be leased office space on the market, with vacancy rates at historic highs for a district in Shenzhen. Never mind, says international real estate consultancy Colliers, it will catch up fast and likely overtake the neighboring Houhai district.  

Thanks to policy support for the special economic zone, which is attracting a surge of investment, Colliers believes Qianhai will benefit from near-term and longer-term trends in the coming years. (Read our primer on Qianhai to understand more.) Subsidies are currently generous, making rents here less than 70% of what they are in other districts, while infrastructure is being put in place that will soon make the district easier to access from the rest of the city.   Continue reading Qianhai’s office rent seen catching up fast

Report bullish on commercial property

The Greater Bay Area’s long-running boom in commercial real estate is set to continue and expand beyond the main hubs of Shenzhen and Guangzhou, according to a latest report by international consultancy JLL.

This is despite a surge in supply coming onto the market, especially in Shenzhen, where the Grade A office market is expected to almost double, from around 7 million sqm this year to 14 million sqm over the next five years, according to JLL.

The bulk of cross-border real estate investments in the region to date have largely been restricted to Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. These three attracted 85% percent of the total since 2009, JLL says. However, the maturing of investments into the region’s transportation infrastructure will spread this flow to a wider catchment area going forward.

Shenzhen’s first Wanda Plaza

Dalian Wanda, headed by billionaire Wang Jianlin, has acquired the right to lease and manage a commercial plaza in Shenzhen, marking its first foray into the city. Located at the intersection of Guangming Avenue and Guanguang Road in the eastern Guangming District, Yuefu Square has a gross floor area of 375,1000 sqm and comprises two office towers, two residential towers and a five-floor retail podium. 

Although Wanda has already built a presence in Guangzhou, Dongguan, Foshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, it has so far not managed to obtain a spot in Shenzhen. This has been largely due to scarcity of land. Wanda’s development model of acquiring low-priced land for large scale development doesn’t fit with Shenzhen’s reality. 

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Guangzhou, Shenzhen investment inflows surge

A rising tide of international investment into real estate in Guangzhou and Shenzhen is being fueled by the Greater Bay Area masterplan, according to a recently released report by international brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.

Last year, property transaction volumes by foreign investors in the two cities amounted to RMB 54.6 billion, slightly down from RMB 57.5 billion in 2017, but more than three times the RMB 17.5 billion recorded in 2016, prior to the initial announcement of the Greater Bay Area plan.

Momentum has continued to ease up so far this year, with the combined foreign consideration in the two cities amounting to RMB 7.5 billion in the first quarter. Still, that still puts it on track to be double 2016’s value. 

Office and retail properties are the most sought-after by foreign investors, accounting for 40% and 25%, respectively, of the total number of foreign transactions over the past 10 years.

Alvin Yip, Cushman & Wakefield’s President of Capital Markets, Greater China and Head of Capital Markets, China, said, “We expect to see more foreign private equity real estate funds enter the investment markets of Guangzhou and Shenzhen given their strong economic fundamentals and proximity to Hong Kong. Competition is likely to intensify as both foreign and domestic players are scrambling for investment opportunities, especially within the commercial asset classes.”

Find the full report here.