China home prices remain largely stable in H1
China's home prices stayed largely stable during the first half of the year, according to a report from the China Index Academy.
Average home prices in 100 cities monitored by the academy rose 1.45 percent in the first six months, slowing from 2.64 percent a year ago.
"The property market has become more fragmented in different cities during the first half," said the report.
As for newly-built homes, prices rose 0.29 percent in first-tier cities. Second-tier cities saw prices up 2.3 percent, compared with a 4.22-percent growth seen the same period last year. Third- and fourth-tier cities grew 2.28 percent, slowing from 4.75 percent a year earlier.
The secondhand home market remained stable during the first few months of the year but has shown signs of recovery recently. Top 10 cities reported a marginal 0.01 percent dip in used home prices in the first half.
Property prices in Chinese cities, especially in Xi'an and Suzhou, rose in March and April, forcing local governments to step in and introduce more tightening measures.
China's banking regulator in late May also ordered banks not to channel funds into developers via the shadow banking sector.
This reflects the tightened measures authorities have implemented in accordance with market changes, according to the report.