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Two-thirds of Chinese people buy homes before marriage

Publication Date : 30-10-2012


Nearly two-thirds of Chinese people prefer to buy homes before they get married, while the average price they are willing to pay for an apartment is 13.4 times their annual family income, a survey showed yesterday.

The survey, jointly conducted by, Horizon Research Consultancy Group and World Union Property Ltd., interviewed thousands of young people living in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

Out of those who got married without owning an apartment, 29.4 per cent said they would like to buy a home in the next two years. Around 11 per cent of single people also said they would like to do the same in the following two years.

"After the government launched the measures restricting the number of homes a family can buy, the property market has been dominated by self-use home buyers, and this trend is set to continue," said Li Guoping, chairman of UP Group, a real estate consultancy firm.

Since March, the property market's recovery has been mainly driven by the self-use buyers, Li said.

The average price of new homes has increased nearly 30 per cent so far this year in Beijing, industry data showed.

Two types of homes are selling well this year: two-bedroom apartments with relatively affordable price tags, and high-end residential apartments and villas, said Carlby Xie, head of research at real estate consultancy Colliers International Beijing office.

However, the soaring property prices have killed the dreams of many potential buyers.

About 84 per cent of those polled said that the existing property prices were higher than they could afford. Among the four cities, Shenzhen saw the highest proportion of those answers with 90.4 per cent, followed by Beijing with 84.2 per cent.

Most of those polled said that they are willing to accept an apartment with a total price of about 800,000 yuan (US$127,000). But the average price of homes in the four cities stood at about 20,000 yuan per square metre, indicating that they can only afford a relatively small apartment.

One-third of the couples interviewed said that they would use about 30 per cent of their combined incomes to pay their mortgages, while 60.5 per cent of the couples would have to get financial support from their parents, the survey said.

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