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50% developers fail to meet sales targets

2015-01-08 15:59 chinadaily.com.cn Web Editor: Qin Dexing
Workers demolish an old building in Nantong, Jiangsu province. [Photo Provided to China Daily]

Workers demolish an old building in Nantong, Jiangsu province. [Photo Provided to China Daily]

Property sales concentration rose in 2014, with about half of Chinese developers failing to meet their sales targets set at the start of the year, said housing research agencies.

The concentration rate measured by contracted sales of top 10 developers increased to 17.19 percent in 2014 from 13.72 percent in 2013.

Vanke and Greenland topped the list in 2014 with the sales of 212 billion yuan ($34.14 billion) and 20.1 million square meters respectively, according to a report compiled by private research agency China Real Estate Information Corporation (CRIC) and Real Estate Appraisal.

Property sales of 20 major developers tracked by the CRIC grew 18 percent in 2014, 7 percentage points lower than 2013, 12 of which failed to accomplish their sales target in 2014.

"Chinese real estate sector is expected to continue slowing down in 2015," said UBS chief China economist Wang Tao, adding that monetary easing, policy relaxation and change of market sentiment will likely help the industry rebound sooner than expected.

"We advise companies to prepare a contingency plan, remain cautiously optimistic, and pinpoint a long-term prospect while carrying on transformation," said the CRIC in a report on Dec 31.

The agency expects Chinese real estate developers to rely less on increasing sales scale but on seeking new profitable businesses and consolidating resources through cross-industry cooperation.

Diversified businesses among property developers:

Interior decoration: Chinese real estate behemoth Vanke is exploring business opportunities in interior decoration, said the company's spokeswoman on Wednesday.

The new initiative that are at preparation stage, reported by National Business Daily, will enable Vanke to officially extend its presence by reaching to home owners who have refurbishment needs and live outside of the company's own properties.

Property management: Fantasia Holdings Group spun off its property management subsidiary in June last year.

"Don't call us 'property developers'. We should try to be 'community designers,' offering comprehensive services to improve residence comfort," said Pan Jun, president and CEO of the Shenzhen-based company.

Smart home: Evergrande Group announced its plan to work with home appliance giant Haier on a smart home project in December last year, with a total investment of 30 billion yuan.

According to the announcement, the two companies will also cooperate in areas including home appliance, interior furnishing and financial service.

E-commerce: Dalian Wanda Group recently raised 1 billion yuan for its e-commerce joint venture with Internet giant Baidu Inc and Tencent.

Established in August, the joint venture aims at growing into the world's largest online-to-offline business with plan to invest 20 billion yuan in the next five years, according to the commercial property developer.

Wanda said earlier that it wants to develop online-to-offline-based e-commerce into the group's fifth "pillar industry" by 2020 after real estate, cultural tourism, finance and retail.

City development: Greenland Hong Kong Holdings unveiled its plan to develop a smart city project in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

"We will cooperate further with more technology companies, including Huawei, IBM and China Telecom, on smart city building," said Hou Guangjun, chief operating officer of Greenland Hong Kong, adding that a smart city applies digital technologies to transport, energy, healthcare, water and waste to reduce costs and enhance wellbeing.

Hou said that the Nanning project was of particular significance because it could set a new trend in the mainland property market and contribute to economic growth.

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