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China's property bottom leaves few standing tall

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HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Few are standing tall in the troubled world of Chinese real estate. China Vanke, the second-largest developer by sales, reckons parts of the housing market are recovering. But weaker rivals are struggling and a rebound requires access to borrowing markets where investors remain sceptical.

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Jun 29 2022

Canada's Senate passes budget, greenlighting measures on housing, Russian assets

OTTAWA Canada's Senate on Thursday passed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's budget, adopting a long list of measures including a two-year ban on foreign home buyers and the power to confiscate and sell assets seized in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Jun 23 2022

Canada's Trudeau says we're watching rising interest rates 'with concern'

OTTAWA Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said his government was watching rising interest rates "with concern," when asked about the impact higher borrowing costs are having on housing affordability in the country.

Jun 14 2022

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Jun 09 2022

Shanghai to conduct mass COVID testing in 7 of its 16 districts at weekend

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Jun 09 2022

Czech ministry summons Russian ambassador over diplomatic properties

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May 31 2022

Shanghai city to lift lockdown restrictions on June 1

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May 30 2022

U.S. pending home sales dive to two-year low in April

WASHINGTON Contracts to buy U.S. previously owned homes dropped to a two-year low in April, the latest indication that rising mortgage rates and higher prices were dampening demand for housing.

May 26 2022

China’s real estate renovation is too cosmetic

HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - China’s ailing property sector is proving to be a tough repair job. The sluggish economy and pandemic-related lockdowns have only increased the degree of difficulty. Policymakers are digging deeper into the toolbox, but a lack of faith in the industry’s foundations make it harder to rebuild.

May 25 2022