|Last Updated: Feb. 28, 2011|
|BEIJING- Apartments||COST (US$)||YIELD (p.a.)||PRICE/SQ.M. (US$)|
|TO BUY||MONTHLY RENT||TO BUY||MONTHLY RENT|
|75 sq. m.||478,275||949||2.38%||6,377||12.65|
|120 sq. m.||889,440||1,492||2.01%||7,412||12.43|
|175 sq. m.||1,133,825||2,363||2.50%||6,479||13.50|
|300 sq. m.||2,318,700||3.822||1.98%||7,729||12.74|
|50 sq. m.||64,800||281||5.19||2,296||5.61|
|85 sq. m.||84,490||400||5.67%||994||4.70|
|120 sq. m.||113,400||676||7.15%||945||5.63|
|175 sq. m.||197,400||1,234||7.50%||1,128||7.05|
|GUANGZHOU - Apartments|
|50 sq. m.||159,650||457||3.43%||3,193||9.13|
|120 sq. m.||375,120||907||2.90%||3,126||7.56|
|200 sq. m.||875,200||n.a.||n.a.||4,376||n.a.|
|275 sq. m.||1,406,075||n.a.||n.a.||5,113||n.a.|
|SHANGHAI Ordinary apartments|
|75 sq. m.||232,800||619||3.19%||3,104||8.25|
|120 sq. m.||424,920||997||2.82%||3,541||8.31|
|175 sq. m.||652,400||1,500||2.76%||3,728||8.57|
|SHANGHAI Luxuriuos apartments|
|80 sq. m.||603,360||1,299||2.58%||7,542||16.24|
|120 sq. m.||831,840||1,841||2.66%||6,932||15.34|
|200 sq. m.||1,387,000||3,048||2.64%||6,935||15.24|
|SHENZHEN - Apartments|
|30 sq. m.||102,780||281||3.29%||3,426||9.38|
|50 sq. m.||168,350||448||3.19%||3,367||8.95|
|75 sq. m.||268,800||643||2.87%||3,584||8.57|
|120 sq. m.||564,240||1,016||2.16%||4,702||8.47|
Beijing: Chaoyang, Dongcheng, Xicheng
Chengdu: Jinjiang, Jinniu, Qingyang, Wuhou
Guangzhou: Tianhe, Yue Xui
Shanghai: Changning, Jing´an, Pudong, Xuhui
Shenzhen: Futian, Luohu, Nanshan
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When we first began to gather data on China, gross rental yields in all categories of Beijing condominiums were above 9%, and gross rental yields for villas in Beijing ranged from 9.5% to 13%. In Shanghai, returns were less stellar, with gross rental yields on apartments ranging from 5.4% to 7%.
Today, gross rental yields on almost all sizes of apartments in Beijing are below 2.5%, and in Shanghai below 3.2%.
We find the official statistics in China confusing. And as it happens, our own data-gathering in China has been rather inconsistent. We’ve relied on high-end expat-oriented sites some years, and on lower-end Chinese-language sites in other years.
But it is hard to escape the fact that prices have been climbing steeply, while rents have not moved much.
Yields below 3% are a danger signal. We were reluctant to join the chorus warning about a bubble in China in previous years, for the good reason that in 2008, apartments in most large cities in China had rental yields above 5%, a level which we generally consider ‘safe’.
However last year we declared that, with that yields of less than 3%, the danger signals were flashing red. We were the first to warn that a crash was likely in the Baltics, and then, our signal was that yields dropped below 3%. We gave similar warnings in Dubai.
So last year we gave the same warning about China – and we were right. It’s not been a exactly a crash, but for sure the period of market ebullience is over. Prices have risen so high that it is inconceivable that they will continue to rise.
Chengdu is an exception. Yields appear healthy here. We’re not sure if this is some kind of statistical fluke, and it certainly seems somewhat odd that yields on large apartments, according to our research, are above those on smaller apartments. But that’s the picture we get. Chengdu looks a little like Beijing and Shanghai used to look like, in terms of return on investment.
#1 MARC | May 16, 2010
Your numbers are conservative. The renter has a lot of bargaining power in Shanghai. I would say (from personal experience) that your yields are about 1% too high.
#2 HOWCOME | May 18, 2010
Agree with Marc. Live and rent in Beijing now. 160 SM, asking sales price 4.8 M Yuan, rent 6 K Yuan/month.
#3 THOMAS | June 15, 2010
the ordinary appartment yield in Beijing is lower,an appartment sells 1.6 million yuan will rent only 36 thousands per year(yield 2.25%).
and the high end(in your statistic)have a extreamly high Vacancy rate you can't imagine,about 80% of them are empty as my observation.
#4 STEVE HEMINGWAY | August 03, 2010
Rent is determined by tenants actual earned income, which is roughly constant in real terms. Property prices are largely a function of sentiment and availability of credit. The persistent momentum of prices in real estate markets deludes investors into thinking that "income doesn't matter". Of course it does, and since nobody can be cash flow positive on a yield of 2.5% even with the cheapest financing imaginable, then these figures have to predict that high end property in Shanghai and Beijing is on the point of a huge crash.
Of course it might be ten years before we actually see it, and a lot of rich people will take this as evidence that people like me don't know what we are talking about.
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