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Title: Vietnamese ministry plans to release quarterly reports on property market
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Vietnam's Ministry of Construction plans to start releasing quarterly reports on the domestic real estate market to increase transpar...

Vietnam's Ministry of Construction plans to start releasing quarterly reports on the domestic real estate market to increase transparency, Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha said in a ministry meeting late last week.

The quarterly report is a basis for building a database on housing and local property market because information about those factors is unclear, according to Ha.

The ministry will follow the local market and implement a plan to review the market, forecasting market trends in the medium term and proposing solutions to ensure the health of the property market.

Director of the ministry's Housing and Real Estate Market Management Department Nguyen Trong Ninh said the ministry aimed to complete a project on economic security in housing and real estate market to submit to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in the third quarter of this year.

The social housing programme for low-income people in urban areas and workers in industrial parks has so far supplied 34 per cent of a total of 12.5 million square metres that needs to be completed by next year.

The programme must produce the remaining of 8.26 million square metres by next year but it faced difficulties in mobilising capital for the construction, Ninh said.

Ha said solutions were needed to develop social housing products, cheap commercial apartments and rental apartments to complete goals on social housing. The solutions should focus on supply and financial support for buyers.

In the first half of this year, the construction industry had 8,711 newly-established enterprises, accounting for 13 per cent of national newly established enterprises. Of which, there were 4,014 real estate trading companies, a year-on-year increase of 22 per cent.

Attracting FDI

The real estate market attracted considerable domestic and foreign investment capital, including foreign direct investment (FDI) worth $6.6 billion. The FDI capital accounted for 18.6 per cent of total FDI to the nation, ranking second after the manufacturing and processing industry.

All property projects attracted total capital of 4.8 quadrillion dong ($206 billion). Outstanding loans for real estate projects by the first quarter of this year reached 462 trillion dong.

Construction activity grew at 7.85 per cent compared to the same period of last year and the growth of trading real estate products increased by 4.43 per cent. Average housing area nationwide is about 24.25sqm of floor per person, a year-on-year increase of 0.25sqm.

Ha said although the construction industry's growth was quite good, it did not meet its targets in the first half of this year. In fact, construction of some real estate projects, especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, were delayed, leading to a reduced supply. Property prices in some areas also increased rapidly.

If those situations were not resolved, they would harm the property market, he said. VIET NAM NEWS

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