Shenzhen’s unaffordable home prices could hurt Beijing’s plan to turn the Greater Bay Area tech hub into model city



a view of a city: Shenzhen has been granted autonomy by Beijing on a wide range of local policies, from land use to hiring global talent. Photo: Xinhua


Shenzhen has been granted autonomy by Beijing on a wide range of local policies, from land use to hiring global talent. Photo: Xinhua

Beijing’s blueprint to develop Shenzhen and showcase it a centrepiece of its economic reform and attract talent could hit a major stumbling block in the form of unaffordable housing prices, say analysts.

As part of a five-year plan to build the city into a “core engine” of reform by 2025, Shenzhen has been granted greater autonomy in using rural land for development purposes. The move, which will ease land supply crunch, is aimed at reining in escalating home prices and making the city more affordable to live. It was speculated that Beijing would give Shenzhen “additional land” by allowing it to absorb some neighbouring towns into its territory, but the central government did not do so.

“Home prices take up a major chunk of the cost of

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Rocket Mortgage Introduces New Tech Platform to Empower Real Estate Agents

DETROIT, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rocket Companies (NYSE: RKT) today launched “Rocket Pro Insight”, a new technology platform providing real estate agents real-time updates on the status of their clients’ mortgages. Through both a website and mobile app, real estate professionals will have transparency into the loan experience. They are now able to see where each loan is in the process, the terms of their clients’ loans, if additional documentation is needed and when it will close.

“Our team is constantly leveraging the power of technology to streamline and simplify the mortgage process. Rocket Pro Insight is the latest innovation in a long line of FinTech tools we have created to improve the experience and give added confidence to our clients and their partners,” said Jay Farner, CEO of Rocket Companies. “There is no doubt real estate agents are crucial in the home purchase process. They are the homebuyer’s

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The Tech Solutions Buyers Barely Know They Expect From New Homes

To Wall Street and many home builders, their business is moving units, turning inventory, generating margins of return on invested capital. To a strong, deep, and seemingly enduring stream of buyers, those teeming transactions are something else: home, livability, well-being, a place to prosper.

New home buyers are ante-ing up in droves to solve a three-part life riddle right now. Pandemic, economic, social, and political turmoil continue to wreak unrelenting havoc on the zeitgeist, spread fear, and dim the horizon. The problem buyers are so keen to solve draws off three classic coordinates: Price. Product. Location. Maybe or maybe not in that order. New home builders, as it turns out, do price, product, and location like it’s nobody else’s business. It’s their stock and trade, and they’re doing it at capacity and velocity levels they’ve hardly even tried to achieve in 15 years.

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Realty investor grabs Milpitas apartments near tech hubs

MILPITAS — A veteran real estate investor with a national reach has bought a big apartment complex in Milpitas, a deal that points to ongoing strong buyer interest in the Silicon Valley housing market.

Victorian Square, an apartment complex in Milpitas, has been bought by an affiliate of Klingbeil Capital Management, a real estate firm with a San Francisco office and roots in Ohio, according to public property and business records.

The 96-unit Victorian Square, located at 2021 N. Milpitas Blvd. in Milpitas, was bought for $36.3 million, property records filed with Santa Clara County officials on Oct. 2. show.

Located near tech hubs in San Jose, Milpitas, and Fremont, the apartment complex appears to be in strong demand from renters. The apartments.com website states that none of the units in the complex are available for rent.

Investors appear to hunger for apartment complexes throughout Silicon Valley and the East

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These Real Estate Sectors are Most at Risk of Obsolescence from Tech

There is a lot of talk about technology taking jobs. Real estate won’t be immune from this trend, but specific segments are more prone to job loss than others.

In a new report Cushman & Wakefield pinpoints gas stations, bank branches, non-experiential retail and garages (those in single-family homes and commercial parking decks) and non-amenitized commodity offices as the categories of real estate that are at higher risk of obsolescence due to technology.

There have been different drivers behind these closures. Since 2009, 6% of branches have closed. In 2020, that number could jump to 20%, according to Intelnet.com. The rise of online banking has caused these changes.

With gas stations, urbanization has been the culprit. Between 2004 and 2014, the number of gas stations in Manhattan fell by one-third. Most of that land was redeveloped into condos or offices, according to The New York Times.

There will also be

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