Buyers check out offerings at a residential property display during a real estate fair in Nantong city, east China's Jiangsu province. Photo: AFP

China’s commercial housing sales in 2017 have exceeded 13 trillion yuan (US$2.05 trillion) for the first time, while sales for the year ahead are expected to decline, The Paper reported.

Sales areas in 2017 exceeded 1.6 billion square meters, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. Both figures were records for two consecutive years, said Zhang Dawei, a senior analyst at Centaline Property Agency.

Gu Yunchang, chairman of the National Real Estate Chamber of Commerce Union, expects that sales in 2018 will experience a downward trend as a whole, while housing prices are expected to remain steady, without dramatic rises or declines.

The investment in real estate development in 2017 was 10.98 billion yuan, an increase of 7% over the previous year. Investment in commercial housing accounted for 7.5 trillion yuan, up 9.4%. That figure is also expected to slow down, said Gu.

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