Residential buildings in Beijing. The average price last year for second-hand housing in China's capital was 60,925 yuan per square meter, down 3.3% from a year earlier. Photo: iStock

The price of new commercial residential buildings in first-tier cities increased slightly in November, while second-hand residential properties continued to decline, according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics, The Paper reported.

The growth rate of new home prices in second-tier cities was flat from October, while that in third-tier cities fell.

Among the four first-tier cities, new commercial housing in Beijing and Shanghai rose 0.6% and 0.5% from October, while that in Guangzhou stayed flat and that in Shenzhen fell 0.2%.

Second-hand home prices in these cities continued to fall 0.4%, expanding the 0.2% decline in October. Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen decreased 0.6%, 0.1%, 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively.

Zhang Dawei, chief analyst at Centaline Property Agency, thinks the price of second-hand housing represents the real market price, especially for first- and second-tier housing hotspots, as the proportion of second-hand housing transactions has exceeded half of the total market turnover.

The proportion of second-hand housing in Beijing and Shanghai has exceeded 80% of the total market turnover, Zhang added.

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