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Bank loans keep flowing to real estate projects

Experts, citing figures and reports, affirmed that banks have not stopped funding real estate projects.

Earlier this year, realtors received bad news that the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) would pursue a policy on restricting the capital flow to the real estate sector.

It raised the risk coefficient for real estate project funding from 150 percent to 200 percent (some sources said it would be raised further to 250 percent), and reduced the ratio of short-term capital used for long-term lending from 45 percent to 40 percent.



However, the H1 report of SBV showed that outstanding loans provided to the real estate sector still increased by VND1,400 trillion, an increase of 6.5 percent compared with 2018 out of the total outstanding loans provided to the national economy.

Of this, credit serving real estate trading hit VND473.7 trillion, up by 2.5 percent, while the loans for consumer real estate was VND919.6 trillion, up by 9.4 percent.

The figures show that bank capital keeps flowing into the real estate sector. 

Of this, credit serving real estate trading hit VND473.7 trillion, up by 2.5 percent, while the loans for consumer real estate was VND919.6 trillion, up by 9.4 percent.

Meanwhile Lawyer Bui Quang Tinh from Bizlight Business School believes that the real estate market would receive more capital in the time to come.

The Governor of the State Bank has said SBV would lift the credit growth rate ceiling, thus paving the way for bank capital to flow to every corner of the national economy.

“It is not true to say that the bank capital flow to the real estate sector has been blocked. In fact, the restriction has been applied only to some projects and some investors,” Tin said.

“The capital will continue flowing into the real estate market in the last months of the year, about 16-18 percent,” Tin added.

About the performance of the real estate market in the second half of the year, Tin said capital inflow will continue thanks to the GDP stable growth. The economy witnessed a 10-year high growth rate of 7.08 percent in 2018.

Dinh The Hien, a respected economist, confirmed that the supply in the real estate market has decreased and sales are not as good as expected. However, he doesn’t think the real estate market is falling as some people fear.

“I still cannot see any signs of decline,” he said.

Hien looked to buy an apartment in HCMC in from March to June and found the price had not decreased. He also went to Da Nang and saw the land price in the suburbs increasing.

Sharing the same view, Tin said the total transactions in the first six months of the year decreased by 34 percent, but the price hadnt decreased.

Thanh Lich 


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