China Real Estate

China to boost its property leasing market

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As a way to rein in the wild-going property market in China, China State Cabinet in May of this year stepped up a new piece of notice telling its local counterparts to promote property leasing market to provide shelter for people who cannot afford to purchase properties.

I personally fully agree on the move which can be a successful way to tame the property market,…

New curbing measures send chill in Shanghai property market

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Just the other day, on the night of November 28, Shanghai government has stepped up a few new measures to cool down the property market that has despised the previous two rounds of curbing measures in this year.

Basically, the new notice issued by Shanghai government says that

  1. families that purchase property in Shanghai for the first time (meaning having no other

Mortgage loans for Chinese buyers of foreign properties

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You all know that the Chinese people are buying up your land, esp in the USA, Canada, Australia or Singapore, unfortunately pushing up local property price, precipitating homes out of the reach of a lot more ordinary families. But sorry, I am not here to alleviate the problem but to add fuel on the fire.

Many foreign property developers have been targeting Chinese…

Property Management Services in Shanghai

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Through my real estate legal practice, I have noted that quite a number of foreign clients leave their properties either to friends or relatives for care, and even some clients just simply leave their property unattended for years after purchase.

On the other hand, we do also note that many clients entrust their properties to properties to property management…

无权处分合同效力与善意取得-以单方处分夫妻共同财产为视角

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笔者近期处理的一起离婚后财产分割案件引发了对无权处分合同效力以及善意取得制度的思考。相关法律问题着实让人为难,难怪法学家将“无权处分”称为“法学上的精灵”。

案件情况如下:夫妻婚后购买一套住宅,但仅登记在妻子名下(老公是外国人,没有购买资格)。不久,双方感情破裂,经法院判决离婚。但在离婚诉讼中,因为特殊原因,双方同意夫妻财产离婚之后再行分割。但妻子为隐匿财产,离婚后立即将房产转让给其一个朋友(但无法查证),价格远低于市场价格(可能会有百分三十左右的差价),且同时把一辆高级轿车亦转让给这位朋友。房屋的转让已经完成。

从诉讼策略考虑,会有两种选择。其一,根据婚姻法第47条,证明女方隐匿财产,要求法院使其少分财产,以平衡双方利益;其二,中止本次诉讼,转而另行起诉追回房屋。相对而言,如果第二策略能够实现,对当事人来说是最好的选择,毕竟第一种策略下,即便顺利多分,能否实现利益还得打个问号。…

foreigners in Beijing not allowed to receive gifted real properties if not eligible for purchasing

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First of all, please note that I have not been able to locate the related decree or notice issued by Beijing local government, therefore not able to verify the captioned statement.

Just recently, in advising a foreign client in inheriting estate apartment left by his late father, I came to learn from local notary office a piece of new rule that was said to take …

Sell your China property in Beijing: your marital status matters

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Maybe it is really time to sell your China properties, either in Shanghai, Beijing or Shenzhen, these first-tiered cities in China.

Despite the fact that China applies its uniform sets of laws throughout the country as a centralized political system, it is not uncommon to find out that different places may have different interpretations of the same piece …

最高人民法院关于适用《中华人民共和国物权法》若干问题的解释(一)

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最高人民法院关于适用《中华人民共和国物权法》若干问题的解释(一)

(2015年12月10日最高人民法院审判委员会第1670次会议通过,自2016年3月1日起施行)
为正确审理物权纠纷案件,根据《中华人民共和国物权法》的相关规定,结合民事审判实践,制定本解释。

第一条  因不动产物权的归属,以及作为不动产物权登记基础的买卖、赠与、抵押等产生争议,当事人提起民事诉讼的,应当依法受理。当事人已经在行政诉讼中申请一并解决上述民事争议,且人民法院一并审理的除外。

上海房产律师解读本条的主要看点在于,在制度上确立,当事人在行政诉讼中(主要是以登记机构为被告的行政诉讼),当事人可以一并就民事争议要求法庭予以解决,避免了认为割裂造成的司法资源浪费。

关于抵押房屋买卖之法律问题

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当下,上海房地产市场的热度可以用“火爆”二字形容。随之而来的就是有关房地产买卖合同纠纷的案件增多。

笔者最近接连帮助两位客户处理房地产买卖纠纷中均遇到卖方违约不愿或不能配合进行产权过户交易,因为涉案房屋存在抵押权或法院查封等情形,在此情况下,买方如何选择诉讼策略,如何最大化维护自身利益,有时颇为纠结。

一、法律规定

关于抵押房屋的买卖,随着我国物权登记制度的确立,法律的规定也不断地演化和变更。对于抵押房屋买卖合同的效力的认识也逐步由无效变为有效。

  1.  《担保法》第49条
    第四十九条 抵押期间,抵押人转让已办理登记的抵押物的,应当通知抵押权人并告知受让人转让物已经抵押的情况;抵押人未通知抵押权人或者未告知受让人的,转让行为无效。

Property Sale in China: Mind the Realtors Who are not just in-betweens

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Like in the west, when you purchase properties in China, you would in most cases need the help of realtors or real estate brokers or agents (whatever names you call them) who match deals. However unlike in the west (I so assume), Chinese realtors may not act as true in-between but side with buyers.

According to the rules and old practice, realtors in Shanghai, Beijing…

China to allow its citizens to purchase overseas properties 中国政府即将放开公民个人境外购房的限制

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As a part of the China’s planned financial reforms on the so called capital account, China has not expressly allowed its citizens to purchase overseas properties, despite some attempts in the past by some local government, which were called off by the central government.

October 30, China Central Bank together with some other central ministries issued…

Tax issues in inheritance of estate properties in China

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Many foreigners are concerned with China estate taxes when they inherit estates in China.

As a matter of Law, China has not formally enacted estate tax laws despite rumor about it for many years. I personally don’t foresee this enactment any time soon. After all, without this law, Chinese rich people are already fleeing this country for various reasons.…

Here it comes again: China property market to collapse

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China’s economy is having a rough ride at the moment and it’s only get to get worse.

China’s economy grew at its slowest rate in 24 years in 2014, just 7.4%. Its stock market has fallen around 40% since hitting multi-year highs in mid-June. And the government is burning through cash reserves to prop it up. China’s debt is also twice the

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