China’s home prices rose for the eighth consecutive month in April, Soufun Holdings Ltd. said today, defying government steps to cool prices.
The latest gain underscores the challenge facing Premier Wen Jiabao, who said May 1 that the nation is “determined” to bring down housing prices in some cities to a “reasonable” level. Home prices rose 0.4 percent in April from March and climbed in 77 of 100 cities tracked by the nation’s biggest real-estate website owner.
Wen said the government is committed to bringing down some cities’ property prices during a visit to a construction site in Beijing, the official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday. The comments may help correct a misconception in the stock market that the government only wanted to curb increases, according to Credit Suisse Group AG.