Đà Nẵng tightens land management to combat price hikes

Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The city of Đà Nẵng has issued a document requesting the management and supervision of real estate brokerages and land transactions be enhanced to prevent unusual price hikes caused by the spread of false information.

Individuals and organisations found to have fabricated rumours regarding development projects would be strictly punished, Đà Nẵng Standing Party Committee said.

Việt Nam News Agency reported that false rumours disseminated by brokers contributed to hugely inflated land prices in the central city recently.

Real estate market information must be provided quickly and accurately to citizens and investors to stabilise the market.

At the end of February, a rumour that several communes of Hòa Vang District would be formed into a new district named Hiếu Đức triggered a wave of speculation and a high volume of land transactions in the area.

On March 7, Đà Nẵng Department of Home Affairs officially denied the rumour.

Hòa Vang District People’s Committee urged buyers and investors to study development plans carefully before making purchasing decisions.

Land prices in Hòa Xuân Ward also spiked after forged document circulated on social media claiming to show the People’s Committee had given approval for a bridge connecting Bùi Tá Hán Street in Ngũ Hành Sơn District and Hòa Xuân Eco-Urban Area in Cẩm Lệ District.

When the city later confirmed the document was fake, land prices stopped rising but did not return to previous levels.

On March 8, the municipal Department of Construction issued a document warning about illegal real estate transactions in the city and urging home seekers and investors to be watchful.

Nguyễn Văn Nam, the department’s Deputy Director, said many developers sold their projects to raise capital even when they did not meet all the requirements, which might infringe on the rights of buyers and cause disputes.

Potential buyers of housing projects which had not yet been built or land slots in urban projects should study the project plans and regulations carefully before buying to avoid possible damages, the department warned.

Acccording to Dương Đức Hiển, director of Residential Sales at Savills Hà Nội, the recent land price fever was caused by a number of factors, including false information spread by brokers.

In the resort property segment, it was fuelled by tourism development and improvements to the infrastructure system. The land segment depended on the urbanisation rate and population increases.

Hiển said that while resort property prices were stable, residential land prices lacked stability in the city, posing a risk to those who choose to follow the crowd and invest.

Nguyễn Đức Lập, director of the Đà Nẵng Real Estate Research and Training Institute, said real estate prices in the city had not reached their peak. Lập expects prices to continue to increase.

He said the rush to purchase land was causes by speculation and brokers, and he urged investors to be cautious.

Quảng Ninh Province People’s Committee recently issued a document aimed at preventing land price inflation and illegal transaction in the district, caused by speculation as infrastructure improves following the opening of Vân Đồn International Airport. — VNS

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