Call made in China for national housing bank to prop up property

April 6, 2015 10:03 AM

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BEIJING, April 6 (Reuters) - China should establish a national housing bank to optimize use of the country's housing provident funds, which have over 3.7 trillion yuan ($597.45 billion) at their disposal, according to an article written by an official with Ministry of Housing and Urban, Rural Construction.

A national housing bank could offer low interest rate housing loans to help middle and low income home buyers, bolstering demand in a sluggish real estate market, and reducing risks for commercial banks, the official said in the article cited by Xinhua News Agency on Monday.

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