This is one of a number of measures suggested in the city’s property market development plan in 2016-2020 with a vision towards 2030, which was the topic of discussion at the meeting.
The city expects the information center could help it build official real estate market indexes which market participants could use as references.
The plan will develop infrastructure to connect urban areas, diversify property products, boost development of condo buildings, and encourage investors to get involved in projects to build homes for low-income people.
The city petitions the Government to establish a general department for housing development and allow it to form a housing development board under the city government.
The plans also mentions a number of measures to ensure transparency on the market, improve the cityscape and oversee housing development.
Tran Du Lich, former deputy head of the HCMC delegation of NA deputies, said the plan is well prepared but contains no deep analysis of market conditions. It should point out what is not transparent, and what regulations overlap, he said.
Lich said laws such as the Land Law, the Construction Law, the Housing Law and the Law on Real Estate Business have conflicting provisions which have left negative effect on the real estate market.
Le Chi Hieu, vice chairman of the HCMC Real Estate Association (HoREA), shared Lich’s view, saying many existing regulations are inconsistent, making life difficult for property companies.
High land prices and land-use fees are weighing on businesses and homebuyers, he noted, adding the State should set up a special financing mechanism, such as a housing development fund, to lure more businesses to join low-cost housing projects.
An official of the State Bank of Vietnam’s HCMC branch said the plan does not make clear the financing structure of enterprises involved in property projects. At present, a majority of investors rely heavily on bank loans to fund their projects but this source of capital would drop in the future in line with the central bank’s Circular 06 which sets out a roadmap for tightening lending to real estate projects.
To ensure sustainable development for the property market, bank loans should fall while increasing capital from other sources such as homebuyers, investment funds and corporate bonds, the central bank official said.