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China has relaxed its real estate investment rules for foreigners in the hope that it will help boost slowing economy. A government statement issued Thursday, August 27, 2015, by the Chinese Commerce Ministry and other local officials, changed previous rules which governed foreign property investors.
According to the Commerce Ministry, foreign investors are no longer required to pay registration fees when applying for domestic and foreign loans to finance property investment in the country, or when settling foreign exchange transactions.
Aside from this, foreigners and foreign companies are now allowed to buy more than one property, provided the foreign investors stay within the local housing purchase limit set for the area. Previously, foreign residents are only allowed to purchase one home after staying and working in the mainland for at least a year.
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