Fake Divorce Drives China's Real Estate Bubble



POSTED BY Ed (13 mths ago)
Earlier this year, Mr. and Mrs. Cai, a couple from Shanghai, decided to end their marriage. The rationale wasn’t irreconcilable differences; rather, it was a property market bubble. The pair, who operate a clothing shop, wanted to buy an apartment for 3.6 million yuan ($532,583), adding to three places they already own. But the local government had begun, among other bubble-fighting measures, to limit purchases by existing property holders. So in February, the couple divorced.

“Why would we worry about divorce? We’ve been married for so long,” said Cai, the husband, who requested that the couple’s full names not be used to avoid potential legal trouble. “If we don’t buy this apartment, we’ll miss the chance to get rich.”

More http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-23/fake-divorce-is-path-to-riches-in-china-s-hot-real-estate-market

And some think the property bubble in the US in the run up to the 2008 subprime collapse was a big deal......


Ed (13 mths ago)

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