China's Mortgage 'Boycott'


Recently, an increasing number of homebuyers have stopped making mortgage payments to banks because the construction of the housing units that they bought on pre-sold terms from the cash-strapped developers has been suspended. Mortgage loans have grown quickly and now account for over 20% of total bank loans (Exhibit 1). With developers’ liquidity problem threatening to suspend more home construction projects, leading to more mortgage “boycott”, the concern is whether this problem will lead to a systemic risk pulling the rug from under the financial system.

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