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Title: Property agents, housing markets and housing services in transitional urban China
Authors: Tang, BS
Wong, SW 
Liu, SC
Keywords: Housing transaction
Institutions
Transitional economy
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Housing studies, 2006, v. 21, no. 6, p. 799-823 How to cite?
Journal: Housing studies 
Abstract: This study examines the particular role, services and functions of property agents in the housing markets in mainland China. Since the implementation of housing market reforms, cities on the Chinese mainland have transferred from a centrally-directed, welfare-oriented housing system to a more decentralized, market-based one. Commodification of housing has expanded the opportunity of new market intermediaries to service the growing urban housing markets. Yet there appears to be little research on these agents, which bear similarity in name, but not exactly in operation, to those in a market society. Based upon insights from new institutional economics, this study examines how the existing institutions in China have constrained and facilitated their services in the housing transaction process. This micro-analytical study provides a different means towards understanding the market transformation of a socialist housing system.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/22513
ISSN: 0267-3037
EISSN: 1466-1810
DOI: 10.1080/01436590600917647
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