Investment Property in Changsha

Investment Real Estate in Changsha

Investment Property in Changsha
Investment Property in Changsha

Changsha property investment can be a worthwhile venture if you are selective with the areas you choose to invest in. If not, you could find that your investment suffers due to low rental yields, dwindling demand, and slow property price growth in many parts of Changsha.

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Changsha (; US: /ɒŋ-/; simplified Chinese: 长沙; traditional Chinese: 長沙; pinyin: Chángshā; Changshanese pronunciation: (Listen), Standard Mandarin pronunciation: [ʈʂʰǎŋ.ʂá] (listen)) is the capital and the largest city of Hunan Province of China. Changsha is the 17th most populous city in China with a population of over 10 million, and the third-most populous city in Central China, located in the lower reaches of Xiang River in northeastern Hunan. Changsha is also called Xingcheng (星城, ‘Star City’) and was once named Linxiang (临湘), Tanzhou (潭州), Qingyang (青阳) in ancient times. It is also known as Shanshuizhoucheng (山水洲城), with the Xiang River flowing through it, containing Mount Yuelu and Orange Isle. The city forms a part of the Greater Changsha Metropolitan Region along with Zhuzhou and Xiangtan, also known as Changzhutan City Cluster. Greater Changsha was named as one of the 13 emerging mega-cities in China in 2012 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. It is also a National Comprehensive Transportation Hub, and one of the first National Famous Historical and Cultural Cities in China. Changshanese, a kind of Xiang Chinese, is spoken in the downtown, while Ningxiangnese and Liuyangnese are also spoken in the counties and cities under its jurisdiction. As of the 2020 Chinese census, the prefecture-level city of Changsha had a population of 10,047,914 inhabitants.

Changsha has a history of more than 2,400 years of urban construction, and the name “Changsha” first appeared in the Yi Zhou Shu (逸周书)written in the pre-Qin era. In the Qin dynasty, the Changsha Commandery was set up, and in the Western Han dynasty, the Changsha Kingdom was established. The Tongguan Kiln in Changsha during the Tang dynasty produced the world’s earliest underglaze porcelain, which was exported to Western Asia, Africa and Europe. In the Period of Five Dynasties, Changsha was the capital of Southern Chu. In the Northern Song dynasty, the Yuelu Academy (later become Hunan University) was one of the four major private academies over the last 1000 years, with the famous couplet “惟楚有才, 于斯为盛” (Only Chu has talent, and it is flourishing in this area) coming down to modern times. In the late Qing dynasty, Changsha was one of the four major trade cities for rice and tea in China. In 1904, it was opened to foreign trade, and gradually became a revolutionary city. In Changsha, Tan Sitong established the School of Current Affairs, Huang Xing founded the China Arise Society with the slogan “Expel the Tatar barbarians and revive Zhonghua” (驱除鞑虏,复兴中华), and Mao Zedong also carried out his early political movements here. During the Republican Era, Changsha became one of the major home fronts in the Second Sino-Japanese War, but the subsequent Wenxi Fire in 1938 and the three Battles of Changsha from 1939 to 1942 (1939, 1941 and 1941–42) hit Changsha’s economy and urban construction hard.

Changsha is now one of the core cities in the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the Belt and Road Initiative, a Beta- (global second-tier) city by the GaWC, a new Chinese first-tier city and also a pioneering area for China-Africa economic and trade cooperation. As of 2020, Changsha Huanghua International Airport was one of the 40 busiest airports in the world. Known as the “Construction machinery capital of the world”, Changsha has an industrial chain with construction machinery and new materials as the main industries, complemented by automobiles, electronic information, household appliances, and biomedicine. Since the 1990s, Changsha has begun to accelerate economic development, and then achieved the highest growth rate among China’s major cities during the 2000s. The Xiangjiang New Area, the first state-level new area in Central China, was established in 2015. As of 2020, more than 164 Global 500 companies have established branches in Changsha. The city has the 29th largest skyline in the world. The HDI of Changsha reached 0.817 (very high) in 2019, which is roughly comparable to a moderately developed country.

The city houses four Double First-Class Universities: Hunan, National University of Defense Technology, Central South, and Hunan Normal, making Changsha the seat of several highly ranked educational institutions, and a major centre of research and innovation in the Asia-Pacific with a high level of scientific research, ranking 34th globally in 2022. Changsha is the birthplace of super hybrid rice, the Tianhe-1 supercomputer, China’s first laser 3D printer, and China’s first domestic medium-low speed maglev line. Changsha has been named the first “UNESCO City of Media Arts” in China. Changsha is home to Hunan Broadcasting System (HBS), the most influential provincial TV station in China.

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The financial stability of Changsha has translated into a real estate market that rewards forward planning and a willingness to look beyond areas of traditional affluence.


Buy to Rent in Changsha


Renting out your Changsha buy-to-rent investment property can grow wealth and income.


Whatever your goals with investment property in Changshaare – preparation is key:


  • Set goals based on how much rental yield will be required and the local rental yield rates in Changsha and be prepared to change your initial outlook.
  • Thoroughly research the Changsha location with a special emphasis on fringe areas outside the main Changsha metropolis that may be valued lower than their better-known neighbours. Rental yields of around 5% are still attainable in certain areas of Changsha.
  • Ensure that your target investment property in Changsha appeals to professionals. This is a demographic that ensures maximum income and low voids.
  • Finding and vetting suitable tenants is a job ideally left to the professionals. Working with an established letting agent with local knowledge and experience of property legislation will give you the best chance of success.

Flipping Investment Property in Changsha

Flipping property in Changsha


Flipping property is when we advise clients to buy a Changsha property below market value, renovate it and then make a profit by selling it at a higher price, all within a few months, and often before the Changsha market has a time to react to the renovation.


The Flipping Strategy in Changsha


Investment property flipping in Changsha is a simple strategy. You find a property that is in need of renovation from our list and purchase it for a low price. These type of Changsha real estate investments are sometimes referred to by professionals as ‘distressed’ Changsha real estate.


What is distressed Changsha property:


  • Changsha property in need of renovation
  • Changsha real estate with a change of puropose and use
  • Oversold Changsha property
  • Bank repossessions in Changsha


Put simply, long term investors in Changsha purchase the property, renovate it and make it a lot more attractive to potential buyers.


Calculate profit that you make from Changsha investment property flipping:


Final Selling Price less Cost of Purchase less Costs = Profit

Here is an example:

Changsha property purchase price: $220,000

Renovation costs: $20,000

Other costs: $25,000

Property sale price: $400,000

Profit: $135,000


Experienced property developers in Changsha use a minimum profit value of 22% when looking at potential Changsha projects. The reason for this is because there are lots that can go wrong in Changsha property flipping and working on a potential margin of 22% should still leave a good margin of error.


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