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BEIJING: China's monthly new home prices maintained steady growth in March, while the resale housing market also saw an uptick, despite a renewed crackdown on property speculation, a private-sector survey showed on Thursday. New home prices in 100 cities rose 0.2% in March from a month earlier, unchanged from February's pace, according to data from China Index Academy, one of the country's largest independent real estate research firms.

More cities reported monthly gains, with the number up to 76 from 66 in February, while 23 cities posted lower home prices compared with 27 in the preceding month. In another sign of strong demand, growth in second-hand home prices quickened to 0.44% in March from previous month, compared with 0.28% in February.

"We saw a jump in supply of new housing projects in major cities, as developers sped up sales in March, which is a traditionally a peak season," said China Index Academy Research Director Cao Jingjing. Cao also noted Guangzhou and Chongqing saw strong residential property markets, while demand in the northern cities of Taiyuan and Tianjin waned.