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How to save on housing—paint the windows on?

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

Windows grimy? Repaint them. Don't like the curtains? Paint on new ones. Weather gloomy? Dab in a little blue sky.

A Chinese property developer has apparently taken "economical" to its logical extreme by reportedly painting fake windows on an economical housing development in the city of Qingdao.

(Read more: China house prices rose for 8th straight month)

The above photo was published Oct. 23 by Getty Images, which noted that the fake windows were painted on the building's north side.

Though it is not clear from this photo, there are real windows on the other side of the building.

On average, new home prices across China rose 8.3 percent in August, according to Reuters calculations. Chinese authorities have tried repeatedly in recent years to cool down persistently high real estate prices.

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