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Governments alone cannot bridge the gaps and support affordable housing for seniors. shutterstock

Social impact investment can help retirees get the housing and care they need

Any significant decline in home ownership or equity in a home impacts higher care needs: older people will not have an asset to sell to fund the bonds required to enter aged care accommodation.
A blockchain’s ability to move assets from one owner to another allows less dependence on intermediaries. www.shutterstock.com

How the blockchain will transform housing markets

There are many hidden costs and inefficiencies in housing markets. Blockchain is poised to transform that.
Treasurer Scott Morrison is eyeing bond aggregation as a way to finance social housing, but government funding is still needed under that model. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Affordable housing, finger-pointing politics and possible policy solutions

In the second part of our review of what The Conversation experts have to say about housing, we focus on affordability, social housing and what government can do about a growing crisis.
Data from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) reveals the average balance on housing loans has barely trended upwards over the last five years. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Three charts on mortgage stress: it isn’t as bad as you might think

When you look at the data (in three charts) on mortgage stress, the systemic risk of people not being able to repay their home loans appears small.
APRA and its chairman Wayne Bryes may be more prescriptive on lending rules in an attempt to curb rising house prices. Mich Tsikas/AAP

The APRA bandaid for the housing market is wearing off

The government's unwillingness to consider changing the tax system to fix housing affordability makes it more likely that APRA may have to become even more prescriptive with its lending criteria.
People with intellectual disability face so many barriers to finding a home of their own that it’s hard to pick one. shutterstock

The forgotten 660,000 locked out of home ownership

Think it's hard for first-home buyers? Ask people with an intellectual disability about it.
Co-working can be a refreshing change for many employees where the design of the workplace and the politics of their organisation means they are simply too tired. www.shutterstock.com

Co-working is evolving to combine co-living

Co-working spaces are evolving to suits the needs of a changing workforce.
The financialisation of housing has become central to wealth creation in Australian households. Andrey_Popov from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: the financialisation of housing and what can be done about it

We now value the house as a wealth builder, not just a place to live in and raise a family. The result is a distorted investment market that makes home ownership and rental unaffordable.
To meet the needs of lower-income households, housing should be both affordable and located near public transport and other services. Graeme Bartlett/Wikimedia

What a difference a month makes, but Victoria can still do more to get housing and planning right

Victoria has been lagging behind other states in developing an affordable housing strategy. Now that one has been released, how well does it meet the needs of households on lower incomes?
Scott Morrison has recently broadened the range of affordable housing policy options he’s considering, and moving beyond simplistic supply-side solutions would be a positive development. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Australia’s almost a world leader in home building, so that isn’t a fix for affordability

The housing supply solution our leaders are advocating will only work if affordability is simply a problem of supply. In fact, Australia is almost a world leader in rates of new housing production.
If a second airport creates another centre of activity in western Sydney, then it won’t just be air travellers who benefit. Stilgherrian/flickr

Our big cities are engines of inequality, so how do we fix that?

Our big cities increase incomes faster than population growth, but most residents miss out on the extra income growth. Creating multiple centres of activity may help make bigger better for everyone.
Any attempt to improve security for tenants should not deprive them, or their landlords, of the flexibility that many also want. David Crosling/AAP

Rental insecurity: why fixed long-term leases aren’t the answer

Any attempt to improve security for tenants should not deprive them, or their landlords, of the flexibility that many also want. The key problem is landlords' ability to give notice without a reason.

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