Demand for housing in South Africa continues to outstrip supply despite the government having made more than three million houses to poor households.
The dismally slow provision of housing in South Africa is such that more than 2.2 million households live in 2700 informal settlements. Waiting is the norm and can take years, even decades.
Property developers are vested interested when it comes to discussion of the impact of infrastructure charges.
Vested interests benefit from the illusion of unsettled academic debate.
Chipping away at your super account can have compounding results.
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First home buyers may be doing it tough, but lessons from the US tell us raiding super is not the solution.
The issues keeping those on low incomes out of the housing market are only getting worse over time.
A defence of La Défense, and other towering architecture across the globe.
Bringing together buyers and sellers of apartments could result in better apartment pricing and design.
Lessons from the sharing economy could provide a housing solution for both buyers and sellers.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has ruled out changes to negative gearing, but the policy advantages some taxpayers over others.
Almost 1.3 million Australian taxpayers use negative gearing. But the policy is inherently unfair.
The government has scrapped the target as part of a ‘bonfire of planning rules’.
A disappointing end for one of the UK's flagship environmental schemes.
I hear what you’re saying.
In his budget speech chancellor George Osborne pitched the Conservatives as social reformists – and the party has been involved in some key legislative changes.
A green, pre-fab house.
The building sector globally currently consumes more energy than the transport sector or the industry sector. It is also the biggest polluter, with the biggest potential for significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions compared to other sectors, at no cost.
A budget without bite for tackling a shortfall of homes.
The budget contained some major housing reforms, but the chancellor had no answer to the sector's number-one problem.
Did Osborne provide a spark for productivity?
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A living wage grabs the headlines, but sluggish productivity is a harder nut to crack than that.
No wonder the Tories can’t look poor people in the eye.
After months of speculation, we now know how the Chancellor plans to save £12bn from the welfare budget.
Want to live here? Houses in Stanton cost £500,000 or more.
Wealthy commuters, retirees and second home owners are pricing locals out of the villages they grew up in.
Housing’s in the news.
Until recently, affordable housing was mentioned only in conversations involving low-wage or unemployed workers – or the homeless. The only groups that focused on rising rental costs were low-income housing…
Housing has become just another investment asset - but the consequences are unsettling.
The widening cracks in Australia’s housing system can no longer be concealed. Seven leading Australian academics say this 10 point plan can help fix housing affordability.
NSW Premier Mike Baird applauds Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian – but has her first budget hit the mark?
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Gladys Berejiklian's first budget as NSW Treasurer includes some infrastructure goodies but misses an opportunity to reduce the state's reliance on property taxes.
Removing negative gearing may have supply side impacts that are not as straightforward as has been suggested.
There are well-rehearsed arguments both for and against removing negative gearing from property.
Micro housing could be the solution to helping millennials afford a home.
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I co-teach a freshman seminar at the University of Texas called “Debt: the Good, Bad and Ugly” that examines the different ways consumers borrow and spend. Do they reflect wise investments in the future…
Owning a home will remain just a dream for many Australians.
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Treasurer Joe Hockey doesn't believe Sydney housing is unaffordable. The data suggests otherwise.