Vacant and unlit ‘ghost’ apartments are a source of public outrage in major cities around the world.
A tax on empty homes will make a modest difference to housing affordability. The sheer wastefulness of our housing system calls for something much more ambitious.
Most Sydneysiders are concerned about the effects of foreign investment on the local real estate market.
Only 18% of Sydneysiders think foreign investors should be able to buy property. They simply don't accept arguments that this investment improves housing affordability by increasing supply.
Tackling housing affordability will be a priority for the Federal Government in the 2017 budget.
The housing affordability measures in this budget involve not much more than tinkering.
The vast majority of cranes are used to build apartments.
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About 84% of cranes in Australia are used on residential sites, with commercial projects making up 5% of crane activity. Health, education, infrastructure and recreation projects make up the rest.
Consumers are faced with more economic uncertainty than the bottoming out of interest rates would otherwise suggest.
If the stars align, consumers will benefit from increased economic activity in the short term. And if they don't, then the economic recovery will have consumers saving more in uncertain times.
These units in suburban Parramatta were built as part of the 2009-12 national Social Housing Initiative.
Do affordable housing projects drive down property values? Does neighbours' quality of life suffer? Case studies in Brisbane and Sydney suggest such fears aren't justified.
Unequal access to housing has considerable long-term effects far beyond just property ownership.
New research finds higher property prices are associated with higher household income and spending inequality.
Property inequality keeps on growing, stopping it will take strong principles and brave politicians.
The Sydney housing market is the biggest generator of spill over shocks to other housing markets in Australia, new research shows.
The Sydney property market creates shocks that spill over to other capital cities, and Hobart is the worst affected, new research shows.
In countries where many if not most households have pets, ‘no pets’ rental policies are a serious obstacle to housing security.
Landlords and property agents often apply 'no pets' rules even though many households see them as part of the family. Their difficulty in finding rental housing then becomes a source of great stress.
Crane numbers, in this case in Darlington, Sydney, are an indication of the number of new units coming onto the market.
We are hearing dire warnings from property interests fighting against changes to negative gearing. But what if Labor's proposed changes actually support demand for the flood of new properties?
Sydney investors can profit equally from purchasing apartments or houses.
Herding behaviour is leading to excessive borrowing, further fuelling apartment prices, particularly in Sydney.
When it's cheaper to buy and rent out and then rent another place, you know something is wrong with negative gearing.
Before entering politics, Scott Morrison was employed to develop policy for the Property Council of Australia, which is now leading the charge against negative-gearing reform.
The default position for politicians is to sound concerned about housing affordability, but do nothing. This can be explained by the idea of 'policy capture', in this case by industry interests.
Negative gearing: the perfect fixer upper?
Negative gearing is not the housing saviour those in the industry claim it to be.
Foreign investment in housing: murky.
There's no accurate data on foreign investment in Australian real estate, but what we do have suggests it's only partly to blame for rising house prices.
Replacing old apartments with new ones may not improve affordability.
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New research released today shows that changes to NSW strata law that allow the sale of apartments against the owner's wishes likely won't improve housing affordability or availability.
Property comes at a hefty premium in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
It's not a new idea, but one that warrants a fresh look given the property bubbles in Australia and New Zealand.
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.