New research shows the actual returns on equity for housing investors are higher than most people realise. This helps explain why investors are able to out-compete other home buyers.
In a market already tilted in favour of landlords, these apps could further push up prices.
The budget acknowledges the crisis of affordability for first home buyers, but fails to do enough about demand pressures on prices to put home ownership back within their reach.
The housing affordability measures in this budget involve not much more than tinkering.
Only a small proportion of housing is affordable for low-income earners, while people on Newstart or Youth Allowance don't have any affordable options at all.
Housing experts writing for The Conversation largely agree on the government policies that are causing negative distortions in the market and the wider economy. And supply is not the key concern.
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.
Business Briefing: how the attitudes of the next generation are changing the property market.
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There's been a shift in attitudes to the property market over generations, from owning a home as a right, to owning a home as a commodity.
Generation Rent may force a complete rethinking of home ownership as a basis of our housing systems. Rather than representing security, these housing markets make us vulnerable.
The affordability crisis in regional Australia has a long history. In some places the problem is even worse for residents than in the capital cities.
Financial reforms have given us a greater role in saving for retirement. Alas we're not very good at it.
The UK's obsession with ramping up prices for one of life's essentials could bring the economic roof down.
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.
Research suggests how your online friends experienced the housing collapse affected how you perceived your local real estate market.
Without long-term solutions to the imbalance between incomes and house prices, Gen Ys face a lifetime of renting without the financial and emotional security of home ownership.
A decent national housing policy is not just about the million or so Australians who are in housing need, marginal housing or homeless. In reality, all the housing sectors are connected.
Both sides have used the housing ladder to persuade voters in the EU referendum campaign. Are they right to do so?
The influence of London's Chinatown is declining, but Chinese wealth is bringing far greater change to the city's modern skyline.
Ballooning borrowing to invest in the housing market is impeding investment in the real economy, holding back investment in skills and jobs, and driving up inequality.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that Labor's negative gearing policy would deliver "massive shocks" to the residential housing market and drive all investors away. Does that claim stack up?