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The RBA noted the forecast large increases in supply in some inner-city apartment markets as a concerning risk. Mick Tsikas/AAP

The risks in Australia’s housing market shouldn’t be downplayed

There are still a number of factors pointing to the risk in Australia's housing market that the Reserve Bank hasn't noted in its latest risk analysis.
Melbourne is being transformed by high-rise apartments, with some even being purpose-built for the Airbnb market. Jorge Láscar/flickr

How Airbnb is reshaping our cities

If the sharing economy is here to stay, planners and designers must respond with imagination to spread the positive effects of the tourism economy for the benefit of residents as well as tourists.
Crane numbers, in this case in Darlington, Sydney, are an indication of the number of new units coming onto the market. Francisco Anzola/flickr

Might Labor’s negative-gearing policy yet save the housing 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?
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. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Housing policy is captive to property politics, so don’t expect politicians to tackle affordability

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.
Are loans guaranteed by parents adding unnecessary risk to the market? Julien Tromeur/Shutterstock

The problems with relying on the bank of mum and dad

First home buyers looking to break into the housing market are turning to their parents, but it's not a risk-free proposition for either party.
Research shows ageing will affect house prices, with interesting results. Dan Peled/AAP

How Australia’s ageing population could push house prices down

Despite talk of a housing bubble in Australia, house prices have been flat in real terms over the past six years since the pre-financial crisis peak in December 2007. The weighted average of established…
Australians of all ages are lining up to tap the equity in their home, but as a policy solution for welfare it comes with many risks. Julian Smith/AAP

Your home as an ‘ATM’: home equity a risky welfare tool

Perceptions of the family home have changed dramatically in recent years. Once viewed as a tool to ensure low housing costs in old age, a more complex and wide-ranging welfare role for home ownership has…
Houses should be homes, not assets. Chris Radburn/PA

House prices need to be stabilised, not capped

Amid all the noise around UK housing policy, it is worth taking a step back and asking a deeper question about our property market. Yes, another bubble would be damaging for the UK economy and especially…

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