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.
The government has changed the rules so that another foreign investor can replace one who has pulled out of buying an off-the-plan dwelling.
The government says its changes to foreign investment will increase housing supply and make it more affordable, but that's relying on narrow and possibly incorrect assumptions about investors.
Without better regulation, renting will still be insecure and unaffordable.
The problem with the current rezoning approach is that it leads to huge windfall profits and developments aimed at the upper end of the market.
The community needs affordable housing and that requires meaningful targets for new developments. The only ones who will lose out are landholders who make windfall profits from rezoning.
The Collective Old Oak co-living block in London has more than 500 apartments with bedrooms and bathrooms. All other spaces are shared.
While some forms of co-living seek to match modern lifestyles and a desire to downsize, other profit-driven models simply exploit a lack of affordable housing alternatives.
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.
It's not in developers' interests to flood the market with new housing – so will the government step in?
The super system provides very little support to low-income earners in the bottom 10% of taxpayers.
Super is the wrong tool to provide an adequate support in retirement for low-income earners. Our research shows top-up measures to help this group are poorly targeted and too expensive.
Makeshift beds on the streets of Sydney.
Not only is it cheaper to provide permanent supportive housing to the homeless, but the improvement to their lives is immeasurable.
Scott Morrison spoke to the Urban Development Institute of Australia on housing affordability.
A panel of experts on housing respond to Treasurer Scott Morrison's speech on improving the supply of housing in Australia.
Around 1.3 million households receive government rent assistance.
The effects of unaffordable housing cascade into other areas of life, in particular, affecting mental health.
In the unregulated Australian rental housing market, rental leases are almost always short term.
The need for new housing solutions for these low-income groups is clearly a pressing requirement.
The renting class faces the unrelenting burden of ever-rising rents.
By focusing on intergenerational inequalities that will eventually be reversed, we are framing the housing affordability question the wrong way.
The RBA noted the forecast large increases in supply in some inner-city apartment markets as a concerning risk.
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.
Here's how social and political power can come together in cities, to counteract the focus on short-term profit.
Getting your heating upgraded in a rental can be a nightmare.
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Improving energy efficiency is not an option for a significant number of people in Australia – renters.
The World Economic Outlook from the IMF released this week downgraded growth for many countries.
Interest rates remain unchanged in Australia this week, reflecting an economic holding pattern around the world, as the US presidential election carries on.
Some home buyers can’t afford to go through the regular channels so the rent-to-buy deals appeal to them.
People who engage in rent-to-buy schemes might not be protected under law and are often left in unaffordable situations.
The U.S. could do with a shot in the arm too.
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Although the Fed delayed raising rates this month, it has signaled it intends to wean the U.S. economy off its unprecedented monetary stimulus. Now the question is whether Congress will take the handoff.
The continued preference for detached housing in new suburbs is driving Perth’s urban sprawl and means two-thirds of dwellings built over the next 15 years need to be on infill sites to meet the state’s target.
Government and industry need to demonstrate the benefits of well-designed higher-density housing. Rich residential display projects may be the ideal catalyst for creating smarter cities.