On current trends, renters will eventually outnumber home buyers, representing a fundamental shift in how the economy and wealth generation work.
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 housing affordability crisis isn’t limited to the big cities – the Tweed Heads area, for instance, is rated worse than Melbourne in the latest survey.
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.
Ready for a rainy day?
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.
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.
Good investment? What do your friends think?
Research suggests how your online friends experienced the housing collapse affected how you perceived your local real estate market.
On average, Gen Ys are $50,000 short of the deposit they expect they’ll need to buy their first home.
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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 national housing policy is needed that recognises how all the sectors – buying, renting, investing, social housing or homeless – are connected.
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.
What will help get them on the housing ladder?
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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.
The International Monetary Fund estimates that Australia’s houses are overvalued by around 10%.
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.
About a third of property investors are positively geared.
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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?
A key problem with working out the impacts of negative gearing is that we don’t know exactly which properties it affects or the status of their tenants.
What if there was a middle option between retention and abolition that made negative gearing work better? There are multiple ways to improve accountability for this $8 billion-a-year tax concession.
Federal governments have traditionally struggled to develop a coherent view for our cities.
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For the first time, both major parties have a cities portfolio in their front bench team. With a few more changes, the government could create a structure that will really get to grips with urban issues.
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…
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…
An increasing number of apartments being built in Australia’s cities are failing to meet basic requirements.
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Standards for apartments are desperately needed in Melbourne where planning laws allow things banned in cities including New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Vancouver.
Consumer sentiment has fallen since the federal budget while other indicators suggest the economy is in limbo.
The CAMA RBA Shadow Board is a project by the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, based at the ANU, which asks industry and academic economists what interest rate the Reserve Bank of Australia should…
“It is surprising that the RBA is hosing down talk of a housing bubble when experience of the early 2000s suggests that the RBA can be wise to jawbone down the housing market.”
With uncertainty surrounding the recent federal election subsiding and positive economic news from abroad, several Shadow Board members worry that the Reserve Bank of Australia’s loose monetary stance…
While new housing financial instruments caused the global financial crisis in 2008, in investment theory innovation is held…