New York has become a ‘city for the rich’ in recent decades, a shift in its real estate market that impacts policy-making, too.
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New York City's municipal budget relies heavily on the property taxes of extremely high-value real estate. That drives gentrification and distorts local policy in other ways that hurt residents.
Mirvac Pavilions Olympic Park under construction. Build to rent won’t be a simple solution to fix housing affordability, but it can fulfil many other public policy objectives.
Constructing buildings to rent, rather than sell, may fulfil important housing policy objectives – but it won't take off without tax reform.
Policies to tackle climate change will make it more expensive not to act.
Real estate agents don’t decide rents, landlords do.
The real estate industry acts in its own interests, not those of the tenants it scares.
It won’t help enough, but it will get some people their keys.
The real problem with the government's first home owner deposit scheme is that it won't prioritise those who need the funds the most.
One set of policies acknowledges reality.
You can't help first home buyers without making other buyers worse off.
The money will help, but there’s no guarantee things will turn out well.
Topping up deposits by as much as 15 percentage points will help, but housing isn't risk-free.
Do you know where you are right now?
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Google, Amazon and other powerful groups are renaming American cities and neighborhoods. That may make the area more appealing to newcomers – but, in many cases, residents aren't happy.
Game of Thrones is a world of deceit, betrayal, treason and uncertain truths.
When vested interests are attacked they create myths and battle plans. It's the surest sign you are on the right track.
We’re unpredictable, but this could be a one-off adjustment.
Prices are off, but from unprecedented highs. It could be a one-time adjustment.
Areas with greater opposition to wind energy development may be more likely to experience negative impacts on property values.
Research has found that wind turbines decrease property values in Ontario, but only when the community is opposed to their presence.
Australians are full of good ideas. Many made their debut in the pages of The Conversation.
The Conversation played host to really important new ideas in 2018. Some will take years to develop. Others will never come to fruition. But they're important.
Flooding due to climate change may make coastal homes less valuable.
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Coastal real estate prices appear to be taking a hit, but mostly in neighborhoods with more climate change believers.
Fewer than than 5% of renters are unhappy with their landlord, but rent can be expensive.
Most renters are happy with their landlords and happy with the quality of their accommodation, but they would like better security of tenure and cheaper rent.
A cleverly-designed auction can make sure strata-titled apartment blocks are only sold when all of the owners are happy.
It's not fair to evict people against their will. On the other hand, one holdout shouldn't be able to derail the sale of an entire strata-titled apartment block. Now an international team has come up with an ingenious solution.
Whether there is a floor beneath which cuts in interest rate are ineffective depends in part on house prices.
It is thought that it doesn't help much to cut official interest rates toward or beyond zero, and maybe it doesn't, but new research suggests the answer has a lot to do with the housing market.
Vendors in Australia are not legally obliged to tell prospective buyers about past crimes such as murder committed on the property.
It's still mostly a case of 'buyer beware' when it comes to finding out about a property. But many buyers feel they should be told if, for example, it was the scene of a violent murder.
Beach erosion in Nags Head, North Carolina, photographed May 15, 2005.
Many US coastal towns are building defenses to protect against rising seas and storms. This can encourage people to stay in place when they should be moving inland.
Selling a home can trigger capital gains.
The Trump administration is considering a change to how capital gains taxes are calculated that would save investors roughly $100 billion over a decade.
The U.S. is the biggest destination for Chinese foreign investment.
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Chinese investment in the US has never been high, but the ongoing trade war could dampen it further, with significant long-term repercussions.