It is not well appreciated that the requirements of affordable housing are related to – but not the same as – those for housing affordability.
New research reveals outdated concepts and thinking are shaping Australia’s troubled housing system.
At the Ashwood-Chadstone estate, Port Phillip Housing Association has built high-quality homes, with no visible difference between the 72 private and 206 community housing dwellings.
Concerns about the privatisation of public housing estates should not blind us to the benefits of the transfer of public housing to the not-for-profit community housing sector.
Interest rate adjustments are crude and fail to target the problems within the housing market.
A variable special rate on new residential housing developments in selected centres could be used to create a local incentive to supply more affordable dwellings at higher density.
The Australian government has plenty of ministers, but not one of them oversees the whole $6 trillion housing sector.
New research finds a state of confusion when it comes to Australian government policymaking on housing, despite its huge economic and social significance.
Most Sydneysiders are concerned about the effects of foreign investment on the local real estate market.
Only 18% of Sydneysiders think foreign investors should be able to buy property. They simply don't accept arguments that this investment improves housing affordability by increasing supply.
Driven by higher returns on their equity, debt-financed investors are dominating the housing market and shaping its growth.
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.
Households are not competing on equal terms in the private rental market – their perceptions of insecurity vary according to their means, location and reasons for renting.
Private renters' security of tenure in Australia has less legal protection than in other countries with high private rental rates. A new study reveals mixed responses to this state of uncertainty.
Even though Sydney’s population growth (at 14%) is below the average across all capital cities, its housing supply failed to match this growth.
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Data on housing supply in Australia's capital shows that while it's increasing in areas with lots of jobs, house prices are too high for those who might want to move for work.
More competition between renters won’t help affordability.
In a market already tilted in favour of landlords, these apps could further push up prices.
Australia’s population is highly concentrated in a few cities, so once centres like Newcastle have absorbed the spill-over from high-cost capitals, where will the talent go?
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Australia has few places to capture the spill-over of talented workers priced out of the big cities. Some may leave the country altogether – and where talent goes, capital flows.
Restoring and expanding Australia’s run-down public housing stocks will need an increase in funding on top of the reforms in the budget.
The budget is pushing for a much-needed reboot of the social housing sector. What it isn't offering is extra funding to renew and expand run-down housing stocks.
Unless the demand pressures are eased, first home buyers are still likely to be crowded out of the market.
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 budget brought no increase in rent assistance to help low-income renters in the private rental market.
For the majority of Australia’s renters, housing will remain unaffordable, insecure, and out of reach following the 2017-18 federal budget.
Tackling housing affordability will be a priority for the Federal Government in the 2017 budget.
The housing affordability measures in this budget involve not much more than tinkering.
When public investment in a development like Sydney’s Northern Beaches Hospital boosts land values, who should reap those gains: the community or individual owners?
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Who is entitled to the increase in value created by planning approvals, new infrastructure, population growth or urban development? For John Stuart Mill, the answer would have been the community.
The latest ANUpoll shows that Australians are very concerned that future generations may be locked out of home ownership.
Australians are in favour of housing affordability changes that the government still doesn't support, an ANU poll shows.
The political legacy of Abbott's broken promises contributed to Malcolm Turnbull's near-death experience at last July's federal election. ThisTurnbull government budget will be largely about burying the legacy of its predecessor.
Are the millennials doomed to be nomads, locked out of the home-ownership market forever?
Owning a home has deep cultural and economic connotations. A home owner is a member of a street, a community. They are a successful adult human. They own a piece of the pie, the dream.
Older Australians are not deterred by financial barriers as much as emotional ones, when it comes to downsizing.
When people do downsize, financial incentives are generally not the big things on their minds. And so most of the budget’s financial incentives will go to those who were going to downsize anyway.
Low-cost housing development on the city outskirts can expose owners to higher costs in the long run.
People are taking on larger future risks and costs just so they can buy a house. Increases in new home owners are seen as a positive development, but what if they can't afford the ongoing costs?