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Research shows public playgrounds don’t have the negative effect on property prices that some residents apparently fear. Romrodphoto/Shutterstock

That public playground is good for your kids and your wallet

Having a public playground in your neighbourhood can add value to your property.
Storm-damaged beachfront homes along Pittwater Road at Collaroy on the northern beaches of Sydney in June 2016. Dean Lewins/AAP

Water may soon lap at the door, but still some homeowners don’t want to rock the boat

A particular brand of climate denial among coastal property owners presents a conundrum for councils and governments trying to plan for sea-level rise.
In Victoria, the Andrews government’s level crossing removal project has lifted property prices by up to 28% around sites where work has been completed. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Rail works lift property prices, pointing to value capture’s potential to fund city infrastructure

Value capture depends on infrastructure increasing the value of affected areas in the first place. Victoria's level crossing removal project shows the impact on property values can be significant.
The costs of keeping a roof over our heads create a dependence on market growth that puts low-consumption, sustainable living out of reach for many of us. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Access to land is a barrier to simpler, sustainable living. Public housing could offer a way forward

The cost of land and, in turn, housing forces people to buy into the rules of market capitalism, making it very hard to 'downshift' from consumer lifestyles. But what if we rethink public housing?
If you want to separate investor demand for property assets from demand for affordable housing, rent is a better indicator than property prices. James Ross/AAP

Why rents, not property prices, are best to assess housing supply and need-driven demand

Property prices have soared in the past decade, but much more modest increases in rent, with the exception of Sydney, suggest less of an imbalance of supply and demand for housing as a place to live.
Being a property investor or house hunter appears to make Sydneysiders more supportive of foreign investment in residential real estate. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Being a property investor or house hunter makes Sydneysiders more supportive of foreign investment

You'd perhaps expect property investors not to mind foreign investors who might push up prices. More surprisingly, house hunters are also more supportive than those who are not looking to buy.
Most Sydneysiders are concerned about the effects of foreign investment on the local real estate market. Dave Hunt/AAP

Sydneysiders blame foreign investors for high housing prices – survey

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.
The Sydney housing market is the biggest generator of spill over shocks to other housing markets in Australia, new research shows. David Gray/Reuters

Sydney property market spreads price shocks to other capital cities

The Sydney property market creates shocks that spill over to other capital cities, and Hobart is the worst affected, new research shows.
In countries where many if not most households have pets, ‘no pets’ rental policies are a serious obstacle to housing security. Mike Hoff/flickr

As pet owners suffer rental insecurity, perhaps landlords should think again

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.
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?

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