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Six charts that tell you about housing affordability in Australia - Federal Budget 2017 - ABC News. Housing affordability: Potential home buyers hoping budget offers relief. Housing affordability remains one of Australia's biggest concerns heading into the federal budget on Tuesday.

Housing affordability: Potential home buyers hoping budget offers relief

Despite house prices sitting at high levels across Australia's major cities, some potential home buyers remain optimistic. "It's every man's dream to own a house, have a family, and retire," Indian-born Aditya Doshi, who's been living in Australia for the past four years, told SBS "I don't want to be moving from place to place every year or two years, depending on somebody else letting me stay in their property. That's not my cup of tea. " Mr Doshi recently became eligible for Australian citizenship, and was now waiting for his wife's visa to be approved.

There's another solution to the housing crisis that no one wants to discuss. CoreLogic, the real estate data collection agency, produced numbers last week that should have got people's attention.

There's another solution to the housing crisis that no one wants to discuss

Data for the first 28 days of March show that Sydney house prices rose by 19 per cent in the past 12 months, and 14 per cent in Melbourne, on average. Prices this year alone have risen 5.3 per cent in Sydney and 4.4 per cent in Melbourne. This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Caption Settings Dialog Beginning of dialog window. Rates on hold. Treasury modelling capital gains tax changes - Crikey. It seems increasingly likely that the government will be making changes to capital gains tax as part of a housing affordability package to be announced in the budget in mid-May.

Treasury modelling capital gains tax changes - Crikey

Earlier this year Crikey filed a freedom of information request for modelling being done by Treasury on changes to capital gains tax since the July 2 election. In response last week, the department said it had 459 pages of final modelling being done on the proposed changes. The FOI is still being processed, but alongside comments made by Treasurer Scott Morrison last month, the existence of those 459 pages indicates the government has changed its thinking on capital gains tax since the last election. Tony Abbott's plan to cut immigration isn't the way to solve Sydney's housing squeeze.

When Tony Abbott laid out his manifesto last week for a more muscular conservatism, he offered an idea likely to hold appeal even to some who might be appalled by proposals such as gutting renewable energy policies and human rights institutions.

Tony Abbott's plan to cut immigration isn't the way to solve Sydney's housing squeeze

Cut immigration to improve housing affordability, Abbott said. In doing so, the former prime minister articulated an idea which, on the evidence of this reporter's inbox, has a fair bit of currency. Housing affordability: Glenn Stevens appointed by Gladys Berejiklian to advise NSW Government. Updated.

Housing affordability: Glenn Stevens appointed by Gladys Berejiklian to advise NSW Government

Adjournment Speech - Housing Affordability. In many of our capital cities and surrounding regions, home ownership is a pipedream for young Australians.

Adjournment Speech - Housing Affordability

Home ownership is declining, while the number of Australians in rental accommodation is increasing. According to a recent report by CoreLogic, the largest property data and analytics company in the world, addressing the issue of housing affordability is a complex task, which is multidimensional, multi-disciplinary and requires the cooperation of local, state and federal governments, as well as the private sector. CoreLogic's December 2016 report identifies a range of issues affecting housing affordability, including: a disproportionate level of investment in housing, low interest rates, shallow returns from bonds and cash, and high volatility across equity in the commodity markets. This has resulted in increased investment demand in housing. We were told by the Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, that if you go to regional New South Wales everything will be okay. Adjournment Speech - Housing Affordability.

Nocookies. Housing's 30-Percent-of-Income Rule Is Nearly Useless. When you’re looking for a place to live, one number rules your world: You should spend no more than 30 percent of your income on housing.

Housing's 30-Percent-of-Income Rule Is Nearly Useless

You may hear that rule of thumb from a financial adviser or parent, a landlord or lender. It’s embedded in online budget calculators and federal policies. There’s just one problem: “It’s essentially an arbitrary number,” says David Bieri, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. “It creates more distortions than it actually solves.” If the 30 percent rule ever made sense—which economists contest—it’s almost meaningless now, when almost 41 million U.S. households spend more.

The ratio’s roots date to 1969, when Edward Brooke (R-Mass.), the first black senator elected since Reconstruction, pushed through a law to help the poorest of the poor afford shelter. Even before the Brooke Amendment became law, economists said the ratio oversimplified the affordability question. Which Aussie city offers the cheapest rent? Melbourne is one of the cheapest places in Australia to rent an apartment or house - but not an individual room, according to a new rental price metric by

Which Aussie city offers the cheapest rent?

The median room price metric shows that Sydney has the highest rental prices per room at almost $250 a week, followed by Canberra, Darwin and Melbourne. Theconversation. Scott Morrison should look at the US scheme that trumps Australia on affordable housing. Scott Morrison may not believe federal governments have much of a role in housing policy other than removing planning restrictions.

Scott Morrison should look at the US scheme that trumps Australia on affordable housing

But Ronald Reagan did. Well – perhaps that is not entirely accurate. But in 1986, Reagan signed into law a bill that has since been described as one of the most effective housing policies ever enacted by a federal government, and which stands as a marked contrast to the Australian lethargy on affordable housing. Who's to blame for rising house prices? We are, actually. If only we had a clue why home prices are soaring out of reach.

Who's to blame for rising house prices? We are, actually

On Monday Treasurer Scott Morrison offered half a clue. He told the Urban Development Institute it was all about supply. The more houses and apartments that developers were allowed to build, he said, the more residents would be able to buy. That's true, if you avert your eyes from some of the more immediate reasons residents are unable to buy. And they're growing. Tenants get the upper hand when renting a three-bedroom home in Sydney’s south west – Domain. Sydney’s hot property prices and tight rental market have been described as a tenant’s nightmare. How the housing boom is remaking Australia’s social class structure. Is This Sydney's Last Affordable Suburb? - Core Logic data has earmarked Werrington as one of the best value suburbs in Sydney to purchase property, with the median house price growing by 21.78 percent in 12 months.

The data also reveals that local industry heavyweights have agreed that housing affordability in Sydney’s western suburbs won’t last long – with one analysis by recently finding that the number of affordable suburbs in Sydney had decreased from 12 to just one within the last year. With nearby Willmot named as the only remaining suburb in Sydney where an average income earner could afford an average house, Werrington truly remains a local secret. According to Ray White Director Dan White, Werrington is definitely a suburb to watch for, and he says people who believe in property have seen themselves amply rewarded this year, naming Werrington amongst his top picks in Sydney for growth potential. “The benefit for Werrington is that it remains relatively unknown.

Community groups rally to address housing affordability, Human Rights Act. Nine Canberra based community groups have joined forces to call on major political parties to pay more attention to affordable housing and homelessness. The meeting comes as St Vincent de Paul Society urge politicians to recommit to making amending the Human Rights Act to include adequate housing; a policy it backed away from in 2014. Labor candidate for Murrumbidgee Brendan Long, an economist at Charles Sturt University, supported the amendment describing it as "practical and achievable". The meeting was called after groups watched Labor and the Liberals announce funding and policies for tasers, green bins and heritage buildings despite only "a handful of disparate housing policy announcements".

The meeting was attended by the Property Council, Master Builders Association, the Canberra Business Chamber, ACTCOSS, ACT Shelter, Unions ACT, the Australian Institute of Architects, CHC Affordable Housing and Elton Consulting. Affordability still a problem despite record number of Sydney homes. More than 30,000 homes were built in Sydney during the 2015-2016 financial year, yet experts say that this level of home building still is not enough to improve affordability in the city. According to data from the Metropolitan Housing Monitor, a record number of 30,191 new houses and apartments were built in 2015-2016 – the most building activity since the 2000 Olympic Games. Buying a home when single is unattainable in most of Australia, data shows – Domain.

If you’re single, on an average income and looking to buy a home, your dream is likely unattainable in six of Australia’s capital cities, a new analysis shows. What's Up With Sydney's Bullshit Rent Prices? Home prices would need to drop 25pc to help first time buyers: Deutsche Bank. Posted First home buyers are facing the biggest barrier in recent history to entering the housing market, with deposits at record high levels relative to incomes in the Sydney market. Yes, There Is A Housing Affordability Crisis. Stephen Koukoulas, economic adviser to PM Julia Gillard, is one of Australia’s most effective shit-stirrers.

Why Supply Expansion Isn't a Panacea for Housing Affordability. According to conventional economic wisdom, increasing the supply of a given good or commodity should serve as a surefire means of bring down prices and shoring up affordability. Chris Bowen's blunt housing crisis prediction. Theconversation. The Conversation is fact-checking claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on the ABC at 9:35pm. Thank you to everyone who sent us quotes for checking via Twitter using hashtags #FactCheck and #QandA, on Facebook or by email. Trailer Parks: An Affordable Housing Solution? Though they’re sometimes the object of ridicule and fear, especially in the US, trailer parks are actually an example of forward-thinking and adaptive zoning. Providing thousands more housing units is often simply a matter of allowing far higher densities than the traditional suburban block, and mobile homes and manufactured housing can meet demand quickly and with great flexibility, while keeping costs surprisingly low.

Australia’s most densely populated urban areas contain some 8,800 residents per square kilometre, and those areas are some of the most expensive. Nocookies. Daily Telegraph. To use this website, cookies must be enabled in your browser. To enable cookies, follow the instructions for your browser below. Facebook App: Open links in External Browser There is a specific issue with the Facebook in-app browser intermittently making requests to websites without cookies that had previously been set. This appears to be a defect in the browser which should be addressed soon. The simplest approach to avoid this problem is to continue to use the Facebook app but not use the in-app browser. Open the settings menu by clicking the hamburger menu in the top right Choose "App Settings" from the menu Turn on the option "Links Open Externally" (This will use the device's default browser)

The Violence of Eviction. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond Crown Publishers, 2016, 418 pp. The government says it has a plan to fix the housing affordability crisis. This chart suggests it doesn't. Affordability at new low as Sydney and Melbourne prices surge. Global Housing Watch. New parliament needs to 'rebuild the faith' Why housing demand in Sydney is so strong. Affordable housing means a land tax and no stamp study. Sydney property owners making $200,000 a year for 'doing nothing' - Collaboration between University of Sydney and Lendlease. Sydney tops national transport cost index; families paying more than $400 a week. Daily Telegraph.

Baby boomers should not have to shoulder affordability burden. Housing affordability in Sydney was actually improving three years ago – then the boom hit. Home ownership in Australia. Government, developers should stop chasing big dollars and provide affordable housing.