The brutal truth on housing. Someone has to lose in order for first homebuyers to win

The brutal truth on housing. Someone has to lose in order for first homebuyers to win

Housing costs are a big problem for young people. Home ownership is falling fast in Australia, especially among the young and poor. Fewer than half of 25-34 year olds own their home today. Home ownership among the poorest 20% of that age group has fallen from 63% in 1981 to 23% today. At this rate almost half of retirees will be renters in 40 years time.

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Should We Phase Out Transfer Stamp Duty?

Should We Phase Out Transfer Stamp Duty?

As property prices in Sydney have soared so have the revenues flowing to the State government as it rakes in record levels of tax revenue through the stamp duty on property transfers. This stamp duty, approximately 4% of each property transfer, is a significant impost which increases the savings threshold for first home buyers and acts as a brake on mobility in the property market.

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Two pictures of rental housing stress and vulnerability zero in on areas of need

Two pictures of rental housing stress and vulnerability zero in on areas of need

Separate research by National Shelter, and the City Futures Research Centre demonstrate the magnitude of the housing affordability problem for low income households. The authors conclude that housing affordability problems are multidimensional and extend beyond the capital cities. They argue that we need to bolster the economic and social capital of the regions so that they offer greater opportunity to the vulnerable households who have gravitated there.

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