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Entries from March 29th, 2016

Housing Shortage? Empty houses, housing affordability and artificial scarcity

March 29th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordable housing, Housing supply, Tax

Below is an extended version of an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 28th March 2016.   By Laurence Troy and Bill Randolph A major myth that permeates the recent debate on housing affordability is that the present level of housing supply is not meeting demand. Scarcity of housing, we are repeatedly […]

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Where is housing “affordable” in Sydney?

March 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing

By Ryan van den Nouwelant, Hal Pawson and Laurence Troy The affordability of housing in a particular neighbourhood is a tricky thing to reduce to a single metric. One option is to try and account for the complexity of dwelling composition and quality over space and time through data-intensive indices. But, more often, there is […]

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Where are the shifting tides of population growth in Australia leading us?

March 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · Demographics

By Alison Taylor, Demographer and Research Analyst, City Futures Research Centre Recently released population estimates sank almost without trace. Yet careful scrutiny of the numbers can help explain not only current headlines, but also emerging political and policy issues. The numbers confirm our begrudging acknowledgement of the end of the mining boom. They reflect our […]

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Projections, targets, forecasts and models: how do Sydney’s metro strategies try to anticipate our future housing needs?

March 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Government, Housing, Housing supply, Planning

Please upgrade your browser By Laura Crommelin, Laurence Troy and Ray Bunker As the planning boffins out there will know, Sydney has been the subject of three metropolitan strategies in the past decade – 2005’s City of Cities, 2010’s Plan for 2036 and 2014’s Plan for a Growing Sydney. In a recent working paper, City […]

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Would negative gearing reform push up rents?

March 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Government, Tax

Modeller to the property industry, BIS Shrapnel, reckons reforming negative gearing would increase rents by 4-10 per cent. Is that right? First, always keep in mind that when property interests ‘warn’ about rent increases, you should suspect an ulterior motive. Landlords  and their representatives aren’t worried about or afraid of rent increases – they love […]

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