It’s Official: Everything is happening later in life

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 4-Sep-17

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that Australians are living at home with their parents for longer than they did a decade ago. Some 58% of 18-19yr olds now live at home, compared to 54% in 2007, while 28% of 22-24yr olds live at home (up from 24% in 2007). Meanwhile, 42% of 30-34yr olds are renting, up significantly since 2007 (33%) and now 38% of 35-39yr olds are renting, up from 29% in 2007. Meanwhile, just under a third of Australians aged 30-34 have a home loan (33%), down from 43% in 2007, and 43% of 35-39yr olds have a home loan, down from 51% in 2007. The figures for 40-something Australians are little changed from a decade ago, with 51% of 40-44 yr olds now having a home loan (virtually unchanged from a decade ago). Now only 12% of 40-44yr olds own their home (down from 18% in 2007), and just 18% of 45-49yr olds own their home (28% in 2007). This trend is evident through older age groups.

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Home affordability shapes as key issue

Original article by Matthew Cranston
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 : 22-Dec-16

Tim Lawless of CoreLogic says housing affordability is likely to be a major issue in 2017. CoreLogic has co-authored a report which shows that while 86 per cent of a household’s income was required to save a 20 per cent deposit for a home in September 2001, this had blown out to 139 per cent in September 2016. It has risen from 117 per cent to 168 per cent in Sydney over the last 15 years, and from 93 per cent to 143 per cent in Melbourne. Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison argues that insufficient housing supply is the main cause of unaffordability, a view shared by leading property groups.

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Land tax plan to reboot market

Original article by David Crowe, Mark Coultan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 26-Oct-16

New South Wales Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet has suggested that housing affordability could be improved if states replaced stamp duties with a land tax regime. He argues that phasing out stamp duty would encourage more people to sell their homes, particularly so-called empty nesters. It is estimated that stamp duty revenue in NSW will top $A8.7bn in 2016. However, the land tax proposal has been rejected by several other state treasurers. The issue of housing affordability is also on the Federal Government’s agenda.

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Morrison targets cost of housing

Original article by Laura Tingle
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 24-Oct-16

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison notes that the proportion of Australians who own their home has fallen from 71 per cent to 67 per cent over the last two decades. However, he will argue in a speech on 24 October 2016 that housing supply is the main factor that is affecting housing affordability. He will also say that a range of other factors rather than the impact of property investors is affecting housing affordability. Morrison will also flag a push for greater co-operation with state governments to make more land available for residential development.

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State of the Nation 25: Spotlight on Financial Risk

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 26-Aug-16

Roy Morgan Research CEO Michele Levine this week presented the latest State of the Nation Report in Melbourne and Sydney, with a special Spotlight on Financial Risk including Mortgage debt and stress, Income risks and the adequacy of retirement funding. Key findings of this in-depth industry spotlight include: Home ownership in Australia is likely to continue its downward trend whilst house price increases outpace the increase in household incomes; Mortgage stress levels are likely to remain elevated even with the likelihood of further interest rate reductions by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) over the coming 12-18 months. Official Australian interest rates are already at a record low of 1.5% and likely to converge with the 0% interest rates found in comparable Western economies including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and the EU; Household debt levels could become a risk for both households and banks should general economic conditions turn down; The reliance on dual incomes for home loans repayments by many Australian families is a risk in itself with the increasing trend towards part-time work throughout much of the economy and with the additional factor of low wages growth and many more. View the full release to see a comprehensive run-down of findings.

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Living in a $5m house, Hockey’s ‘affordable’ claim jars

Original article by Phillip Coorey, Su-Lin Tan, Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 10-Jun-15

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has been criticised for saying that people who want to buy their first home should start by getting a highly-paid job. He has also dismissed claims that residential property in Sydney has become unaffordable, arguing that if this were true people would not be buying homes. Australian Council of Social Service CEO Cassandra Goldie and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten are among those who have criticised Hockey.

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Renting may be better than buying, says Reserve Bank

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1-Aug : 15-Jul-14

The Reserve Bank of Australia has released a research paper which refutes suggestions that house prices are overvalued. The report estimates that since 1955, house prices have risen by 2.4 per cent annually after adjusting for inflation. It concludes that many people may be better off renting a home rather than buying into the property market if house price growth falls below this long-term average

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