HILDA: low home ownership and doubling debt threatens pension system

The latest HILDA survey shows that home ownership among the young is rapidly declining while mortgage debts are doubling. When combined, this could be disastrous for the Age Pension.


Beware governments bearing gifts for downsizers

Moving in with adult kids, buying near a school or employment hub will block retirees from taking part in the new downsizing rules to boost superannuation.


Bondi student has called on the public to pay her overdue rent

A former Bondi ‘party girl’ turned medical student has fallen behind in her rent and, faced with eviction, is now calling on the public to help her pay it. You’d be amazed at the reaction.


Why rent bidding apps will make the rental market even more unaffordable

A new series of apps that pit renter against renter will only further tip the balance of power in favour of landlords, making it even more difficult to get an affordable house.

Federal Budget 2017

Housing affordability hitting low-income renters

Anglicare has released its annual Rental Affordability Snapshot report that reveals low-income renters are being pushed out of the market, with available properties either unaffordable or unsuitable.

Federal Budget

Budget 2017–18: time for action on housing affordability

Housing affordability may be one of the biggest talking points so far this year, but it seems our Parliamentarians have no problem buying big when it comes to property.

Federal Budget 2017

Economist tells young Australians to rent, not buy

Deloitte Access Economics economist Chris Richardson told the National Press Club on Wednesday that right now younger Australians should be looking to rent, not buy.

Federal Budget 2017

Negative gearing a no-go, so what’s next?

With Treasurer Scott Morrison yesterday defiantly ruling out any changes to negative gearing, it's clear that this year’s Budget is going to be a battlefield on housing affordability.

Federal Budget

Budget 2017–18: outlook for retirement and housing

Politics again trumped policy when Scott Morrison talked about housing affordability on Monday so let’s get on with the solutions that will work if adopted in Budget 2017–18.

Living in retirement

Our research shows retirement renters are doing it toughest

It’s not only the younger people who are doing it tough in this overheated property market. Our research reveals the plight of retirement renters who are doing it toughest of all.


Should Australians be able to access super to buy a house?

Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar has refused to rule out allowing people early access to their superannuation to help fund the purchase of their first home. Is this a good idea?


A highly paid job is the first step to owning a home

Who knew that housing affordability could be tackled by future homeowners simply securing a ‘highly paid job’. That’s the advice from Liberal MP Michael Sukkar.

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