Housing repayments were more affordable in the first quarter this year than the last quarter in 2021, but interest rate hikes since then will reverse this.
This election was a Seinfeld election – it was more about personalities than plot, and not a lot happened. Before the election cost of living had been a major issue, but it disappears out of our qualitative research
The Q2 2022 Australian housing market saw a general increase in the Repayments Index, indicating a decrease in affordability, and a decrease in the Deposit Index, indicating a fall in house prices, making it easier to save for a deposit.
This paper by Gene Tunny of Adept Economics looks at the cost to the Queensland worker as well as the Queensland government of closing the coal and gas industries.
Australians are extremely united in imposing sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, with 89% supporting, and only 6% opposing. There are also high levels of support for military aid with 75% supporting and 12% opposing.
It's time we accepted superannuation is not an end in itself but a component of good retirement policy, of which home ownership has to be the cornerstone.
The greatest risk in old age is not that your superannuation balance isn’t high enough, but that you don’t own your own home
Housing affordability continued to decline in the December quarter last year. This is mainly due to a strong increase in property prices in most cities, although it was only moderate in Australia's largest market, Sydney.
This is another sullen election, even though both sides exhibit high support for their respective candidates. 60% disagree (versus 30% who agree) that the federal government has done enough to be elected, while 40% disagree (versus 41% who agree) that Labor has done enough to be elected.
Detailed analysis of the ALP’s shared equity home buyer scheme shows that it is poorly designed, expensive and discriminatory, makes no difference to housing affordability and the cost has already almost doubled.