Three unofficial state secrets about the housing problem

government-cloak-of-secrecy-open-governmentby Gavin Putland
re-posted from his blog

Secret 1: The purpose of encouraging home ownership is to create a majority of voters who own real estate and who therefore support policies that make real estate as expensive as possible, for the benefit of the biggest owners.

Secret 2: The purpose of financing home ownership through debt instead of equity is to make sure it’s the millions of voting “owners”, and not the handful of financiers, who fear falling house prices, and to make the consequences of any such fall as serious as possible, so that politicians must do everything in their power to prop up prices — and the most recent graduates from rent-slavery to debt-slavery are the most fervent supporters of the policies that make their lives difficult!

Secret 3: One reason for the persistence of conveyancing stamp duty, in spite of its demonstrable downward effect on prices, is that it discriminates against equity-based methods of financing home acquisition (by taxing them twice), and therefore props up debt financing, which props up the policies that prop up prices.


  1. Urban Land Rights15-08-2016

    Yep! Been trying to explain #’s 1 & 2 to people. It’s a tough slog.

  2. benj17-08-2016

    This has got a name. It’s called Home-owner-ism. Which I believe started back in the UK shortly after WW2, and has now spread to every part of the planet.

    Home-owner-ism is protected by lies and misinformation regarding the effects of direct taxes on land rents. Number one being the legendary the Poor Widows in Mansions. She being the human shield of bankers, landlords and the idle rich. There are others, like Army of Surveyors and Farmers Will Go Bankrupt. But none have the emotive power of pensioners being be thrown out of their homes. And all because the younger generation aren’t prepared to put in the work and save up for a home like they had to. etc, etc

  3. Chris O’Neill12-01-2017

    “The purpose of encouraging home ownership is to create a majority of voters who own real estate”

    and as the proportion of owner occupiers drops below 50%, the slack is taken up by landlords, many of whom don’t own their own homes.

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