affordability

Housing shortages? Really?

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photo credit: looseends   Saturday mornings at the Richmond market. I hear a fruit stall worker calling his wares: “Last of the carrots! A dollar a bunch! AND THERE’S NO MORE!” Of course, he has carrots by the boxful under the table, but his solemn warning means he sells out every day. Shameless lying by […]

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Dear Australia, the world is watching, waiting for our bubble to burst

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  photo credit: robertivanc The great property speculation game is over in America and Europe.  The music has stopped. Forty years of steadily increasing pressure has been released.  Houses are worth a fraction of what people paid in better times, while the giant mortgages they took on remain. Meanwhile, Australia parties on.  We play the […]

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Expensive land is changing the shape of Australia.

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  photo credit: Zach K   The Melbourne versus Sydney rivalry has been reignited – Melbourne’s population is growing faster and is projected to overtake Sydney by 2037, a new report predicts. Going Nowhere, a report by BIS Shrapnel for a property developer lobby group, shows Melbourne building new homes at twice the rate of […]

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The Tide Turns. The Media Awakes.

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photo credit: midlander1231   For too long, the media eagerly reported the property spruikers’ claim ‘prices only go higher’. This ‘truth’ turned homeowners into speculators and led a whole generation of first home buyers to commit to enormous mortgages they will only pay off after thirty years of unrelenting sacrifice. This week the public story […]

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It’s official: Australia’s house prices the highest in the world!

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photo credit: Congratulations Citizens! The Economist says your home is the most expensive among the advanced countries we generally compare ourselves with. Before you puff out your chest in pride, consider what this means. Mortgage repayments are the heaviest in the world, leaving the least disposable income for food, clothing and transport. This is a […]

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The Cost of Living – Somewhere, Anywhere

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  photo credit: MarcelGermain Should I buy now or rent and save a bigger deposit while I wait? Houses cost money. How much should they cost? These are long-life assets and the price paid can change a lot. Good timing can lead to a lifetime of heavy debt repayment or a life of ease. There […]

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Put away that cheque book, home buyers

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photo credit: UGArdener   This morning, Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glen Stevens appeared on Seven Network’s Sunrise program to talk up interest rates and talk down the property market. Using tabloid television to broadcast RBA views is unprecedented. It prefers to communicate via densely written statements, opaque economic speak and background briefings to senior […]

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NZ Tax Justice Move

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New Zealand is known as one of the world’s leading gimp nations when it comes to protecting the future that land in prime locations avails. They have no Land Tax. They have pathetically low council rates. Worse, these are set to penalise home construction such that the family home pays upwards of 30% more than […]

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Corporate communities voted down

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The popularity of McMansion-ville suburbs dwindles as genuine home-buyers look for communities with character in New home sales retreat: HIA Sales of new homes in Australia dropped in October, an industry survey showed today, in a further pullback from stimulus-driven gains earlier in the year. The Housing Industry Association said sales dropped 6 per cent […]

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Hudson Multimedia highlights

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Following Prof Michael Hudson’s recent tour, here are more multimedia highlights: Visual: Hudson on ABC International with Jim Middleton. Hudson on Switzer – Sky TV Business. Forever Blowing Bubbles – Sydney presentation. Hudson tour slideshow Audio: Philip Adams Interview – Late Night Live The Earth v the Neo-Liberal Paradigm – Prosper Australia speech Global Policy […]

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