Maybe our “thirty something” housing dilemma – is a false economy?

Maybe our “thirty something” housing dilemma – is a false economy?

We all love it when a plan comes together, so spare a thought for those at Fort Crumble (NSW government) who still fail to understand a plan that actually works. We all know what happens next (as you will see) and it does not look pretty for this once proud state. A decade later those horrific and planned bureaucratic bungles are now taking a major toll – (one Fort Crumble can’t collect either). Ongoing bungles at Fort Crumble are considered to be “having a real hard go”.

Just as ironic is that in NSW, infrastructure has moved into economic decline and as with all declines, they have a habit of gaining momentum that ends in a huge crash. On the other hand, when a government drives constituents to other states, it could be construed as its very own plan to fight housing affordability – better known as reducing demand. In a nutshell, no plan works when you apply the supply v demand economic theory, without applying the basic principles of meeting supply first. Housing in Australia is facing an interesting twist, because when the tools to meet supply are down, prices will keep rising – more a result of failed government forces.


Pulpit Point, Hunters Hill (a planned estate to meet supply) photographed by Tim Mooney. The vacant marina berths may well be a result of the global financial crisis. Or was this photo taken on a weekend when the residents were out relaxing on picturesque Sydney Harbour ? (Sounds like a smart plan).

In past editions I have referred to the ‘thirty something factor’ in Australian housing – one third rent, the other third own with a mortgage and the final third own without a mortgage. RP Data published its Weekly Property Pulse. “Housing finance data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) this week showed that finance commitments surged during September. In particularly there was a strong bounce back in first home buyer loans which was not surprising given that it was the last month in which the First Home Buyers Grant Boost was available in full.” Bear in mind that interest rates are also increasing so here is Household Estimates 2007 – 2008 graph which makes one wonder what it will resemble after the impact of the first home buyers grants in 2009.

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This is how it looked (prior to First Home Buyers Grant Boost) when the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) was sitting around 7.25 per cent (RBA rates) and in September the cash rate was at 3.00 per cent. Currently, the cash rate is 3.50 per cent. Are the property debutantes who grabbed the grant, aware that post – global financial crisis, we are headed back to the future market? In 2010 – 11 the economy will pick up by 2.75 per cent rather than the suggested 2.25 per cent.

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Housing and occupancy orig

Whilst yet to be evaluated, rental property vacancy rates remain at record lows which in all probability forced many in rental markets to purchase property – the Sydney vacancy rate in October remained at 1.3 per cent. It is supposed to be 2.50 per cent to 3.00 per cent. According to RP Data, over the twelve month period, the weekly rents for houses (nationally) increased by 3.4 per cent (that was in a downturn). So why is The Emperor (Kevin Rudd) wasting money on renovating school halls when there is an obvious need to increase housing? (I will get to that shortly). However, this rental graph is simply scary.


In pursuit of answers, I found that the culprit (surprise – surprise) was our very own Fort Crumble when I read in the Sydney Morning Herald“NSW not a developer’s nirvana … it’s planning hell” by Aaron Gadiel. “if you were to accept everything that has been said about development in NSW, you might think it was open slather; a developer’s heaven – that planning was out of control or that, development was running rampant.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth.”

“It is time for a reality check.”

“Developers are not fond of NSW. Not at all.” Based on the graph above I would suggest that those in rental accommodation would feel the same, given that when it comes to ‘bricks and mortar’ Fort Crumble is ‘as thick as a brick’ with absolutely no intellectual mortar between the layers.

“In development terms, NSW is neither one, nor even number two. After decades of more building activity than any other state in Australia, we lost our first place ranking to Victoria in 2008. To compound the indignity, in the same year we also fell behind Queensland.” What a plan!

“Victoria and Queensland have stolen a disproportionate share of Australia’s building investment. In the financial year ending in June, NSW accounted for only 23 per cent of Australia’s building activity, while we made up 32 per cent of Australia’s population. The Australian Bureau of Statistics only records one other occasion where NSW was anything but first – and that was in 1977.”

So let’s look at our esteemed Premier Nathan Rees who (as he keeps telling us) is “having a real hard go.” Not sure exactly what is going in NSW aside from the government. “The economic damage to NSW from its poor performance is dramatic. The construction activity made possible by developers contributes $78 billion to the national economy each year. For every $1 million in construction expenditure, 27 jobs are created throughout the broader economy. When we lose development dollars to other states, we’re losing income and jobs that rightfully belong to NSW residents.”

I refer you again to the above graph, “Sydneysiders have already been feeling the pinch of housing shortage. Rents in outer suburban Sydney have gone up by more than 20 per cent in the past two years. In the middle ring suburbs rents have jumped near to 30 per cent “. What a business plan.

For our Mosman residents I jumped over to Australian Property Monitors to access the Mosman occupancy data.
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Fort Crumble is in total decay and Fort Fumble has absolutely NFI (No Financial Idea) as to exactly what is happening in the Australian property demographic markets. And my mantra is not to castigate – abuse or criticise our elected politicians on the astounding execution of their Nation Building expertise.

Clip of the Week

In search, I went to YouTube – where I discovered one of the most amazing clips that signifies achievement. Unlike elected politicians, he is a man of few words yet his actions speak much louder than his few words. Backed by Delta Goodrem singing “Together We Are One” this clip should be re-played at every household and sales meeting.

Inspiration personified – Gavin’s Bridge Climb



For this week’s recorded Mosman real estate, Cremorne real estate, Cremorne Point real estate, Neutral Bay real estate and Cammeray real estate sales

4 Responses to “Maybe our “thirty something” housing dilemma – is a false economy?”

  • Michael says:

    Thanks Robert,

    Its amazing how quickly the State Government can blow millions on a car race at Homsbush, that has seen loads of trees removed, only to be replanted in areas that are not in the main hub of the Olympic Park. No long term economical value and probably a loss over the long term. They had a perfectly good track at Eastern Creek that is idle!!

    If they could fix the transport and infrastructure mess as quickly, they may even get re-elected?

  • Eleanor says:

    Great clip, Rob. It really puts things into perspective.

  • Gordon says:

    Interesting thoughts, Robert, about development processes here in Fort Crumbled, and the comment from Aaron Gadiel. The following is from Crikey 31/01/08:

    “The powerful developers’ lobbying group, the NSW Urban Taskforce, has just morphed into Urban Taskforce Australia and opened offices in Civic in the heart of commercial Canberra to mark the arrival of the Rudd Labor Government. Established in 1999, the taskforce has strong connections with the right-wing ALP machine in NSW…

    …The taskforce’s CEO is Aaron Gadiel, another trusted graduate of the ALP’s right-wing faction. A former Young Labor operative, Gadiel served the factional powerbroker and Carr Government minister Eddie Obeid as his chief of staff.”

    It’s understandable that developers are unhappy with the bureaucratic mazes they have to negotiate. Is it possible that these difficulties make it easier for the government to get contributions from people who just want to get on with their work?

    “A red hot go” in Fort Crumbled may be more apt than we think!

  • Michael, Fort Crumble are on public record that they capped their investment in this event at $30,000,000 however it looks like being a flop! Makes the Tiger Woods $3,000,000 investment look like the deal of the year.

    Thanks El – it is a fantastic clip where we have had excellent feedback.

    Gordon, nobody could ever argue with you as you are 100 per cent on the money. I will unveil some more interesting findings in tomorrows edition of Virtual Realty News.

    Thanks for the input.

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