Politicians are doing nothing to fix housing affordability

Politicians are doing nothing to fix housing affordability

For those predicting housing values to start dropping in the near future you should start rethinking that analysis. Of course, the newly created investment market is facing severe headwinds and yes, it would be fair to assume that there will be a correction should a large number default on their respective acquisitions. The mistake many continue to make is that housing affordability is actually about the established markets of households not the investment market.

If you were asked a simple question for those residing in NSW, do you want a second Sydney Airport or high-speed rail connecting Newcastle to Sydney, the Hunter Valley to Sydney and Wollongong/Southern Highlands to Sydney I am pretty sure what the answer would be. With the second Sydney Airport estimated to cost between $6 and $8 billion it is comical that a second airport is prioritised over high-speed rail networks. Everybody aside from politicians can see that high-speed rail networks would have an instant effect on housing affordability in NSW. For those who disagree NSW is facing major problems over the upcoming decade that require immediate attention.

As a direct result of what is happening to Sydney rental markets and housing markets we are now starting to see the exodus of NSW residents to the more affordable Victorian markets. This is happening to such an extent that Melbourne will surpass Sydney in terms of population to seize the title as Australia’s biggest and number one city.

It has been well documented that since that Sydney 2000 Olympics there has been next to no forward planning which explains exactly why Sydney is now overcrowded with our transport infrastructure at breaking point. What makes this even worse is that there are no viable solutions – no drawing boards. This then leads to the population considering alternate solutions to relocate simply because the financial pressures have become untenable. NSW has had no succession planning where vision has simply been ignored, and now it is starting to pay the price for that ignorance.

In the established property markets we are now at levels never seen before. Only last week, a garden apartment that was sold in Cremorne in September 2016 for $1,582,000 sold again less than eight months later for $1,970,000.

At a federal level, we are now witnessing the lowest annual growth rates in terms of government spending since the 1960’s. Federal government overheads keep increasing so we are now witnessing cutbacks that will seriously damage growth as infrastructure continues to be ignored. There is no collaboration between the states and territories with Canberra and this is fracturing growth given population growth continues to climb to record highs.

If elected politicians started displaying signs that Sydney was full 17 years ago then what do you think they should be displaying now? With the federal government tightening the spending belts then the states and territories will start cancelling future projects simply because there is no available funding.

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal that approximately 2.3 million Australians earn the lowest legal rate of pay for what they perform. Recently the Reserve Bank of Australia commented that “wage growth is low. Although it seems unlikely that wage growth will slow much further, wage pressures are expected to pick up only gradually.” There has been next to no political commentary about wage growth where one would think that elected politicians would make this a priority to find out exactly why Australia has such weak wage growth?

With record low wage growth how is it possible that we can have record high property rentals?

The Property Council of Australia recently released a five-point plan to assist the NSW government with housing affordability.

  • Turbocharging housing supply through increased land supply and planning reform.
  • Reforming state property taxes and reducing fees, charges, and red tape.
  • Better co-operation between all levels of government.
  • Bridging the deposit gap and supporting first home buyers better.
  • Supporting the rental market and fostering innovative, affordable rental product.
  • Whilst fine in principle – this simply won’t happen.

Sydney has a massive problem with no clear solutions in the short-term. Common sense needs to prevail so put the second Sydney Airport on immediate hold and start building fast-train networks.

I am yet to see a better solution to tackle housing affordability. Have you?

MOSMAN – 2088

Number of houses on the market this time last year – 51

Number of houses on the market last week –56

Number of houses on the market this week –57

Number of apartments on the market this time last year – 41

Number of apartments on the market last week – 40

Number of apartments on the market this week –38

CREMORNE

Number of houses on the market this time last year – 10

Number of houses on the market last week – 6

Number of houses on the market this week – 9

Number of apartments on the market this time last year – 18

Number of apartments on the market last week – 16

Number of apartments on the market this week – 18

NEUTRAL BAY – 2089

Number of houses on the market this time last year – 8

Number of houses on the market last week – 2

Number of houses on the market this week – 3

Number of apartments on the market this time last year –23

Number of apartments on the market last week –21

Number of apartments on the market this week – 19

Source – Pricefinder

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