Video from Matching markets in housing and housing assistance

Themes and concepts from research into new technologies for housing policy

The AHURI research Matching markets in housing and housing assistance explored five Australian housing markets that could be made more efficient using online technology to match highly specific ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’. The five markets considered are: swaps in public housing; disability accessible housing; low-cost private rental housing brokerage; apartment presales for low/mid income earners; and precinct-level urban redevelopment.

This research is part of the Inquiry into the Potential of new technologies to disrupt housing policy. The study is concerned with new knowledge derived from applying conceptual understandings of market design to housing markets and housing assistance.  The purpose of the propositions is not to provide proof of concept but to be a stimulus for reflection and debate.

The following videos illustrate some of the concepts and case examples from this research. The research findings were discussed further at Disrupting the housing market, an AHURI one-day conference held on Tuesday 4 December 2018, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.

Swaps and chain letting in social housing in Australia (case example)

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The creation of chains for swapping social housing tenancies is an example of a Top Trading cycle algorithm. Chain letting occurs in the UK but not currently in Australia.

Finding accessible housing if you are a person living with disability (case example)

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A proposal to create an Australian register of accessible and modified housing to make accessible housing discoverable, following the example of MassAccess in the United States.

Matching markets (case example)

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A proposal to view the housing market as a matching market, as opposed to a commodity market.

Affordable private rental housing (case example)

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A program proposal for Brokerage Plus, a program which would enter into a head lease contact with landlords to provide low income renters with suitable private housing.