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The new normal: changed patterns of dwelling demand and supply

COVID-19 has disrupted housing markets, delivering market outcomes no-one previously predicted. Recent dwelling price, rent increases and incentive driven housing supply growth have changed housing markets resulting in 1 in 5 households changing their housing aspirations as a result of the pandemic.

The research report will develop a detailed understanding of how consumer preferences and decisions have changed as a result of COVID-19 and if these new patterns are likely to persist in the long run.

The project will consider four research questions:

  1. How have housing markets changed in 5 years since the 2016 census, what are the key components and drivers of change and what are the implications for low-income households?
  2. How have patterns of dwelling supply (spatial pattern, density, structure, tenure) changed since 2016 and to what extent has COVID-19 driven recent supply outcomes?
  3. Have households changed what they want from their dwelling as a result of COVID-19 and, if so, what are the implications for the economy and housing and urban policy?
  4. Have the characteristics of dwelling transactions changed as a result of COVID-19?

The project uses a combination of ABS Census and Valuer General transaction data to analyse actual market outcomes supplemented by secondary analysis of survey responses around housing preferences. 

Lead Researcher: Professor Steven Rowley, Curtin University 

Project Number: 81294

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