Home ownership

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic mortgage holders were offered mortgage ‘holidays’ by most lenders. Extension of these measures is not assured, and new arrangements may be required for home owners facing reduced income.

AHURI Research

Housing affordability stress during COVID-19
Led by Professor Ralph Horne, RMIT University

This project will take a longitudinal qualitative approach to examine differential impacts of COVID-19 for those in housing affordability stress across tenures, housing types and household composition. It will leverage two current ARC grants with recent data to investigate the impacts of COVID-19 on material configurations, health and well-being.

Research in progress

AHURI Briefs and News

COVID-19 mortgage stress creating uncertain housing futures


30 Jun 2020

Pandemic recession leaves households in mortgage stress and socio-economic hardship.

Did falling house prices during the GFC lead to more home buyers?


24 Jun 2020

Drawing conclusions from the last financial crisis to predict the impacts of the current one.

Australian Government announces Homebuilder stimulus program


10 Jun 2020

The Australian Government has announced the HomeBuilder program as a way to increase residential housing supply and lift the construction market by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations in 2020.