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news 26th May 2023

COVID-19 fallout continues to affect housing markets

“Australia will be dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on its housing markets for some time as increased construction costs and a reduced appetite for risk impede new housing supply,” says Professor Steven Rowley, lead author of new AHURI research released today. 

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In the Media 20th May 2023

The rental market – an unhappy marriage headed for divorce

The Age

Shared equity schemes already operate across most states. This article in The Age asserts that the federal government is due to introduce its own version, and references AHURI research, which has shown that shared equity – where an investor (usually a government) helps buy a property in exchange for a share of its capital growth – would offer opportunities to first-time owners.

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In the Media 19th May 2023

Call to scrap credit test to free households from mortgage prison

Australian Financial Review

This article in the Australian Financial Review suggests that hundreds of thousands of borrowers would be freed from mortgage prison if banks were no longer required to conduct serviceability tests on refinancing applications, with new AHURI research revealing the assessments are also locking first home buyers out of the market.

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In the Media 18th May 2023

Why falling interest rates are bad news for first homebuyers

Herald Sun

As Australians have been slugged with 11 rate hikes since May last year, many are hoping for them to be slashed, but it would spell bad news for some. This article in the Herald Sun quotes AHURI research, which has shown it was actually lower interest rates which made property unaffordable for those trying to enter the property market.

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