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Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) is calling on the Federal Government
to urgently address issues surrounding home ownership as supply continues to
at the National Housing Forum on 16
June, REIA President, Adrian Kelly said after holding their first ever
policy forum of Australia’s real estate agents – Getting Real – in Darwin,
REIA had upgraded their forecast for sales and rentals to rise between 20 to 50
per cent in supply shortfalls across the states.
amount of owner occupiers without a mortgage plummeted from 40 per cent in 1994
to just 30 per cent by 2018 and this figure is expected to continue to decline
as more people struggle to pay off their homes,” he said.
will need to address the five categories of the housing spectrum which includes
homelessness (0.5 per cent), social and affordable housing (three per cent),
private rental (27 per cent), first home buyers (15 per cent) and home
ownership (67 per cent) (37 per cent with a mortgage).
percentages highlight the need to protect and promote the private sector. While
there is no argument that more social and affordable housing options are
needed, we do have to acknowledge that 97 per cent of Australians are concerned
with supply in the private market,” Mr Kelly said.
“Pre-pandemic, REIA estimated the
supply shortfall to be around 150,000 homes and this is despite the major home
construction boom credited widely to the HomeBuilder stimulus.
“With 235,000 new Australians expected to return in force by 2023-24 after
negative population growth, enabling supply is going to be critical. Between 2023 and 2060,
we can expect significant changes to the status quo that must be planned for,” Mr
to REIA, housing affordability in New South Wales is at its worst ever with
home buyers spending a staggering 43.7 per cent of their income on loan
repayments while renters are now spending 27.5 per cent of their income on
media headlines on housing affordability are all very well and good, but the
reality is we need to bring State and Federal Governments to the table to
tackling a housing supply plan using the same spirit, determination and funding
we have used to fight COVID-19,” Mr Kelly said.
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