Older Australians who own their home more than 20 times better off than those who rent, data shows

TRUE … but does this Report tell Australians any more other than what they have already heard or experience?

BECAUSE we could not find any reference to what has caused this frightening predicament for a Whole Cohort of Australians.

The EMPHASIS rather appears to be on the divide of the Boomer Generation having home security and younger generations denied access to home ownership …

7.30 perhaps has not talked to the ‘right people’?

AND a lot of those renting are women.

This is what happens when nothing is done about … what are the causes of this ‘Divide’!!

-proxy buyers

-money laundering in real estate

.why not investigate why the Morrison Government exempted the Real Estate Gatekeepers from the Anti-Money Laundering Laws in October 2018?

-the World-wide marketing of Australian housing particularly to China and Hong Kong

.until the CoronaVirus 50,000 Chinese were flying into Australia every week

-the lowest wages growth for more than 60 years

.join a Union; you can join independently of your workplace; fees are tax deductible

1.6 Million Visa Workers in Australia

.thus high youth unemployment and underemployment

.unemployment in Australia is 19.7% not a mere 5.2%

2.3 Million Visa holders in Australia at any point in time; many on Real Estate Tours and seeking a ‘Permanent Resident Visa’ with Medicare Benefits!

NOW TELL OTHERS … start the Conversation Australia!

Older Australians who own their home more than 20 times better off than those who rent, data shows

7.30 By Geoff Thompson and Alex McDonald

Updated Mon 10 February 2020

A group of adults stand around at a house auction.

PHOTO: Home ownership rates have fallen, particularly among people aged under 40. (ABC News: Jerry Rickard)

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Exclusive Australian Bureau of Statistics data has revealed the staggering difference in wealth of older Australians in owner-occupied households compared to those that rent.

Key points:

  • Those who own property as they approach retirement are much better off than those of the same age who rent, ABS data shows
  • Rates of home ownership fell among every age group between 2011 and 2016
  • Economist Brendan Coates says if fewer Australians own their home “it will have enormous consequences for all aspects of Australian life”

In 2017-18, the ABS found that property-owning households — where at least one of the occupants was 65 and over — had a median net worth of $960,000.

Similar households that were still paying off a mortgage had a median net worth of $934,900.

In stark contrast, the median net worth of similar households that rent was just $40,800.

“People who are not in the housing market will find it more difficult over time,” ANZ economist Felicity Emmett told 7.30.

“I think we will see a situation where wealth inequality and particularly intergenerational inequality rises.”

Nicki Hutley, partner at Deloitte Access Economics, believes Australia is in danger of creating a separate class of Australians who will not reap the many benefits that come with home ownership.

“Are we allowing one class of Australians to build for their retirement more easily than another class of Australians? The answer to that is unequivocally yes,” she said.

Ms Hutley has warned that Australia is in the grip of a housing affordability crisis that will lock a growing number of people out of the property market.

Analysis provided to 7.30 by the Reserve Bank of Australia confirms rates of home ownership fell among every age group between 2011 and 2016.

Chart showing home ownership by age group.

PHOTO: The rate of home ownership dropped in every age group between 2011 and 2016. (ABC News)

CAAN: 2011 was when the NSW Liberal O’Farrell Government won the election and in 2012 introduced its Planning Law Changes for Higher Density … In 2013 the Liberal Coalition took control of the Australian Government and together with its high immigration and visa manipulation housing development and house prices escalated; that is why home ownership for Australians dropped!

“When house prices are growing strongly, you see a big drop-off in the number of people moving into home ownership,” Melbourne University professor Roger Wilkins said.

Saving a 20 per cent deposit for a house in any Australian capital city now takesnine years for a typical household, while a median-priced property in Sydney now costs more than eight times the average household income, according to CoreLogic.

That is despite the recent correction wiping almost 15 per cent from Sydney property values.

Nationally, property prices are rising again and are predicted to recoup their recent losses by May.

“What’s happening now is real, but it’s not sustainable,” Ms Hutley said.

“We can’t keep having our house prices rise to these sorts of levels.

“We certainly have a housing affordability crisis in Australia.”

‘We’re likely to see fewer Australians own their own home’

The Grattan Institute’s household finances program director Brendan Coates points to sharply declining rates of home ownership among younger Australians.

Housing rebound to roll on

One of Australia’s leading forecasters is tipping Australia’s property price rebound to continue through 2020 … unless the economy rolls over.

The number of homeowners aged 18 to 39 in Sydney and Melbourne has plummeted since 2002, picking up only slightly during the recent downturn.

In 2002, 34 per cent of 18 to 39-year-olds in Melbourne were home owners. By 2018 that figure had dropped to 22 per cent, according to the HILDA Survey.

“It’s hard to see that that’s anything other than worsening affordability that’s driving that trend,” Mr Coates said.

“It is a crisis where, over the course of the next couple of decades, we’re likely to see fewer and fewer Australians — particularly poorer Australians — own their own home, and that will have enormous consequences for all aspects of Australian life.”

Hoping to achieve what their parents never could

Trudie and Dominic Harris standing in a kitchen

PHOTO: Trudie and Dominic Harris are hoping to qualify for the new first home deposit scheme. (ABC News: Michael Atkin)

In a typical year, Dominic and Trudie Harris earn about $120,000 between them.

They are hoping to achieve what their parents never could — buying a property that their eight-year-old son Liam can call home.

But the odds are stacked against them. In the Queensland suburb of Newport, where they currently rent, it takes, on average, 11 years to save a 20 per cent deposit for a house.

“Thinking it’s another 11 years to save to get into the market is crazy,” Ms Harris said.

“I’ll be 52 and Liam will be a teenager,” Mr Harris said.

The couple hopes to cut the deposit to 5 per cent by being one of the 10,000 Australians to qualify for the Federal Government’s new first home deposit scheme.

“It would be nice to get a hand up, not a handout,” Mr Harris told 7.30.

“I think the 5 per cent is a lot more achievable than 20 per cent.”

Housing deposit scheme ‘won’t have much of an impact’

Economists who 7.30 spoke toquestioned whether the Government’s home deposit scheme would make housing more affordable.

Low-deposit loan ‘bandaid’

Housing market experts generally agree that supporting low-deposit loans for first home buyers is at best a “bandaid” fix for the deeper problem of housing affordability.

“I think the first home deposit scheme is another example of a policy that sounds good,” the Grattan Institute’s Mr Coates said.

“It ends up being a policy that really benefits vendors of the kinds of homes that are attractive to first-time buyers, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen with stamp duty concessions for first home buyers in Victoria, and with first-time buyers grants in the past.”

Deloitte Access Economics’ Ms Hutley likened the scheme to previously tried “bandaid measures” that had not made housing more affordable overall.

“What I’d see as the underlying solution for housing affordability is to build more houses in the places where people want to live,” she said.

CAAN: Stop Visa manipulation with Real Estate Tours and the lure of ‘Permanent Residency’ and Medicare benefits! That is what has cut Australians out of home ownership … why can’t we talk about this?

Time to restrict TOURISM to TOURISM with no Proxy Buying of Australian domestic housing through Real Estate Tours!

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SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-10/older-australians-who-own-home-more-than-20-times-better-off/11815006



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