Should Aussies give up on the dream of owning their own home?
By Shelly Horton
I don’t care if they say the housing market in Australia is slowing down.
Housing prices, especially in Sydney, have broken my spirit. The money you have to spend for what you get, causes my stomach to clench (you don’t want to know what it does to my sphincter).
So, it got me pondering, should Australians give up on the dream of owning a home?
Financially renting can make more sense. You can live where you want rather than buying out in the sticks where you can afford.
They say rent is dead money, but 30 years of interest is certainly dead money too.
If you have a business there are huge tax benefits if you have a home office while renting but not if you own your home.
Does the Aussie dream of owning your own home need to be updated?
Is it worth the money and stress? We’ve had cases where parents get a negative mortgage to help their kids get into the housing market and then end up losing their own home. Is it too much pressure on everyone?
The 9Honey superstars Deb Knight, Jane De Graaf and Jo Abi all had opinions on this topic and shared them in the video above.
ARE OLDER AUSTRALIANS TO BLAME FOR BOOMING HOUSE PRICES? When will the Media be able to tell the truth?
“Given the recent horror stories about aged care, it’s no surprise that a growing number of older Australians are choosing to stay in their own homes as long as possible.
But at least one economist thinks it could be making it harder for everyone else to get a house.”
WHEN will the Media be able to tell the truth?
With so many obvious vested interests at play perhaps that explains why the Media is so scared of telling it as it is?
ARE OLDER AUSTRALIANS TO BLAME FOR BOOMING HOUSING PRICES?
(The report was updated: Updated
RACHEL ONG, ECONOMICS PROFESSOR:
“It certainly doesn’t help in terms of housing affordability. House prices are probably a bit higher than what they should be.
I’m not trying to say that older people are just trying to hang on to the family home. And hogging space. I think the issue here is that there are very few options for older people.”
WHAT NEXT? FFS!
The Seniors who were interviewed are determined to stay in their homes because they have worked hard to buy them, all their memories are in their homes, they have their independence, and as one interviewee said:
*“I am not going to lose sleep over an economist’s statement about pushing up house prices.”
(*This comment does not appear in the 7.30 Transcript! It was made by the gentleman in the photo.)
-92% of older Australians are staying put
-that is 3.4 million older Australians
-Australian LNP Government policies written by the developer lobby pushed up house prices locking out a whole cohort of Australians
-FIRB ruling allows developers to sell 100% of “new homes” overseas particularly in China (now across Asia)
-with a World-wide market and 1.4 billion people in China alone the competition for our housing skyrocketed as did the prices
-no Anti-money Laundering Legislation for the Real Estate Sector to prevent money laundering in Australian Real Estate
.an onshore Proxy agent can launder black money in Australian real estate
-togetherwith the lowest wages growth, underemployment and insecure work Australian First Home Buyers have been locked out of the market
-despite the largest supply of housing … because it cannot meet the foreign demand
-the NSW LNP Government policies benefit developers with private certification, complying development, and rezoning our suburbs for higher density
VIEW CAAN Website … SEARCH to find out more about:
-Facts Sheet for the FIRB Ruling
-Money Laundering, black money …
-Proxy agent …
-Complying development and more!
LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Given the litany of nursing home horror stories exposed by 7.30 and last night’s Four Corners, it’s no surprise that a growing number of Australians are doing all they can to avoid aged care and retirement homes.
Instead they’re choosing to live in their own homes for as long as possible and renovating them to allow it.
But, as Ashlynne McGhee reports, with Australia’s ageing population and property already in high demand, the question is whether the trend will put even more pressure on house prices.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE, REPORTER: Robin and Geoff Feuerheerdt have a new toy.
GEOFF FEUERHEERDT: This will be a blessing not to have to carry these groceries up 32 stairs.
Yeah well, as long as we don’t put on too much weight with the lack of exercise.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: For now, they are insisting they will just use it for groceries.
ROBYN FEUERHEERDT: Put the groceries here and then we’ll walk up.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: The lift is a bit of an insurance policy against ageing. They want to stay in their home as long as possible.
ROBYN FEUERHEERDT: I don’t know where we would go to get that view again so I’m staying for as long as we can. I will have you in the wheelchair… (laughs)
GEOFF FEUERHEERDT: I’ve had a few medical problems. I have got a new hip and I’ve had some heart operations and we realise the time will come, maybe, when we can’t manage steps.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: They built their home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast about 20 years ago.
GEOFF FEUERHEERDT: Having lived in the country and endured droughts and extremes of temperatures, summer and winter, we just can’t believe our luck living in a place like this.
ROBYN FEUERHEERDT: We’re going to live here for as long as we can.
GEOFF FEUERHEERDT: All our friends have stayed in their own homes. It never occurred to me that that could be affecting house prices.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: More and more older Australians are staying put.
PROF RACHEL ONG VIFORJ, CURTIN UNIVERSITY: Often the family home is where you’ve raised your children. It’s where you have all these wonderful memories and they are of significant value to people and people want to hold onto them.
So they will look for ways to try and stay in the home.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: Economics Professor Rachel Ong Viforj has been studying how that affects the housing market.
RACHEL ONG VIFORJ: It certainly doesn’t help, in terms of housing affordability.
House prices are probably higher than what they should be.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: 7.30 has crunched the numbers.
About 92 per cent of retirement-aged Australians still live in their own homes and that hasn’t changed in the decade since 2006.
But what has changed is the sheer number of older Australians in their homes – in 2006, 2.4 million were staying put. Ten years on it was up to 3.4 million and climbing.
RACHEL ONG VIFORJ: We are having a situation where we often find one or two older people living in houses that are three to four bedrooms which are too big for them.
I want to be really clear here that I’m not trying to say to older people just hanging onto the family home and hogging space that they should free up for younger families with children, because that is not the way I want to put it.
I think the issue here is that there’s very little options for older people.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: Professor Ong Viforj says the problem is it is easy to find a unit in the inner city but not in the suburbs where older Australians want to live.
And so when they stay put, there are fewer houses freed up for younger buyers, which ultimately means higher house prices.
BETH DIETMAN: I think it is pretty selfish thing for them to think because we were younger too, we had to start somewhere.
We had to work the hard way to get the house and pay for it.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: Beth and Maxine’s home means everything to them.
BETH DIETMAN: You work hard to make it how you want it and the thought of leaving it doesn’t even cross my mind because I’m not going anywhere.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: Beth had a major stroke earlier this year that left her in hospital for six months.
BETH DIETMAN: You’ve got to think about the future when you have had a wake-up call like I have had and in fact, that is the second wake-up I’ve had, I had cancer 12 months ago and that is all clear now, well, I’m in remission anyway.
So it makes you think “Gee, what else can they throw at me?”
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: To move back home, Beth and Maxine had to make changes to their house.
They modified their bathroom.
MAXINE: They’ve replaced the glass across here with a shower curtain. We have also got a shower chair.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: And installed a ramp.
BETH DIETMAN: Age doesn’t impress me. It means you’re old. I’m not one for sitting around to crochet. I’ll sit and read or do a bit of glass work.
That is what it will basically look like when it is put together with all the bits and should have it done by Christmas. That will be nice.
That is our aim and our ambition, I guess, to live until we’re 99 and get a telegram from the Queen, or the King as it may be in our case.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: Professor Ong Viforj says the important thing is that older Australians can make a choice, otherwise:
RACHEL ONG VIFORJ: They will delay the decision until such time as they’re perhaps forced to do it because of some adverse life event, like a health shock or some financial crisis.
And when things like that happen it becomes a forced move and people don’t often make optimal decisions for themselves when they’re under stress.
ASHLYNNE MCGHEE: Beth and Maxine are lucky that government fundings and their own savings have meant even in a time of stress, a decision wasn’t forced on them.
BETH DIETMAN: The home is everything, that’s where your heart is, it’s where my heart is and that’s where my partner is and my dog and everything that I like is all around me here.
I’m in the garden, I’m inside, and the paint work most of it.
It’s just everything, it’s ours, it’s paid for and we’re happy here.
SYDNEY IS GROWING … HOW HAS THIS BEEN CONTRIVED … FACTS SHEET FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS TO FIGHT BACK!
YOU can see it happening before your eyes BUT you need the Facts to disarm the Xeno slur, the racist accusations … because this awful predicament has been created by our own Government Policies!
-why First Home Buyers are priced out of the property market?
-why schools, hospitals, buses, trains are full up?
-why all over Sydney we sit in gridlock & not just in peak hour?
-why cranes are on the horizon in every direction yet the pollies say we need more supply?
WE all need to speak up! Take Action Before We Lose What Is Ours!
COMMUNITY ACTION ALLIANCE FOR NSW (CAAN) FACT SHEET
YOU may want to scroll down to view the headings here to look at what concerns you most! Then click the links to find out more.
IF you feel intimidated this document may help you to express your concerns publicly.
CHINESE BUY 1 IN 4 NEW PROPERTIES IN NSW: Credit Suisse
View for Chart revealing 87% of foreign purchases by Chinese
However, the actual percentage is indeterminate with Proxy purchase!
ALSO VIEW this article in “Foreign Property Buyers including Chinese”
The Guardian Visa is a new Visa system which has opened the door to International Primary School Students as young as 6 years old and their guardian to each buy several new properties or one existing property.
The Investor Stream Visa on the purchase of property valued at $1.5M to gain a Residency Visa.
View the report from Investigative Journalist Michael West: “The Wall of Chinese Capital buying up Australian Properties” … this will not ease up until the Government introduces the second tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering Legislation.
WHAT THE POLLIES ARE NOT TELLING YOU … ABOUT FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF NEW DWELLINGS … THE FIRB RULING CHANGE …
Foreign ownership of new built homes was increased from 50% to 100% at the behest of the Lobby Group of Developers in 2008/09.
This was allegedly in order for them to gain finance to build. However this racket has been ongoing since 2009 to date. The Treasurer announced in the May 2017 Budget that it would be reduced back to 50%.
However what was not widely reported was that 50% reduction only applied to developments of 50 units or more … a sleight of hand.
-it does not apply to developments already approved
-it is easily overcome with 50% sell-off the plan and 50% purchase of any development through a Proxy; Buyers Agent; Syndicate; Investor Alliance
-developers can also alter projects to consist of 49 dwellings or less
-ties in with the Medium Density Housing Code of duplex, townhouses, manor homes and terraces (10 per 600M2 lot)
The Plan and in fact what they have pulled off is the rezoning of where we live in Sydney! With the reduction of Lot Sizes as little as 280 – 300 M2 to enable higher density throughout Sydney, and across NSW!
All part of “A Plan to Grow Sydney” to be further implemented by the Greater Sydney Commission (the GSC) with Lucy Turnbull (the PM’s wife) at the helm.
Could this be the biggest Con of them all?
The talk that is put about by the GSC is that they want to activate Boomers to downsize in order to create more “affordable housing” … but that obviously is B.S. because it is not affordable housing for Aussie First Home Buyers it is about inflating the “new housing market” to cater for the foreign buyers 100%.
Not only are our suburbs, quality of life, urban bushlands, heritage and communities being destroyed by the high-rise slums but now they plan to create higher density by development of as many as 10 terraces on a SUBURBAN 600M2 lot!
BOOMERS … the Best Thing you can Do … is Not Sell! Try and Keep the Family Home for Your Family …
-so that in the future they can own a piece of Australia
-ensure the job market is there for young Australians
-and not lose out to foreign ownership
FOR explanation of this “CON” view: “New Housing Plan to Put Medium Density Developments on Residential Lot Almost Anywhere in NSW”