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Aug 29, 2013
joelpringle

New ABS figures highlight looming mortgage risks

Today’s ABS release Housing Occupancy and Costs 2011-12 have shown the unreliability of housing affordability measures that rely on interest rates, according to affordable housing advocates.

‘Today’s figures from the ABS show the precarious situation for mortgage holders on Australia. Despite interest rates being at historical lows, affordability is no better than it was in 1996. In July 1996 interest rates as set by the RBA were 7.5%, in July 2013 they were 2.75%. And yet the ABS figures tell us that Australian’s are paying no less now than they were then.’ Continue reading »

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Aug 19, 2013
joelpringle

‘The problem with property’

This video was made to promote the ‘Problems with Property’ forum, to be held 26 August in Melbourne. Appearing are my fellow panellists for the forum, Karl Fitzgerald (Prosper) and Marcus Westbury (Renew Australia).

Check out the video and, if you’re in town, come by for the forum!

http://www.renewaustralia.org/2013/08/special-event-the-problems-with-property-forum-august-26th-loop-bar-melbourne/

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Aug 15, 2013
joelpringle

Australians for Affordable Housing releases housing priorities for election

Housing costs are rising and the under-investment in affordable housing is impacting on families with young children, according to the election statement released by Australians for Affordable Housing today. The document coincided with the release of electorates ranked by housing stress.

‘The polls are saying that housing is a priority issue for voters, if not the number one issue. That’s no surprise given the recent research that a fulltime wage is often not enough to afford housing.  But the major parties have so far avoided offering solutions to the housing crisis.’ Continue reading »

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Aug 5, 2013
joelpringle

Affordable housing advocates focussed on Federal election campaign

Affordable housing advocates have welcomed the start of the Federal election campaign and the new onus on the major parties to respond to the housing crisis, which recently polled as the number one issue amongst voters.

‘The major parties can no longer hide from the housing crisis, which a recent Auspoll found to be the number one issue amongst voters’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Jun 13, 2013
joelpringle

Defaulting on the Australian Dream

In March this year Australians for Affordable Housing released the report ‘Defaulting on the Australian Dream’ to highlight the impacts of the housing affordability crisis on many full-time workers.

Here’s footage of Joel Pringle, our Campaign Manager discussing the report on ABC NEWS 24.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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May 15, 2013
joelpringle

Housing crisis to deepen following Federal budget

Australia’s housing and rental crisis is likely to worsen in coming years and the Government has missed the opportunity to use the Federal budget to provide relief, say housing campaigners.

‘All signs indicate that people’s ability to afford a home will deteriorate further in coming years, so it is a disappointment that the Government has failed to include budget measures to ameliorate the crisis.’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Apr 16, 2013
joelpringle

NSW Government cuts funding for affordable housing

The white paper into NSW planning system, released today, proposes to ban developer contributions for affordable housing, a key funding source used by a number NSW Councils to support low-income and vulnerable families in maintaining family and other supports in their local communities. Continue reading »

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Mar 12, 2013
joelpringle

Report on workers and housing stress released

A fulltime salary is not enough to guarantee affordable housing, according to a report released by Australians for Affordable Housing today. The report, launched by ACTU President Ged Kearney, shows that the housing crisis is hitting working Australians who traditionally would be looking at home ownership.

Home-ownership rates have dropped, and first home-buyer numbers are in decline. This is no surprise, when people who are working can’t afford somewhere to live without going into housing stress.” said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Feb 12, 2013
joelpringle

First home owners pushed out

Today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics release of housing finance data shows that first home buyers are being left behind in the housing market, according to Australians for Affordable Housing.

“The months leading into the end of 2012 saw a marked decline in the proportion of first home buyers, compared to other home sales. Recent falls in interest rates seem to have benefited investors, but have left first home buyers cold.” Said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Jan 16, 2013
joelpringle

Young families increasingly reliant on insecure rental housing

New research by Australians for Affordable Housing has shown that parents with children are increasingly foregoing home ownership. Using census data, the research shows that there were almost 35,000 more Victorian families with children in rental accommodation in 2011 than there were in 2006. This represents an increase of 2.6 per cent in the rate of families in rental accommodation. Continue reading »

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