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The head of a Sydney real estate network has labelled Generation Y “uncompromising” and “materialistic”, saying they are at fault for cutting themselves out of home ownership.
At a time when housing affordability and home ownership, in particular the comparison between Generation Y and their Baby Boomer parents, is dominating headlines, Malcolm Gunning, principal of Gunning Real Estate said Gen Y are missing out because they aren't prepared to make sacrifices.
“There are lots of young people who are complaining that it is too hard to buy in Sydney, however they won't forgo their material possessions,” Gunning said.
“More and more we are seeing a victim mentality associated with the high cost of property, yet this 'generation selfish' sees wide screen TVs, designer clothes, international holidays and eating out as every day essentials. They simply won't do what is necessary to cut their lifestyle in order to save a deposit.
“They also aren't prepared to invest in a stepping stone property, in a less desirable location, they want the Surry Hills pad, right now and won't modify their expectations.”
However, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Report (HILDA) revealed that entry-level properties are more expensive than ever. The battle of the generations when it comes to home ownership was reignited when the HILDA report revealed this, suggesting that the chances for young Australians of owning a home are falling.
According to the report, the 10th percentile of homes – or the cheapest in the market – had grown 108% in value between 2001 and 2014, compared to a 47% growth for 90th percentile properties at the top of the market.
In addition, the HILDA report showed people aged over 65 are the wealthiest and the 45-to-54-year-old age group holds the largest share of investment properties.
According to Gunning, members of Generation Y residing in Sydney have themselves to blame the most.
“While we must recognise that government incentives have been reduced to new properties and the issue of bracket creep is an important one, Sydneysiders are those who have the biggest problem,” he said.
“Young people in regional areas, who are not bringing home as big a pay packet, are making sacrifices to get into the property market. They recognise that getting onto the property ladder should be a priority and do everything they can to ensure they are saving to get to their end goal.”
However, it is worth noting that house prices have risen the most substantially in Sydney. House price data from CoreLogic shows home values in Sydney have been rising for four years, and have increased by a cumulative 59% over this growth cycle. In Melbourne, the second biggest capital city for capital growth, prices have moved 41% higher over the growth cycle to date.
Australian Broker - by Julia Corderoy 27 Jul 2016
One of New South Wales’ peak real estate bodies has called for an immediate review of the state’s stamp duty arrangements.
According to the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW), the government’s own budget papers show just how inefficient and restrictive current stamp duty charges are in in the state.
“The NSW Government has openly admitted that taxes imposed on transactions, such as transfer duty [stamp duty] are relatively inefficient, because people react to them by moving home less often,” REINSW president John Cunningham said.
“Over and above the revenue generated, the state-wide economic cost for every million dollars of transfer duty revenue is estimated to be around $800,000,” Cunningham said, citing the NSW Government’s 2016-17 Budget documents.
In comparison, the budget documents show a tax on unimproved land values is more efficient, with the economic cost of NSW’s land tax estimated to be around $90,000 for every million dollars of revenue it generates
According to the budget documents, land-based taxation, which includes transfer duty, land tax and insurance duty, grew on average by 8.2% a year over the last 10 years. The share of total revenue it provides has increased from 12.8% in 2005-06 to 15.6% in 2014-15.
With property taxes providing such a significant portion of the state’s revenue, it’s unlikely the government would abolish them, but Cunningham said a reduction in the cost each property transaction carries would result in a more efficient system.
“We again call for the NSW government to review stamp duty. Based on its own research the government should immediately cut stamp duty to encourage economic activity and address the inequities of bracket creep of this inefficient tax,” he said.
“The state government have openly admitted that additional transactions would result from a reduction in stamp duty and given that stamp duty would be levied on these additional transactions government revenue will not suffer. In-fact it would most likely improve based on similar changes that occurred in Western Australia and the Northern Territory when those states reformed their rates of stamp duty.”
by Australian Broker - 15 Jul 2016
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