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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Dr. Andrew Wilson on housing affordability

Dr. Andrew Wilson on housing affordability in this video here.

You can read the full article on Sydney Morning Herald's site here.

Property prices eased moderately in Australia through 2011 and 2012 and thus in this respect he is right in that affordability must have improved. After all, reasonably strong wages price growth has continued (at least in some industries it has) and interest rates have been cut 6 times so logically affordability must have improved.

Of course this won't stop the usual ridicule of any bullish commentary on investment markets.

It's an important point about the difficulty in comparing property prices between different countries and different regions. This has been certainly very much in the case in London as compared to other parts of Britain and although I haven't ventured to the US in recent times I'm sure similar stories are told from there too.

It's also indubitably the case that markets don't all act in a similar manner. Prices ticked up in Sydney so naturally enough this city scores higher on an unaffordability measure than cities which have corrected somewhat, such as Brisbane.


Futures markets implying a fairly flat period ahead for US shares.

Gold staging something of a little recovery.