Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) president, Mr Hayden Groves said the theme for the latest Census is ‘every stat tells a story’.
Mr Groves said the Census had two key stats of note that provided opportunity to deal with housing supply and affordability challenges in Australia.
“The first is that the Great Australian Dream of home ownership is alive and well.
“Home ownership is at the exact same level as the 2016 census at 31% but down on 1996 home ownership levels of 41.6%.
“This is largely due to the spike in first home buyers over the COVID-19 crisis where Australians entered the market in large numbers, capitalising on low interest rates, government stimulus and investors holding off buying property as the pandemic broke.
“That being said, the challenges to home ownership – and paying off a mortgage – have been made all the more apparent.
“Homes owned outright have dropped by by 11 per cent from 42% in 1996 to 31 per cent in 2021.”
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