Has the NSW stopped caring about housing affordability?

As the housing market of New South Wales enters a cooling phase, the government seems to have stopped establishing new measures to continue improving the state’s affordability.

For many industry watchers, the recent budget had shortcomings in the way it addressed stamp duty rates, which have not been updated for more than three decades.

In a report on the Real Estate Conversation, Real Estate Insitute of New South Wales (REINSW) CEO Tim McKibbin said the decrease in the collection of stamp duties indicates that people are not buying and selling real estate.

“The Budget forecasts $6 billion less than previously budgeted in stamp duty over the next four years but an increase by $407.6 million in land tax from stronger forecasts for land values,” McKibbin said.

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