REIA rejects anti negative gearing claims

REIA rejects anti negative gearing claims

07 October 2011 by Staff Reporter 0 comments

Simon Parker

Negative gearing doesn't just benefit the wealthy and helps deliver housing stock, the Real Estate Institute of Australia’s (REIA) acting president, Pamela Bennett, has said.

“There is a great misconception that current negative gearing arrangements support only the wealthy but the reality is that up to 80 per cent of people buying property for investment purposes are mum and dad investors with an income of between $30,000 - $80,000 per year,”  Ms Bennett said.

She was responding to comments made by the Grattan Institute’s Saul Eslake about negative gearing at this week’s tax forum, and also in an article published yesterday in Real Estate Business.

Mr Eslake said negative gearing arrangements for property transferred $4.5 billion per year from ordinary tax payers to affluent ones and that current arrangements do nothing to improve the supply of housing.

The REIA said in a statement that there is a strong argument that negative gearing in its current form, for the purpose of property investment, is complementary to the goals of the Housing Affordability Fund (HAF) in addressing the supply of rental accommodation.

“With the state of housing affordability in Australia declining, REIA would like to see the current negative gearing arrangements maintained to continue the supply of rental properties to the market as an alternative for those who cannot afford home purchase,” Ms Bennett said.

The REIA said that research conducted for its pre-budget submission is contrary to Mr Eslake’s comments that rents would see no change if negative gearing was abolished.

“REIA research shows, if the negative gearing recommendations of the Henry Review were implemented, average rents would increase by $13 per week or four per cent of the median house rent for three bedroom houses,” concluded Ms Bennett.

Simon Parker

Negative gearing doesn't just benefit the wealthy and helps deliver housing stock, the Real Estate Institute of Australia’s (REIA) acting president, Pamela Bennett, has said.

“There is a great misconception that current negative gearing arrangements support only the wealthy but the reality is that up to 80 per cent of people buying property for investment purposes are mum and dad investors with an income of between $30,000 - $80,000 per year,”  Ms Bennett said.

She was responding to comments made by the Grattan Institute’s Saul Eslake about negative gearing at this week’s tax forum, and also in an article published yesterday in Real Estate Business.

Mr Eslake said negative gearing arrangements for property transferred $4.5 billion per year from ordinary tax payers to affluent ones and that current arrangements do nothing to improve the supply of housing.

The REIA said in a statement that there is a strong argument that negative gearing in its current form, for the purpose of property investment, is complementary to the goals of the Housing Affordability Fund (HAF) in addressing the supply of rental accommodation.

“With the state of housing affordability in Australia declining, REIA would like to see the current negative gearing arrangements maintained to continue the supply of rental properties to the market as an alternative for those who cannot afford home purchase,” Ms Bennett said.

The REIA said that research conducted for its pre-budget submission is contrary to Mr Eslake’s comments that rents would see no change if negative gearing was abolished.

“REIA research shows, if the negative gearing recommendations of the Henry Review were implemented, average rents would increase by $13 per week or four per cent of the median house rent for three bedroom houses,” concluded Ms Bennett.

promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
Listen to other installment of the Real Estate Business Podcast
reb top 100 agents 2016

With a combined sales volume of $13 billion in 2016, the Top 100 Agents ranking represents the very best sales agents in Australia. Find out what sets them apart and learn their secrets to success.

featured podcast

featured podcast
William Phillips on how agents can expand their database and grow their business

In this episode of Secrets of the Top 100 Agents, host Tim Neary is joined again by William Phillips to discuss the real estate database and...

View all podcasts

Are dodgy agents being punished enough?

Yes (8.6%)
No (55%)
Only in some states (2.3%)
Not all dodgy agents are being found out (34.1%)

Total votes: 220
The voting for this poll has ended on: April 15, 2017
upcoming events
REB Awards
Sydney The Event Centre 12 Sep
REB Awards
Sydney The Event Centre 12 Sep
Melbourne The Event Centre 14 Oct
Brisbane The Event Centre 18 Dec
View all events
Do you have an industry update?