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Hamilton – 1300 dwellings short. What does this mean?

One way of assessing housing demand or shortages is to consider population growth compared with the number of dwellings available. Here’s is how our calculation works: In 2013, the estimated population in Hamilton City was 150,200 and the number of dwellings (occupied and unoccupied) was approximately 53,700. In 2016, the estimated population was 161,200 and Read more about Hamilton – 1300 dwellings short. What does this mean?[…]

Why does a housing shortfall matter?

A shortage of housing stock can have a number of negative consequences, some of them relatively devastating. People may experience stress, ill health, broken relationships when they struggle to find suitable, affordable and stable accommodation.  A shortfall of housing can result in: Compromised choices. With a shortage of housing, some people are forced to live Read more about Why does a housing shortfall matter?[…]

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Why are we short on suitable housing?

During much of the twentieth century, the government had a significant role in enabling the supply of good quality housing (known as State housing) in New Zealand[1]. However, over the past 25 years there has been a shift away from supply side housing subsidy (bricks and mortar), which addresses the shortage or unresponsive supply, towards Read more about Why are we short on suitable housing?[…]

How is housing demand assessed?

Predictions or forecasts of housing demand are most often based on demographic forecasts of population change and assumptions around household formation patterns. Household formation is conditioned by economic opportunity and specifically whether or not individuals or families have sufficient income or other entitlements to rent or buy a house. Short of asking everyone living in Read more about How is housing demand assessed?[…]