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Budget to Boost Housing Affordability

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's budget has been welcomed by the building and construction sector, with the Housing Industry Association saying, “its new initiatives will have a positive effect on housing affordability”, and the Master Builders Association saying, "it will promote economic growth."

HIA chief economist Tim Reardon said "income tax cuts would provide a significant boost to housing affordability, combining with modest wage growth to increase households' disposable income."

"The combined impact will boost household consumption faster than an interest rate cut and assist in offsetting the credit squeeze," he said.

"The improved fiscal outlook presented in the budget and these new measures should improve confidence among consumers when making home building and renovating decisions."

Mr Reardon said the federal government's increase in infrastructure spending would also play an important role in providing employment opportunities as the new home constructions sector cooled across the country.

"The increased incentives in training apprenticeships are significant and necessary as the industry has faced significant skills shortages over the past decade," he said.

"These incentives more than double the existing federal government incentives over the term of an apprenticeship."

The Master Builders Association backed the budget's focus on small business, skills and infrastructure.

MBA national chief executive Denita Wawn said, "the government's commitment to return the budget to surplus would boost confidence that the national economy was back on track, and provide builders with the incentive to invest, create jobs and hire more workers."

"Master Builders welcomes the government's announcements on new investment in skills, infrastructure and small business because they are targeted at what's needed to strengthen the economy," she said.

"The government deserves credit for heeding Master Builders' call for the instant asset tax write-off scheme to be increased and expanded.

"Thousands of small business builders in communities around the country will benefit from the increase to $30,000, but more importantly the significant expansion of the eligibility threshold to $50 million annual turnovers."

However, Ms Wawn said, "the MBA was nonetheless concerned about the government's forecasts of a 7 per cent decline in housing investment across Australia."

"This reinforces the need to ensure that all housing investment incentives remain intact," she said.

CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said: "while Mr Frydenberg reiterated that housing affordability was a key priority for the government, there was very little in the budget directly focused on the sector."

"It looks like the government is content to see housing affordability improve organically via lower housing prices that could act as a contagion to weaker household consumption and a sharper than expected fall in residential construction," Mr Lawless said.

"While this may seem a bit passive, it's clear housing affordability has improved substantially since the last budget due to lower housing values in the most expensive cities as well as the lowest mortgage rates since the 1960s and a subtle rise in incomes."

Dan Wilkie – Business News

Andrew Mackenzie, Estate Sales Manager at Paramount Private Estate Baldivis said, "I'm very excited by this latest budget. The property sector in WA has been hit hard by the downturn and both families and businesses have been doing it tough."

"By keeping interest rates the lowest they have ever been, reducing income and company tax, increasing the instant asset write-off to $30k for small business and funding more apprentices, we should see this trickle-down into the local, WA economy because of everyone benefits."

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