Category:Housing affordability

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Various issues are believed to affect housing affordability, although the exact effects are subject to debate:

  • Housing density. In theory, higher density housing can be cheaper, and allow for cheaper provision of services and public transport. Higher density housing in the form of apartments and terrace housing also has the potential to have lower heating and cooling requirements (an advantage for both affordability and sustainability). Local regulations often work against this however, for example density caps, height limits and requirements for housing setback. Some of these do have good reasons, but could arguably be solved in other ways with less restriction on density, thus less restriction on housing supply, and potentially/theoretically lower housing costs.
  • Local pressure groups often defend these regulations. There is a problem of differing interests, in that existing residents already own houses thus not feeling the pressure of housing affordability. In contrast, they may wish to avoid change and the risk of negative change, and to maintain or increase their housing prices.
  • Land release. When more land is made available for land, this increases supply. However, meeting demand in this way adds to urban sprawl and has various housing impacts. Limiting land release, according libertarian/conservative commentator Wendell CoxDEPRECATED TEMPLATE - PLEASE USE {{W}} INSTEAD., is a major contributor to housing becoming unaffordable,[verification needed] and this is quite logical. If it is desired to limit land release for reasons of sustainability and conserving the local environment, clearly it is necessary to deal very strongly with other factors affecting affordability.
  • Building costs. Prefabricated housing is one way of reducing costs.

Pages in category "Housing affordability"

The following 6 pages are in this category, out of 6 total.