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The ‘shot in the arm’ for Australian affordable housing

An ambitious agenda to provide accessible, affordable housing needs to push ahead, national property council says

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Fri, Jul 28, 2023 10:40amGrey Clock 2 min

The Federal Government’s proposed housing fund is the ‘shot in the arm’ required to address the housing crisis, the Property Council of Australia said today.

Property Council chief executive Mike Zorba said the Albanese Government’s second attempt to pass the Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) Bill through the Senate next week was to be welcomed.

The Federal Government announced the HAFF in June this year, describing it as ‘an ambitious agenda’ for affordable and social rental housing. At that time, Federal Housing Minister Julie Collins signed an amendment to the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation’s (NHFIC) investment mandate to increase its liability cap from $5.5 billion to $7.5 billion.

However, the bill failed to pass the senate on its first attempt, sparking talk of a double dissolution trigger if it fails again next week.

Mr Zorba said Senate approval would go some way to addressing the housing shortfall in Australia. Estimates based on data from the 2021 Census revealed that more than 500,000 Australians on low income were in inappropriate housing on census night, which included homelessness, overcrowding or households where more than 30 percent of income was spent on rent.

Minister Collins said the $10 billion HAFF represented ‘the single biggest investment in social and affordable housing by a Federal Government in more than a decade’. The new initiative is expected to fund 30,000 new social and affordable rental homes.

Mr Zorba said Senate approval would kickstart the housing supply recovery.

“The HAFF is the shot in the arm the nation needs to close the housing deficit,” Mr Zorbas said.

“The 30,000 new social and affordable houses that hang in the balance need to be green-lighted by all Senators as soon as possible.

“Beyond the HAFF, the fastest paths to new housing remain setting housing targets, creating incentives for more supply and fixing broken state planning systems.

“We also need governments to boost helpful asset classes like purpose-built student accommodation, retirement living communities and build-to-rent housing,” he said. 



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A 600-Year-Old Medieval Villa Overlooking Florence Lists for €12 Million

The four-storey, lemon-hued villa boasts more than 16,000 square feet of living space and historic character and charm by the bucket load

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A 14th-century villa in the hills overlooking Florence, Italy, has hit the market for €12 million (US$13 million).

Surrounded by cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves, the quintessential Tuscan home was built for the Davanzati family—who were powerful bankers, merchants and patrons during the Italian Renaissance who have a museum named after them in the heart of the city. The villa was one of the family’s multiple country retreats, according to Lionard Luxury Real Estate, which brought the home to the market earlier this month.

Courtesy of Lionard

The four-storey, lemon-hued villa boasts more than 16,000 square feet of living space and historic character and charm by the bucket load.

The ballroom has a giant skylight.
Courtesy of Lionard

On the ground floor there are ​​a number of reception rooms and open-air living areas, with many of them boasting antique paintings, tapestries and stately fireplaces made of marble or carved stone.

The most “magnificent” room, according to Lionard, is the winter garden hall, a ballroom with stuccos, loggias and towering vaulted ceilings, illuminated by an Art Nouveau skylight.

Courtesy of Lionard

On the first floor are multiple double bedrooms and an antique library, and the second floor, while in need of renovation, offers the possibility of creating up to 12 en-suite bedrooms. The villa’s tower has a “delightful sitting room and a rooftop terrace offering a breathtaking view of the city of Florence,” the listing said.

The villa has ivy-covered loggias.
Courtesy of Lionard

The basement, meanwhile, has a cellar with brick vaults that are perfect for wine lovers. An elevator runs between the levels.

Outside, the grounds have well-kept gardens, rolling lawns, a fountain, ancient wells and ivy-covered loggias.

Mansion Global couldn’t determine who is selling the villa, or when they acquired it.

The property is “an oasis of peace,” the listing said, and “one of the most exclusive historical estates on the hills that surround the city of Florence.”

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