Property price decline ahead of ALP negative gearing policy implementation

The NSW government is predicting a small reduction in house prices ahead of any implementation of the ALP’s negative gearing policy, should Bill Shoten win office this month.It also expects a decrease in stamp duty revenue of $194 million over three years to NSW Treasury if the ALP is elected and successfully implements its controversial policy ending negative gearing. NSW Treasury modelling claims that transfer duty would decrease by 0.8 to 1.3 per cent in the three years to 2022-23 if Mr Shorten’s policy to stop negative gearing and increase capital gains tax for the purchase of existing properties, goes ahead from January 1, 2020, The Australian reported.

The modelling shows Labor’s policy could reduce revenue by about $46 million in 2020-21, $63 million in 2021-22 and $85 million in 2022-23.Treasury argues, because of a belief the property market will fall in value, the imminent introduction of the policy could lead to house prices falling by 0.5 per cent by the end of 2019 (relative to current expectations).

Treasury also expects further reductions in stamp duty of between 0.3 to 1 per cent due to a decline in transaction volumes ahead of the possible January 1, 2020 implementation.

The treasury analysis says there could also be flow-on effects to the economy with lower dwelling investment and household consumption having a negative impact on State Final Demand of around 0.25 per cent after four years.

The Liberal NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said Labor’s promised changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax will disrupt the market. “It will create further uncertainty for homeowners, homebuyers and investors at a time when they can least afford it. “It will also rip up to $200 million from the State’s bottom line in the next three years and likely push home prices down beyond what existing market conditions would dictate. “This was a policy proposed by Labor at the height of the property boom — but the circumstances have now changed and so the policy position needs to change too.

“With its toxic cocktail of higher taxes, increased regulation and militant union demands, a Shorten Labor government will be a handbrake on the NSW economy.” In last night’s debate Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten discussed the issue after the PM put a question to the Opposition leader. He asked the Labor leader for a guarantee proposed limits on negative gearing wouldn’t push rents up or house prices down. Mr Shorten replied that the Grattan Institute and NSW Treasury had said the negative gearing policy “would not have an impact on house prices.”

“This is a scam campaign looking for some credibility,” he said, noting some limited impact on revenue from activity was anticipated by NSW Treasury.

“So there’s no guarantee?” Mr Morrison pushed.

“You heard the answer,” Mr Shorten replied.

The initial report by The Australian did not give any figure for the negative price impact after its implementation.

 

*source Property Observer

 

 

 

Posted in Buy, Latest news, Manage, News, Rent, Sell on 9th May, 2019