On their list of housing needs, safety and security are primary concerns. In a recent survey of more than 7,400 Australians of all ages and backgrounds, 75 percent of respondents listed safety and security chief among housing needs.

Four in five Australians are pleased with their current housing situations for now, but not when it comes to their long-term needs.

The survey requested that respondents select their perfect housing in terms of place, tenure, housing variety and number of bedrooms. The results reflected a preference for owning a home with three or more bedrooms in the suburban areas of capital cities, with many also preferring regional living.

Yet not everyone thinks they can achieve this objective with elevating levels of inequality also boosting the residential aspirations gap. When the survey asked homeowners what they required to attain their perfect housing situation, results demonstrated that targeted support is important — like help with deposits, fees or bonds, and support to coordinate continuing home expenses in the context of COVID.

The pandemic has strengthened trends in home aspirations.

The problems of 2020 have spotlighted home insecurity, especially those with uncertain incomes. Government aid programs like JobKeeper, JobSeeker, evictions moratoria and plans like the Victorian Rental Relief Grant have been needed to help folks keep their rental homes, with banks offering deferred mortgage payments for thousands of more households.

In addition, walkable neighbourhoods are on the horizon. COVID-19 reasserts the value of local neighbourhoods as amenity centres. This includes regional spaces such as green space, local produce and a feeling of community. Survey results demonstrate that suburban living and regional towns are valuable alternatives for homes for those of all ages.

Adaptable living is another essential element. People now must be able to live, work and learn from home. In order to facilitate this, space, quality digital connectivity and adaptable living areas will be needed.

Tomorrow’s houses must be able to support both elder care and children and grandchildren who have come back home.

Ultimately, research indicates that residents must play a crucial role in determining the true course of tomorrow’s housing—which may be safer and more productive.

 

Source: The Conversation.Com