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The Real Estate Institute of Australia has looked favourably on the measures handed down in this week’s federal budget, welcoming the property and small-business focus.
A statement released by the institute acknowledged that many of its priority areas had been addressed by the spending statement, “confirming a positive outlook for buyers, sellers, investors and tenants and small business”.
REIA president Adrian Kelly praised measures for people, property and small business – and noted its support for women and first home buyers.
He said: “Employment growth and jobs creation enabled by personal income and business tax deductions, infrastructure spending and investment in childcare paint an optimistic future with unemployment falling to 5 per cent in 2021-2022 and under 5 per cent by 2022-2023.”
The REIA president also welcomed the inclusion of full expensing and loss carry-back provisions in the budget, stating that they are helpful for small businesses – “as is the expansion of the Boosting Apprenticeships Program which many agencies have utilized”.
He also reiterated support for the previously announced Housing Package measures – calling them “commendable”.
The president had previously called them “a win for women and first home buyers closing in on their deposit gap”.
“Expansion of this scheme has been a longstanding REIA priority since it was first introduced and is a good taxation inventive which will help more first home buyers enter the market,” he commented.
Mr Kelly also highlighted the benefits associated with the downsizer scheme’s reduced age requirement, climate mitigation measures to protect homes, additional investment in social and affordable housing as perks for the property industry over the coming years.
He also touted the “critically important” allocation of more than $160 million over three years to support women and children fleeing domestic and sexual violence – which he said includes the payment of rental bonds.
“Overall, budget 2021 is a strong budget should jobs creation promises become a reality, where we expect property to continue to be a driver of economic activity throughout the pandemic for the near future on the back of incentives announced and the backlog of HomeBuilder commitments,” he concluded.