Getting a clear and accurate picture of the housing market in Christchurch since the earthquakes is not easy.
Anecdotal accounts of a shortage of houses available to rent or buy and of rocketing prices abound, but there have been few hard figures about the wider reality.
The problem with this is that alarmist talk risks generating its own reality and will certainly spread unnecessary despondency.
That would be a pity for an investigation, published by The Press this week, shows that in fact, while the housing market in Christchurch has become more competitive and rents and prices have risen affecting low-income families in particular, talk of a general “housing crisis” is not borne out. …
The suggestion by some that a few desperate cases of hardship represented a wider crisis was not accurate.
The best way to help with the rental challenges is to get more houses built.Tags: editorials, housing affordability, The Press