Essential Report

Negative gearing – impact on house prices

Dec 4, 2018

Q. Property investors can receive tax deductions if the cost of buying and maintaining their investment properties is more than the revenue they receive from them (called negative gearing). Do you think restricting negative gearing to new homes will increase house prices, lower house prices or make no difference?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Lower house prices 24% 26% 27% 29% 17%
Increase house prices 21% 18% 24% 22% 22%
Make no difference 27% 29% 26% 18% 37%
Don’t know  29% 27% 23% 30% 24%

Just under a quarter of people believe restricting negative gearing would lower house prices (24%). 21% believe it would lead to increased house prices and 27% think it would make no difference.

People aged 65 and over are most likely to believe changing the laws regarding negative gearing would not impact house prices (35%).

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