Trouble in the bedroom for housing investors

As job and welfare benefit losses bite, areas with mortgage trouble will be further squeezed. That's likely to trigger changing patterns of habitation across the nation.

When Treasurer Hockey revealed his plan to put the nation on a crash diet to slim down welfare spending, it was clear that certain sectors would be impacted more than others.

The first place to look would be the outer suburbs, and a few regional centres, where cutting entitlements would most interfere with family budgets. It is in these areas that incomes and household expenditure are most finely balanced.

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