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article The current situation is bad, but we are not done.
The worst thing is that we are still in a state of uncertainty, said Robert Roberts, a former owner of Roberts Appliance Repair in Melbourne.
“We have had a lot of delays and a lot to deal with, but I think this is a good sign,” he said.
“A lot of people are still waiting to be able to do their home repairs, and this is one of the first signs that the wait is over.”
The latest national statistics show that Australians are the second-highest percentage of households to have no home repair expertise at all.
Of the 5,500 new homes sold in Melbourne in 2017-18, fewer than 20 per cent were owned by first-time buyers.
About 80 per cent of the homes were owned or leased by people over 65.
Mr Roberts said that the situation was becoming worse, with people buying bigger houses and less efficient methods of home repair.
“People are going into their home for repairs because they want to save money, but they’re doing it with an old appliance,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
While the market is struggling, the Government has announced a major stimulus package to address the situation.
The package includes an extra $4,500 to cover costs for owners of small and medium-sized properties who cannot afford to buy new appliances.
More than half of households are now renting out their homes, up from about 40 per cent in 2016-17, according to data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
The Government also plans to extend mortgage relief for those who buy new houses in their first 10 years, with a $20,000 rebate for buyers with a mortgage below $50,000.
Mr Robertson said he was not concerned about the future, with his business operating at about 60 per cent capacity.
“There’s a lot more people in this country than there are homes and we have a lot left,” he noted.
“What I do worry about is how long will it last.
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I do think we’re going to see some serious shortages.”
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