Housing in mid life: consolidation, opportunity and risk

Andrew Beer, Debbie Faulkner, Chris Paris and Terry Clower

in Housing transitions through the life course

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424280
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302520 | DOI:
Housing in mid life: consolidation, opportunity and risk

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This chapter talks about the diversity in housing sequences among the current mid-life households. It shows that in many respects, a dichotomy exists between those who have suffered an interruption to their housing at a crucial juncture in their life course. This is compared with those who have followed a more conventional sequence of housing transitions. It is also revealed that there is a significant gender dimension to the distribution of ‘risky’ mid-life housing, with women who are sole parents at considerable risk. However, homeowners in Australia and many other developed nations who remain in stable relationships consolidate their position in the housing market during this stage of life, and are able to enhance both their consumption of housing and their chances to accumulate wealth.

Keywords: housing sequences; mid-life households; housing transitions; gender dimension; mid-life housing

Chapter.  7972 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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