Website selling ‘ocean view homes’ for $3,000

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While many Australians grow more concerned about a housing bubble and interest rates, not-for-profit Habitat for Humanity Australia has launched a website that appears to sell lakeside, ocean view, and alfresco homes for as low as $3,000.

The group said its goal was to provide disheartened house hunters with some light relief, but also to shed light on a serious global housing crisis.

The website leads to a page that targets properties at investors and owner-occupiers, including a lakeside dwelling with your own private stagnant water source, not to mention a ‘studio’ unit made of bamboo sticks.

A click on any portion of the homepage makes a video pop-up, summarising the advocacy of the group.

The median house price in Sydney – an all-time high of $811,837 – can build 400 houses in Nepal or 200 in Cambodia.

"The reality is that these 'homes' represent the substandard housing that condemns millions of families across Asia Pacific to live in poverty and disease without access to safe water, sanitation or even a locking door,” chief executive Martin Thomas said.

He noted they are “not trying to make people feel guilty or dismiss the very real housing problems in Australia. But sometimes it is good to look around at some of the challenges other people are facing".

The website campaign is supported by the Department of Foreign Affair and Trade to raise awareness of the growing rate of slums and the need for adequate housing.  


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  • Bob says on 20/11/2014 06:49:53 PM

    I don't really understand the point of this campaign? Is it supposed to make us feel better about our overpriced housing?? A better plan would be for Australia to stop wasting money on overpriced housing (which is borrowed money spend on made up house prices), fix our housing bubble so we can free up cash to allow us to help ourselves (business/economy/create jobs etc) and then help other countries. Greedy idiots, was this campaign by REA?

  • david says on 21/11/2014 08:44:33 AM

    if 800k can build 400 houses then chances are that the cost of this campaign alone could have given quite a few impoverished families their own home outright.

    A little hypocrisy goes a long way it seems.

  • Debbe says on 21/11/2014 10:01:40 AM

    Seriously, what is the purpose of this program?? I understand that $800k may well build that many houses in impoverished countries, but how does that really impact us here?
    House prices are only at the level for which people are willing to pay - no buyers and prices drop - common sense! Building 200 or 400 houses in another country will not give you a roof over your head here - like I said - don't get the point to the campaign!

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