ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Urban HousingSubscribe to Urban Housing

Home Equity Conversion

In a country where a large chunk of housing wealth sits idle, a thicker housing market will set into play many welfare enhancing factors, such as greater geographical mobility of labour, a national housing market, a spurt in new construction, spillover effects in a range of other industries and a general boost for the economy. The time is ripe for the well-established players in the housing finance sector to introduce these products. If necessary, the government could provide fiscal benefits to give an initial boost to such activity.

Pakistan : 'Regularising' the Poor

The Sindh Katchi Abadi Authority, led by Tasneem Ahmad Siddiqui, has devised a cost-effective model of housing for the urban poor in the Pakistani province. The objective is to tap ordinary people's ingenuity while improving and legalising their living conditions. The model has been so successful that it has won Siddiqui global recognition.
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