An ABC news item today quoted a claim about the Australian property market without any indication that they verified it:
[Queensland] State Housing Minister Mick De Brenni said that last year more Australians bought their seventh home than those who bought their first [...]
I see this statement as ambiguous: it could refer to:
- people who grew their current real-estate portfolio from six houses to seven, or
- people who have bought homes seven times in the life, but may have sold up to six of them.
I find both claims extraordinary, but the second is a softer claim, so it seems fairer to the claimant to use that interpretation.
Did more home-buyers in Australia buy a home for the seventh time than the first in 2017?
It appears the original claim was quietly removed from the article after posting this question. (Hat-tip @Daniel and Reddit)
However, I believe the claim is still widely believed, based on the number of mentions on social media, including post-removal.