"What's lacking here is real leadership to understand these issues, work out solutions and change the situation."
"Your income drops as the same time that your costs increase - this is crazy stuff."
Their new costs are dwarfed by the capital gains they're making, CoreLogic economists say.
Natasha Goodwin says interest deductibility changes will cost her an additional $23,000 a year.
While this bodes well for first-home buyers looking to get into the market, most agents still expect prices to keep rising.
"I want to go out... and I have to think 'can I afford a coffee?'"
"The price an investor would now be willing to pay for a property will clearly be less."
"That's just not true."
"It's not the same as owning an entire property yourself, but it's a way to grow your savings with the property market."