Home ownership rates across the world [infographic]

Home ownership in Australia is considered the Great Australian Dream of “owning a detached house on a fenced block of land.

In 2016 there were about 9.0 million private dwellings in Australia, each with, on average, 2.6 occupants. world globe puzzle coins economy

About 70% of dwellings were owner-occupied — one of the largest proportions of any country.

The remainder were rented dwellings. Interestingly only about half of the owner-occupied dwellings were under mortgage.

Australian governments have encouraged broad-scale home ownership through and although mortgage interest is not tax deductible as, for example, in the United States, our homes are not subject to the capital gains tax on sale and are not counted in the assets test for Centrelink pension purposes.

They are also not taxed for land tax.

Bit despite this seemingly high rate or owner occupiers, as you see from the following graphic I found on Wikipedia, in Australia we’re nowhere near the top of the tree when it comes to owner occupier rates:

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Michael Yardney


Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who create wealth for their clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and his opinions are regularly featured in the media. Visit

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