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By Michael Yardney

1 in 3 Aussies have given up on the home ownership dream

A staggering 35% of Australians have abandoned their dream of buying their own house, according to Ml

New research shows one in four (24%) Australians think they’ve been priced out of the market, claiming property is out of reach.

One in 10 (11%) have also given up on the dream of owning a property, but are comfortable with this if it means they don’t have to sacrifice their lifestyle.

The national survey of 2,010 Australians by shows two thirds (65%) of Australians are clinging to the home ownership dream.

However, nearly a third (27%) of these respondents will have to compromise on property size or location.

Bessie Hassan, Money Expert at, says the results are sobering.

  1. “Many Aussies are disenchanted with the homeownership dream, believing property is unattainable. But the research also shows Aussies are being realistic by acknowledging that some sacrifices need to be made.
  2. “Prospective homeowners could have more luck by looking at areas further out from the central business district (CBD) or by settling for a smaller property,” she says.

In New South Wales, forty percent have given up hope of owning property as prices have become unaffordable, which suggests ‘generation rent’ may be on the rise. 

Ms Hassan says high house prices and slow wage growth could be acting as barriers for those trying to get on the property ladder.

“Many are accepting the idea of long-term renting. However, not building up equity or having the security of a home could be problematic later in life.

“But it’s not all doom and gloom - property is attainable for those who are willing to be disciplined with their savings.

“It might mean you’re saving a deposit for ten years instead of five, but if you persevere, chances are you’ll be one step closer to being a proud homeowner,” Ms Hassan says

Have you given up on the dream of owning your own home?

Responses Percentage
Yes - property ownership is out of reach 24%
Yes - but I’m comfortable with that to have the lifestyle I want  11%
Not completely, but I realise I will have to compromise on size and or location 27%
No 38%


About Michael Yardney Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.
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