Believe it or not – 1 in 5 Australians own an investment property

One in five Australians own an investment property, with Gen Y leading the pack according to ING DIRECT’s latest Financial Wellbeing Index

Despite tightened investor lending and signs that the property market is slowing, investor demand has continued to grow with the number of Australians investing in property growing by three per cent since mid-2015.  House and money

NSW and WA have the percentage of residents with at least one investment property (22% each), both growing year on year by four per cent.

WA has also taken the crown from NSW and Victoria in terms of those with multiple investment properties more than doubling in the past year from four per cent to nine per cent.

The only state where appetite for investment property has dampened is South Australia, in which approximately one in every 10 (11%) people owns an investment property, down from 15 per cent in 2015.

  2016 2015 1 investment property 2+ investment properties
National 20% 17% 14% 6%
NSW 22% 18% 16% 6%
VIC 21% 17% 16% 5%
QLD 17% 18% 10% 7%
SA 11% 15% 9% 2%
WA 22% 18% 13% 9%

Younger investors lead property demand

Looking across the generations, Mr Woolnough, Head of Third Party Distribution, ING DIRECT, commented


“What’s interesting is that while there are continued questions around affordability and the challenges for younger generations in getting onto the property ladder, it’s actually Gen Y that is leading the property investment pack.”

22 per cent of Gen Y (18-34 year olds) own at least one investment property, followed by 20 per cent of Gen X (35-49 year olds) and 19 per cent of Baby Boomers (50-64 year olds).

Mr Woolnough added:

“Ultimately we’re seeing that Australians still hold faith in the long term investment benefits of property.  Property is a great opportunity to build wealth, but it definitely pays to do your research, take your time, speak to the experts such as a mortgage broker or buyers’ agent, and focus on the financials of the investment rather than the emotions of a purchase.”

The latest property trends across the nation are available through ING DIRECT’s Autumn Property Guide 2016 which is now available for download.

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Bryce is a property development specialist, having successfully completed many development projects for Metropole's clients. Initially working as a Project Manager at Metropole since completing his Bachelor of Project Management in 2011, Bryce now acts as a buyers agent for clients, sourcing and evaluating properties with development potential.Visit

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