Here’s what property investors plan to do in 2018

Are you planning to buy an investment property in 2018?

Or maybe you’re planning to buy a new home?  Color Question Mark In Drawing House

Well you’ll be in good company because around half the respondents of a recent survey plan to buy another investment property in the next 12 months, and 23% are planning to buy a new home.

This is despite the fact that 64% of respondents believe that property prices will remain flat, or increase by less than 5% over the next year.

What’s all this about?

In November Michael Yardney’s Property Update and Your Investment Property Magazine polled their readers and 2,250 property investors and  would be investors gave their input to the 2017 Property Investor Sentiment Survey, the largest and longest running survey of its type in Australia

Running since 2011, it offers rich and vibrant insights into how property consumer trends and sentiments have changed over time.

You can download the full survey finding and our analysis by clicking here, but for the moment let’s look at some of the highlights.

Who took part in the survey? 
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A wide range of Australians – 2,250 ordinary mums and dads responded.

The fact that they already subscribed to Property Update or Your Investment Property Magazine meant we had a captive audience of people already interested in property.

When asked for their combined family income 3% earned less than $50,000 while 2% earned more than $250,000 but the bulk earned a combined family income between $100,000 and $200,000.

90% owned at least one investment property, but a wide spectrum of investors partook in the survey:

  • 10% owned no investments
  • 19% owned one investment property
  • 20% owned two investment properties
  • 15% owned three investment properties, and it went all the way up to
  • 7% owned 10 or more properties

Some surprising results:

  • 24% of respondents plan buy a new home in 2018. This is up considerably from 14% 12 months ago. This is probably because some will take advantage of the First Home Owner’s Grants currently available

Survey Results 1

  • Despite our property markets moving to the next phase of the cycle and property price growth slowing down, 61% believe now is a good time to buy property and 1 in 2 (51%) respondents plan to buy another investment property in the next 12 months. Interestingly this is much the same as 12 months ago (52%.)

Survey Results 2

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  • While 26% of respondents plan to seek advice from a property strategist or an advisor, we find it surprising that 25% will seek no advice on their next property purchase. This is a concern because, despite the significant amount of research material and information available for free, there’s one thing you can’t get over the internet – and that’s the perspective that only comes after years of on the ground experience.
  • While our readership is reasonably evenly split amongst males and females we found it interesting that of the 2,250 people who responded 73% were male. Now that’s interesting and you can read whatever you want into that statistic. Pam, my wife, said that it’s because males have been trained to do what they’re told – but I’m not sure about that.

Some not so surprising results:

  • Melbourne was seen as the most likely capital city to deliver strong capital growth over the next 5 years (52%), closely followed by Brisbane (45%). These are the same to growth capitals that readers suggested 12 months ago and in virtually the same proportions (50% Melbourne and 45% Brisbane)

Survey Results 3

  • More than three quarters would buy a property with land – a house, townhouse or villa unit. Apartments (9%) are out of favour at present – and not surprisingly so – as house price growth is significantly outperforming apartments in most capital cities
  • 42% of these investors saw an opportunity to “manufacture” capital growth by purchasing property with renovation or development potential Melbourne property skyline
  • Around half of the respondents reported that the recent changes to lending policy have impacted their ability to purchase another property, while 36% say that meeting the banks stricter serviceability criteria will be their biggest stumbling block to purchasing a property.
  • However, they are realistic that they won’t enjoy quick and massive capital growth in the near future, but they still intend to buy more property in the next year.
  • 64% believe that property prices will remain flat, or increase by less than 5%, over the next year. Clearly those planning to invest are taking a long term view.
  • More than three quarters would buy a property with land – a house, townhouse or villa unit. Apartments (9%) are out of favour at present – and not surprisingly so – as house price growth is significantly outperforming apartments in most capital cities

The bottom line:

It’s clear that property investor confidence is still strong and those who can afford to are planning to remain as active as ever, buying another investment property or new home if finances allow, despite the fact that the boom is now well and truly over and strong capital growth isn’t widely anticipated in 2018.

This shows that Australians property investors focus is on long-term capital growth, rather than an immediate equity boost, while many are looking for a property that has potential to add value, rather than waiting for the market to do the heavy lifting.

WHAT CAN YOU DO in 2018?

As signs point to softer growth conditions for Australian property over the coming months, independent professional advice and careful consideration will be as important as ever in navigating Australia’s varied market conditions. 

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If you’re looking for independent advice, no one can help you quite like the independent property investment strategists at Metropole.

Remember the multi award winning team of property investment strategists at Metropole have no properties to sell, so their advice is unbiased.Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned property investor, we would love to help you formulate an investment strategy or do a review of your existing portfolio, and help you take your property investment to the next level.

Please click here to organise a time for a chat. Or call us on 1300 20 30 30.

When you attend our offices in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane you will receive a free copy of my latest 2 x DVD program Building Wealth through Property Investment in the new Economy valued at $49.

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