Not everyone thinks property is the best place to invest their money

Do you think it’s the right time to buy your next property?

I know many property investors and homebuyers do.

But the most recent Westpac Melbourne Institute  Consumer Sentiment survey published last week showed upbeat general consumer sentiment with house prices expected to pick up further by consumers, yet it was not a wholehearted endorsement of housing from consumers.

Consumer sentiment 15th March 2021

There was a degree of trepidation on whether now is a “time to buy a dwelling” that’s dipped of late.

As the second chart below shows readings on the “time to buy a dwelling” can be volatile but taken for what it says, it’s a sign perhaps of a degree of unease or skepticism even whether prices can be maintained.

House Price Expectations House Price Sentiment

In that context, neither has there been any noticeable pick up in real estate as the “wisest place to save” over very recent quarters, also polled in the same WMI survey, a very low 9.3% of consumers in last week’s survey seeing real estate as a wise choice.

There is still a distinct preference to hold bank deposits and pay down debt rather than accumulate it.

However, I’ve observed that in the past what people say in attitudinal surveys and actual spending and saving behaviour don’t always closely align.

It’s worth keeping an eye on though.

Wisest Place To Invest


Having said that I believe that…

Now is the time to take advantage of the opportunities the current property markets are offering.

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Kate Forbes


Kate Forbes is a National Director Property Strategy at Metropole. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
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