Over a quarter (26%) of Australian homeowners are planning to purchase an investment property, with more than half of this group hoping to take action within the next two years, according to a new survey.
The 2013 Homeowner Intentions Survey, carried out by Mortgage Choice, has shown that low interest rates have generated greater levels of confidence in investors contemplating investing in property.
Head of corporate affairs for Mortgage Choice, Belinda Williamson, claims that this is definitely good news for the property market. She said this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as rates for lenders are at their lowest point for several years on both investment property and home loans.
Survey results also indicated that Australians continue to favour investment in bricks and mortar. Of the participants who already owned an investment property (25%), 68% owned one property, two properties were owned by 19%, while 13% owned three or more investment properties.
Respondents said that when seeking an investment property, the most important consideration affecting their decision is tenant demand in the area, followed closely by the investment property being located in the right street and suburb.