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Confused about the property market? You aren’t the only one

  • August 20 2020
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Confused about the property market? You aren’t the only one

By Grace Ormsby
August 20 2020

More than six in 10 Australians have lost confidence in their ability to achieve their property goals since the COVID-19 crisis began, a survey has revealed.

Confused about the property market? You aren’t the only one

Confused about the property market? You aren’t the only one

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  • August 20 2020
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More than six in 10 Australians have lost confidence in their ability to achieve their property goals since the COVID-19 crisis began, a survey has revealed.

Confused about the property market? You aren’t the only one

The new insight from mortgage brokerage Aussie also unveiled the fact that a similar proportion of Australians have had to change their property plans due to the pandemic.

Aussie first commissioned a survey to test the market sentiment of Australians back in January pre-pandemic and retested confidence again in June to analyse COVID-19’s impact on the property plans of consumers.

It found that consumer confidence in the property market had suffered a collapse in the five months between the surveys – while 76 per cent of respondents were confident about the Australian property back in January, just 46 per cent felt the same way when resurveyed in June.

More than six in 10 respondents – 61 per cent - said the pandemic had caused them to change their property plans.

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Half of those respondents – or 35 per cent of the total group surveyed – indicated that they had had to put their property plans on hold at the present time.

Despite the higher levels of concern and a lack of confidence, 42 per cent of Australians are still wanting to take advantage of the market, despite not being sure how.

Weighing in on this particular finding, Aussie CEO James Symond said home loan brokers’ enquiry levels are still strong, revealing plenty of interest still in the market.

He outlined that “there are many opportunities available right now that could make it favourable for Australians to enter the market, invest, downsize or refinance, including lender cashback incentives, reduced interest rates and government initiatives, such as the First Home Owner Grant, the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant and the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme”.  

He advocated the role of brokers as having “an important role to play in helping Australians understand their options and make smart choices to keep their property goals on track”, with more than half of the survey’s respondents (54 per cent) indicating they would like more guidance when it comes to their property and finances.

Confused about the property market? You aren’t the only one
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Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

About the author

Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

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