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Do younger and older Aussies have the same housing needs?

  • December 11 2019
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Do younger and older Aussies have the same housing needs?

By Cameron Micallef
December 11 2019

While Boomers and Millennials tend to disagree, both have similar ideals when it comes to property investment, new research has suggested.

Do younger and older Aussies have the same housing needs

Do younger and older Aussies have the same housing needs?

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  • December 11 2019
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While Boomers and Millennials tend to disagree, both have similar ideals when it comes to property investment, new research has suggested.

Do younger and older Aussies have the same housing needs

According to results released by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), 77 per cent of Millennials aspire to own a home, while 81 per cent of Aussies aged between 65-74 have similar goals.

“More than half of both groups want to live in a detached house and generally aim to have three bedrooms in that home,” the AHURI found. 

However, when it comes to the future of the property market, older and younger Aussies differ on their opinions.

“The great majority of older Australians (75 per cent) want to stay in their home in the short term, while only 41 per cent of younger Australians wanted to live in their current home over the next one or two years,” the AHURI report continued.

Nevertheless, large proportions of both younger and older Australians want to stay living in the same or a nearby neighbourhood, with 73 per cent of younger and 87 per cent of older Australians wanting to stay where they are or live within 10 kilometres of their current home.

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There are also noteworthy differences in where older Australians and 25-34 age groups want to live.

While the “middle/outer suburbs of a capital city” were the most popular location for both groups, the younger households are much more interested in living in the CBD or inner suburbs of a capital city. 

Forty-four per cent of younger respondents said they would like to live there compared with 21 per cent of the older group.

Indeed, the next most popular location for the older group (after the middle/outer suburbs of a capital city) was living in a small regional town – a location that was popular with only 10 per cent of the younger households.

Do younger and older Aussies have the same housing needs?
Do younger and older Aussies have the same housing needs
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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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