Almost 70% of investors still keen to buy, Queensland the place to do it

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Almost 70% of investors still keen to buy, Queensland the place to do it

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A new survey has revealed 67% of investors still believe now is a good time to buy residential property.

However, this was down from 82% in 2019, according to the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Annual Investor Sentiment Survey 2020. 

Queensland was offering the best investments prospects over the next year according to 36% of investors, followed by Victoria (27%) and New South Wales (21%). 

More investors are keen to look for regional opportunities, with 22% considering this, up from 15% last year, with coastal locations also on the rise, up to 12% from 8% last year.

Buying an investment property or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest variable interest rates on the market for investors.

Lender
Advertised rate Comparison rate Monthly repayment Rate TypeOffsetRedrawOngoing FeeUpfront FeesLVRLump Sum RepaymentAdditional RepaymentsPre-approval
VariableMore details
GET A FULL OFFSET ACCOUNT FOR NO EXTRA COST

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Investment) (LVR < 60%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
GET A FULL OFFSET ACCOUNT FOR NO EXTRA COST

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Investment) (LVR < 60%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
VariableMore details
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Investor, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • Refinance only. Fast online application
  • No Nano fees. Free 100% offset sub account
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card & instant payments
REFINANCE IN MINUTES, NOT WEEKS

Nano Home Loans Variable Investor, Principal and Interest (Refinance Only)

  • Refinance only. Fast online application
  • No Nano fees. Free 100% offset sub account
  • Mobile app, Visa debit card & instant payments
VariableMore details
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • No application fee
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
AN EASY ONLINE APPLICATION

Yard Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • No application fee
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Unlimited free redraws
VariableMore details
FREE REDRAW FACILITY

Smart Investor Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Option to add an offset for 0.10%
  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30 day settlement
  • No on-going or monthly fees
FREE REDRAW FACILITY

Smart Investor Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

  • Option to add an offset for 0.10%
  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30 day settlement
  • No on-going or monthly fees

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. However, the ‘Compare Home Loans’ table allows for calculations to made on variables as selected and input by the user. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments, once the base criteria are altered by the user, will be based on the selected products’ advertised rates and determined by the loan amount, repayment type, loan term and LVR as input by the user/you. Rates correct as of October 19, 2021. View disclaimer.

Investors seem largely unperturbed by reports house prices could drop by 30% as a result of the pandemic, as 77% said potential falls wouldn't see them pause investment plans. 

PIPA Chair Peter Koulizos said COVID had drastically changed the investment landscape, but investor sentiment had held largely firm. 

"While there is no doubt that 2020 has been one of the toughest in living memory for everyone around the globe, property investors have remained stoic in the face of the unprecedented uncertainty that we are all experiencing," Mr Koulizos said.

"However, at the current time, the property market has continued to show its resilience with prices materially stable in most parts of the nation.

"That said, there is likely to be big changes to not only where people choose to invest, but also to where they may prefer to live in the years ahead." 

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Source: PIPA

The survey found 44% of investors were looking to purchase a property in the next six to 12 months, down from 48% in 2019.

Of those looking to invest in the next six to 12 months, 74% were interested in purchasing an established house, with the remaining distribution including townhouse/villa at 5.7%, unit/apartment at 2.0% and house-and-land package at 3.9%.

About 29% of investors purchased a property over the past 12 months, down from 34% in the 2019 survey

However, there was an increase of new investors, as of all respondents who purchased in the past 12 months, 29% purchased their first investment property in the year, up from 21% last year. 

Long-term capital growth was far and away the number one reason for investing (62%), followed by long-term rental income (26%). 

Mr Koulizos said only around 8% of investors required a mortgage deferral through COVID, with three-quarters of this number not needing to extend the original term.

A massive 92% of investors took advantage of the early superannuation withdrawal scheme. 

"While the financial challenges have been plenty over recent months, property investors have generally been able to manage their cash flows and expenses over the period," he said.

"About 16% of investors had tenants who applied for a rent reduction or holiday during the pandemic with about 47% of requests proving to be eligible under the relevant state-based legislation."


Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2020. They are (in descending order): Great Southern Bank, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and Savings.com.au

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

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*Comparison rate is based on a loan of $150,000 over a term of 25 years. Please note the comparison rate only applies to the examples given. Different loan amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees and costs savings, such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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Alex joined Savings.com.au as a finance journalist in 2019. He enjoys covering in-depth economical releases and breaking down how they might affect the everyday punter. He is passionate about providing Australians with the information and tools needed to make them financially stable for their futures.

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