Millennials set to take advantage of COVID weakened housing market

author-avatar By on July 06, 2020
Millennials set to take advantage of COVID weakened housing market

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A new report has revealed 32% of Millennial home buyers will look to buy a home within the next two years.

ING's new 'Future Focus: Homeownership report' found almost half (46%) of this group said COVID-19 had made home ownership more achievable. 

Millennials said they used the lockdown to get on top of their property goals, by moving travel budgets to a home savings account (59%), taking on a side hustle (37%), and moving back in with their parents (36%).

The report found in order to save and buy a house sooner, half of all millennial home buyers said they would consider living on the city fringes and the outer suburbs (45km or more from the city).

More than one in five (22%) said they plan to buy a smaller property in a cheaper area and rent it out until they can afford their forever home, while one in 10 (9%) said they would consider buying a property with a friend or family member to get on the ladder quicker.

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest variable interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.

Provider
Ad rate
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Comp rate*
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3.29% 3.31% $1,097 More details

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, interest-only (IO) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of 80% or less. If products listed have an LVR <80%, they will be clearly identified in the product name along with the specific LVR. The product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider’s web site. Introductory rate products were not considered for selection. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term. Rates correct as at 01 August 2020. View disclaimer.

The report also found Millennials were making significant sacrifices and using different tactics in order to achieve their homeownership dream. 

Almost half (48%) said they would limit their personal shopping, reduce dining out experiences (42%) and recreational drinking (28%), give up their gym membership (21%), and date less (24%).

ING’s Head of Home Loans Julie-Anne Bosich said the pandemic had galvanised the younger generation's resolve to own a home. 

"What this research suggests (is) millennials and Australians in general haven’t given up on the great Australian dream of owning their own home, they’re just re-thinking how they go about getting there and re-evaluating where they might want to live," Ms Bosich said. 

“It suggests many people, especially millennials are being savvy by taking advantage of record low interest rates, government assistance and a weakened housing market to get on the property ladder.”

The Great Australian Dream 

The report found more than half (61%) of the nation's adult population thought home ownership was important right now. 

Low interest rates (39%), a more affordable housing market (33%) and new government schemes (32%) were all key factors contributing to a sense that buying a home in the post-COVID market was more achievable than it was previously.

Australians looking to buy within the next two years said they were tired of renting (45%) wanted greater stability and security (22%), and recent events had shown them the importance of getting into the market to protect their future (19%).

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Source: ING

Rather than holding out for their next home or planning a property portfolio, it appears Australians were setting more realistic homeownership goals to get on the ladder sooner.

Most people were setting their sights on owning one home (68%), with few people wanting to purchase an investment property (8%) or flip a house for profit (5%).

Barriers to entering the property market were deposit costs (42%), fears of long-term debt (25%), and the prospect of an impending recession (22%). 


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 2019. They are (in descending order): Credit Union Australia, 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 2019) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.

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.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au and loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

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