2019 Property Investor Sentiment Survey

1,802 responses

How many investment properties do you currently own?​

1K out of 1K answered

2.9
Average rating
11%
213 resp.
0
22%
398 resp.
1
21%
383 resp.
2
15%
286 resp.
3
8%
151 resp.
4
6%
124 resp.
5
2%
52 resp.
6
3%
63 resp.
7
2%
37 resp.
8
0%
16 resp.
9
4%
79 resp.
10
noneTen or more

Where are your investment properties located?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Regional
36%/ 637 resp.
2
Brisbane
33%/ 575 resp.
3
Melbourne
27%/ 480 resp.
4
Sydney
26%/ 457 resp.
5
Perth
8%/ 154 resp.
6
Adelaide
6%/ 107 resp.
7
Hobart
1%/ 32 resp.
8
Darwin
1%/ 18 resp.

If you don't yet own an investment property, how long have you been planning to invest/researching getting into the market?

1K out of 1K answered

1
I already own an investment
85%/ 1K resp.
2
More than 2 years
4%/ 82 resp.
3
0-6 months
3%/ 54 resp.
4
1-2 years
2%/ 52 resp.
5
6 months – 1 year
2%/ 47 resp.
6
Not interested in investing yet
1%/ 26 resp.

Are you a rentvestor? Do you rent but own an investment property?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Yes
17%/ 306 resp.
2
No
83%/ 1K resp.

Would you consider rentvesting as a way of getting into the property market?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Yes
48%/ 865 resp.
2
No
51%/ 927 resp.

What is your preferred investment strategy?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Long term capital growth
49%/ 889 resp.
2
Buy, add value and hold for the long term
20%/ 361 resp.
3
Positive cash flow
16%/ 298 resp.
4
Buy, add value and sell
5%/ 100 resp.
5
I don't really have a strategy
4%/ 85 resp.
6
Tax benefits
2%/ 45 resp.
7
Other
1%/ 24 resp.

Is your property investment portfolio negatively geared or does it generate positive cash flow?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Positive cash flow
36%/ 659 resp.
2
Negatively geared (less cash flow than expenses eg interest, rates, agent’s commissions etc)
33%/ 597 resp.
3
Neutrally geared
21%/ 389 resp.
4
I'm not sure
8%/ 157 resp.

Do you believe now is good time to invest in residential property?​

1K out of 1K answered

Picture for choice "Yes"Yes
68%/ 1K resp.
Picture for choice "Unsure"Unsure
20%/ 365 resp.
Picture for choice "No"No
11%/ 204 resp.

Are you planning to buy an investment property in the next 12 months?​

1K out of 1K answered

Picture for choice "Yes"Yes
42%/ 764 resp.
Picture for choice "No"No
36%/ 661 resp.
Picture for choice "I'm not sure"I'm not sure
20%/ 377 resp.

What type of property would you buy?​

1K out of 1K answered

1
House
41%/ 743 resp.
2
A property with potential to add value (renovate or develop)
31%/ 570 resp.
3
Unsure
9%/ 176 resp.
4
Townhouse/villa unit
9%/ 168 resp.
5
Apartment
7%/ 140 resp.

​Would you buy​?

1K out of 1K answered

1
An established property
43%/ 780 resp.
2
Property with value add potential (renovation or development)
35%/ 641 resp.
3
Haven't decided yet
7%/ 139 resp.
4
A new property
6%/ 117 resp.
5
Unsure
4%/ 73 resp.
6
An off the plan property
2%/ 47 resp.

Where would you buy for the best capital growth over the next 5 years?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Melbourne
39%/ 706 resp.
2
Brisbane
37%/ 677 resp.
3
Sydney
33%/ 597 resp.
4
Regional Australia
19%/ 351 resp.
5
Sunshine Coast
11%/ 209 resp.
6
Perth
9%/ 165 resp.
7
Gold Coast
8%/ 159 resp.
8
Adelaide
7%/ 127 resp.
9
Hobart
4%/ 80 resp.
10
Canberra
3%/ 69 resp.
11
Darwin
1%/ 21 resp.

What type of property do you think will make the best investment over the next 5 years?

1K out of 1K answered

1
A detached house on a suburban block in an inner middle ring capital city suburb
36%/ 650 resp.
2
A property with value add potential (renovation or development)
25%/ 460 resp.
3
A detached house on a suburban block in an outer suburban growth corridor
11%/ 207 resp.
4
A property in a well selected regional location
10%/ 190 resp.
5
An established suburban apartment in one of our capital cities.
6%/ 112 resp.
6
A villa or townhouse
5%/ 105 resp.
7
A new apartment in a good location in a capital city
2%/ 52 resp.
8
An “off the plan” inner city apartment
1%/ 26 resp.

Why do you or why are you planning to invest in property?

1K out of 1K answered

1
To provide a better lifestyle and more choices for my family
43%/ 774 resp.
2
To become a self funded retiree
41%/ 743 resp.
3
To retire early and have more choices in life
38%/ 690 resp.
4
To supplement my superannuation
27%/ 496 resp.
5
To leave a legacy for my children and grandchildren
26%/ 474 resp.
6
To become wealthy
24%/ 435 resp.
7
I can’t see the government being able to look after me
22%/ 400 resp.
8
Other
1%/ 26 resp.

What is your property investment “end game”? ​

1K out of 1K answered

1
Live off rental income
37%/ 677 resp.
2
Sell down all or some
23%/ 418 resp.
3
Hold and never sell
18%/ 327 resp.
4
Live off the equity
12%/ 218 resp.
5
Unsure
9%/ 162 resp.

Are you planning to buy a new home in the next year?

1K out of 1K answered

Picture for choice "No"No
60%/ 1K resp.
Picture for choice "Yes"Yes
20%/ 365 resp.
Picture for choice "I'm not sure"I'm not sure
19%/ 346 resp.

Have the tighter bank lending policies to investors impacted your ability to purchase another property?​

1K out of 1K answered

1
Yes
42%/ 770 resp.
2
No
38%/ 686 resp.
3
Unsure
14%/ 252 resp.
4
N/A
5%/ 94 resp.

What will be your biggest stumbling block to purchasing your next property?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Difficulty with loan serviceability
26%/ 475 resp.
2
I don't have a major obstacle
25%/ 458 resp.
3
Uncertainty about the economy or the future of our property markets
20%/ 366 resp.
4
Not having enough deposit or equity
15%/ 287 resp.
5
Other
8%/ 145 resp.
6
Negative cash flow
3%/ 71 resp.

Do you think now is a good time to fix interest rates

1K out of 1K answered

Picture for choice "No"No
50%/ 912 resp.
Picture for choice "Yes"Yes
30%/ 543 resp.
Picture for choice "Uncertain"Uncertain
19%/ 347 resp.

What do you think will happen to "overall" property prices in 2020?

1K out of 1K answered

1
Increase 0% - 5%
43%/ 790 resp.
2
Increase 5% - 10%
18%/ 331 resp.
3
Stay steady
15%/ 282 resp.
4
Increase by over 10%
5%/ 105 resp.
5
Not sure
5%/ 90 resp.
6
Decline 0% - 5%
4%/ 78 resp.
7
Decline over 10%
3%/ 71 resp.
8
Decline 5% - 10%
3%/ 55 resp.

Who’s advice do you seek (or plan to seek) for property investment advice?

1K out of 1K answered

1
No one
32%/ 593 resp.
2
Property Strategists or Advisor
19%/ 353 resp.
3
Property Educator/Mentor/Coach
12%/ 223 resp.
4
Buyers’ Agent
6%/ 124 resp.
5
Friends/family
6%/ 111 resp.
6
Accountant
5%/ 104 resp.
7
Unsure
4%/ 84 resp.
8
Financial Planner
4%/ 80 resp.
9
Mortgage Broker
3%/ 61 resp.
10
Real Estate Agent
2%/ 50 resp.
11
Property Manager
1%/ 19 resp.

Your gender?

1K out of 1K answered

Picture for choice "Male"Male
74%/ 1K resp.
Picture for choice "Female"Female
25%/ 460 resp.

What is your age?​

1K out of 1K answered

1
50-59
31%/ 560 resp.
2
40-49
27%/ 494 resp.
3
Over 60
21%/ 378 resp.
4
30-39
17%/ 313 resp.
5
20-29
2%/ 49 resp.
6
Under 20
0%/ 8 resp.

What is your combined annual household income?

1K out of 1K answered

1
$200,000+
29%/ 533 resp.
2
$100,000 - $150,000
19%/ 350 resp.
3
$150,000 - $200,000
19%/ 346 resp.
4
Not comfortable sharing
16%/ 291 resp.
5
$50,000 - $100,000
12%/ 232 resp.
6
Less than $50,000
2%/ 43 resp.

What would be your advice to Australian property investors right now? Please answer in 200 or less if you want to enter the prize draw (see terms and conditions)

1K out of 1K answered

Terms and Conditions of prize draw .

1K out of 1K answered

1
Yes
100%/ 1K resp.
2
No
0%/ 0 resp.