The rise of the junior investor: Julian Augustini

The rise of the junior investor: Julian Augustini
The rise of the junior investor: Julian Augustini


As housing prices steadily grow in value, first time property investors are looking beyond first home ownership and are instead purchasing with a view to grow their portfolio.  

The ‘Australian dream’ as we know it is evolving. Coming of age for many young people now means looking to investments and finding security in future personal wealth, rather than short term experiences.

According to a study from Mortgage Choice, first homebuyers are now purchasing their first home as an investment property, with close to a third of investments being first time property purchases.

For the younger market, there are a few reasons that these buyers are looking to investing in property, instead of occupying property.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too

Lifestyle factors motivate young buyers to invest instead of buy. If they are renting in a desirable, trendy location, it is likely they cannot afford to purchase a property there.  

Savvy first homebuyers are looking to invest in a suburb further out and use the rental income of an investment property to boost their pocket and pay off a relatively smaller mortgage.

Sacrificing a ‘live in CBD lifestyle’ is now a consideration as outer suburbs such as Noble Park and Box Hill bring viable rental yields, making investment feasible, as well as encouraging younger buyers into the market. 

All bets down

Educated young investors look to purchase properties in suburbs that are speculated to be growing and eventually more valuable. 

Remembering that this demographic has grown up with anecdotes from older relatives – where property prices have tripled in their lifetime – these young investors are looking for a low-entry point before prices extend beyond their reach.

Young buyers also look to areas that are rapidly gentrifying, eventually evolving into highly desirable areas. Suburbs such as Brunswick, Yarraville and Sunshine are fast being held in high demand for first homebuyers.

Buyers in this demographic are putting their bets on up and coming areas, with an expectation that the either the property will gather mass capital gains, or the area will improve on lifestyle factors through gentrification and be desirable to occupy in future.

Generational shift

Studies demonstrate Gen X’s and Y’s are more comfortable with living with their parents for longer, and as the Australian demographic diversifies, so too do purchasing behaviours. 

The lure of a financial boost from an investment, combined with cultural influences makes living at home more feasible for this generation.

In fact, more than half of Australians aged 18-24 still live with their parents. Rather than key this up to generational apathy, it is about understanding the influences behind and financial motivations that drive changes in the market.

For instance, the influx of refugees to Australia’s shores in the late 1970s through to the early 1990s has now produced a generation of first homebuyers that have been ingrained with the value of fiscal security for the future. Faced with the insecurity of their parents’ past experiences, first to second generation Australians are now in the life-stage of purchasing their own home. 

Julian Augustini is director of Hodges Real Estate and can be contacted here.

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