Survey reveals under half of people believe that the property dream is still alive

Survey reveals under half of people believe that the property dream is still alive
Survey reveals under half of people believe that the property dream is still alive

Just under half of Aussies polled for a recent survey (48 percent) believe the property dream is still alive and well according to the CommBank Connected Future Report.

The report, based on the response of more than one million people, asked Australians about how they perceive their future, the property market, adapting to a changing workforce, and life for younger generations.

Just over half of the respondents (52 percent) said the Australian dream is being redefined.

Demographer and futurist Claire Madden authored the CommBank Connected Future Report.

She said a remarkable insight from the CommBank ATM data overall is the resilience and tenacity Aussies have in the face of economic uncertainty.

“As a lead example, while the Australian property dream looks markedly different in 2017, the majority of Australians either fully own or are paying off their home," she said.

“This has remained constant over the past five decades, so despite uncertainty, the Australian dream has clearly lived through time.

"The research shows while Millennials (Gen Y) are delaying traditional life markers like getting married or having a child, the average age of a first homebuyer has remained relatively constant over the last two decades, sitting at around 32 years of age.

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Survey reveals under half of people believe that the property dream is still alive

 

"The Australian ‘dream home’ is no longer a weatherboard standalone house. It is an architecturally designed product, as the quality of dwellings has risen over time.

"Whilst 74 per cent of those living in cities and 81 per cent of those outside capital cities currently live in a stand alone house, 48 per cent of new residential approvals over the past year have been for medium or high density housing.

"CommBank data reveals 68 percent of first home buyers purchased a house in the last year, 16 percent desire to build their architectural dream home after purchasing vacant land, and 15 percent purchased an apartment or townhouse.

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Survey reveals under half of people believe that the property dream is still alive

"The data relating to the Australian property dream reveals that the state you live in impacts your state of optimism.

"The least optimistic were people residing in New South Wales (53 percent) and Victoria (54 percent), and this was significantly high with younger generations (57 percent in both states).

"Those in Queensland (51 percent), South Australia (53 percent), Western Australia (54 percent) and the Northern Territory (57 percent) believe the dream is more attainable.

"Gen Y have prioritised global travel, lifestyle experiences, stayed longer in formal education and attained the name KIPPERS (Kids in Parents’ Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings) for staying in the family home longer.

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Survey reveals under half of people believe that the property dream is still alive

"Yet now they are in their prime career building and family forming years, they, like their predecessors, are finding a way to overcome the obstacles, respond to new realities, and see the (re)defined dream come alive.

"Even though the dream has taken a different form, the data reveals property ownership remains high on the aspirational list (average home buying age remains consistent at 32).

"With almost 3 in 10 Australians (29 percent) born overseas, and a quarter (27 percent) of the population’s labour force born overseas, immigration has significantly contributed to Australia’s workforce and economy.

"In the midst of this diversity, CommBank data reveals that almost half of Aussies (49 percent) believe that our society truly embraces everyone."

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