Canberra investors copping property losses: CoreLogic Pain and Gain

Canberra investors copping property losses: CoreLogic Pain and Gain
Canberra investors copping property losses: CoreLogic Pain and Gain

Investors and owner occupiers will at times act very differently when dealing with their residential property assets, CoreLogic recently noted.

Over the September 2016 quarter, 9.2 percent of owner occupiers resold their homes at a loss compared to 9.8 percent of investors across Australia, but with strong regional variations.

Across the major regions of the country, Sydney, Regional Victoria and Hobart were the only regions in which owner occupiers were more likely to resell at a loss than investors.

Across the combined capital cities, 6.7 percent of owner occupiers resold their dwellings at a loss over the quarter compared to 7.9 percent of investors.

In Melbourne and the Australian Capital Territory, investors were twice, almost three times as likely to resell at a loss as owner occupiers.

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Canberra investors copping property losses: CoreLogic Pain and Gain

Regional markets saw 13.0 percent of owner occupiers and 14.4 percent of investors resell their properties at a loss over the quarter.

In regional NT, investors were more than twice as likely to resell at a loss as owner occupiers.

Clearly it is more beneficial for an owner occupier or an investor to resell their property at a profit.

In a falling market owner occupiers may be more prepared to sell at a loss if they are purchasing their next home at an equivalent or greater discount, CoreLogic noted.

Meanwhile, investors, because of taxation rules, would seemingly be more prepared to incur a loss because they (unlike owner occupiers) can offset those loses against future capital gains.

CoreLogic noted the taxation system may potentially create risks in the future, particularly considering the heightened level of investment buying activity over recent years.

If home values fall in the future, investors (which have been increasingly active) may be more inclined to sell at a loss and offset those losses which in turn could result in much more supply becoming available for purchase at a time in which demand for housing falls because values are declining.

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