ANZ's Martin Whetton sees no halt by China in Australian property acquisitions

ANZ's Martin Whetton sees no halt by China in Australian property acquisitions
ANZ's Martin Whetton sees no halt by China in Australian property acquisitions

The ANZ Asian analyst Martin Whetton does not believe the pricking of the sharemarket bubble in China will seriously affect Chinese buying of Australian apartments and dwellings when asked by Business Spectator's Robert Gottliebsen. 

RG: Do you think that the Asian investors and the Chinese investors will keep pumping money in to our apartments?

MW: Well yeah, probably they will. I guess, if you look at the perspective of the size of how much money there is in China and, as I said before, about 20 per cent of the household wealth is tied up in property and equities. If more of the household wealth was tied up in property outside of the country, if they were to say we don’t want to own Chinese property anymore, we don’t want to own Chinese equities, and they had that liquidity themselves, I guess a relatively liquid asset like Australian property would be something that is still appealing to them. It’s still a market that’s going up for them at the moment and with the size of the Chinese population, I think there probably still would be some encouragement for that to happen.

At the same time, I guess you could argue if they ran out of money, which I don’t think is a hugely strong argument at this point, but if they were to run out of money, then there would be a slowing down of the natural number of people coming in from China to buy in the property market. I think the pace of that would slow naturally anyway, not through any discouragement from the state governments, at least on the east coast, who are swimming in the revenues of property turnover, but probably for the moment I would say you’re still going to get some buoyancy from China.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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