They’re back! Why property investors account for one-in-three new home loans

They’re back! Why property investors account for one-in-three new home loans

Lending to property investors is soaring once again. We lift the lid on what’s driving investor interest – and what it could mean for the property market throughout 2024.

It looks like property investors are back … and in a big way.

The latest ABS figures show that in December 2023, banks lent over $26 billion in new home loans – and one-third of this figure, a whopping $9.5 billion, was to property investors.

That equates to 36.2% of all housing loans – the highest market share for property investors since mid-2017.

It’s also quite an uptick from December 2020, when the ABS says investors took out just 23.6% of mortgages.

So why the big shift in recent times?

What makes an investment property so attractive?

There are many reasons why people may love owning a rental/investment property.

An investment property can be a source of extra income, and right now, some investors are pocketing very attractive rental yields (that’s annual rent divided by the purchase price of the property).

PropTrack, for example, is reporting yields as high as 9% in some suburbs.

Investors may also expect to see their property grow in value over time, which could add up to some pretty impressive capital gains.

CoreLogic looked at the results of 86,000 property resales in the third quarter of 2023, and found 93.5% were sold for a profit, with the median gain coming at $298,000. Not bad at all.

And home values are tipped to jump a further 6% in 2024, according to ANZ Bank.

Add in rental vacancy rates hitting record lows of 1.1% in January 2024, and many investors are attracting good tenants, which can be great for cash flow.

How could the return of investors impact the market?

On a personal level, buying an investment property could potentially be a boost for your long-term financial well-being.

ABS has acknowledged that rising household wealth in Australia is being supported by house prices that have continued to grow despite higher rates.

More broadly, PropTrack points out that the re-emergence of investor activity “heralds good news for the overall health of the market, helping to drive more new construction”.

Long story short, the benefits of more rental properties could extend beyond individual investors.

Is an investment property on your radar?

If you’re thinking about buying a rental property, or you’d like to add to your current property portfolio, talk to us today about your options for an investment loan.

We can help you work out how much equity you may be able to leverage, as well as your overall borrowing capacity.

From there, we can help you track down a suitable mortgage with a competitive rate from our broad suite of lenders, leaving you free to focus on finding your ideal investment property.

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