The great Australian dream, v.2: By the numbers
The original great Australian dream consisted of a quarter acre lot, a home big enough for a family, and a BBQ in the backyard. Now, the dream includes a home, an investment property and a holiday home for a majority of Australians.
According to the HASI, 32 per cent of the homeowners who were polled had a goal of purchasing an investment property, with the larger part of them wanting to achieve this goal within the next five years. Of those who didn’t own a home, roughly half said they want to own a home within the next five years.
When asked how they would pay for their investment home, 13 per cent of those who planned to buyinvestment property said they would be willing to work a second job. Twelve per cent said they would use funds from other investments to help buy investment property. Six per cent said they had valuables they could sell, while four per cent said they would lease out an extra room to help cover any shortfall.
Forty-eight per cent said “yes” when asked if they would increase their monthly debt load by ten per cent to buy property. Only one out of four said they would buy property in a partnership with a friend or relative. Two out of three said they would give up luxury items and an almost identical number said they would give up automobile upgrades if they had to.
Gen Y, or the Millennials, have an impressive start towards attaining financial freedom faster than baby boomers or Gen X. The Millennials are roughly defined as those born from 1980 to the early 2000s. This is a generation that has had a lot more information at their disposal at a much younger age than any generation in history thanks to the internet.
Fifty-three per cent of the Millennials who were polled already own a residence home while twenty-three per cent have at least one investment property. This is despite being younger and having less time in the workforce to amass assets.
What can other generations learn from the Millennials?
Essentially, the main message Millennials have to teach other generations is that if you sacrifice some lifestyle enhancements such as expensive cars, meals and trips, you can start building an investment portfolio and secure your future. Millennials are more concerned about their futures at an earlier age than previous generations. There are a lot of possible reasons for this shift in attitudes toward money.
One possible reason could be the internet and the wealth of information that we now have at our disposal by simply pushing a button or two. The recently endowed ability to invest with a self-managed super fund in real estate is also playing a large role.
Ultimately, though, the Millennials have one lesson to impart to other generations: it’s never too early to start building your future.
By Jarrad Mahon, Smart Property Investment, August 2014