Property market update: Millennials come in strong on the mortgage market

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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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, updated on November 25th, 2021       

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The Australian property market is a restless one that can see things heat up and cool down in a matter of months, and with everyone trying to get a slice of a property market worth $7.5 trillion it pays to keep up to date.

Where do we currently stand in numbers?

Whether you are a first-time property owner, or you own multiple properties, you know that investing in property is no child’s play and comes in high numbers when it comes to purchasing it. Property for Australians is an investment that can accrue wealth. According to Corelogic Housing market update for March 2018, 52.2% of household wealth is held in housing. The total number of property sales that exchange hands is 462,593 p.a. which has resulted in $296.4 billion being made in sales. But building this investment nest does not come cheap. There is currently $1.73 trillion in outstanding debt.

Lending is on a steady increase

Despite the fluctuation of various property markets in Australia and the increasing property prices, home loan lending is on a steady rise. The value of home loan lending rose to its highest level in February since August 2017. The Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded a 1.3% increase in the borrowing of value to owner-occupiers. A 1% increase in lending might appear to be a small number, but this one percent led to the home lending market experiencing a rise to $33.5 billion in lending. The number of first time home buyers took a slight hit in numbers. The ABS reported that the first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner-occupied housing finance commitments fell to 17.4% in March 2018 from 17.9% in February 2018.

Millennials come out strong

Roy Morgan revealed that the home lending market has experienced a change in terms of who borrows from a mortgage broker. The data revealed that 48.6% of existing home borrowers that used a mortgage broker over the past five years to finance their current loans were Millennials. Generation X (1961-1975) followed with 38.8%. Generation Z (1991-2005) held a considerable place in holding fourth place with 3.5% of Generation Z approaching a mortgage broker to finance their current loans.

How you choose your mortgage broker matters

When it comes to financing your mortgage the type of mortgage broker you choose matters when it comes to securing a loan that is value for money. Getting an approved mortgage broker is the first step, but the most vital thing to do is compare. Compare the customer service along with the price range that is offered to you for your mortgage. You could research reviews on the particular mortgage broker you are considering on choosing as your lender. This will mark the difference in you saving thousands of dollars or missing out on good deals that can save you money that can be used elsewhere.

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