Aussies becoming less keen on buying property

The number of Australians keen to buy a home in the country has dropped in the past 12 months, although the majority still favour doing so.

A new survey carried out by CoreLogic RP Data on more than 1,000 people, reveals that 60 per cent of respondents believe that the June quarter will be a good time to buy a home, in spite of rapidly rising house prices. This compares to 71 per cent in the same quarter last year and 80 per cent a year earlier.

Respondents were most optimistic about buying conditions in Tasmania, South Australia, Brisbane and Queensland, said Tim Lawless, the Research Director at CoreLogic RP Data.

Unsurprisingly, the least optimistic purchasers were found in New South Wales, in particular Sydney, where average property prices recently exceeded the AUS$1 million mark.

“Sydney- and regional New South Wales-based respondents were the least optimistic about buying conditions which can probably be attributed to the high rates of capital that have been recorded over the past few years,” Lawless said.

According to the latest figures, price rises averaged 0.6 per cent in the five mainland state capitals in the week ending 19th July, while annual price growth was at 10.5 per cent.

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