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Investors confident of property outlook

By Staff Reporter
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A recent survey has found that 68 per cent of people believe Australian property prices are either set to increase over 2013 or remain stable.

The ninth annual National Consumer Sentiment Survey from Mortgage Choice has found that just 16 per cent of people believe further drops are expected in the property market, suggesting we have reached the bottom of the cycle.

Of the survey recipients, 39 per cent of people intend to buy over the next two years. The largest response came from investors, numbering 45 per cent of this total.

“Investor confidence is very good news. With interest rates the lowest they have been for some time and property prices remaining subdued in parts of the country, it is clear from the research many investors feel this presents a good buying environment in Australia,” said Mortgage Choice’s head of corporate affairs, Belinda Williamson.

In total, 23 per cent of buyers will be considering getting in to the market over 2013, if rates continue to decline.

Overall, “Confidence in the Australian economy for the year ahead has dipped slightly year-on-year but it is pleasing to see more than half of all those surveyed still see a positive economic outlook for 2013. In fact, 59 per cent of the state said that the financial market turmoil has influenced them to save more, which is encouraging for their long-term financial plans,” she said.

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