Home ownership put ahead of other life goals

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It seems the Australian dream of home ownership is still alive and well, with results from a new survey revealing many people are putting owning their own home well before other life goals.

A national survey of more than 2,000 Australians by non-major lender ME found that 49% of Australians have put breaking into the property market ahead of other life decisions, such as having children or the size of their wedding.

According to the survey, delaying a holiday was the most common sacrifice, with 30% of respondents indicating they had done so in preference of saving for their home.

That was followed by delaying or downgrading a car purchase, a sacrifice made by 20% of respondents.

Fourteen per cent of respondents said they had delayed having children or decided to have fewer children to help them afford a home, while 12% delayed or downsized their honeymoon and 10% delayed or downsized their wedding.

The survey also showed that the sacrifices being made were not equal across generations.

The research shows that over two thirds of Millennials (69%) had put off life goals in order to commit to a mortgage, significantly more than Gen X (46%) or Baby Boomers (41%).

In particular, Millennials are sacrificing more when it comes to holidays, children and weddings, with Millennial respondents 10% more likely to make sacrifices in those areas compared to the average results.

ME head of home loans Patrick Nolan said the results show how difficult it has become for younger people to break into the market.

“Everyone who buys a house makes sacrifices in order to meet that commitment, but it’s getting more difficult − not surprising when house prices have more than doubled since 2000, out-stripping rises in real incomes,” Nolan said.

“Fortunately there are a number of smart strategies first home owners can deploy to make it easier, like buying with friends or family, buying in alterative locations, or starting out with an investment property,” he said.
 

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