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Downsizers tipped to be a ‘powerful force’ in 2020

Downsizers are tipped to take advantage of ‘the perfect storm’ and get the most out of the property market this year, predicts the national body representing professional buyers’ agents.

With softer lending conditions and strong property prices tipped for 2020, cashed-up downsizers looking to sell the family home and move into apartments or regional areas are in the box seat, says Real Estate Buyers Agents Association (REBAA) president Cate Bakos.

“With the potential for further low interests, softer lending conditions and low stock levels, it could be ‘the perfect storm’ for downsizers this year,” says Ms Bakos.

“The sorts of challenges that most buyers face – including valuations and gaining finance approval – is obviously not a concern for a buyer who is not impacted by a shortfall.”

A ‘formidable force’

Ms Bakos adds that low loan-to-value ratios, or even cash purchases, will eradicate any concerns about valuation dilemmas and make downsizers a formidable opposition at any auction.

“There is no doubt that wealthy older buyers – downsizers, baby boomers, empty nesters, retirees – will be a powerful force in the property market in 2020 and one that won’t be going away soon,” she says.

Downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean smaller

Interested in the idea of downsizing? You’re not alone.

In fact, more than half of Australians over the age of 55 are open to downsizing, according to another recent report by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).

According to the report downsizers are mobile, with nearly half moving to new neighbourhoods; the main reasons for downsizing were lifestyle, financial considerations and reduced maintenance.

“While downsizing may include a reduction in dwelling size, to older Australians it points to a housing aspiration where the internal and outdoor spaces are manageable, and represents a financial benefit,” explains lead report author Dr Amity James.

In fact, most downsizers move into a dwelling with three or more bedrooms, the report shows.

“Most downsizers still want space and regard spare bedrooms as necessary in a dwelling,” Dr James adds.

Get in touch

If you’re interested in downsizing to improve your lifestyle and reduce home maintenance then feel free to get in touch with Geoff, Chris or Jess at Make Finance on 02 6021 6600.  We’d be more than happy to chat with you about all things finance for that new home you’ve got your eye on.

 

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