Depending on who is describing them, the average property investor is generally depicted in one of two ways. They are either a wealthy property “tycoon” living a life of luxury off the income produced by their portfolio. Or they are a suburban “Mum and Dad” couple trying to build a better life for their family.
But, in reality, the average property investor is actually quite difficult to characterise. This is because the investor community is extremely diverse and comes from an increasingly wider range of backgrounds. The demographics of this community are also constantly changing and evolving as new investor types emerge.
That said, it is possible to build a profile of the type of people who own investment properties. While this may be quite broad, there are several traits that many share. Here we explore what these currently are and how they are changing as new investors enter the market.
Over the last couple of decades, several studies have attempted to define the average property investor. Many of these focused on specific traits and how much they have changed over a relatively short period of time. But when viewed together, these studies paint quite a clear picture of who is investing in property here in Australia.
One of the most widely cited studies was done by researchers at the University of Tasmania. Based on mortgage application data from 2003 – 2009 it identified the who, what, and where of Australian property investment. Specifically, it found that the average property investor was a 42-year-old male, who was married and earning around $100,000.
More recent studies have updated this profile, adding extra depth and pulling data from new sources. These have found that the average investor:
Given the diversity of the community, many are now choosing to categorise property investors based on quite broad characteristics. For example, in their 2017 Australian Investor Study, the Australian Securities Exchange identified three investors profiles:
As these groupings are primarily based on age, they do have their limitations. However, they still provide some useful insight into the different investor types and their motivations. They also show how your priorities can change as you progress along your investment journey.
As this shows, almost anyone can become a property investor. So, if you have been thinking about getting into the market, there is no time like the present. Contact us to set up your complimentary property investor readiness assessment today.