Population growth and the housing market
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia’s estimated resident population is 22.3 million as of June 2011, a rise of 15 per cent since June 30, 2011.
In the short term, population growth was above the long-term average for 2011, increasing by 302,565, which is 22.5 per cent higher than the long-term average increase of 246,973.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ data suggests that the increase in population growth could be partly due to a recent swell of long term overseas arrivals and net permanent residents. The ABS recently reported that in April 2012 alone, 274,000 residents arrived in Australia – an increase of 35.4 per cent from the same time in 2011.
For property investors, Australia’s growing population could potentially offer some profitable opportunities; rent yields are expected to increase in metropolitan areas and some investors may consider looking towards new developments to capitalise on long term demand.
The population figures released by the ABS reinforce a fundamental issue that will likely continue to underpin the residential property market throughout the medium-term – that is, there is an ongoing need for housing in Australia, which is good news for buyers and sellers alike.
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