How often will you move?
A change is as good as a holiday. Well that’s how the saying goes. But most Australians don’t move as often as the real estate pages and property online portals suggest.
Recent research by Roy Morgan found that two-fifths of us have not changed our home address in over a decade. How long Australian’s have stayed in the same house is summarised below:
- More than 10 years 41%
- Between 5 and 10 years 17%
- Between 3 and 5 years 10%
- Between 3 and 1 year 18%
- Less than 12 months 14%
Not surprising is that two-thirds of those that have lived in their current home for less than 12 months were renting.
However, our research has found that many tenants are seeking what I call ‘security of tenure’. They would like to stay longer in their current abode, but the lease structure offered is often either 6 or 12 months and landlords are looking to increase rents when the lease expires. Sometimes that increase is sharp and often in contrast with the discussions held at the start of the lease.
As a result, just one in every 10 Australians who rent have lived in the same place for more than a decade.
There is a big and growing opportunity to provide commercial-like residential leases, with long-term time structures, annual rental increases set up front and most, if not all, outgoings paid by the occupant.
I know from personal experience that this works very well. It takes more work upfront, especially vetting the tenant, but helps take a lot hassle out of residential investment.
Back to moving to a new house, when it comes to the capitals, people in Canberra move the least, whilst those living in Brisbane move the most.
The list below shows the proportion of households that have lived in their current home for more than a decade.
- Canberra 51%
- Sydney 43%
- Hobart 42%
- Melbourne 42%
- Adelaide 42%
- Darwin 40%
- Perth 39%
- Brisbane 37%
It is somewhat sobering to find that that the majority aren’t that caught up in all the incessant real estate chat. To most a house is their home and not something that needs a lot of day to day analysis or comment.
Researched and written by Michael Matusik – www.matusik.com.au Matusik Missives are free but public support is vital to fund investigations and publish posts which speak reason to the distortion. Your annual $99 donation helps Michael, help you. Click here to donate to the Matusik Missive.
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