A national survey by Bankwest has revealed Australia’s next generation of home buyers, often referred to as ‘Zoomers’, is intent on home ownership, despite being challenged by the goal, and feeling financial stress.
The survey of more than 1600 Australians showed home ownership remained a priority for the majority of Gen Z respondents, with 71 per cent of those aged 14-22-years-old interested in owning a home in the future.
The group was optimistic in the dream, with just three per cent stating it would “never be achievable” (against 17% average), but recognised the challenge, with only six per cent feeling it was “easily achievable” (v 35%).
The survey also highlighted the significant financial literacy and confidence challenges facing Zoomers.
The group was significantly over-represented across many confidence areas, with more than a third feeling negative about their job security (36% v 19%) and the state of the property market (35% v 22%).
About a fifth lacked confidence in managing money (18% v 10%) and understanding money matters (19% v 11%), while the same number made an impulse purchase in the past three months they regretted (18% v 8%).
However, Gen Z appeared open to support and many were actively seeking it, with 38 per cent having discussed their finances with family (v 23%) and 28 per cent with friends (v 16%) in the past three months.
Bankwest General Manager Home Buying Peter Bouhlas said: “Every generation of Australians maintains the dream of buying their first home, but it’s clear the next generation feels this is increasingly challenging.
“We know the challenges of 2020 remain for many, and Gen Z, representing much of the young, casualised workforce of the country, often balancing study commitments, are greatly impacted by those challenges.
“These results show how young Australians face the multiple pressures of increased financial strain, a fall in confidence for job security, and an understandable increased negativity towards the property market.
“But it’s promising that more than a quarter of Gen Z had spoken to others about their financial position and that they don’t believe today’s challenges will prevent them from pursuing home ownership in the future.
“It could be the case that the current low interest rate environment is contributing to the sentiment that home ownership remains achievable and helping Gen Z understand those factors is key for financial institutions.”