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Property a priority for women

Owning their home is a high priority for the women of Australia, new research shows.

CoreLogic’s 2024 Women & Property report, which surveyed home ownership status and motivations, barriers and attitudes towards dwelling ownership among women and men in Australia, found that 68.2% of women surveyed own at least one property – including owner occupied and investment properties. This figure is slightly higher than men at 67.4%.

However, women are more likely to own residential property with someone else (53.3%, compared to 51.9% for males), while men have a higher rate of sole ownership (51.9%, compared to 50.2% for females).

CoreLogic head of research and report author Eliza Owen said the updated survey methodology had provided some interesting insights into some of the nuances of home ownership.

“Examining home ownership holistically unveils gender equity gaps, highlights generational risks, and underscores the critical role of residential real estate in wealth, retirement, and tenure stability”, Owen said.

“It prompts crucial questions about the accessibility of property ownership for women across generations and the challenges faced for early entry into the market.”

A notably higher share of males aged 18-29 (Gen Z) reported owning at least one dwelling (51.6%) relative to women in the same age group (27.3%), with the survey revealing that Gen Z women overall had lower levels of income ($67.8k versus male $83.5k per year before tax), and greater levels of part-time and casual employment (32.9% versus male 12.9%).

Dwelling ownership increases with age, with the portion of Millennial Women (aged 30-44) who own at least one dwelling increasing to 72.5% (versus 63.5% men), Gen X to 75.8% (versus 69.0% men) and Baby Boomers at the highest rate of property ownership at 83.3% (versus 84.5% men).

Ms Owen said given the importance of residential real estate, it was reassuring to see home ownership rates between men and women even out over time.

However, she also said the survey findings raised some important questions about the timing of home ownership and some of the barriers confronting a purchasing decision.

“Presumably the gender-based home ownership gap closes in part due to the formation of couples and family households, so while the pay gap between men and women becomes less important for mixed-gender couples, it may pose potential risks during relationship breakdowns,” she said.

“Further, if men can attain dwelling ownership at a younger age, they are likely to benefit from greater levels of capital growth from the asset class over the long term.”

Residential investments skewed towards men, with 14.1% reporting owning a least one residential investment property, compared to 12.5% of women.

Ms Owen said this was a trend which extends to almost every asset class nominated in the survey, with the biggest gap in shares, which showed a 12-percentage point disparity between men and women (30.1% for females versus 42.0% for men).

“This gap may be tied to differences in income between men and women, but it may also reflect differences in exposure to financial concepts through education,” she said.

“Greater intervention at the high school and university level to familiarise young females with concepts of economics, finance and investment may help to bridge the investment gap, not just across property, but a range of asset classes.”

Home ownership constitutes 56.7% of household wealth in Australia and is a proven source of wealth and security and a vital part of a comfortable retirement, Owen believes.

While high-level data shows a promising parity between males and females of dwelling ownership in Australia, there are discrepancies and more work to be done to empower women with respect to dwelling ownership and investment.

“Accessibility to home ownership varies, with younger, low-income households experiencing a prominent decline, and gender-related challenges persisting, exacerbated by the gender wage gap”, Owen said.

“Despite overall dwelling ownership parity, this year’s survey reveals that affordability constraints and the home-buying process pose significant challenges for a higher share of females, emphasising the need for targeted solutions to address gender disparities in Australian home ownership”, she concluded.

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Adam is the founder and Principal of Hugo Alexander Property Group. With a previous career in advertising, 22 years experience in property investment, and 16 years in Brisbane real estate, he knows the market inside out to ensure his clients grow their wealth faster.

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