The typical residential property investor in Australia is married, owns the rental property in partnership with a spouse, is 45 years of age and was born in Australia.
Six percent of the adult population of Australia owns a residential investment property and they provide housing to over one million Australian families.
Sevent eight percent of investors own one property only. Thirteen percent of investors own two properties and only nine percent of investors (or 0.54% of the adult population ) own three or more properties.
Seventy nine percent of investors live in the same geographic region as their investment and three percent own their investment interstate.
Forty four percent of investors have a taxable income below $25,000p.a. Twenty two percent have a taxable income between $25,000 and $38,000 p.a. and thirty four percent have a taxable income above $38,000 p.a.
The most common reason for buying a rental property is that it is a secure long term investment. Investors want financial independence and security. They do not have to rely on an aged pension.