More than half of Australia's renters are struggling to get into the property market, new research has found.
According to the Bankwest/Mortgage and Finance Association Home Finance (MFAA) Home Finance Index, just 19 per cent of renters are happy to keep renting in a bid to maintain their lifestyle, while the rest are keen to crack the property market.
Bankwest Retail chief executive Vittoria Shortt said rising rents were the reason so many Australians wanted to buy.
“There has been a strong shift in the desire of first time buyers to get onto the property ladder since the March Bankwest/MFAA Home Finance Index,” Ms Shortt said.
“First time buyers also changing their expectations, and are prepared to make trade-offs to enter the property market, like looking further away from the city centre or for a smaller property.
“They are also looking for family help with deposits now that the First Home Owners Grant is lower,” she said.