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Australian property investors remain bullish about the long-term benefits of residential real estate, shrugging off concerns about stricter lending conditions property price bubbles and oversupply, the third annual Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Property Investor Sentiment Survey has found.

The national survey, which gathered insights from 742 property investors, shows that more than 70% of respondents think now is a good time to invest in property, with 61% looking to purchase a property in the next six to 12 months (up from 58% last year).

However, concerns over changes to investor lending policies are looming large, with 43% of respondents reporting an adverse impact in their ability to secure finance, compared to 32% in 2016.

Rising rates on interest only loans were also a key concern, though the majority of investors (55%) with interest only loans said they would not struggle to meet new principal and interest repayments.

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Vow Financial (online) 29 September 2017–pipa-national-survey