Mortgage Broker to Australia’s Youth: Give Up Life, Fun, Holidays… Buy an Overpriced Home

By Lindsay David, Australia, author of Print: The Central Bankers Bubble, founder of LF Economics:

Last week, Ayda Shabanzadeh, managing director of a real estate consulting and finance broker in Brisbane, wrote an op-ed in which she tells the younger generation of Australians this:

Gen Y wannabe property buyers need to stop complaining about being priced out of buying a home.

As good as a Greek getaway would be during their summer, Europe’s not going anywhere anytime soon so you don’t have to blow cash that could go towards a property.

Who wants to have fun in Mykonos when they have grey hair and three kids?

Lets be a little realistic. Hardly any first-time homebuyers today are getting into the property game without their parents blowing a huge chunk of their life savings in order to help their kids come up with a measly down payment for a house.

I’m very sorry Ayda, but if you are a managing director of a property consulting and finance firm (helping Australian’s load up on debt) and are advising young Australians to give up their youth and sunny holidays in order to get into the real estate market at these prices, I sure as heck hope you are also advising clients of the potential risks involved in buying real estate and the financial risks to young homebuyers if they cannot repay their mortgage…. And how life sucks when you are in your early 20’s, stuck at home having dinner with your parents on a Saturday night whilst all of your friends are out making the most of their youth.

I know the previous generation of Australian’s were not stuck at home watching “Hey Hey is Saturday” with their folks whilst buying property at a younger age.

And I’m sure that across the nation that the overwhelming majority of property advisors and financial brokers have absolutely no clue how to assess the macroeconomic headwinds that are arriving at Australia’s doorstep.

There is a reason the younger generation of Australians are not buying property. It’s too expensive, their wages aren’t growing, and it makes no sense to mortgage their life away when they could have a better quality of life by not buying property in this current market. The ability of a first-time buyer to buy a house today has very little to do with their own ability to save. Either their parents pony up the cash or they rent.

And as for the holidaying in Mykonos, it’s a whole lot more fun to be there over the European summer months than it is being stuck paying a hefty mortgage for an unaffordable run-down suburban dump miles away from the central business district in a host of property markets that have now flatlined. Including Ayda’s hometown of Brisbane where there is a good chance that the cost of maintaining a highly leveraged property outpaces by a significant margin the actual appreciation of the price of the property.

Or lets look at another Queensland town…. Emerald, where the bubble has already burst and house prices have fallen by roughly $200,000 (40%) over the last three years. Now there is probably some young Emerald resident who listened to one of Ayda’s industry counterparts and is now stuck paying down a mortgage that is significantly higher than the current price of the property itself (mortgage under water).

And the friends of that young Emerald resident, who are not stuck with a mortgage, have actually profited from not buying property and going instead to Mykonos and partying their brains out. They’ll come back to Emerald with a hangover and the chance of later buying their mate’s underwater house at a 50% discount whilst telling him about the great time they’d had in Greece.

I believe it is imperative that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) change the rules to limit the ability of a financial or property advisors in Australia to also be a financial broker of home loans. There is simply too much commission flying around for property advisors to give proper advice. By Lindsay David, Australia Boom to Bust Blog, author of Print: The Central Bankers Bubble

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  3 comments for “Mortgage Broker to Australia’s Youth: Give Up Life, Fun, Holidays… Buy an Overpriced Home

  1. Ray says:

    I’m very suspicious of economist who proposes regulation as a solution to failed regulation. What exactly does macroprudential mean? It means restricting loans exclusively to the elite. It will not result in more affordable homes for the commoners, but cement the 1 percenters control over serfdom.

    I’ve been living in some of the most beautiful places in Brisbane over the past few years at a fraction at what it would cost to buy them. Sadly, I hear people of my generation successfully selling the “house prices will always go up” meme and in a way I can’t blame them. Some cycles in society actually do span more than one generation and it must be difficult to understand that, that which has held true almost throughout your lifetime would not be true for the next generation.

    • rajesh says:

      The real estate scene is messy because
      (1) Most people do not work out the rent vs interest equation ….
      (2) There is a hype created about real estate as an investment ….. Maybe, but at what cost ?
      (3) The hype is further fuelled by those with a vested interest
      (4) Not realising that the basic reason behind buying a house should be its use as a roof and not as an investment.
      (5) Real estate having entered the arena of speculation and irrational speculative investment

  2. Lee says:

    Yeah right – the entire country is in a real estate ‘bubble’.

    Sorry folks, it isn’t and Emerald, Queensland (population about 13,000) isn’t a good example of the market here. Neither are the hots spots of Mt. Waverley, Glen Waverley, or Glen Iris in Melbourne.

    There are many areas around the country that have had no increase in real estate prices over the past year or negative growth.

    Would I buy a house in Australia now? The answer would depend in part on the location.

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