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Property investors tightening their belts


house clampRising property prices mean more investors have to make sacrifices.

Research from Mortgage Choice found 71% of property investors had to sacrifice part of their lifestyle to buy an investment property. Mortgage Choice chief executive, John Flavell, said the result represented the third year in a row the company has seen a rise in the proportion of investors saying they had been forced to make lifestyle sacrifices in order to buy.

“Of course, when you consider that most property markets have seen a jump in property values over the last few years, I am not surprised to see that more and more investors are having to sacrifice elements of their lifestyle in order to make their property purchasing goals a reality,” Flavell said.

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The company’s annual Investor Survey found 78.1% of investors had to cut back on day-to-day spending, while 54% said they chose not to take a holiday and 38.7% delayed their decision to purchase a vehicle.

“It is clear from the data that investors are savvy and they know to make their property ownership goals a reality, they need to make changes to their lifestyle,” Flavell said.

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