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Investors returning to the market

By Hayley Bottrell

The popularity of property investment is rising, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), with record low interest rates driving confidence.

The latest housing finance figures from the ABS show the value of investment home loans rose by a seasonally-adjusted 1.1 per cent to $81.4 billion in April 2013 – suggesting investor confidence may be rebounding in the property market.

Empire CEO Chris Gray believes that low interest rates have given the market a welcome boost in confidence.

“With interest rates currently at 53-year lows, an increasing number of investors may be seriously considering their next property purchase,” he said.

However, Mr Gray believes that waiting for property to bottom out is not an effective way to invest.

“Many people try to wait until the market is at a low before buying. Long-term investors know that timing the market is for speculators, not investors,” he said.

“If you can afford to buy and hold onto your asset, now is always the right time to buy.”

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