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Mortgage rate rises for property investors prompt alternative opportunities


Is it time for property investors to look for alternative investments in the wake of interest rate rises on property investments?

Property investment interest rates are now on the rise, following the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s announcement to the banks in December that investor demand was growing too quickly and should be slowed down. In this video, Shane Oliver, Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy at AMP Capital, discusses how this will impact property markets and how SMSF investors can seek alternative investment opportunities.

Final thoughts

We can expect a cooling of the property market over the coming months – and while this is a good thing for owner-occupiers – SMSF investors would do well to think carefully about investing in rental property in this environment. A smart alternative is commercial property, where rental and distribution yields on investments like office, retail and industrial property are well above current yields on residential property.

About the author
Head of Investment Strategy and Economics and Chief Economist at AMP Capital, Shane is responsible for AMP Capital's diversified investment funds. He also provides economic forecasts and analysis of key variables and issues affecting, or likely to affect, all asset markets.
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