More Australians are aiming to become homeowners in 2016 despite recent talks of a property market slowdown, new research by Yellow Brick Road (YBR) has revealed.

According to a poll by the mortgage and wealth group, 40 per cent of participants said their financial New Year’s resolution is to save for a first home or investment property.

“In this current environment, you might expect to see property taking a back seat to financial aspirations such as saving and budgeting or consolidating debts however the Australian dream of owning property and the security that comes with it is still dominant,” YBR spokesperson Lyndsey Douglas said.

Ms Douglas said the predicted cooling in previous property market hot spots will present both advantages and challenges to those looking to buy this year.

“The upside is that it might ease some of the affordability pressures faced by first home buyers as competition from other buyers declines,” she said.

“The challenge though is increased rates and tougher calls by lenders who are having to turn more prospective borrowers down based on their ability to service their mortgage.”

YBR's research also found that 25 per cent of respondents have a New Year’s resolution to decrease debts, while 15 per cent want to budget.

Fifteen per cent said they are aiming to travel, seven per cent want to get their superannuation sorted and two per cent said they simply want to enjoy their disposable income.

[Related: Sydney homeowners given massive wealth boost]

 

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