Renters seek more
The WA Apartment survey – the first of its kind in WA – recently interviewed 113 renters who have shown that while apartments are their preference, they are seeking more in terms of amenities and space.
The survey showed that 39% moved from a house into an apartment and went from 2-3 bedrooms to 1-2 bedrooms.
However when asked what they would choose next, while 73% said they would consider an apartment, their preferences were clearly for 2-3 bedrooms. This linked to the fact that 20% were using a bedroom as a study/home office.
Convenience was also a major driver when choosing an apartment, with 91% of the renters in walking distance to public transport, 90% to cafes, 86% to a grocery shop and 84% to services such as hairdressers.
Renters also tended to look first for apartments in Perth, East Perth and West Perth before then expanding out to encompass Mt Lawley, South Perth, Highgate, Subiaco, Leederville and Northbridge. This was because most renters wanted to have a direct route to work, with 86% stating the travel time to work influenced their decision when choosing an apartment.
84% also indicated that safety and security was a major influence in their renting decisions along with being able to lock up and leave, low maintenance and affordability (75% respectively).
However what was also interesting, was that while 44% had no prior experience living in an apartment, 82% would still recommend apartment living.
There is no doubt that apartment living is becoming an evolving trend for renters, but just like owner occupiers – bigger is better!
If you are keen to learn the full results of the WAAA survey (and guarantee your investment success) contact Samantha Reece on 0452 067 117. You can be assured you won’t find this level of information anywhere else!