Media Releases

02 May

Media Release: Tuesday 2 May 2017


With the 2017 Federal Budget looming, the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) is urging the government to take a sensible approach to housing affordability policy.

As the peak body for the property investment industry, PIPA has long campaigned for greater education around property investment as well as regulation of property investment advice and remains dedicated to supporting a healthy, sustainable property investment industry.

PIPA chair Ben Kingsley held discussions on housing affordability with government representatives in April. He said the association welcomed the federal government's decision to rule out changes to negative gearing and hoped this was reflective of a well-considered approach to addressing affordability issues both on the buying and renting sides.

22 Feb

Media Release: Wednesday 22 February 2017

Key points:

  • Investor lending squeeze is the biggest concern
  • Brisbane is a preferred investment destination

22 February 2017: Despite market uncertainties such as the tightening lending of policies, taxation changes and potential interest rate increases, property professionals are optimistic about the 2017 market outlook and overall business conditions, a new survey has found.

According to the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Member Survey*, more than half (54%) of property professionals are "very optimistic" about business conditions for 2017, while another 43% are "optimistic".

The survey gathered insights from a range of professionals who form the peak association for property investment, including Qualified Property Investment Advisers (QPIAs), buyers' agents and mortgage brokers.

20 Oct

Media Release: Thursday 20th October 2016


With the provisions of property investment advice continuing to go unregulated by the Federal Government, the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA), is experiencing strong demand for its property investment advice course as practitioners from a range of backgrounds seek to incorporate qualified property investment advice into their service offering.

Over the year to September, the number of students enrolled in PIPA’s QPIA (Qualified Property Investment Adviser) course increased by 36 per cent, with 233 students currently enrolled in the specialist qualification.

PIPA Chair Ben Kingsley said it was encouraging to see professionals opting to proactively increase the professionalism of the property investment industry.

"Although property investment advice still remains unregulated, we are committed to driving higher standards to protect consumers and ensure they benefit from the wealth creation benefits that well-selected, strategic property investment can bring.

14 Sep

Media Release: Wednesday 14th September 2016

Key points:

  • A majority of investors believe now is a good time to invest in residential property
  • Investors unperturbed by noise about negative gearing, price bubbles and oversupply
  • Brisbane remains a preferred destination

Despite talk of property price bubbles, tightening investor lending policies and roaring debate over the future of negative gearing, Australian property investors remain bullish about the long-term merits of residential real estate, a new survey has found.

The second annual Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Property Investor Sentiment Survey, which gathered insights from more than 1,000 property investors, shows that more than 70% of respondents think now is a good time to invest in property. This figure was up by five percentage points compared with last year.

08 Jun

Media Release: Wednesday 8th June 2016

Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) believes that the Australian Labor Party’s (ALP’s) proposed policy changes to negative gearing are hinged on insufficient economic modelling and incorrect assumptions. Moreover, the association believes that negative gearing has an important role to play in supporting Australian housing, Australian households and the broader economy.

15 Dec

Media Release: Tuesday 15th December 2015

With the tightening of bank lending making its presence felt in the market and continued speculation of a property market bubble, the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA), has developed 5 tips for property investment success in 2016.

PIPA's chair Ben Kingsley said well-selected property continued to present a sound investment choice for savvy investors who do their due diligence and seek advice from professionals.

"Buying a property is one of the biggest purchases most people are likely to make and many still view property as the key vehicle for their retirement savings nest egg.

"In spite of APRA's clampdown on investor lending, investment loans remain affordable on an historic basis so the opportunities are there for the taking. Property investors need to empower themselves with information to guide them on how to make the best decision possible in a more complex borrowing and investment environment."

28 Oct

Media Release: Wednesday 28th October 2015

Key points:

  • Australian property investors looking past short-term challenges, including APRA's crackdown on investor lending
  • The prospect of long-term wealth creation and capital growth continue to attract investors to real estate
  • Qualified professionals are an increasingly important asset for investors

In spite of challenges posed by the tightening of lending by banks, and ongoing fears of a housing bubble, Australian property investors remain reasonably upbeat.

According to the Property Investment Professionals of Australia’s (PIPA) 2015 Property Investor Sentiment Survey, which gathered insights from more than1,000 property investors, well over half of investors (63%) believe now is a good time to invest in property and 60% are looking to purchase a property in the next 6-12 months.

03 Aug

Media Release: Monday 3 August 2015

Property investment peak body calls for balanced approach to create a more sustainable market

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has questioned the move by lenders to increase interest rates to both new and existing property investors, urging regulators and government to take a more balanced approach in working to encourage a sustainable and flourishing property market.

PIPA Chair Ben Kingsley said increasing interest rates for existing investors appeared to be an opportunistic move by banks that could have potentially harmful flow-on effects to the broader property market.

"Increasing borrowing costs for investors, and in some cases owner occupiers, who bought into the market some time ago seems unfair and detracts from what should be the common goal of creating a balanced property market," Mr Kingsley said.

PIPA believes more targeted measures to slow new investor lending, such as decreasing and restricting borrowing power for new investors in locations where the market was particularly heated, could be a better approach.

02 Jun

Media Release: Tuesday 2nd June 2015

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has reignited its calls to the federal government and industry regulators to address the need for improved consumer awareness and comprehensive regulation of the property investment industry, following APRA’s recent moves to dampen property investor activity via lending restrictions.

Many banks, including the big four, have tightened their lending to property investors over the past couple of weeks, as a result of APRA’s intervention, either changing their lending criteria or charging investors more to take loans with them.

Ben Kingsley, Chair of PIPA, said APRA’s approach was not the sound solution to cooling the Sydney and Melbourne property markets for the long-term.

"While we welcome and endorse a responsible approach to lending, we are concerned about APRA’s market intervention and don’t believe their lender-by-lender approach is the most effective means to control the property market," he said.

12 Nov

Media Release: Wednesday 12th November 2014

Key points:

  • New survey reveals majority of property investors still looking to invest in next 6-12 months
  • Low interest rates, capital growth prospects and property's stability revealed as key drivers behind investor appetite
  • Survey highlights investor demand for regulation of property investment

Following months of hot property market activity, a national survey of property investors has revealed that investor demand for property shows little signs of slowing any time soon.