A study conducted by the Swiss-based Bank for International Settlements says that the ageing population means that increases in house prices over the next 40 years will be about 30% less in Australia than they would otherwise have been.

Till now, the study says that Australian property prices have been the fourth fastest growing in the world in the last 40 years at a rate just under 200%.

While the study suggests that share prices will suffer as a baby boomers retire and begin living off their capital and capital growth will be more difficult to achieve, it rejects concerns that this demographic factor alone is enough to lead to an asset price crash.

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