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  1. @MARYROSE02 I've moved from the other thread as requested by moderator. But being locked down in a mansion is still not ideal. I'm still unsure as to any benefit to deliberately slowing the global economy and overwhelming the health systems just to keep people locked up at home. What was the problem with people circulating in the first place? I saw no imminent revolutions brewing from the fact that people were allowed to be socially mobile. The UK didn't follow any model. It absolutely stuffed up its COVID-19 response from the get go - with the initial downplaying of the severity of the disease, then Johnson's 'do nothing' plan for herd immunity, ignoring expert health advice and delaying the first lockdown, not ring-fencing or providing PPE to care homes, encouraging people to 'eat out to help out' at the first hint of reduced case numbers and the ongoing lack of border checks or controls. People have been flying in and out of the country willy nilly for most of this time - some of my UK friends have even taken summer holidays to Europe. They've only just started a hotel quarantine scheme now months too late. It sounds like an absolute farce over there compared to the Australian system. The Aussie model has been first class in comparison. Health advice was quickly sought and heeded by the government, borders were closed, a quarantine system was put into place and we have effectively eliminated the disease because of it. We're all learning in this situation so some mistakes are unavoidable - the Victorian situation for example which was the first real escape of the disease from the hotel quarantine system. Yes it was a disaster at the time but it was resolved through tough action and the whole country learned from it - quarantine, testing and contact tracing systems were improved and continue to be improved after every breach. Now leaks from hotel quarantine are mopped up efficiently with minimal impact to the community and economy. We don't quarantine people with colds because the death rate from the common cold is negligible. The fatality rate for flu changes year to year but is often estimated at around 0.1% by the WHO. We also have effective and proven treatments for flu such as Tamiflu. The COVID-19 fatality in European countries is around 2.5-3.0% i.e. 25-30 times higher than the flu and we have no fully proven drug treatments for it. In peak flu season our hospitals can be stretched but are not overwhelmed. Letting COVID-19 go unchecked would swamp our healthcare systems leading to the horrendous type of situation seen in Italy last year. It would be a disaster. We would all personally know people who died an early and painful death.
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    Keeping UK mobile number in Oz

    I bought an EE sim on my trip back to the UK in 2018, used it for a few weeks and then brought it back to Oz with me. I went back again in January 2020 (lucky timing there) and the sim no longer worked so they definitely do expire/get reallocated after a while. I wonder if the best bet is to periodically (maybe just once every 6 months or so) put your EE sim into an Aussie mobile and generate some network activity with it - maybe sending a text. That's what I had planned to do with the new EE sim I bought in 2020 to see if I could keep it active, although I have all forgotten about it up until now. I'll sort that out this weekend if it still works... Not sure about e-sims. You might want to google the main networks (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone) and see what they say?
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    What would u ship over from the uk if u left again?

    The Japanese stuff in particular definitely seems to be cheaper here. We bought a Mitsubishi Outlander for a great price - there are thousands of them here. Much cheaper than it would have been back in the UK with a premium pricetag attached and a smaller engine. Maybe the high-end stuff is worth considering for import but you can definitely pick up a bargain here if you're happy to drive whatever everyone else does.
  4. A lot of the time discussions in the South Australia section of this forum relate very much to residential areas of Adelaide, but the city itself receives less attention. I have a little bit of an interest in architecture and urban development so I thought it might be interesting to those who aren't hugely familiar with Adelaide to know about some of the development work which has been re-shaping the city over the last few years. After remaining relatively unchanged for a lengthy period of time, the skyline has really started to grow over the last 5 to 10 years - with new apartment, office and hotel buildings taking shape. At 132m, Westpac House (formerly the State Bank Building) has been Adelaide's tallest building since 1988 (one of only three buildings over the 100m mark in the city). However, two new contenders for the title are currently under construction and starting to be quite visible on the skyline. At 35 storeys high, the Adelaidean building on Frome Street will be 135m tall and house a mixture of residential apartments as well as a Crowne Plaza hotel. It's currently standing at around 25 storeys so there's another 10 or so to go. (Image courtesy of the Sensational Adelaide development forum) At 40 storeys high, the Realm apartment building will equal Westpac House's height of 132m. The building was designed by renowned architects Elenberg-Fraser and features a geometric arrangement of perforated gold screens for sun/wind protection and floorplates which change shape throughout the height of the building. It's starting to look pretty stunning (Image courtesy of the Sensational Adelaide development forum) Whilst not in contention for the new tallest building, there are also a few other 100m+ buildings which are either proposed or under construction. The recently-completed Kodo apartment building on Angas Street (103m): (Image courtesy of the Sensational Adelaide development forum) The 115m Luminesque building on Currie Street will house a mixture of apartments and Adelaide's first new international 5 star hotel (Sofitel) built in 30 years. It is currently under construction and due for completion in 2020: There are also a couple of 100m+ student accommodation buildings in the pipeline - a 124m building designed by Woods Baggot approved for Twin Street: And a 118m building approved for North Terrace, directly opposite the University of Adelaide campus: All in all it's a very exciting time for the city skyline
  5. Continuing my theme of adding a few threads to the forum about the city, I thought it was worthwhile providing some information about places to eat and drink. There have been a glut of new bars and restaurants opening across the city since the State Government introduced a new category of liquor licence for venues with a capacity of under 120 people back in 2013 - there are now in the region of 120 new venues operating across the CBD that did not exist in 2012. This number has been increasing by around 20 each year since the change and has had a dramatic effect on the vibrancy and activation within previously quiet parts of the city - especially some laneways such as Peel Street and Leigh Street: Peel Street Leigh Street I thought it was worth mentioning this fact as many of the less than positive posts about Adelaide on this forum seem to have been made by people who have not lived here in the last few years. I have been a resident of Adelaide since 2012 and the atmosphere around the place has genuinely changed immeasurably since then (although I am assured by my wife that the fact this uplift occurred directly after my arrival is a mere coincidence). Whilst it's probably difficult to provide commentary of venues which have already opened, I will try to keep the thread updated with details of new announcements - it may help to provide prospective migrants with an idea of what nightlight and entertainment options exist in the city. The latest announcement is for the re-opening of the former dining hall at Adelaide Railway Station (which has been closed off and used for storage for over a decade) as a bar/restaurant called the Guardsman. The bar will front onto the station concourse and looks like it will be a great addition to the already grand building: According to the press release: "The Guardsman will feature a grand central bar, open kitchen, multiple dining and seating zones, a private room and shopfront serving coffee and takeaway items opening onto the Railway concourse. It includes full restoration of the Hall’s heritage features". It will certainly make it a lot easier for me to grab a beer on the way to home from work...
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    Restaurants and bars in Adelaide

    From: https://glamadelaide.com.au/remys-deep-dish-pizza-bar-is-opening-in-the-cbd/
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    Impressions of Adelaide

    @MacGyver It looks like you had a nice trip! What time did you take those photos by the way? Everything looks a bit on the empty side I think you're right in your observations above. I loved Perth when we were there and almost moved to Freo after a month-long stay nearly became permanent somewhat by accident but have also found Adelaide a great mid-sized city to be living in - especially now we've got kids. There's lots to do and yet nothing's too far away. I'd much rather be 5 minutes outside of Adelaide than 40 minutes outside of Melbourne. We did lose a lot of great architecture back here in the 60s and 70s but a fairly prominent heritage protection movement grew in the 70s/80s so much has also been spared since then. I love wandering round the CBD looking at the buildings - there are some great hidden gems down laneways and side streets and I'm sure there are some guided history and architecture walks you can go on too. Saying that, we also seem to have had a mini boom of 100m+ buildings in the last 5 years or so, so things are also moving upwards. I feel Port Adelaide could eventually end up something like Freo - it has massive of heritage buildings still intact, mainly because it suffered economically in the 60s/70s/80s and so nothing was ripped down for new development. Now it's starting to be revived and has got great potential to be something special. The forthcoming frigate and submarine building is supposed to be a catalyst for that - and there have already been some new hotels, pubs and breweries popping up - so fingers crossed on that front...
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    Short visit to Adelaide

    Ignore me - I have just seen your other post
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    Short visit to Adelaide

    @MacGyver How was your trip?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    In many cases you're probably right in that a leak from hotel quarantine could be relatively easily mopped up by contact tracing teams without closing the economy. However, my understanding is that the snap lockdowns are to prevent a rare but worst-case scenario which would overwhelm or outrun contact tracing teams and cause case numbers to run away and result in a widespread, long-term lockdown. At the moment we seem to have been lucky - in most cases the COVID-positive workers have not moved too widely through the community and spread the disease to a large number of people outside of their close contacts. However, it's not at all unfeasible to consider a situation where a worker infected with a highly transmissible COVID strain and shedding lots of virus travels repeatedly on crowded public transport services, attends a couple of 50+ extended family gatherings and a busy religious service and then goes on a shopping spree before they test positive and are ordered to quarantine. You could even throw in further complications such as many of the people impacted not speaking English as their first language leading to a shortage of suitable interpreters. This could easily cause a situation where contact tracing teams are scrambling to trace and contact a few hundred close contacts and a few thousand contacts of contacts. It would only take a small number of those contacts to be shedding large amounts of the virus whilst attending other multiple large gatherings before contact tracers would have no chance of preventing widespread community transmission. From what I have heard the capacity of contact tracing teams to outrun the virus tapers off rapidly once close contact numbers reach triple figures. The multiple family gathering super-spreading scenario was one of the causes of the Victorian second wave so I would say that the cost of exercising extreme caution through short circuit breaker lockdowns is an acceptable insurance policy against the very real threat of having to close down large chunks of the country for extended periods of time. I'm sure there is also a political benefit to taking the risk adverse approach - after all public opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of the strategy that has been adopted. The results of the WA election in a couple of weeks will most likely reflect just how much this is the case.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    And grappling with an ongoing health crisis like most other countries would have had a lesser impact on the economy? Repeated and extended lockdowns? People living in fear of stepping out of their front door? Potentially massive long term mental health issues across the population? Our economy is open now, has been for months and is tipped to grow strongly if not boom from now on. Ninety-odd percent of the jobs lost to Covid have now been recovered and, Victoria aside, most retail and hospitality businesses have been functioning since the end of the initial lockdown almost a year ago now. In the UK they've all been closed completely for long periods of time. How can you look at the state that other countries find themselves in now and say that the Australian strategy hasn't been a success with minimal economic impact?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I think it's entirely appropriate to compare the quality of different countries' government and health authority responses - regardless of whether the exact circumstances they've been dealing with are the same or not. This is not about comparing different countries' abilities to eliminate the virus but their ability to act appropriately to address their unique situations. Australia's response has been prompt, science-based, effective and coordinated. As has NZ's. The UK's response has been lacklustre in comparison. Early action was not taken, the advice of global and national scientists was ignored (leading to delayed lockdowns and the premature lifting of restrictions) and the various governments within the UK have not been able to agree on a coordinated approach. These shortcomings have undoubtedly cost lives and adversely impacted the mental health of millions. The one small saving grace is that the UK's vaccine procurement and roll out strategy appears to be working very effectively.
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    Short visit to Adelaide

    Hey no worries, glad to help - let us know how you get on
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    Short visit to Adelaide

    Little Bang: https://www.littlebang.com.au/ Pirate Life: https://www.piratelife.com.au/
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    Short visit to Adelaide

    Just to add to the above - the tram is free within the CBD so if you're not venturing into the suburbs or heading to the beach at Glenelg etc then just jump on. If you head outside of the free zone then there will be an announcement to validate your pass/ticket. Also, it wasn't very widely advertised but tap and pay with a credit/debit card has been active on all trams since last September - I presume it will be rolled out to buses and trains soon too. As per NicF's post, North Terrace is good for a stroll with most of the museums, galleries etc located there as well as the Botanic Garden etc. However, Adelaide Fringe runs from 19 February - 21 March 2021 so you'll have a huge number of possibilities if you're coming next week - the city should be alive every day and you can head to the Garden of Unearthly Delights, Gluttony, outdoor dining on Rundle Street etc. Maybe check out the Fringe website and book tickets to a couple of shows! Other than that, the River is always nice for a stroll - especially between the Oval and the Zoo. The Zoo's fun too and if you find yourself on your own it might be a nice escape for a few hours. As for restaurants and bars etc, there's lots to explore - some info is on this thread I created a while back but I have neglected to maintain it lately. As for pubs, if you like craft beer etc I'd also highly recommend checking out the Wheaty in Thebarton - only a 5 or 10 minute tram ride from North Terrace (still in the free zone): http://wheatsheafhotel.com.au/. For a drink on the riverfront with views of the Oval you can't beat the Malt Shovel: https://maltshoveltaphouse.com.au/agegate/. Bar-wise, Hains & Co on Gilbert Place is nice: https://www.hainsco.com.au/ as is NOLA on Varden Ave: http://www.nolaadelaide.com/. If you like gin you should head to the Howling Owl: http://www.thehowlingowl.com.au/. For great rooftop views over the city there's 2KW on King William Street (https://2kwbar.com.au/) and also a new rooftop bar on the shiny new casino building behind the railway station (https://skycityadelaide.com.au/eat-and-drink/sol-bar-and-restaurant/). If you like craft breweries and you've got time to go slightly further afield then you can try the new Pirate Life brewery at Port Adelaide or out to Little Bang in Stepney. Both might be easier via an Uber though.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I don't think anyone of note has said that COVID is worse than anything that humanity has faced before. In fact we are lucky that it is not. Even in terms of pandemics it is not at the top of the list - the Spanish Flu pandemic in the 1900s infected 500 million people or one third of the world's population and killed around 20-50 million. However, it is bad enough to warrant serious action as millions of people would still die an early and painful death if we did nothing. In terms of health crises it is the worst we have faced in 2 or 3 generations - but obviously virtually no one alive today is old enough to remember the last time this happened so we have nothing in living memory to compare it to. Likewise, no one of note has referred to this pandemic as Armageddon. It is not the end of the world in a literal sense and is very unlikely to be. Dealing with a global health crisis and addressing climate change over the medium to long term are disparate issues. Victoria's 5 day lockdown will hopefully act as a circuit-breaker, minimising community transmission and allowing health authorities to trace and test anyone who might have been infected. Without a lockdown, if there are cases currently incubating in the community with people moving around and spreading it then next week we would see a big eruption of cases throughout the state. This is a chance for contact tracers to do their work and close down the cluster as we have seen happen elsewhere. I would suggest it would be entirely unreasonable to prevent people from leaving their houses once a day to shop for food. Not everybody has access to the internet to do their food shopping and even if they did there is absolutely no way that the supermarkets would be able to service the entire state of Victoria suddenly shopping online. Presumably one period of exercise outside per day is also seen as minimal enough risk that the mental and physical health benefits from doing so outweigh it (especially bearing in mind that most spread comes from prolonged indoor contact). This is about minimising movements within the community, not entirely eliminating it. As with everything it's about striking a sensible balance - starving people and denying them the possibility to pick up their medication from the pharmacy is an inappropriate response to the situation. Requiring the population to wear masks even when they're trying to place food in their mouths is bordering on ridiculous. I can't help feeling that you are looking for conspiracies for the sake of looking for them. Personally I'm just grateful and proud that so far our authorities have taken the right course of action to allow us just about the most (safe) freedom in the world. The Australian approach is working - for most of us who have family and friends back in the UK that's blatantly obvious through having heard their stories over the last 12 months.
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    Driver's licence. Converting from UK.

    Same here - it was a much easier process hiring a car in the UK on my Australian licence as only half the paperwork was required. Highly recommended
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I think it's a bit of a misnomer to be referring to the "ordinary flu" in the context of COVID. The flu is not a lesser variety of COVID - they are completely different diseases caused by different viruses. Even in Australia we have been taking significant steps which are out of the ordinary - capacity of venues has been slashed, spacing between humans has been increased in pretty much every setting, activities most likely to spread viruses (such as singing and dancing) have been curtailed, most of us are washing and sanitising our hands many more times each day than we did before COVID. In addition, back in the early days of the outbreak the dangers of becoming ill with both COVID and flu at the same time were pressed home by the government and health authorities - I suspect the uptake of flu vaccinations for the last flu season may have been higher than usual too. In a nutshell, the exact same measures that we are using to prevent the spread of COVID are reducing the spread of other viruses such as influenza and the common cold. They may be different viruses but their spread can be curtailed by exactly the same precautions and those precautions are exactly the reason why we are seeing lower flu cases now. Why would you think that this wouldn't be the case? You are absolutely right in that the 'soldier on' mentality with regards to colds should be addressed in the future. No one should knowingly bring a virus into their school or workplace. I would like to think that we will all be a little bit more responsible moving into the future - although that will also depend on how much that is supported by employers and government policy in relation to ensuring widespread access to sick pay etc. But with any situation the health benefits have to be weighed up against the economic and social impacts. Common colds do not generally pose a serious risk to health nor do they threaten to overwhelm our health system. Colds may be annoying to endure but the impact of even the worst cold is minimal compared to the potential immediate and long-term risks from COVID (lung damage, brain damage, death etc). Closing schools and workplaces due to cold outbreaks would not be an appropriate level of action to take - but ensuring the availability of hand sanitiser and public health information and encouraging the sick to stay at home would be. It's worth noting that the population of countries like Hong Kong who experienced the SARS epidemic back in the early 2000s are still much more accepting of mask wearing and social distancing measures than those of us who it did not affect. With regards to the handing of the Victorian second wave, I agree that arguably mistakes were made but this was also the first time that the virus had escaped from hotel quarantine in Australia so was a completely new set of circumstances to deal with. The contact tracing and testing teams were underprepared and the virus was not picked up until it had already been circulating in the community for a couple of weeks. Those weeks added months onto the length of the lockdown required to bring it under control. We have however been able to learn from those mistakes - contact tracing and testing resources have been massively improved and hotel quarantine staff are now tested far more regularly to avoid situations where breaches are not detected for more than a day or two. Say what you will about the initial handling of the outbreak but virtually no-one in the world believed that Victoria would be able to achieve anything other than a suppression of the case numbers (even with their strict lockdown) - but in the end they achieved practical elimination which given the circumstances was an outstanding performance by the government, health workers, police, ADF and the Victorian population. Victorian contact tracing and testing resources are now amongst the most advanced in the nation, if not the world. To say that they have not learned from their second wave is fundamentally incorrect. We all have.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I think the fact that it's not urgent here due to lack of community transmission means the regulators and government have had the luxury of being able to review the roll outs happening overseas to ensure that it is managed as well as possible here. It also means that they will be able to stockpile vaccines in advance of the planned distribution meaning manufacturers' recommended spacing in between doses can be maintained and not have to be extended like in the UK with unknown outcomes. Frontline health workers and other key groups are due to receive their first jabs in the next few weeks. Despite what I have said above, it does seem like the UK's roll out is going quite well - my Devon-based parents are in their mid 60s with no underlying conditions and received their first Pfizer jabs yesterday. All of my aunts and uncles of similar ages but elsewhere in the UK have received their first doses too.
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    Private Health Insurance

    Likewise. The public health system here is excellent and in the last 10 years of being here neither my partner or I have regretted not taking out insurance. We have ambulance cover and put aside some savings in a health fund each month but other than that we're going it alone and are already thousands of dollars better off for it. The way I see it is that if need to go to hospital in an emergency you'll be in a public hospital anyway. Other than arguably silly things like being able to decide your surgeon/obstetrician etc (as if I know them well enough to choose...) the only benefit I can see from private cover is getting quicker access to elective surgeries like knee and hip ops which are more likely to be required with age. In the years in between that's one hell of a lot of money going to an insurance company for something you might never need - seems a much better idea to put it in the bank. I know lots of people who bang on about all the 'free' stuff they're getting from their extras cover like some money off of glasses, a bit of physio or remedial massage etc but seemingly forgetting they're paying a grand a year in extras premiums to start off with. I'd need to access one hell of a lot of physio *every single year for the rest of my life* to make that remotely worthwhile. Unless you're paying for a top tier policy to begin with, none of the expensive stuff like dental work appears to be covered for anything more than a token amount which would still leave you considerably out of pocket if you need a crown or something (plus, again, you've already been paying for the policy for the X years prior to needing it). We had our two babies in the public system - it was an excellent experience all round with private rooms, great medical staff and great follow-up for a couple of issues we had with one of them - and it didn't cost us a cent. We know various couples who have had their kids in the private system, had a similar experience (but maybe with some slightly nicer food and a choice of obstetrician - although I'm pretty sure that mid-labour my wife would have been happy with pretty much anyone in scrubs) and they still came out with a $2000 bill to pay at the end of it all despite paying thousands of dollars for coverage in the years prior. Plus, if the pregnancy is anything other than routine then you'll most likely be transferred to a public hospital anyway thus meaning all of your premiums to date for pregnancy cover will have been completely wasted. I've had the odd ultrasound and x-ray since being out here and for the infrequency of this type of thing being needed (maybe once every 3-4 years) being a couple of hundred dollars out of pocket for the gap at the time seems like a bargain. I'll continue to put money aside for knee ops and kid's braces in case they're needed in the future but if they're not then I'd be much happier passing that very substantial amount of money onto my kids than giving it to Bupa or similar.
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    What would u ship over from the uk if u left again?

    We came out when we were in our late 20s/early 30s and didn't really have much to ship - we were living in a shared house until we left so didn't really have much furniture or anything of great value. We came out with a 30kg suitcase each and then shipped 3 tea chest style boxes of various bits with a moving company. When the boxes arrived a couple of months later I couldn't for the life of me fathom why we'd ended up packing three boxes of what was essentially junk and most of it has now long been op shopped. In hindsight I would have just packed the suitcases and left it at that. My parents recently sold up and moved from the family home in the UK and I had a very fortuitously timed visit to help them back in January 2020, just before COVID kicked off. I packed a few more sentimental bits like photos etc in my suitcase when I came home to Oz and spend some time selling off the rest of my stuff on Gumtree for some beer pounds to lubricate my visit. I also brought back an M&S Victoria sponge cake for the wife and a few packets of UK sweets for me the kids. That just about does it for me stuff wise.
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    House Purchase Process in SA

    If you're looking to get an inspection done then I'd highly recommend David Murray from Adelaide Pre-purchase Inspections (www.appi.com.au). He did a really thorough job when we used him, and he has done similar for a couple of friends too. We used another company for the house we actually ended up buying as David was fully booked and they didn't spend half as long inspecting as David did (and they missed a few things too).
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    House Purchase Process in SA

    The process here is 10x better than in the UK - you'll normally get the keys and be in your new home within 4-6 weeks of having an offer accepted or winning an auction. Most houses are listed for sale for around 4 weeks before either an auction is held or offers close. Either way, there will be a series of open home inspections scheduled in the weeks leading up to that date, normally on weekends. You can just turn up, give a few details to the agent and take a look round with everyone else who's turned up. If you're really keen on a house you can also arrange for a building inspection during this time (around $500) but obviously if you don't end up being the winning buyer it's money down the drain. If the house is being sold at auction (I would estimate at least 50% of houses in metropolitan SA are) then this will be your only chance of having an inspection done as you would be unlikely to be able to attach a 'subject to inspection' clause to your bids at an auction. If it's a sale by offers situation as opposed to an auction then there will be a closing date for the offers generally around 4 weeks after listing. You can attach a 'subject to inspection' clause to offers submitted this way but obviously your offer would be less attractive to a seller than a similar offer from a buyer who doesn't attach any clauses. In both cases - houses sold by auctions or offers - sellers can choose to accept a good offer prior to the auction/closing date so you can't always bank on the sale process running the full time period. If you're genuinely interested in a property then it's always worth letting the agent know and asking them to involve you if a seller is considering accepting another early offer, or put an offer in yourself - people can argue that this shows your hand to an agent prior to an auction but at the end of the day the bidders control the selling price of houses sold that way, not the agent. We bought our house through an offers process and submitted our offer with a subject to satisfactory inspection condition - we had the inspection done the next day, signed the paperwork a couple of days later and within another 3-4 weeks moved in. We also bid for two houses at auction prior to buying this one - the first we were really keen on so got an inspection done during the period the property was listed ($500 wasted at the end of the day but would have been well spent if we had won), the second place we were a bit half hearted about so didn't bother. Anecdotally, from what I can tell through knowing various other people who have bought here, only around half bother with an inspection at all. Once your offer has been accepted and any attached conditions been met (e.g. subject to inspection) then it's binding. If you pull out you'll lose the lot. Best to arrange finance with your bank before hunting (i.e. get a loan agreed in principle) so that you know what your budget is and don't have to put in an offer which is subject to finance which again would be unattractive to a seller. Having just seen my parents and some close friends go through the house buying process in the UK I can't for the life of me fathom why it's such a complex system over there with chains, gazumping, gazundering, people pulling out left right and centre, and in some cases months and months elapsing between having an offer accepted and getting the keys to your new place. Even when it does go through everyone in the chain has to move on the same day so you're liable to be sitting around in a moving van for hours waiting for the existing owners to bugger off. It seems like a nightmare in comparison. The only benefit I can see from the UK system is that it makes it easier to buy a new place before taking the leap and selling your existing house. Here, unless you have an offer accepted which is subject to the sale of your existing place (not unheard of, especially in country areas, but as a seller I would find this very unattractive) or you can qualify for an expensive bridging loan (i.e. you'd be paying two mortgages at once) then you have to list and sell your place before hunting for a new one - so probably moving into rented accommodation for a bit. Other than that I'd vote for the Aussie (well, SA - I can't comment on other states but I'm pretty sure it's similar) process any day of the week. Best of luck with the purchase by the way - where are you looking?
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    Positive Emigrating To Australia True Life Stories

    I started a new thread as requested. Needs to be approved by a mod.
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    New tallest buildings in Adelaide

    Thought I'd add a bit of an update to this thread as there's been a few milestones reached with regards to new tall buildings in Adelaide's CBD. Adelaide's tallest building the Adelaidean is now complete and its neighbour, the 118m student accommodation building on North Terrace, is taking shape and starting to look very nice: The redevelopment of the Adelaide Central Market which includes a 124m tower has been approved and construction will commence later this year: Not exactly a tall building at 65m but worth a mention is the new office building and shopping centre to be built on King William Street - this retains the 30s art deco facade of the Sands and McDougall building. Demolition has started now and construction will follow later this year. Finally, the 117m Sofitel Hotel on Currie Street is close to completion and is looking fantastic: