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  1. Good day all. I have been offered a job in Bacchus Marsh but would like to live as close to Melbourne as possible and commute to work daily. I would therefor like to know what suburbs, I suppose western, would be good options for me? Obviously looking at proximity to a train station with a direct line to Bacchus. Safe suburbs are key as I hear there are youth gangs out in the west making an appearance. I was looking at Footscray. Can anybody offer any information surroundthing this suburb? Or others that might be appealing? Thank you in advance.
  2. Hello everyone, Im hoping someone can help me as this site was wonderful for information when we first moved to Australia. We have been living in NW Sydney for about 8 years and have decided to move out towards the Lake Macquarie area as we have not progressed as much as we would of hoped for (buying a house). Our kids are settled, work is great things are fantastic apart from the fact we just can't afford to buy a house here and well we are sick of landlords. Anyway Im asking for helping with everything in terms of moving so education (high school & Primary) government (state), and very good schools and looking for nice family friendly suburbs plenty of sporting activities (cricket, soccer, netball) and away from high crime areas. Doesn't have to be on the water just somewhere we can be for the next 30 years raising our kids. This is a massive move for us as we are all so happy where we are. Any information would be great. Thanks
  3. A study by Demographia this year assessed 406 urban markets in nine countries: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States as at the third quarter of 2016. The report found Hongkong as the most 'unaffordable' city to buy a house. Sydney housing market was ranked second most expensive in the world and "severely unaffordable". While the median house price in Sydney is $1,077,000, the median household income is $88,000. Sydney pipped other global cities with expensive real estate such as Los Angeles, London, San Francisco and New York. Melbourne came in at six in the study, while Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth were all ranked in the top 20 most expensive. While the median house price in Melbourne is $740,000, the median household income is $78,200. For Adelaide, the median house price is $435,000 and median household income is $66,000. For Brisbane, the median house price is $495,000 and the median household income is $79,400. Demographia, which ranks housing affordability in cities with a population over 1,000,000, listed Australia's major problem as urban containment policies. Urban containment policies aim to curb the growth of the urban sprawl by encouraging greater density in existing housing areas rather than opening up new sites, commonly called "greenfields." "We should not accept extreme price levels in our housing markets. High house prices are not a sign of city's success but a sign of failure to deliver the housing that its citizens need," Director of the New Zealand Initiative Oliver Hartwich said in the report. The news comes on the heels of new NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced she would address the NSW housing crisis after declaring it "the biggest issue people have across the state".
  4. This sounds like a wish list. We're on the verge of going back after 12 months as the area we live in which is very nice we don't feel is particularly family friendly, and we wouldn't ever be able to afford a 900,000 plus for a 3 bed house without really cutting back on everything else (Ironically we both earn fairly decent wages over here). But, as a last ditch attempt, can anyone recommend any family friendly areas that are 30-45 mins from the CBD with good schools and ideally 3-bedders for around 650000 to 700000 (the fact that most places go to auction doesn't help with ascertaining prices). Mainly because house prices are forecast to keep on going up & up we need to jump on the property ladder asap, so would need to move to the area to rent and be in the catchment for a good school ready for admissions in June/ July, and then possibly after another 6 months be looking at buying. If it's not feasible we kind of need to know so that we can finally make our decision that Oz was an adventure that we loved, we will miss it, but it's time to close the chapter and move on. If it is, happy days!!! Thanks!!:biggrin:
  5. my Giirlfriend and i are coming over to work, she works for Virgin Australia NZ as a flight attendant and i am a farm worker, though she would like to have a place within 20 minutes of Melbourne airport and i would like to be near to the countryside than the city. any help appreciated thanks
  6. Frankston North remains one of Melbourne’s most affordable suburbs with a median house price of $287,500, according to the REIV. Cranbourne West is also in the top ten of Melbourne’s most affordable suburbs with a median price of $320,000. Mordialloc and Cranbourne North have reported some of the strongest one-year rise in house prices with both reporting growth of 13.7%. On the opposite end of the scale Brighton East reported negative growth of -10.4% for the year ending June 30. The median price is now $1.1 million.
  7. eggcatcher

    Affordable Sydney.

    Hi all. We are moving out to Sydney in September and are looking for affordable places to live. I'm sue I speak for alot of people in the same boat by saying there is plenty of advice for those with plenty money. The north beaches looks fantastic, but rent starting at $700.00 a week makes it ridiculously expensive. when we research affordable areas, Parramatta, Penrith, Wollongong etc. all we find is stay out of the west, south west, south and so on. surely there must be some affordable suburbs somewhere.
  8. Hi, Just looking into Queensland and property seems a lot dearer than a couple of years ago. We are a family of four (2 children - 8yrs and 5 yrs) so would need a 3 bedroom house. Our budget would be max $340k (£200k). I have looked at all the recommended areas on this forum and it is a struggle to find such property in what is classed a 'decent' area. Can anyone please recommend any areas that is commutable to Brisbane and no more than $340? There must be many migrants now who are worrying if house prices keep going up QLD will no longer be an affordable option. Thanks, Ken.
  9. Guest

    Affordable suburbs

    Hi all, after the release of the wa smp (finally) it looks like there are a lot of us who will be hearing from co's soon, which makes the move to oz, seem much much closer. I was just wondering which are the more affordable suburbs to rent and buy property in. The last time I was over there I visited a few other areas but spent most of my holiday around the kelmscott / armadale area, where my brother and his family live, which seemed quite reasonable, housing wise. Whereabouts are other pio members thinking of settling down and it would also be interesting to know where you are moving from? I have a few friends who have moved from my area, east yorkshire who have all settled in various parts of perth. This could be something to do with the similarities between the areas, both are located some distance from other major cities and are quite insular.
  10. Guest

    Affordable suburbs - perth

    Hi all, after the release of the wa smp (finally) it looks like there are a lot of us who will be hearing from co's soon, which makes the move to oz, seem much much closer. I was just wondering which are the more affordable suburbs to rent and buy property in. The last time I was over there I visited a few other areas but spent most of my holiday around the kelmscott / armadale area, where my brother and his family live, which seemed quite reasonable, housing wise. Whereabouts are other pio members thinking of settling down and it would also be interesting to know where you are moving from? I have a few friends who have moved from my area, east yorkshire who have all settled in various parts of perth. This could be something to do with the similarities between the areas, both are located some distance from other major cities and are quite insular.
  11. Just found this article which says that Melbourne is now less affordable than Sydney for home buyers. Hobart is the most affordable. Melbourne pips Sydney as least affordable city for home-buyers | News.com.au I've still seen some good deals in the suburbs though - its just a case of looking around.
  12. The Pom Queen

    Affordable Car Carrying

    Just want to give a big thumbs up to Affordable Car Carrying Affordable Car Carrying - car transport - interstate car carriers we recently used them to transport our car from Melbourne and I can say not only were they the cheapest around the service was excellent, in fact the car was there before me and was ready and waiting for my arrival. I can highly recommend them. Rob was going to drive up but it would have cost more to drive up with fuel and accommodation (that's not including the wear and tear to the car).
  13. We got a block for an ok price during the recession. Are there any builders who are able to give me advice on building a duplex? Someone more on the lower end (price wise).
  14. I have been offered a job with sponsorship 457 in perth (wembly) but this area seems expensive to live. I am wondering what surrounding areas are more more affordable but decent to live & school childrens ages 4,7 & 9. Also I must be able to travel to work & I don't drive. We would rent first until settled. One other thing what would need to be a weekly income/wage to support myself, wife & 3 children in these areas? Many thanks
  15. An article in the SMH today has placed Sydney as one of the least affordable places to live in the world. "Melbourne and Adelaide were not far behind - ranked third and fourth in the list of least affordable major cities, above London, New York and San Francisco." according to the article: Sydney is one of the least affordable places to buy So is it worth paying the huge premium to move to Oz's major cities or are we looking at a housing bubble? Adam Money Saving Master
  16. Hello all, Hoping to go to perth early next year with hubby and 3 little ones.Need to have a short term rental house arranged for first few weeks (Hillaries/Carine/Duncraig sort of areas - PERTH) However in looking on all suggested sites rental appears to be upwards of 220 POUNDS a week. This seems a little expensive....Any Ideas or comments please. Many thanks Melanie..
  17. Is anyone studying or recently studied in Aus?? I gave up the UK rat race a couple of years ago to go travelling and settle somewhere new (I'm 38). I loved Aus, but my only option visa wise is to study. I quite fancy that because I wouldn't mind a new career or at least new skills. BUT......! I want to study in Perth or Sydney for the climate and cosmopolitan city life. The problem is that at 38, I don't want to share accommodation and both cities seem quite pricey for many things. Has anyone out there managed it??? Where in Sydney is "affordable" without being a dump?? I'll happily stay in a studio flat, but not in a crappy area. I am staying in Perth with my cousin while I do a reccy and she has put me on to this website. Any help/advice welcomed.
  18. With the UK housing market grinding to a FULL STOP over the last 6 weeks (i'm an Estate Agent, to qualify that remark.) I was wondering what is happening down under and it is a relief to see the same thing. So we all should 'sell low and buy low' Read this None of this is good news for the property market. But rather than focus on our own little bubble, we’d like to take another trip Down Under this morning, to find out what the state of the Aussie housing market can tell us about the future of our own… Many people thought the Australian housing market had achieved the holy grail of a ‘soft landing’. But that‘s looking more and more like wishful thinking. Stories are emerging of negative equity and of houses in Sydney being sold at well below prices fetched in 2004. One particular tale that has been enthralling Sydney-siders is the story of a house in the city’s western suburbs. It was bought for A$450,000 (about £180,000) in 2004. But the unfortunate owners ran into trouble making their mortgage payments, and the home recently sold again - this time for just A$260,000 (£104,000), a 42% drop over two years. That’s pretty hefty. And so compelling was the tale that the Sydney Morning Herald recently revisited the street to interview neighbours about their housing plans. Unsurprisingly, most are planning to stay put. Several have had valuations from estate agents that have put their house price below what they paid for it. But what was far more telling was the way the residents were talking about property. Here’s a quote from local homeowner Judith Marshall: “Our house was valued two years ago at about A$330,000 [£132,000] and since the market has come back we’re thinking it would be about A$300,000 [£120,000], maybe less. Bricks and mortar is supposed to be the most solid investment of your life, but for many people these days, I think you’re better off renting.”
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