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  1. Hobart is losing grip of its title as Australia’s most affordable city, with the average house price now on par with Adelaide, according to research. The revelation was made by property website realestate.com.au's outlook report for the April quarter. Hobart and the surrounding areas dominate the list of Australia's 10 most sought-after suburbs, with Battery Point, North Hobart, Richmond and inner Hobart all featuring. Hobart's average house price for the April quarter was $470,000, up 19 per cent on the same time last year and by far the biggest increase of any other capital city. Report author and realestate.com chief economist Nerida Conisbee described Tasmania as "booming". "Hobart continues to be red hot," she said. "Tasmania is the hottest market at the moment in Australia, we've certainly never seen this surge in activity,'' she said. "Hobart's so strong at the moment that we are now expecting the median house price for Hobart to overtake the median house price for Adelaide. "We can really see that Melbourne is the number one audience for Hobart property and has a strong interest in it. "When we have a look at the top interstate destinations people from Melbourne are looking at, the number one is Sandy Bay." The average Hobart property received 10,000 hits on realestate.com, five times more than in since 2013 and double the national average view per property. Jobs growth and very little housing development were the two factors pushing up prices, according to the report. "While property investors are likely to be a key factor in the price increases, strong growth in rental demand suggests that the market is being supported by people needing a place to live," it said. The report showed that in the past 12 months, there had been an increase of almost 50 per cent in online views of properties in Launceston and Devonport. "What we are seeing is a pretty strong ripple effect in terms of demand in Hobart extending to other parts of the state." Ms Conisbee said. The report said Launceston had seen the strongest price growth of any local government area in Australia in the past 12 months. And according to the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania (REIT), 2017 was Launceston's best year in the last decade. REIT president Tony Collidge said the report reflected Hobart's market, which is the strongest he has seen in his 26-year real-estate career. "We're certainly getting multiple offers, we're getting upwards of 30 to 40 enquiries per property and its a very, very buoyant marketplace," he said. "It's really hard to try and price property at the moment because of the strong demand that's out there. "You put a property on the market for $500,000 and the next thing you're hearing its sold for $575,000, its sold for $550,000." Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-07/demand-for-real-estate-in-hobart-continues-to-grow/9951424
  2. A new report has singled out Tasmania as one of two regions in the country where soaring tourism has led to a "rapid decline" in affordable rental properties. The 2018 Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot, released today, singled out Tasmania's tourism boom and expansion of holiday rental provider Airbnb in Hobart as key contributors to a housing shortage. The authors said a record 1.3 million tourists to the state in 2017 created "unprecedented" demand for accommodation, resulting in Airbnb listings jumping from 2,874 to 4,459 in the 12 months to February 2018. Three quarters of those listings are full homes and 61 per cent are in Tasmania's south. Anglicare concluded this growth, alongside rising housing prices, have taken rental affordability "from bad to worse". The snapshot of 1,285 Tasmanian properties is taken from websites and the three major newspapers on one weekend in March. Properties are deemed affordable if the weekly rent is less than 30 per cent of household income. Of those properties, less than half were considered affordable for Tasmanians on a minimum wage. Only 21 per cent of properties were affordable for households on income support payments. Anglicare social action and research manager, Meg Webb, told ABC Radio Hobart there were a combination of factors at play. "Let's talk about it as two things, because one of the things we notice with this snapshot each year over the last five years is that the number of properties advertised is dropping, and the second part is what proportion of that pool is affordable," she said. None of the properties in the sample were affordable for a young person on Newstart, which has been the case in consecutive reports. The authors note Tasmania's wages remain the lowest in the country, potentially inhibiting the ability of people to access housing. "While the state's housing market and cost-of-living pressures surge, Tasmanian wages continue to be the lowest in the nation," the report said. "If wage growth continuously fails to keep up with property prices and living costs, Tasmanians will continue to be locked out of their own housing market." These results come off the back of Commsec's State of the State report, which revealed Tasmania has recorded the strongest population growth in the country. Tasmania ranked fourth overall in economic performance — finishing behind New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. Commsec senior economist Ryan Felsman told ABC Radio Hobart the economic data supports the idea of a tightening housing market. "Certainly, if you look at house price growth in Hobart at the moment it leads the nation at 13 per cent on an annualised basis, and at the same time, rents are up by 3.7 per cent," he said.
  3. escape2oz

    Torn on Tassie

    Torn on Tassie We’ve been living in Australia for eight years, firstly in south west WA, then the Kimberley and now Townsville. It’s been an adventure, but now with two young kids (and another on the way) it’s time to settle down in that ‘forever place’. We’ve decided on either regional Victoria – either Geelong or Ballarat – or Tassie because we prefer the cooler climate. We also spent a few weeks picking apples in the Huon Valley years ago as backpackers and loved our time there, but would prefer a bigger community such as Launceston or Hobart in which to raise our family. But there’s just something nagging at me about Tasmania that’s making me hesitate over the decision. I keep reading about how tough it is to find work there, how the health care system is not as good as the mainland in terms of access to specialists etc and how public schools don’t perform as well etc. I realise that life’s what you make of it and if you’re determined you can succeed anywhere, but like I said it’s making me doubt whether a move to Tassie is the right thing for us. My wife comes from an island (albeit a MUCH smaller one than Tassie) and she often speaks about feeling cut off from mainland Britain, people’s insular attitudes and how young people were ultimately forced to leave to pursue work opportunities elsewhere. Does Tasmania suffer from such drawbacks and to what degree would you say? In what ways do you feel disadvantaged – if at all – by living in Tasmania? My heart says Tassie but my head says Geelong/Ballarat. With Melbourne’s growth going gangbusters and showing no signs of slowing down, the positive flow-on effects for regional cities in Victoria within commuting distance looks very encouraging. While I’ve got no interest in commuting to Melbourne for work, it would be good to have all that life and culture on our doorstep when we want it. And if I ever do run into employment issues then having such a large job market down the road does offer more options to keep the wolf from the door if it comes to that. But I still keep coming back to Tassie. The climate, the nature, the history, the mountains, the forests, the beaches….I feel more inspired by the idea of life in Tasmania than I do by regional Victoria. On other hand, they’re close to each other so we could live in Geelong/Ballarat and holiday in Tassie fairly easily. As you can see I really am torn. If you made it this far down my very long post THANK YOU and please share some advice! Happy New Year ?
  4. britsabroad2013

    Would LOVE to live in Tasmania. But........

    Hi All, I have been reading a lot of posts about Tasmania and learning lots of new things. The more I read about Tasmania the more I want to move but there's always a little bit of doubt in my mind that it may not work out so any helpful advice anyone could offer would be great! My husband and I currently live in Sydney and both have great jobs that pay pretty well. We live a nice little life and have a nice little apartment and get out and about a fair bit to see bands, eat, drinks etc...We are both in our late twenties. People will think we are crazy but after four years in Sydney we have decided it's not the place we would like to settle. We are real 'outdoors' kinds of people. We love the countryside (very much miss the English countryside) and we love walking, biking and all things outdoors. We have loved having the city of the doorstep but these last 6 months it has all become a bit too much. Sydney is busy, lots of traffic (I drive a bit for work) and noisy. When we visit country NSW we love how quiet it is. We spent 2 weeks in Tasmania and we LOVED it. We have big concerns about getting jobs there...we are not really qualified in anything...nothing like Doctors, Nurses or trades but my partner works in logistic inventory and I work in admin based roles. From what I have read and could see there is not an abundance of jobs. Is it really that tough to find something in Hobart? If Tasmania is going to prove too hard to get work then our next options could be NZ or back to the UK. We really don't like living in the city but we don't want to be too isolated. Hobart seems to be a perfect option for us. Any input/advice will be greatly received!
  5. Rachel1992

    21 year old heading to Hobart.

    Hey, I'm heading to Hobart in November for 6 months to be an Au Pair. Just wondering if there's any fellow Poms in Oz people of a similar age living in the area?
  6. Dorkymum

    Hello from Hobart

    Hello everyone. Have just registered on the site, although have used quite a few of the threads to gather info over the last few months. I arrived here just over a week ago with my husband and four year old son. We'd been living in Hertfordshire for two years prior to that, although husband is American and I'm Scottish. Likely to be here for at least the next 4/5 years due to husband's job at UTAS. Finding Hobart very friendly so far, although feeling a bit frustrated with trying to get phones and Internet set up. Telstra seem to keep finding new hoops for us to jump through. I'll look forward to chatting to some of you here or there over the coming months.
  7. Rachel1992

    Any WHV people in Tassie?

    Hey, I'm off to Oz towards the end of October, heading to Melbourne for a few weeks and then been offered a job in Hobart in tasmania from mid November for between 4 and 6 months. Is anyone currently in Tas or thinking of heading over there around this time?
  8. fiftyeight

    Lifestyle in Hobart vs Cairns

    Hello, I am going to study in Australia for 3 years and might stay longer if it will be possible. I wanted a place that is outdoorsy as most of the things I like to to do are outdoors such as hiking, picnics, biking, going to the beach if possible. I have been accepted to Unviersity of Tasmania in Hobart and James Cook University in Cairns. Of course social life is important to me and the lifestyle will determine how much I'll enjoy my social life there. I know both Tasmania and Cairns are good for this kind of outdoorsy lifestyle. But I'd love to hear from someone who has actually lived in these places. I've been in both of them as a tourist before and I loved both, but I've only been in each for about two weeks which makes it hard to know how it is year-round. My impression was that: 1. Tasmania can get pretty cold which can make it harder to go out. 2. Cairns can get very rainy which can make it hard to go out. 3. Cairns seems to be closer to rainforest and national parks then Hobart, and probably from Smithfield where the university is you can get to the rainforest even by walk/bike. So far it seems to me that Cairns is a bit more suitable for me but I'd love to hear more opinions. In terms of the weather I like that its hot year round in Cairns, but how bad does it rain? does it actually make it impossible to go out? does it last for days or how is it? In the two weeks I was there it actually didnt rain almost at all, but I think I was lucky.
  9. Hello I am a complete newbie to this site but I am really hoping that someone out there may be able to point me in the right direction. My partner is in the process of applying for a job in Hobart which is great....for him. I however am having doubts about moving out there after spending a few hours searching for jobs in my field of conservation & ecology and seemingly hitting a dead end. I am hoping that I am just looking in the wrong places - does anyone know of a good site or two where I can perhaps find work? His job would be based in Hobart so anything in and around there would be good..... Also, what do the locals usually do for childcare out there? We have a young daughter (15 months) who we currently place in nursery two days a week and I wonder if we would have the same options there? Is it expensive? I sincerely hope someone can help as it doesn't seem too hopeful at the moment! Thanks
  10. The Pom Queen

    Australias Most Liveable Cities

    THE Property Council of Australia has released the results of its nationwide My City: The People's Verdict survey, conducted by Auspoll in December 2011. Some 5231 Australians were asked to judge their city's performance in 17 areas, including design, safety, education, housing and government. Yesterday, the Property Council used the release of the results as a backdrop to launch their Make My City Work initiative. The online campaign aims to get a range of government, business, professional and community groups working together to make our sities more liveable. Here's how our capital cities fared this year, ranked from one to 10. 1 - ADELAIDE OVERALL Australia's most liveable city for the second year running THE GOOD Almost three in four locals saw Adelaide as an affordable place to maintain a good standard of living. The city ranked highest for health services, with 67 per cent satisfaction. Four out of five believed the city had an attractive environment that encouraged a wide range of outdoor activities. THE BAD Fewer than half - 48 per cent - thought Adelaide had job opportunities, the worst result for a mainland capital city. Just 42 per cent felt Adelaide had a good public transport service and satisfaction with entertainment slipped from 75 per cent to 68 per cent. Residents were dissatisfied overall with the State Government's performance, particularly in terms of property taxes and making housing affordable. 2 - CANBERRA OVERALL Maintains its status as Australia's second most liveable city for the second year running, but housing affordability remains a concern. THE GOOD The ACT did well in several areas including: having a good road network and minimal traffic, being a safe place for people and property and being clean, well-maintained and unpolluted. THE BAD Canberra performed relatively poorly when it came to having a vibrant cultural scene and a good range of quality affordable housing. 3 - MELBOURNE OVERALL It might be one of the world's most liveable among international judges, but Melburnians are less than impressed with their own city. Residents rated Melbourne's liveability down to equal third on a nationwide basis, alongside Perth. THE GOOD Melbourne scored the highest rating of any city for its cultural scene and architecture and also ranked highly for its health care and education services. THE BAD It lost points for traffic congestion, high property prices, general cleanliness and climate. Melburnians also gave the State Government a bare pass, unhappy with its management of urban growth and the imposition of high stamp-duty charges. 3 - PERTH OVERALL It's not perfect, but Perth residents are falling deeper in love with the WA capital. Perth scored 62.1 out of 100 for liveability, up 1.5 points on last year. THE GOOD Sandgropers enjoy Perth's climate, outdoor recreation and natural environment. The city also performed above average in education and health services. And, though adequacy of public transport scored poorly everywhere, Perth topped the list with 49 per cent. THE BAD The cultural and entertainment scene was slammed, ranking equal bottom with Newcastle, Hobart and Darwin. And only half of Perth people agreed that the city had a diverse range of people who got along well, the second lowest result for the country. 5 - BRISBANE OVERALL Not good news for BrisVegas - its residents have ranked it fifth in terms of capital city liveability. THE GOOD Top marks for climate, but the floods of the past year even pushed that score down, from 83 per cent to 77 per cent. Above average for vibrant cultural entertainment, good health care, attractive city design and a lack of pollution. THE BAD Public transport rated above the national average but still only impressed less than half of residents. Fewer than half believed a good standard of living was affordable in Brisbane and just a third said there was quality affordable housing. Only 50 per cent felt Brisbane was a safe place. 8 - HOBART OVERALL A poor eighth place out of 10 cities and a lack of strategic planning has Hobart's future looking bleak. THE GOOD Hobart scored quite highly with its residents for its range of recreational outdoor activities, attractive natural environment, look and design. THE BAD Performed poorly in key areas such as education, health, employment and economic opportunities. The Property Council of Australia's state executive director Mary Massina said Hobart has also missed a chance to grab a fair share of Commonwealth Government funding to fix its future problems. She called the city's submission to the recent Council of Australian Government call for capital city strategic plans as "briefing material, minimal statistical analysis and a set of stated future intentions". 9 - SYDNEY OVERALL Sydneysiders believe their city is more beautiful, entertaining, cleaner and safer than it was 12 months ago. THE GOOD In the Auspoll study, Sydney had the greatest jump in liveability than any other city. It also recorded significant gains in transport and health services. Almost 10 per cent more people said Sydney had good public transport and fewer were dissatisfied with the service. Satisfaction with health services rose from 48 per cent to 60 per cent, while education and recreational facilities had improved. THE BAD Traffic congestion is still a problem, with two-thirds of commuters thinking Sydney's road network needs addressing and just over half saying the State Government was doing a poor or very poor job on keeping up with overall infrastructure. 10 - DARWIN OVERALL Darwin is unaffordable, unsafe and a bad place to be if you are unhealthy, according to its residents. THE GOOD Darwinites were positive about community harmony, with 70 per cent of respondents believing people of diverse cultural backgrounds got on. Residents also thought Darwin had good employment and economic opportunities (77 per cent). THE BAD Apparently the Top End is a tough place to live - Darwin's residents say their city is expensive (78 per cent), unsafe (67 per cent) and does not have good health care (62 per cent). Darwin also ranked lowest in residents' satisfaction with education, with 40 per cent of respondents saying the city does not have good schools or education facilities.
  11. runslikeafish

    The Final Countdown

    Hi all, I've not been on here as much as normal over the last few weeks. To say it's been a bit hectic would be an understatement! Anyway, there are less than 3 weeks to go before we arrive in Hobart :jiggy: as I'm sure a lot of you know from experience it's a scary and emotional time. I'm regularly wondering if we're doing the right thing (although of course we are!) - I've come to the conclusion that to do something great you need to go outside of your comfort zone. ...and we're certainly outside of ours! :biggrin: So, I just thought I'd post an update. I'm thinking of starting a blog where I'll post things that may be interesting and/or useful (hopefully) to people doing a similar thing. As and when I get time to do it, I'll post a link here. Good luck all, and looking forward to perhaps seeing some of you in Tassie. Tim
  12. Guest

    from Barnsley UK - to - Tasmania

    Hi, We are just getting sorted to apply for our 176 ss visa. I do care work (Nina 27) My partner (kev 30) is a mechanic and we have two young daughters age 1 and 4. We are looking at moving near Hobart (well within 20 min drive of Hobart) We would like information of jobs, places to live, childcare, shipping etc. And we also would like to meet some pen pals (internet pals) to get to know and maybe meet once we get there (2012 hopefully). We currently live in Barnsley, UK.
  13. family S

    Launceston vs Hobart

    We have our visa and we're now waiting for our house to sell and then we're off to Tasmania. (with two kids ages 6 and 4, husband is a plasterer) But we just can't decide between Launceston or Hobart. Strong interested employer in Hobart, but our friend goes to the Launceston University. Both have judo, surfing and swimming schools. Fishing is in both city's an option..... They're to far apart to live between the two. So what would you choose??
  14. Tourism Australia is running an online campaign at the moment, promoting locations around Australia in short online videos, featuring, backpackers, tour guides etc to lure more young people Down Under to work and play. The Tourism Australia campaign, 30 days in Oz, consists of 30 online videos, each following someone different in locations around Australia, with each demonstrating in 60 seconds why "there's nothing like Australia for young travellers." Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said the campaign would promote the Working Holiday Visa and encourage young people to consider Australia as a place to work or travel, particularly those leaving school or on a Gap Year. "One of Tourism Australia's objectives is to get more young people to holiday in Australia. These travellers often become lifelong advocates, influencing friends and family of all ages to holiday in Australia and returning themselves later in life," he said. "We also know from research that many of these visitors are backpackers, who spend more time travelling and explore more of Australia than other travellers, which is one of the reasons the youth market is such an important one for us." The video's showcasing Tasmania are below: ni44QcpnZkg 3lvEdwb15GA sWMG2vNKr-w
  15. Hi, My family (OH & 2 girls - 4 & 11) are lucky enough to be moving to Tas next year (most likely Hobart). I'm black british and OH is white - we're currently in Scotland where the girls have a large circle of friends and have never experience any racism is any form. Does anyone know if they will be singled out and treated badly for being mixed-raced (from their peers)? I know pockets of racism are everywhere, but I don't want to take them to a country where they won't be happy. I'm a professional black women, and I'm not worried about myself - I'd tell them where to go :biggrin:but they are only kids so I'm worried. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks K
  16. Hi all Hobartians! all things going to plan we hope to be in Hobart this year sometime and i just wondered if you have meetups? and if so are they quite regular? we dont know anyone in Hobart at all except Sunshine whose just arrived, so would love to meet more peeps when we arrive x
  17. Guest

    UK Playgroup

    Hi All I have recently moved form Melbourne to Hobart where I was a member of a UK playgroup - some families were all from the UK or just one parent like me or just spent time there. We met once a week as a playgroup in a casula manner as more of support for the mums and also had mums nights out and various other events. The babysitting circle we had was fab as it meant you babysat for each other and therefore could go out without the cost of a babysitter! Let me know if you would be keen to be part of the UK playgroup in Hobart thanks :biggrin:
  18. Guest

    Tasmania and Hobart

    I am really interested in knowing more about life in Tasmania and in particular the Hobart area. Can anyone tell me how they find living there and if they like it? What's the housing like and what are the job prospects like for young adults? I myself am looking at a possible job with Tasmania Hydro based in Hobart. Steve
  19. Guest

    playgroups Hobart

    Can anyone recommend a playgroup in Hobart- We live in Mount Nelson but happy to travel. Need to find some buddies for my girls (3 1/2 and 2)
  20. Hi As Dave and me are new to Hobart, we wondered whether anyone fancied meeting up for a drink in the New Year. We have got family here, but would be nice to meet some friends before we start working? Becs :smile:
  21. Dear all, Firstly the good news. I've just received an email telling me that I've been granted my 457 visa to come and spend a couple of years in Tassie (from the UK). I may be able to convert that into an RSMS one at a later date. It just depends whether my employer is willing and able to do that when the time comes. I would like to book my flight ticket as soon as possible. I'd like advice on the baggage allowances on the domestic sector from mainland Australia to Hobart. For example some of you may know that Emirates now offer 30kgs in Economy. With them you can also make a through booking from UK airports to Hobart. They have Virgin Blue and Qantas/Jetstar as their partner airlines to Hobart. So, my question is: has anyone arrived at Melbourne, Sydney or even Brisbane with a generous baggage allowance and then successfully transferred that onto the aircraft bound for Tasmania? I also realise that Qantas and Singapore Airlines offer a 40kg migrant allowance if you travel at certain times of the year. I don't think I'll be able to take advantage of that. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks very much, Bluesky.
  22. Guest

    new to Hobart

    Hi all We are new to Hobart and renting in Mount Nelson - I am looking for activites and playgroups in the area for my girsl 3 1/2 and 2 to do. Allso any child care centres people can recommend for a day a week.
  23. Hi we are moving to Hobart after 2 years in Melbourne. Are there any other mums in Hobart who are keen to meet up. I am leaving a great UK playgroup in Melbourne and would love to set up the same thing there....
  24. Hey there Might be a long shot but any couples in Hobart area? Me and hubby are 31 with no kiddies as yet and moved from Perth six months ago. We love going down to Salamanca on weekends for drinks and dinner so if anyone out there in similar situation fancy joining us let us know. Cheers Jan n Pete
  25. skipjack

    Living in Hobart

    We are thinking of moving from Melbourne to Hobart and would appreciate any advice and recommendations on a couple of suburbs. We have three kids, so primary and high school zones are important. Plus we love living close to the beach as opposed to inland bush. Thanks