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  1. Hi All, Myself and my partner are moving to Perth this May (so excited!!!) and I am hunting down information on where to live and look for houses. We will be staying with my aunt first so will get to have a look at the suburbs before committing but I want to do as much planning as I can. Because of our jobs we will need to live near Jandakot airport. As long as we are within a 15-20 minute drive we'd be happy. Money wise we'd be looking at max $450 mark. Anyone have any experience on the suburbs around there? Cheers
  2. Rick cooper

    Can you buy straight away?

    Once we have moved over to Oz, can we buy property as soon as we get there or eg once we have settled in and found a job, and been there say a couple of months? What's the deal with these land and new build prices? I have seen some for $250,000 is there a con?
  3. Cam

    Perth V Sydney

    Hi, I know this is risky posting this in a WA area, but if I posted it in NSW, I know what the answer would be. We've been living in Sydney a year now & have to make the decision whether to go back to the UK or stay, long story short we have jobs in the UK and we need to be back in March for our daughter to get into our local schools that are really good. Sydney we are finally 'over' I think. We're looking for a work-life balance, with affordable housing, good community, good childcare, good schools and not a long commute. Currently Sydney is not winning on these (and we find it quite pretentious and unfriendly, but we do live close to the Eastern suburbs), hence why we are thinking of moving back to the UK as we have a big tick on all of the above. HOwever Oz was always our dream, partly because I have citizenship and have spent 18 months and 8 months in Sydney on other occasions. However, when we've decided on going back, there's still something nagging in the back of our minds, what if we'd done something different, everybody is always dreaming about going to Oz, when people talk about it I get jealous. I have a friend who loves Perth, but now lives further out, and she wouldn't live anywhere else. I know it's quite a bad time in our lives for moving which is why we need to get it right, we had our second child out here this year and oldest will start to school either Sep/ Jan, so that may well attribute to us not loving Sydney anymore. So, to the end of a long blurb. What is Perth like? How multicultural is it? Can you get homes that are within 30 mins public transport to CBD for 650,000 dollars? What is the market for IT jobs - my husband has had no problems getting work here. And friendliness, community, childcare, schools, childcare waiting lists, kids activities?.... I guess hearing pros and cons always help. Thanks loads :biggrin:
  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. We are looking to move over to the Brisbane area in the next few months Does anyone have any suggestions of areas around the Brisbane area that are suitable. Children are 10 and 13 so we need somewhere that have good schools. If you have any suggestions please get in touch Thanks
  6. The Pom Queen

    Property Market in Australia

    What a difference a year makes. At least if you've ignored all the hype. It was about this time in 2011 when the word went out we were in the midst of a rare phenomenon — a buyer's market. Clearance rates were on the slide. Supply was way up. Most importantly, prices were down in many parts of the country. This was the time to buy, it was said. Don't wait — these favourable conditions wouldn't last long — because the market had hit bottom. There was plenty of scepticism, to say the least. The claims smacked of self-interested optimism at best; an increasingly desperate spruiking at worst. This is where the market stood in April 2011, according to RP Data-Rismark's index of dwelling values (houses & units): Year to April 2011 Sydney 1.2% Melbourne -0.4% Brisbane -6.8% Adelaide -2.1% Perth -7.1% Darwin -7.0% Canberra 0.7% Hobart NA National -1.5% These falls had barely begun to take the edge off the massive price growth experienced in the previous two years. While there were undoubtedly some good individual buys to be had, a buyer's market it was clearly not ... yet. Fast-forward 12 months and the picture is a hell of a lot different. Rather than bottoming out in mid-2011, across-the-board declines followed throughout the capital cities. The slide proved to be pretty steep in Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane. Year to April 2012 Sydney -2.6% Melbourne -7.0% Brisbane -6.4% Adelaide -4.2% Perth -2.8% Darwin -1.1% Canberra -0.7% Hobart -8.5% National -4.5% Plenty of pundits and industry people will disregard or dismiss this whole exercise by attacking the use of metropolitan median figures. They are too imprecise; they don't tell the story about what's happening in pockets of the market or particular price bands. Fair enough, up to a point. Nobody buys a house based on the Melbourne metro median, but nor do they base a purchase decision on the suburb or council median either. Individual purchases are exactly that. Nevertheless, these figures do point to a trend that certainly runs counter to the buyer's market mantra we heard last year. And for the average punter, someone who doesn't need to buy a home but can move into the market at a time and place of their own choosing, the figures are quite stark. In many parts of the country, the decision to wait just one year could have theoretically saved them a bundle: Change in $ for a $500,000 home over year to April 2012 Sydney -$13,000 Melbourne -$35,000 Brisbane -$32,000 Adelaide -$21,000 Perth -$14,000 Darwin -$5,500 Canberra -$3,500 Hobart -$42,500 National -$22,500 And this only accounts for price movements in the last year, not from the market's peak.
  7. i need stimulation

    curry houses in melbourne

    Does anyone know of any there that would be the equivalent of what is in birkdale, queensland? or any others that are just like back in uk? I'm going to melbourne over the weeked
  8. I've been looking at houses to rent and buy in Perth and what I'm seeing is that considering how expensive they are, they really aren't very nice. Am I missing something? They all seem to be bungalows and very 70's or 80's. We are hoping to buy somewhere eventually, but in the mean time, I don't want to be paying out 800 dollars a week on somewhere that I don't like. Also, with five kids I really don't fancy only one storey, I'll never get them in to bed!:arghh:
  9. cjscjs

    Timberframe houses

    Never a week goes by when somebodies house hasn't burnt to the ground. The most recent one here in Queensland apparently took only ten minutes to become a pile of ash, fortunately no one was hurt. Back in seventeenth century London timber was the material of choice for housing until a catastrophic event occurred in early September 1666 (345 years ago !) After this time other materials, mainly bricks started being used to reduce the risk of the devastation caused by the fire of London. Today in the UK housing is still mainly built from brick and block, there are timber frame properties of course but it never really catches on. Also take an off cut of 4x2 from a building site and throw it in the fire, it takes ages to burn, this is because its impregnated with flame retardant chemicals, unlike Australian building timber. Now with all this experience and technology to hand why o why can't Australians just for once, say "the Poms do it better than us lets do it their way". Instead of, when a house does burn, blaming on a "faulty piece of electrical equipment" Its not the electrical equipment that's at fault it's the construction of the property that's seriously flawed.
  10. has anyone noticed that cars driving into houses is often in the news (on the radio at least)? I never really heard of it in the UK, but in Oz it seems to be a daily occurrence. Yesterday alone there were 2 in Sydney. One car crashed through the front of the house, hit a guy eating his dinner and came out the back. Is it because inexperienced drivers are allowed to drive high powered rear wheel drive cars and then lose it in the wet or doing burnouts? If so, why don't the authorities do something about it and change the rules? (like banning rwd cars for inexperienced drivers, like they do with turbos). One day someone's kids are going to get killed. Ironically, p-platers can't drive the new VW Golf turbo (which is front wheel drive and only turbo'd for economy), but can drive a rwd 3.8l Commodore or 4.0l Falcon kicking out 250bhp!! :shocked:
  11. Many new houses in the UK are "shameful shoebox homes" which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller - the space of a single bedroom - than the recommended minimum. The institute, which looked at 3,418 three-bedroom homes in England, based its findings on building regulations which have come into force in London. The House Builders Federation says that bigger homes could prove unaffordable. RIBA's Case for Space study discovered the average two-storey three-bedroom home for five people was 8 sq m (86 sq ft) too small. It claims the shortfall in space is the same size as a single bedroom with a bedside table, wardrobe, desk and chair. The most common new three-bedroom house was also found to be only 77% of the recommended minimum - the space equivalent to two double bedrooms. Shameful shoebox homes are being churned out all over the country, depriving households of the space they need to live comfortably” RIBA chief executive Harry Rich The institute's research was based on the 96 sq m (1033 sq ft) London Plan space standards which have just been introduced in the capital. There are currently no UK-wide standards. 'Cramped life' RIBA chief executive Harry Rich said new houses were causing some people to endure a lower quality of life. "Our homes should be places that enhance our lives and well-being," he said. "However, as our new research confirms, thousands of cramped houses - shameful shoe box homes - are being churned out all over the country, depriving households of the space they need to live comfortably and cohesively." The institute wants consumers to get better information from estate agents and house builders. For example, it is calling for floor area to be included in marketing material and floor plans to include furniture, so that people can get a clearer idea of the size of a property. The Home Builders Federation however, said that if new homes were built bigger, some people would be priced out the market. "If you increase standards you're going to increase costs," said head of planning Andrew Whitaker. "That's going to mean houses are going to become more expensive and we're already suffering from a lack of affordability for young people and first-time buyers."
  12. charlie5

    Insulating Older Houses

    Hi Our home is pretty cold in the NSW winter. It has loft insulation but that is all. Has anyone any experience of retro-fitting cavity wall or underfloor insulation? There seemsa great shortage of people who offer to do this. Charlie :frown:
  13. Please recommend me a site where I can look for fursnished rentals :wideeyed: Is it true that you cant rent these in advance? Ie: From the Uk, before the move? :unsure:
  14. Hello peeps. There is often a lot of talk on PIO of how much our houses are worth, fact of life that when we move we want to ensure we get the best price for our houses in the hope that it will give us more capital to set up in Australia, nothing wrong in that at all, we all have to make sure we get off to the best start as possible. But take Australia out of the equation for a minute and answer me this if you can. It 'seems' to me that over recent years the value of our houses has become to an extent more important than them being a 'home'. I can only talk of recent years and in this fact where I grew up with my parents and family. I honestly can't remember anyone really ever mentioning that the house was worth so and so, it was 'just' our home is all, and what a great home it was, many happy memories. But have we in this modern day world become a little to fixated with the fact that our homes are more of a 'commodity' rather than a place that we can call a home, and live in it very happily for many years. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that at times the need to move is imperative, growing family and the like, but just seems as though a lot of people moving tend to look at what the house 'may' be worth in the future rather than seeing it as a home and somewhere that has a special place in our hearts. Over sentimental maybe, but I just think that at times we are measured by where we live and what the property is worth rather than how we 'feel' about our homes. Cheers Tony. :wink:
  15. Australian houses among world's most expensive - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Six times income, I think we do not need a survey to tell us that the houses are way over priced.
  16. I know its been going on for quite a while now, but.............. just why is it right for the government to grab our hard worked for and hard paid for houses, if we should end up in a home, due to old age and illness. The wifes parents who are 72, want to sign their home over to the wife and her two sisters and apparently if you do it 7 years before they end up in a home, the council can't do anything about it............. or so they thought. My niece is a solicitor and she says the councils are closing this loophole by still grabbing the houses to pay for care and that the only way round it is to ensure the house IS signed over legally and that they then pay rent to live there and the rent they pay, has to be declared for tax. DOES anyone know the true legalities of this? To me its sordid and disgusting that old people should have their houses grabbed off them to pay for care, when they want to leave it to their children. :no::mad:
  17. gilliantay

    Selling Houses Australia

    No, not the programme with Andrew Winter (is that his name ? - good programme though). We currently have our house on the market and I was wondering if anyone else who resides here in Oz is currently trying to sell their property? The general concensus so far is that the house is: 1) Too small by Australian standards !!!! Do not understand that one....... 2) The garden is not big enough to place a second house (ie shed) The house is 3 bedrooms with a study large enough to convert into a 4th bedroom - with the usual cinema room, laundry, double garage, living-dining-kitchen area and the garden is large enough to hold a swimming pool (if wanted) and a trampoline with room left over for other things................................. I believe that it is a buyers market at the moment and what with all the new houses being thrown up at the moment I despair at times that it will ever sell..................I have handed in my notice at work and finish in 3 weeks time so a lovely buyer had better grace my doorstep before too long.................................. Anyone else in this situation?
  18. Hi. We are very stressed at the moment just wondered if any of you can help us. We are flying out to Perth on the 5th January to start our new life. We are coming out on a student visa. We have rented out our house and we have a couple of other properties we rent out. I have been told to get in touch with Inland Revenue to advise them we are going overseas so that we can get ex-pat registration Number so we dont get taxed in the UK and would Australia Tax us on these properties even though we are on a Temporary Visa???? :arghh: Your help and advise would be very much appreciated.
  19. Guest


    Hello, can anyone suggest a good website for propertys. We are looking at moving over in two years and have just started the visa process. Thanks Laura :cute:
  20. Petals

    Buying land and houses

    Its cold and wet now in Melbourne and its a good time to look around at land and houses you may be interested in. If you like it in the winter then you will love it in the summer. We have only owned two houses here and we bought our first house in the middle of winter, and we bought our land here in Somerville in the middle of winter. Both times we bought we had had particulary wet winters so we could see the faults with the land. Also in Spring and Summer as houses dry out you cannot see those problems with the neighbour's water running on to the block etc. If anyone is interested in acreage and has a few quid there is four acres going for 450,000 in Tyabb and another couple of acre block for $650 but its right on a ridge and has great views.
  21. Hello everybody. I was told that if you live in Australia you have to have your house re-built every 25 years because of the bugs that eat your house away. Is this true? My mum told me this because im moving with my fiance to australia in a few years time and she is trying everything to stop me from going, who blames her, im her ony daughter! Thanks for taking the time to read and answer my thread, im trying to get all the information about Australia that I can, before we all go Take care everyone xx
  22. Guest

    New houses off the plans

    I was wondering if anyone out there has built one of these new homes that we see in all the brochures. When they quote a price, such as $410,000 for a 4 bedroom house in Officer or cranbourne - is that ALL it costs, or are there many hidden costs that we do not know about. Are the houses built to the standard you expected. I would love to hear you experiences with building and living in these brand new areas.:mask: Jenny
  23. I know its a bit different than the uk so what sort of questions should I ask of the estate agent, conditions on offers etc. I assume that there is such a thing as planning permission etc. but what are the things to ask and what are the pitfalls. Also can anyone recommend a solicitor in Melbourne who's reliable and cheap (and legal I'm assuming they transfer the monies)
  24. Chezza66

    Are there any Serviced Houses ?

    I know you can get Serviced apartments over here in Oz, but can you get many homes? Just wondered if there was a business venture to be had here :daydreaming: Do you think there would be a good level of requirement for them? I mean, serviced apartments are ok, but if you have a young family, I suspect a bit restrictive. At least with a house you would have a small garden (hopefully) and a little more room to move. And....she says thinking on her feet, if you had a lull in rentals then you could switch it to a holiday home! Do I need to go break into my piggy bank and start counting my pennies? :jiggy:
  25. Guest

    Houses back 'home'

    I have read numerous threads on this forum and while many posts make perfect sense and are based purely on facts I have also found many that are, lets just say a little skewed :biggrin: Often I have seen people say how they could only afford a pokey little 2 bed house in the UK but here they can have a huge place with a pool and 4 bedrooms etc. I realise it depends where you live in each country that obvious but what makes people compare apples to oranges ? It is clear that some will dismiss every positive about the country they left behind and it is an obvious coping mechanism. I have recently started looking at what sort of places are available in the Devon area I would like to return to and the choice is staggering. Even if you use a more sensible exchange rate of $2 to 1 these houses are still extremely good value for money. 4 and 5 bedroom houses with big gardens, 2 bathrooms, 2 receptions are easy to find in good areas for 200k and up. As this would be the sort of money we should have if the move goes ahead it is very exciting. This is just an example, I didn't have to look for long to find something like this. 4 bedroom link detached house for sale in East Street, Chulmleigh, EX18, EX18 Now please as this is in the Moving back to UK section it is NOT an anti Australian thread, it just gives those with plans some idea of what they could do with their money.