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  1. My family and I lived in Tasmania for around 8 years before moving back to the UK. We moved a lot during that time and I cannot remember how often we rented or bought the houses we lived in, I only know that we owned (and later sold) a house in Cygnet for a while. We are thinking of moving back to Tassie (possibly mainland but more likely Taz) and I wanted to know a bit about renting houses. My mum's friend in Taz mentioned that finding places to rent has gotten harder as more people are turning their places into Airbnb's and stuff or prices have increased - I can't quite remember. We will most likely be getting some help from our friend in Taz but I would appreciate it if anyone here living/renting in Tassie can give some insight about the renting situation, what areas are best for renting etc. and some tips. (FYI - there will be 3 of us and most likely 1 cat and 1 dog (we have 2 cats and 2 dogs however one of our cats and dogs are quite old and becoming slightly unwell so we are unsure whether or not they will be coming with us). I do believe that this will make finding somewhere to live harder as we will have pets, but we will try our best! Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thankyou! PS. If you happen to know anything about Australian education I would appreciate it if you checked out my other topic)
  2. Hi, looking for some help. Yes, "aint we all" I here you cry. Looking to move from UK to Brisbane late 2015 and basically AM going to start my own business over there. I am self employed here in the UK and have been for 10 years and made it work. Because that's what you have to do in life. Make thinks work for you. Read some really negative things on these threads and no doubt there will be more to follow here. But..... you got to start somewhere. So here I am. I'll tell you what I am looking for. Have you had a quote aor a job done from a Carpenter? How much did it cost. Or even, if you have not had work carried out, how much do you think it would cost. Now I know here I charge £25-40.00 per interior door fit. I know I charge £6.00/m2 to lay laminate flooring. It's £20.00 per metre to install fencing and i know how to transfer the exchange rate from GBP to AUD. However I realise we live in the real world and that doesnt work. I apologise in advance if I sound bullish, or blunt, but sometimes you just got to ask. I have seen places like Doors Plus etc charging $768 to supply and fit 3 white primed 4 or 6 panel doors. An offer I put out at £165-£180.00 I did try to retrieve quotes from 4 different carpenters for fitting of 5 Interior doors. Shockingly, none got back to me. Maybe saying the job was located in Rocklea was my downfall here but you have to go where the work is.... right? I appreciate you taking the time to read this and appreciate ANY feedback. Good and bad. Life's not all sunshine and flowers. Sometimes you got to start with good manure! lol Thank you, Robert
  3. markp

    Brisbane property market

    Hi Everyone, My family and I are on the verge of deciding to move from the UK to Brisbane. We're hoping to live in one of the family friendly suburbs not too far from the city. Can anyone give any advice on the property market? Is it changing much? Are prices going up? Staying flat? Also, is there a good time during the year to buy? We're trying to work out when to move and I'd like to try to buy at the best time. Thanks is in advance for any advice. Mark
  4. markp

    Brisbane property market

    Hi Everyone, My family and I are on the verge of deciding to move from the UK to Brisbane. We're hoping to live in one of the family friendly suburbs not too far from the city. Can anyone give any advice on the property market? Is it changing much? Are prices going up? Staying flat? Also, is there a good time during the year to buy? We're trying to work out when to move and I'd like to try to buy at the best time. Thanks is in advance for any advice. Mark
  5. PomPomBuckley

    Time taken to sell house in the UK

    Hi folks :-) Please excuse me if this question has already been asked recently. I have done a search and nothing relevant appeared hence the new thread. We are looking at emigrating in a couple of years (OH is from Brisbane) to live with family. After researching a little it would seem opinion varies on when to put the house on the market when selling to emigrate. We live in a terraced house in Yorkshire and with the market being a bit more fluid recently up t'north I hope it won't take long to sell, when the time comes. We think that first time buyers and landlords will be the main interest. My main question is what area do you live and how long before you planned to leave did you put the house on the market and how quickly did it sell? Do you have any tips for me? I am starting renovations soon (I am a big planner!) as it's quite an old house but mainly just decor and replacing flooring in the works. Any advice appreciated. Thanks! :wink:
  6. landv

    House prices

    Posting this just out of interest to see how the tables turned between the two countries. Avarage house price in the UK is 165,659 (source: houseprices.uk.net) Avarage house price in Perth (I can only speak for Perth as I live here, dont know other cities) is $500,000. Using the current exchange rate of 1.56, 165,659 pounds is $258,428 aussie dollars, which would get me nothing here in Perth. It is hard to find any decent house for sale under $400,000.
  7. 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?
  8. Is it me or is it these Aussie prawn farmers who do not understand the fundamentals of economics? It seems that to compete against cheap foreign prawns they want to make Aussie prawns more expensive. Whilst many high quality products such as luxury cars are sold as premium products with a high price, I fail to see how making Aussie prawns more expensive than they already are is going to encourage people who probably cannot afford to buy them anyway, buy more by increasing the cost. It would be like Jaguar cars making them more expensive to persuade Ford/Holden drivers to buy a Jag. I cannot see it happening. Whilst I do sympathise with the ideals of buying "Aussie made," it seems that shoving "Aussie made" on anything is just a silly marketing ploy that Aussies fall for. In my local Woollies the other day I noticed that my "Welsh sausages" made by "The British Sausage Company" are also "uniquely Australian". They are the best sausages I have ever tasted in Australia and the nearest thing to British sausages so I recommend them. However, this company also produces "borewors" which, being a South African sausage, is about as British as sushi! Have a read of this news story - [h=1]Levy plan to refire our love for Australian prawns[/h]http://www.news.com.au/national/levy-plan-to-refire-our-love-for-australian-prawns/story-fndo4ckr-1226583828464 AUSTRALIA'S prawn producers are proposing a levy on every kilo of locally produced prawns to fund a fight against cheap overseas imports. The voluntary levy - with plans to make it compulsory under a federal amendment Bill to go to Parliament - will cost between 2c-5c for every kilo of prawns. While the producers will foot the bill for the upfront levy, the cost could be passed on to consumers. The "prawn tax" will help wild and farm producers - one-time foes - fund a million-dollar advertising campaign dubbed "Love Your Aussie Prawn". The ads may even see Paul Hogan dusted off for a cameo along the lines of his iconic Down Under television ad. But this time it won't be a shrimp on the barbie. It'll be an Aussie prawn. "We're not enemies," Australian Prawn Farm ers Association president Alistair Dick said yesterday about the joint campaign. "It makes sense to team up with the wild caught industry." Australians eat an average 5kg of prawns per person every year. But sales of imported prawns have ballooned in recent years. Three quarters of prawns consumed in Australia are now overseas sourced. To regain the high ground in the nation's $1.3 billion seafood industry, marketing gurus are working on the campaign to encourage buyers to pay extra for their "Aussie made" prawn fix and support locally produced seafood, which the industry argues is cleaner, greener and tastes better. Farmed Vannamei prawns imported from Thailand cost about $14 a kilo compared to up to $30 a kilo for wild caught cooked King prawns. "You can't take choice away from people," said Mr Dick. "But we can point out the problems they have in overseas farms with water control, disease and antibiotic residue. "It's a bit like spraying a lettuce crop every day with insecticide to stop bugs eating it." The wild caught and farmed prawn industry used to battle each other for industry dominance but now see imports as their biggest threat. Crystal Bay prawn farmer Gary Davis said crew off prawn trawlers were blown away when they visited his north Queensland site, near Cardwell. "We throw a net and get 100 per cent prawns. They have to sort their prawns from box jellyfish, sharks and rays. They also have to deal with closures and green zones." In Australia, there are 26 prawn farms and hundreds of commercial prawn trawling companies.
  10. emmaroo

    Flight Prices

    Do flight prices get cheaper or more expensive the closer you wait to book? Just trying to work out when I should book my flight to get the best deal! Thanks Emma
  11. BRISBANE has won the race to the bottom with Adelaide to become the cheapest mainland capital in which to buy a house. Median prices have plummeted by 6.7 per cent in 12 months. The national median home price has now fallen for five successive quarters, marking an even worse stretch than during the global financial crisis in 2008, according to Australian Property Monitors' gloomy report on the September quarter. Brisbane has gone from boom to gloom, reversing years of steep growth in its property market to lead the downturn with a 2.7 per cent decline in the quarter. APM senior economist Andrew Wilson said market confidence had been battered, with global economic turmoil fomenting fears of job insecurity in Australia.
  12. The Pom Queen

    Banana Prices

    BANANA prices are set to be slashed Australia-wide to save customers grief on their grocery bills. Woolworths will drop the price of bananas from $10.98 to $7.95 – a saving of more than $3 a kilo – despite crops not having fully recovered. The supermarket giant’s General Manager of Fresh Food, Pat McEntree, said Woolworths was only receiving a fifth of the supply it saw before Cyclone Yasi. "Australia's banana crop has not recovered as quickly as everyone would have liked. "Not only were farmers hit by Cyclone Yasi in February but growing conditions over winter have been less than ideal. "It's been a cold winter with little rain and no cloud cover which has hindered the recovery of banana crops," Mr McEntree said. Banana prices peaked at $15 a kilo this year after the key growing areas of Cardwell and Innisfail were ravaged by the tropical cyclone in early February. With costs expected to continue falling in the coming weeks, some Melbourne grocers are selling bananas at $6.99 a kilo – up to $2 above previous prices. Mr McEntree said Woolworths would continue to support the banana growers’ industry in the wake of the natural disaster
  13. The Pom Queen

    UK House Prices - North/South divide

    The average house price in the South is now more than twice as high as in the North, a study has revealed. It is thought to be the first time that the North/South gap has widened to this extent. Despite widespread economic gloom, experts say that asking prices across London, the South-East, South-West and East Anglia rose by 4.7 per cent last month. Boom or bust: While property prices in the South continue to increase, house values in the North fell again last month Boom or bust: While property prices in the South continue to increase, house values in the North fell again last month However, prices in the North and North-West, the West and East Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber and Wales fell by 0.7 per cent. The typical property in the South now costs £336,743, compared with £164,347 in the North. The £172,396 gap is the largest recorded in the nine-year history of property firm Rightmove’s pricing index. Property prices had been predicted to fall by as much as ten per cent by 2013 due to the challenging financial climate, but Rightmove said the South, and London in particular, continues to exceed expectations. In the four years since the start of the credit crunch, asking prices have fallen by 9.6 per cent in the North - but jumped 5.4 per cent in the South. Rightmove spokesman Miles Shipside said: ‘Wider access to mortgages and rising asking prices are early signs of increasing demand, giving homeowners some grounds for hope of a market recovery.’ However, he added that the reality was a ‘two-tier’ market with a ‘growing price gap’. The firm’s report suggested high unemployment in the North had driven prices down.
  14. HOUSING'S STATE OF PLAY City 2011 median price 2014 forecast per cent change Brisbane $435,000 $505,000 +16.1 per cent Sydney $644,700 $770,000 +19.4 per cent Melbourne $590,000 $623,000 +5.6 per cent Darwin $515,000 $600,000 +16.5 per cent Canberra $525,000 $565,000 +7.6 per cent Perth $470,000 $565,000 +20.2 per cent Adelaide $410,000 $440,000 +7.3 per cent Hobart $370,000 $395,000 +6.8 per cent
  15. HOUSE prices and rents are set to go through the roof again in Brisbane, The report, prepared by BIS Shrapnel, says the underlying strength of the Australian economy, stable interest rates in the short term, high immigration and a dire shortage of houses, will be the main drivers of this growth. It forecasts the Brisbane median house will lift by 16 per cent to $505,000 over the three years to June 2014. The rise in home prices and shortage of accommodation is also expected to force up rents. This compares with 20 per cent in Perth, 19 per cent in Sydney, 8 per cent in Canberra and only 6 per cent in Melbourne. It also predicts that first home buyers will start to re-enter the market in greater numbers next year as the outlook for the economy improves. This will in turn encourage others to return, especially upgraders, as demand for their properties improves. ''Sydney hasn't fallen in a hole and house price growth has been minimal but has held up over the last 12 months,'' said Robert Mellor, the managing director of BIS Shrapnel. But he predicts this will jump to about 5 per cent in 2011-12 and 7 per cent the year after, before growth will start to slow as a result of higher interest rates in 2013. ''At some point in the next few years rising interest rates will become a concern and that will bring a slowing in residential property markets,'' Mr Mellor said. BIS Shrapnel chief economist Frank Gelber warned the Melbourne market was "running out of steam" as supply levels for new homes increased to satisfy demand. Would-be house buyers would be deterred by a likely 100-basis point increase in interest rates over the next few years. Such a rise would take the official rate to 5.75 per cent. "The property market will stay stronger over the next few years but there will be no huge increase in (residential) property prices over the next five years in Melbourne," Mr Gelber said, speaking in Melbourne. "The next big increase in Melbourne property prices won't be until the next upward phase of the economy." Separately yesterday, a report from the Housing Industry Association revealed that in the past year, Australia's major developers built about 50,500 new houses - down about 20 per cent from the previous year. Commercial to eclipse residential Despite the optimistic outlook for home owners in most capital cities, residential property will be outperformed by commercial property over the next 10 years, according to research by ANZ. Equities will eclipse residential real estate as the strongest performer, but ANZ suggests that when risk is factored in, commercial property will generate similar returns. The report, Asset returns: Past, Present and Future, said owner-occupied housing had made annual average returns of 12 per cent over the 24 years since 1987 even when costs and taxes were factored in. Simple historical comparisons of equities and property are often used by property analysts to demonstrate housing's superior capital returns but ANZ included costs, taxes, interest on loans and factored in the risk associated with investing. It found that owner-occupied housing had the highest returns, outperforming investment property, in part because of capital gains tax exemptions. Investor housing was the next best asset class, performing slightly better than equities over the time analysed, the report said. They were followed by government bonds, term deposits and commercial property.
  16. The Pom Queen

    Melbourne House Prices Drop

    The latest RP Data-Rismark statistics show Melbourne is pulling down the nation's property market. The median house price across Melbourne is now $501,500, which is down 6.2 per cent in the six months to July. Apartments fared slightly better, down 4.3 per cent to $425,000. Scroll down to see how long it takes to sell a house in your suburb Across Australia, capital city house prices fell for the seventh month in a row, down 3.4 per cent. RP Data research director Tim Lawless said Melbourne property prices had rocketed 29 per cent during 2009 and last year. "You have to expect that level of growth was clearly going to be unsustainable," he said. "Melbourne is slowing at quite a rapid rate." But Mr Lawless said the top end of the market was responsible for most of the price falls. Premium property prices had tumbled almost 10 per cent in the past year. "That compares to (a fall of) 0.3 per cent at the most affordable end of the market," he said. Falling house prices and a lack of buyer confidence are buffeting Melbourne's property market. Auction clearance rates have lingered below 60 per cent for 19 weeks, as would-be buyers keep their hands in their pockets. It comes as a separate survey shows revealed home builders believe consumer confidence is the biggest threat to the prosperity of their sector. Of those who responded to the Master Builders Business Sentiment survey, 20 per cent said a lack of consumer confidence was the biggest single threat to profitability while a further 18 per cent said excessive or inefficient planning regulations were the biggest threats. However, the outlook for the coming 12 months was positive with 60 per cent saying they expected business activity to improve and 58 per cent saying they expected profitability to also rise during the next year. Executive Director Brian Welch said it was heartening to see that residential builders were undeterred by the "mass hysteria" surrounding the residential property market. "Our members are telling us that they understand that consumer confidence is having an impact on the industry, but they expect that contraction to level out over the coming year," Mr Welch said. "This can be explained by the fact that 63 per cent of respondents said they have at least 4 months of work on their books with 14 per cent reporting they have more than a year’s worth," he said. "These builders are not deterred by current economic uncertainty and continue to plough ahead." The latest statistics come ahead of the Saturday start of Melbourne's spring selling season, which experts believe could be a buying bonanza for house hunters. "It is absolutely a buyer's market," Mr Lawless said. Real Estate Institute of Victoria spokesman Robert Larocca said buyers were well placed to make the most of the market. "Prices have peaked, affordability has become a concern, people have become more conservative and auction clearance rates are down," he said. Rismark International economist Christopher Joye said an interest rate cut would help house prices recover. "If rates do remain on hold, or begin to fall, we would expect to see Australia's housing market find a base and begin to generate capital gains again," he said.
  17. Hello, Ive been having a look on domain and realestate as well as the bank home loan pages and have started to panic slightly about the repayments and prices of the houses. My husband and I are 30 and 33 and have just been granted a 175 visa we are planning to move to melbourne. Sadly we have never owned a home in this country but we have rented for the last 4 years. The deposit has always been a major issue. We have a small amount of money saved for Australia. Can anyone please tell me their experiences of buying and repayments in Australia. We are going to Melbourne. My cousin lives in Brisbane and has been there 3 years but they have rented the whole time so have no idea what to do. Would really appreciate any advice you may have. Thanks Gem
  18. Perthbum

    Food Prices OZ v UK

    So many people moving or seeking advise on this forum about food prices I thought it might help them if folk but down their personal experiences of living in both Countries. Cheaper in Oz Meat (not chicken) Wine if bought in a box. Fish. ( I think, may be wrong) More expensive in Oz Beer Fruit and Veg Chicken
  19. sam hall

    Tool prices

    :err: Hi everyone Can anyone tell me if tools are more expensive in Oz as a work colleague who has been there said tools cost a lot more even 2nd hand ones :shocked: :idea:So I was thinking about buying new in the UK and selling my old tools in Oz. I'm a carpenter so have lots of tools to take unless I sell them before I go.:confused: Passed my Vettasses and sent off for Visa in Sept 10,so guess I've got a while to make a decision. :unsure: thanks.
  20. Hi, has anyone based in Oz had any work carried out on their homes by a Carpenter / joiner and if you don't mind sharing, how much did it cost? Looking for an idea as I will be attempting to ply my trade in Australia. Perth we are thinking at the moment. Just an idea. For example. Door fitting, kitchen fitting, laminate / hardwood flooring. decking etc. I have been online and have a cost on some materials although I realise like here in the UK I will have to face to face to get better deals but I have to start somewhere. Ideally I would like to gain employment but need to prep on becoming self employed should I see a market for it. I hope I am not being too intrusive and I fully understand if you do not wish to share. Many thanks :embarrassed:
  21. Looking to ship my Rover 75 over. It only got 45000 miles on clock so would do as a starter for Australia. What else can I fit into a 20 foot container along with it. I realise nothing can go inside the car. We are not looking to take lots. Electrical goods, excess baggage, toys and tools for example. All suggestions welcomed. Thanks
  22. Hi I have just found this link on the net and it has helped me alot so I hope it will assist anyone not sure of the areas they are looking into etc.............. Let me know if it helps you toooo. :biggrin: Sarah The Newlands http://www.viacorp.com/perth-suburbs-listed-by-median-price.html
  23. Guest

    House prices

    Hi All, Myself and my fiance are playing on relocating to Oz in a couple of years and have been looking into house prices and was wondering if anyone could help with locations that would suit our budget of around AUD270,000? We ideally want a minimum 2 bedroom house and was initially looking at Brisbane. Thanks in advance for any helpful answers!:biggrin:
  24. just found this, a thought after a read. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/decade-of-pain-for-melbournes-property-market/story-fn7x8me2-1226091381419
  25. Guest

    House prices down..

    I read this this morning : WA property prices will fall before they get better, with a sustained recovery kicking in as late as 2013, a real estate investment source predicts. Property Observer says prices could fall up to 8 per cent more in the next 12 to 18 months before a strong recovery fuelled by the resources sector and infrastructure projects. The prediction bucks homeowner hopes that Perth property prices had bottomed out. It follows a 7.3 per cent price drop in Perth's house prices in the past year - the biggest fall in Australia - based on data from RP Data Rismark. A Property Observer spokesman said local price declines had accelerated recently with a 1.5 per cent reduction in April alone. The online group's Property Clock - where 12 o'clock identifies a market's property price peak and 6pm the trough - suggests Perth's market is at 4.40pm. "Perth is very sensitive to interest rate rises, so if there is another interest rate rise, it will push the clock back to 2pm, which means it will take longer for prices to bottom out," the spokesman said. A report by realestate.com.au appears to back the prediction of downward pressures on Perth property prices. The realestate.com.au survey nominates Perth and Brisbane as the least affordable property markets in Australia at a time when 87 per cent of WA residents said bills and expenses had increased. But while West Australians generally find it hard to get on the property ladder or move up it, many seem to be fussy about the types of homes they are will to buy. About half would not buy a home that did not give them a decent amount of space from their neighbours, according to the survey. A similar number would not buy a home that did not provide every family member with a room of their own. More than half were unwilling to live further then 10km from their ideal location. National statistics from the same survey showed that 94 per cent of Generation Y respondents were prepared to give up luxury brands to achieve the great Australian dream of home ownership. Analyst David Chalke said Gen Ys were the most optimistic and seniors the most concerned about housing affordability. "Despite the economic ups and downs of recent years, there is no sign whatsoever that the dream of home ownership is weakening," he wrote. I love the way they say a sustained recovery may begin as late as 2013.. There isnt going to be a recovery ever in house prices..Times have changed..The world is changing the cycle of peaks and troughs for property is over..Its only downhill from now on.. Another article mentioned in this mornings paper was about subsiding new properties in secret harbour..Im not surprised the houses they put up now are crap and built on dodgy foundations..I would never fork out hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase one of these new roof to roof houses built on featureless farmland that you now see all around Perth..These new developments look like refugee camps..They are horrible.