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  1. Jackboots

    real estate uk

    Just a thought were selling our house in the uk and have allways used www.rightmove.co.uk but ive just found another site called www.welcomehome.co.uk in case your needing them for a browse . so if its any help all well and good :wink:
  2. THIS IS YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL THINGS SAUSAGE RELATED!!! fantastic old English pork bangers @ Tasman meats in Belmont. you heard it here first. Have you found a decent banger lately? If so, where? Or report dodgy snags masquerading as gourmet sausages right here!
  3. I am an Estate Agent in the the UK and am looking to work in the same role when I get to the Gold Coast next year. Does anyone have any experience of Real Estate Agents in Aus and is there anything I should know apart from the fact that I will need to be qualified as they are licensed over there.
  4. fleabo

    Real Ale in Adelaide?

    Having just returned from Canberra, where one of many joys was a smashing few scoops of 'Real Ale' at the Wig and Pen, I am now searching for some real ale outlets in central Adelaide - any advice? Cheers.
  5. Guest

    What is a real christmas.

    While looking through the threads, i see a familiar topic of conversation that seems to crop up each year and that is members who miss "A real Christmas" or members returning to UK and looking forward to a proper Christmas. I was just wondering what members feel makes a "Real Christmas", Considering where Jesus was born surely a hot Christmas is more like a Real Christmas. If you are a Christian would it matter where you celebrate Christmas. is it just a case of what we are used to and grown up with. So what makes a cold wet Christmas in the UK more like a proper Christmas than an Australia summer Christmas. Is this just a romantic idea that people hold about how Christmas should be celebrated, How do our Australian members feel who have never experienced a Cold Christmas, and before anyone tells me .... yes i do know that the Christmas holiday is actually a Pagan festival date.
  6. Anyone else experienced this sort of rubbish? We have just left our grotty smelly house in Greensborough which we treated with respect in spite of the fence falling down, a large collection of wood being left in the garden for a year, a leak in the hallway that was never fixed, a leak in the garage that leaked constantly and ruined all our stuff that was in there, a garage door that was falling off, ineffective heating, a urine smelling kitchen cupboard and numerous other ailments. We always paid the rent on time and never caused any issues. On moving out the agent has decided we need to pay for a cleaner, a handyman and a gardener to get the place "up to scratch" (a bulldozer would be more appropriate). She expained we needed to do a "a bit of weeding" and pointed out there are scratches on the polished living room floor. My argument is that we have lived there for a year, a carpet would get worn and it is surely understandable that a floor will become marked, were we supposed to float around for a year? We just found out today the gardener has quoted $385! To pull some weeds out! It seems the landlord/real estate agent treat our bonds as a Christmas bonus. On top of this, our new house (which does not smell of urine) was advertised for $440 a week and an invitation to call the agent for an appointment (ie not an "open house") I did this, arranged my appointment, and to my astonishment they then decided to advertise this time as a time for any other potential tennants to have a look. We got the house and were about to sign the contract when the agent decided they would actually charge us $450 a week!! If we refused to pay then we would lose the house! Having moved in I put the key in the shed lock and it broke (thats my fault and I have to pay to repair it). the airconditioner does not work (we reported it and its like talking to a wall, they sort of listen, and then do nothing), the blinds dont work in any of the bedrooms, you have to physically pull at them (which breaks them which will presumably be our fault and will result in the landlord getting new blinds at our expense). They have not even bothered to replace light bulbs that have blown! Overall renting over here is a thoroughly awful experience.
  7. Hi Guys, I have been offered a 457 visa by a company in Brisbane, but after reading a number posts i am concerned as i have a young son and i also believed i was going to be offered a permanent residency visa. I have a number of concerns as to whether i should accept the offer or maybe try and persuade the company to offer a different type of visa? I have copied the wording of the visa offered: :confused: "[Company] agrees to sponsor your visa, being a Temporary Business (Long Stay) – Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457), to a period of four (4) years." My main concerns are: (I am 44 yrs old, married and my occupation is an Engineer) How difficult is it to obtain PR after arriving on this visa? My son who has asthma might require medical treatment when here, would the treatment be free with this type of visa? What would be my options should my employment with the sponsoring company not work out as i have heard a couple of horror stories? What are the main differences between PR and 457? I have been offered $115,000 pa: could anyone advise if this is an amount that would afford myself and my family a decent living in Brisbane as my wife would probably not be able to work due to us having a young son? Many thanks, Brian and family
  8. I ask because I joined PIO after getting outraged by some of the anti-Australian stuff. I'd been reading over my partners shoulder for years (v. annoying habit) and one particular post about how you can't get good conversation in Oz because all Aussies are only interested in surfing or bbqing tipped me over the edge. So I became Surf N Turf to right the wrongs. Complete with lycra outfit. Or should that have been a wet suit? Probably where I went wrong. But of course, now I'm a member and on the site regularly, all my outrage has died and I just like to find stuff that makes me think or laugh. I lost my axe to grind and became more like my normal, can't-be-ar*sed self. And Surf N Turf feels like a very odd name for an Australian who has never surfed or fired up a BBQ. Does anyone else have cyber-identify that doesn't really match up to reality? Can it be just me?
  9. A major problem today is that the media and the blogosphere are dominated by the 1 percent. The 1 percent control everything, and they control the news that they drip fed to the masses, to the 99 percent. It was revealed recently that the Australian real estate industry actually pays shills and spruikers to 'talk up' property on forums and blogs (yes even blogs like this one) to plant positive spin, to post as if they are one of the 99 percent when in fact they are the 1% pretending to be a normal blogger. Watch this for evidence, it includes a video that Bernard Salt probably wishes was never recorded: On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog, or a paid property spruiker Are your eyes open yet people? Don't believe what you read, anywhere. The problem is the 99 percent don't read blogs like this. They don't find out the truth. So pass this on, pass the message on to everyone. Tell your friends what's happening. Make them read this article. Make then watch the Bernard Salt video (he's a public figure, they might have heard of him, they might listen to his scheme and revolt against it). Above all, remember, the 99 percent are fed lies by the 1 percent and this is a huge obstacle we must overcome. But in time, the truth must come out. It always does. We are the 99 percent.
  10. The Pom Queen

    Real Steal

    If anyone has the chance, especially if you have kids go and see Real Steal, we loved it.:notworthy: [YOUTUBE]OZLVDT9-q6k[/YOUTUBE]
  11. rockola57

    Rockers.They're not real!

    Phew,just been getting a fix of late 50s n early 60s rockin' n blues off the Tube.Really can't believe how good Gene Vincent,Billy Fury and Bo Diddley were then.Serious Cool Cats.:swoon:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyNbwdONLqw&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhrCmzoRB_Qhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qyXyAQU8h4:yes:
  12. Well we have 24 weeks before we fly to OZ and its suddenly beginning to start to feel very real, its taken so long to get to this point that i often felt we would never get to this stage but here we are. We have taken the extremely hard and emotional decision to rehome our dog with a wonderful family here as we just cant afford to take him as the house has not sold, £4k out of our savings is too much. So we met them today and they came with their boxer and the 2 of them got on great we are taking dexter thru to theirs on sunday and if all goes well he will be staying, im gutted but also so relieved i have found him a great new home and we will stay in contact so i can see how hes doing. Weve also managed to get the house rented to a really nice family for a minmum years lease but they would like 3 years which is great, huge weight off our shoulders. So we have began packing up what we want to take as we are only taking boxes with personal and important stuff no furniture as we dont have enough to fill even half a container so we decided we will just start new. Packing our stuff up has brought it home for the first time the enormity of what were actually doing and although im happy and excited theres a small part of me thats slightly apprehensive but not enough to have second thoughts. We are going to do a few car boot sales over the next month or so try and sell alot of stuff before we move in with relatives, then we have 3 nights out a night out with all jamies colleagues and my ex colleagues end of oct a night out with my current work mid nov then a big meal with friends and family end of nov, and before we know it jan 10th will be here. Were also booking flights for my parents to come out next Oct for 3 months. So busy times ahead which were finally happy are here,:jiggy: So as of the end of the month im not sure how often i will be on the site but will ensure i get on before we leave if nothing else, so i just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us to this point, we are eternally grateful to a handful of people whom without we wouldnt be at this point, also to all those who have offered their support over the last couple of years thankyou your kind and encouraging words have helped us thru some crappy periods of this rollercoaster. :jiggy::jiggy:were actually going peeps at last its our turn:wubclub:
  13. Guest

    The real Australia

    G'day all My wife and I are big on country touring and camping. Like I said in another post here, we reckon 80% of people in this country never get very far from the cities or areas they live in. We were reading this ride report from a fellow Advrider today and thought I should copy the link here because he travelled from SA to Melbourne and then later across to Western Oz and took plenty of photos showing the different kind of terrain one encounters in the real Aussie outback. Come take a look at the real Australia, which the majority of Aussies will never visit. Gone, Again... ( Random Adventures in Oz ) - ADVrider Cheers: Kevin.
  14. hi all! , new to this so will introduce myself and family, im michelle and my husband is alan we have three boys aged 16, 10 and 2, were applying for a 175 skilled visa , alan is a stonemason with 15yrs + experience in his trade, specializing in restoration and carving side of stonemasonry although he can do pretty much anything to do with any type of stone. were hoping to head out to oz sometime next year no later than september(fingers crossed) hoping for queensland, interested in burliegh heads or surrounding area, any info on that area would be much appreciated:smile: my only headache at the moment is searching for jobs:arghh: i have checked australian job sites too and the only jobs that seemed to be advertised for stonemasons is for kitchen benchtops i have not yet found anything for restoration or any other type of stonework so if anyone can shed any light on this ,please let us know. thankyou ! michelle and alan
  15. RobertBurns

    Haggis + Real Irn Bru

    Anyone recommend anywhere I can pick up a Haggis, or some real imported Irn Bru (not the crap they make here?) Managed to get a haggis once at the butchers by North Sydney station but that must have been a one-off as they havent had them since.. Im over northern beaches way so anyhwere closer to here the better... Thanks!
  16. It all makes sense now!! http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/exhausted-kayakers-rescued-from-cockburn-sound/story-e6frg13u-1226039766398 :biggrin::biggrin:
  17. Hi everyone Havent posted on the forum for a while but been keeping tabs on what everyones upto,My issuse is that just had the medicals completed today at the bridge clinic in Maidenhead they were really good made my son feel at ease and everything went well i think. But its all become very real and has focus my mind in what im about to do so my qestion is HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON WHAT TO TAKE, WHAT TO LEAVE WHERE TO START? Any advice would really help thanks
  18. Guest

    is this muppett for real?

    BBC - Newsbeat - Orthorexia: Worries about 'healthy eating' disorder
  19. Fora very long time me and my husband have talked about the move, but never actually acted on it. So the story has begun. We heard about the new rules coming into place and hired an agent, not too expensive £1300 for his services, and off we go. VETASSES coming up for hubby in April, then apparently not long to get state sponsorship with only a few months to go till visa comes through etc. Now this is all so fast for me, what do i do sell my house, rent it out? buy a house out there if we can get a mortgage or is it safer to rent????? im going to Perth, never set foot in Perth myself before, family have but none remain there, they loved it though. So frustrating, schools for the 3 children???? work for us both???? where do i start????? :huh:If only i could go out there for a few weeks before this all happens, but lets face it that would probably be about 10K for a family of 5 minimum! thats moving money!!! help, please tell me what to expect is this really going to happen at 100 miles an hour??? what do i expect when we go, whats it like in Perth???? apart from beautiful, hot, sunny, friendly, is it easy to fit in?? make friends??? sorry to sound like ive had 1 to many Red bulls but im so excited/confused/ happy/ nervous/ did i say excited???
  20. Ive never really been a member of a forum before I joined PIO and find this one to be unique (in my small experience of forums) in the way that people interact with each other. I think it is great that friendships etc can be formed and there seems to have been some great friendships formed and these cyber friends have become 'real' friends. If someone has ever suffered from a loss or bereavement, then the human kindness that has been shown towards them has been amazing. The amount of help that people are willing to offer to those who are in the process of moving everything, and the kitchen sink, over 10,000 miles to the other side of the World, is outstanding and is to be applauded. I find the greatest thing on here has been the laughter - especially after a hard day at work - it can be fun to 'waste' time on here to forget about the monotony of everyday life. Having said all that, on here is not my reality. Its a forum. I dont feel the need to share the more personal details of my life - not that I would criticise someone for doing so either. Each to their own - if it helps an indiviual to share more personal information then I hope they receive the assistance they are looking for. I share very little on here as I suppose I dont really know who is behind each avatar. So with the great positives that come with the forum, we also have to have the negatives. I dont quite understand how we can personally attack someone on here when we, in reality, dont know them? There is the continuous argument about who knows best on where is the best place to live. Then there are the arguments that really do cross a line. Ive never really been upset by anyone's comments on here. I suppose I dont take them personally, or I just really dont care what they think. I just click on the logout button and 'as if by magic' they no longer exist. How do we cure this? Walk a mile in their shoes maybe?
  21. Hi I am planning to move and settle in OZ very soon and have few options available. Just need advice on which one will be the best and most simple way to move OZ. Quick facts are: Fact 1 Abt Me: OFFSHORE: ACS assessed ANZSCO 261399 Network Security [sOL4] (July 2010) ||Certified Member: ACS, 5 Year ICT Experience||IELETS 7.5+ Each (May 2010)|| Currently Applied Victoria State Sponsorship and ACS Reassessment in progress ICT Security Specialist ANZSCO 262112[sOL 3&4] Fact 2 Abt my Fiance: ONSHORE: Dentist on Student Visa Sub-class 572 ||IELETS:7.5+ Each (June 2010) ||Studying Dental Hygiene at TAFE ||She will be assessed Dental Hygienist ANZSCO 411211 after passing out in Dec 2011 Fact 3 Abt my real sister: PR living in Melbourne since 2008 Fact 4: We both pass new and old point’s tests system 120+ (old) and 65+(new) Current Situation: I am engaged to a dentist who is pursuing her studies in TAFE Dental Hygiene course and I am offshore working for an ICT Giant. We both are planning to get married in July in OZ and currently I am in a process to wait for my VIC state sponsorship result mail. I am not applying to other state (ACT has my code in SMP) because I don’t want to jeopardize my VIC SMP application. Adding to that I have launched new ACS application for new code ICT Security Specialist which is in SA SMP as well as SOL 3 and 4 Planned: I want to leave Melbourne on a relative sponsored visa in July this year and will get married in OZ. By July I am sure I will have my new assessment as well as some state sponsorship results so that I can apply either ACT or SA. Questions: Apart from relative sponsored visitor's visa is there any way I can stay in OZ with my fiancée and work there immediately after getting married to her? Is there any way I can bridge a relative sponsored Visitor's visa with Partner visa (once I am married:cute:). Can I lodge my 176 offshore if I get my state sponsorship/175 while I am in OZ on a relative sponsored visitor's visa? Can my sister sponsor my fiancée to lodge her 886 once she passes out in Dec and can I become her secondary applicant on her 886 visa (being already a 175/176 applicant) ? I am sorry for the super-complicated situation:idea: but only thing I need is to be there and buy some time. I appreciate the brainstorming and all comments are welcome :smile: regards Big Bob
  22. So how about this, everyone who sees this thread and lives in australia gives a breif run down of any houses they've rented with details like, the year you rented it, the location and the weekly cost? Give everyone a real world idea of the cost i renting in Australia in different areas? Mine... Caloundra qld - 1 bedroom unit - $300 per week 2008 Pomona qld - 1 bedroom cottage - $280 per week 2009 Nambour qld - three bedroom on acerage - $250 per week 2009/2010 Tumbarumba shire nsw - three bedroom house - $50 per week 2010 Tumbarumba shire nsw - three bedroom on acerage - $65 per week including all bills 2011
  23. seaangel

    Newspapers - Real Estate

    Hi there. Which newspaper is it that has the real estate in on the weekend? We visited recently and meant to bring one of them back with us! Thanks very much. :notworthy:
  24. Hi All. Has anyone recently sorted a rental house out in the inner east melb area (Hawthorth/box hill/Canterbury/surrey hills/balwyn/mont albert) If so can anyone recommend a real estate company as having some difficulty finding contacts there I'm planning from Auckland NZ at the mo, with a view to move in 3/4 months. Thanks in advance.