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  1. Hi Guys, Well by God's grace things seem to be progressing well and hopefully if we clear our Health Check then we seem to inch closer in acquiring a 489 Visa and considering it would take 5 to 6 months i.e. May - June we should have our visa in our hand. If things go as per plan then we intend doing our landing in Sept - Oct 2018 but I have many queries on how to go about it? We are a family of 4 (2 children aged 9 and 4) which suburb in Adelaide do we decide to live in and what should be the criteria while choosing a suburb ? (close proximity to the city, schools, public transport etc) considering that there wont be any income when we reach, what is the monthly outgoing should we expect? We plan to rent 2 bedroom apartment / house. can my children get admissions in a government school? ( i know it wont be free as I am on a 489 visa) and what would the fee structure be like? (Grade 6 and Grade 1) what is the best way to scout for jobs? appreciate if anyone can share a template of CV's that are normally followed. are rental properties normally furnished or unfurnished? can we get a short term rental where we can be flexible to move out once we decide on the suburb we want to live in? I would also appreciate any additional info that you think can be useful, like from your own experiences, lessons learnt, do's and don'ts etc. Thank you. KPG
  2. Hi All Me and the Fam are looking at moving to Brisbane this year and as the Mrs is not 100% about the move she wants us to move over and stay in a furnished rental for a year before making the big descision to stay or go back. The thinking is that if we decide not to stay we have saved about £5000 in shipping costs. Has anyone got thoughts on the idea or know what price we would be looking at for a longtime furnished rental? Thanks in advance. Matt
  3. Guest

    Rentals in Sydney suburbs

    In the next 5 weeks we will moving to Sydney for my husband to start work in Greenacre. We are looking for a house to rent commutable to Greenacre with a 15-20 minute drive. Have heard the Hills district could take upto an hour at peak times - so would South be better? North Rocks or Carlingford how far are they. We have 3 boys so a good area for them is needed too! Help.
  4. Well the title says it all really. We were here years ago when the exchange rate was high and cost of living not so high. Now we are back permanently, we had decided we would have a little house in Mentone with a small garden and the kids would go to Parkdale primary. Well, we can only afford an apartment now and although we thought "Yes! We can live in an apartment!" it is just not going to be practical. We have been in a 2 bed apartment since we arrived and it is HELL with our kids. I thought we would be fine living in the apartment and going to the local parks to run around but they are stir crazy. I SOOOOO wanted us to live in Metone by the sea with the local friendly feel to the place and the shops..... Sigh ANYWAY I digress... We have been trawling through Realestate.com.au and Highton, Geelong keeps coming up as a really nice area with a house and garden for what we were going to pay in Mentone for a 2 bed apartment. I know once we are more established and settled we can always move at the end of our rental agreement if we are not happy but if we love it there then great. I have been told to avoid Point Cook and Sanctuary Lakes as the internet and services are a bit hit and miss as well as issues with traffic stand still trying to get through to Melbourne. Can anyone help me with which parts of Highton I should be looking at or avoiding? I have also been told not to rent in GRovedale although there are some lovely houses there. I don't mean to offend anyone living in these areas as I am sure they are fine - I think the friends we have asked would like us to live in the Eastern suburbs near them as they have moved around over the years and love where they are now so are just trying to help us avoid what they went through but we have very limited experience of living in Melbourne so are open to new areas as long as they are kid friendly and safe. Also, I won't have the car so will need to be able to walk or take the bus to school with a stroller in tow so I guess I need to be close enough to PRimary schools to be able to walk. Thanks for your help with this. I didn't take into account how expensive rentals have got since we were here in 2005.
  5. Hi My husband, son and I intend to arrive in Sydney early next year. Our son will be 2 at the time. Where's the best places for a young family? Ideally, we would like to be by the water but realise that this would also be expensive. Any thoughts? I hear the Inner West is good. Thanks Sal
  6. annabel

    Short term rental

    Hey Just wondering if any one knows much about short term rentals in Sydney. We've booked 3 weeks in a hostel in nov 13 and want to then move into a short term rental. We've been looking now but dont know if it will be better to wait until we are there, any suggestions what other people have done in the past would be great. We do want to stay in sydney for a while and then travel around abit more. Thanks
  7. Hi All I havent been on here in ages due to the fun of moving countries, but here is our story so far and I hope it helps, and I hope I remember all of the important things! Flights- we set off on 15th Octber from Manchester, UK, flying with Singapore Airlines who were great. We had double baggage allowance as it was our first trip and I can honestly say we were well over our allowance and nobody said a word!! (I think it was because most of the extra weight was in our hand luggage). We had an 18 hour stopover in Singapore which we thought would be fun to explore the city, but after 15 hours of no sleep and hitting the humidity it was not fun and we spent at least 6 hours asleep in the airport. I would definitely recommend having the shortest possible stop over or book in to the hotel in the airport. Day 1 - we booked a short term rental stopping with an Aussie bloke in his spare room with our own bathroom and privacy, plus free internet, cooking facilities and the biggest bonus of having someone to ask about everything you need when you arrive. We booked through airbnb.com and it was a fraction of the price of normal holiday rentals, plus the bonus of making our first aussie friend. Rental - we secured a short term rental NOR in week 2. I would recommend pulling together a rental pack so that when you find somewhere you like you are ready to fill in thier application form and attach your own rental pack to sell yourselves. I work in Marketing so this was wasy for me. I included a profile of us and our dog, plus pictures of our rentla in the UK and references from our letting agent, landlord and neighbours. We managed to get the first rental we went for, without having any jobs at the time. Work - I managed to secure a job in the second weeks we arrived even though we came over on my husbands visa (he is a carpenter). I applied on Seek.com one week before we left the UK and had two interviews set up when I arrived, which was lucky (I am a Marketing Manager). My husband did not have as much luck and after a few weeks of intensive searching for work we were beginning to worry, but he managed to get a roofing job two weeks before Christmas so this is a weight off our shoulders!. Although, when you arrive you cant beleive how much building work is going on both NOR and SOR, thr majoirty of the enquiries my husband made they wanted WA experience. I would recommend to other carpenters to get thier ABN number and white card sorted straight away and then just dont give up, drive roud sites, check out Gumtree and you will eventually get a break. My husband has loads of experience and he brought his tools on the flight so that he was ready to work, but it was still difficult. He says it is like starting from scratch again, as the work is so different from the UK, the majority of work is roofing and carpenters tend to specialise rather than being, like my husband, able to do all aspects. There is also a lot less aspects of joinery here, as they dont tend to have skirting and the door frames arent made of wood, which was something we werent aware of. Shopping - back to the subject I am best at!! Shopping is really funny here as it is like stepping back in time. Sunday trading has only just been introduced and it is VERY expensive. You obviously have Coles and Woolworths for food shopping, but for clothes I would suggest UK websites ie ASOS deliver for free and you just have to wait two weeks for delivery. For BBQs and by stuff check out Bunnings or Masters (lik B&Q), for cheap household items I bought everything from KMart and Target as they had a great selection. Household items - we came over with very little as we only shipped 10 boxes of sentimental things. If I could do the move again I would have brought EVERYTHING!! Even things I thought were junk as the cost of even second hand goods out here is daft. We have spent a lot on some nice new furniture for the living room and bedroom, but most of our other items are second hand. We bought our dishwasher, washer and fridge/freezer from gumtree, alotuhg thrse are not the type of items I would buy second hand, I think you know as soon as you go to someones house if you want it or not, we met some really nice people this way. Garage sales are a must, there are laods of them every weekend, you just watch uout for a sign on the main roads. We have found that if you check out the really nice estates you get some lovely items. Its great for the things you forgot you would need ie lawnmower, garden items, a heater for the winter, plug adapters, fishing gear etc etc. I am now a huge fan of garage sales and I wouldnt even visit a car boot at home! Socialising- there isnt the same pub scene up North as we were used to in Manchester, so you have to be willing to get out and about a bit further from home. I find people are really friendly here and offer loads of advice and support. Dog - Our border collie Flossy, arrived in Perth two weeks after us. We used Petair and the service was great. The quarentine in Byford is a bit more tricky as the visitng times are so restricted and biased towards people who dont work, plus I wasnt a fan of the kennels which look like little prisons. She is 13, so I was worrried about how she would get on but she survived! She is so far loving Perth, particularly the beaches, she has found a new lease of life! Top tips 1. Hire a car from day 1 for at least a few weeks. We hired one on the internet for pick up at the airport, and it was a life saver 2. Insect security - shake your clothes before putting them on and particularly your shoes 3. Bring as much as you can carry! 4. Ensure you have air con in your rental. 40 degree heat needs it! 5. Get a SIM card as soon as you arrive. The Vodafone $30 ones in Perth airport are fine as you need an Aus mobile for better job hunting 6. Buying a car - second hand cars are super expensive. So if you dont have a lot of money get on Gumtree and be prepared to buy something with high mileage as it is just normal out here. 7. Working in the city - look at houses near the train line as the traffic is rubbish in to Perth 8. Buy an Esky (cooler) as you will use it most days It will save you money on buying drinks when you are out and about 9. Get your Medicare card as soon as possible as it takes weeks to come through, and you need it for ID, and you need it before you can get your Aus driving license 10. Bring your warm clothes. It does get cold. That is all I can think of for now! We are so far loving it and have no regrets. The weather has heated up considerably in the last week. Let me know if you have any questions! Lisa & Robert xxx
  8. The Pom Queen

    Melbourne Rentals the Cheapest

    IT IS now cheaper to rent in Melbourne than most other Australian cities. Weekly asking rents in Darwin ($700), Canberra ($485), Perth ($450) and even Brisbane ($380) now outstrip the southern capital, new figures show. In Melbourne, median rents for houses stayed flat over the September quarter, at $360 per week. By contrast, Sydney's hit a record high of $520 per week. However, in popular suburbs such as Albert Park, Kew and Balwyn, rents still rose sharply, according to Australian Property Monitors' September quarter figures. Advertisement Data from analysts SQM Research show Melbourne's vacancy rate was 2.8 per cent in August. Anything below 3 per cent is considered to favour landlords. While the sluggish rental market was good for Melbourne's tenants, it meant property ''investors were quite disinterested in that market at the moment,'' Australian Property Monitors economist Andrew Wilson said. Median rents in Darwin have hit $700 a week, a massive jump of 27 per cent over the year. In Sydney, strong competition for rental properties was driving prices to record levels. Unit rents in Edgecliff, Woolloomooloo, Leichhardt and Darlinghurst rose between 6 per cent and 9 per cent. But the rise was not uniform, rents fell in Glebe and Haymarket. First home buyers were putting off buying and instead turning to the rental market, Mr Wilson said. ''That means there's more demand ... and that's one of the factors that has driven up house rents,'' he said. ''A shortage of houses and an increase in competition from tenants for what is available has put upwards pressure on rents.''
  9. Has anyone had experience of renting furnished accommodation around the North Lakes area that you would be happy to recommend? It will be for a family of 4. If all goes to plan with our 457 visa we'll be in oz at the end August this year but our furniture won't arrive until about 6 weeks later. Struggling to find anything on the net! Thank you all!:biggrin:
  10. Hi I am moving to Sydney in the Autumn and just wondering if there is a mix of furnished and unfurnished rentals, as there is in London, or if Sydney has more of one than the other? We have some furniture so it will effect whether we ship it over or put it in storage in the UK. Also roughly how much would a one bedroomed apartment cost furnished or unfurnished in central sydney or the surrey hills area? Thanks in advance!
  11. The Pom Queen

    Melbourne Rentals Vacancy Rate Tighting Up

    The REIV rental vacancy rate for last month showed a slight tightening of the market in the past six months. The vacancy rate for Victoria was 2 per cent last month and averaged 2.1 per cent during the first six months of the year. This compared with 2.6 per cent in the last six months of last year. The vacancy rate for Melbourne was 1.8 per cent, down from 2.1 per cent in May. The metropolitan rate also showed a slight decrease throughout the first six months of the year, with the average vacancy rate at 2.1 per cent, compared with 2.8 per cent in the last six months of last year. Using the most recent data on the number of rental properties in Melbourne, the vacancy rate last month equated to about 4600 vacant properties. The vacancy rate is based on properties managed by REIV member agencies. Within Melbourne, the outer suburbs continued to have the lowest vacancy rate, with 1 per cent recorded, compared with 1.1 per cent in May. In the middle and inner suburbs, the vacancy rate was 1.9 per cent. If this trend continues, there might be upward pressure on rents following the stabilisation that occurred last year. The state's regional vacancy rate eased from 1.8 per cent to 2.7 per cent - a significant shift that reflected increasing vacancy rates in Geelong, Bendigo and Mildura.
  12. Hi everyone, Jay again here :-) Its 6 weeks and 6 days until we fly out to Sydney, think we've got most things sorted except the daunting task of trying to find a rental! We want to live in Zetland and are hoping to secure an apartment ASAP when we arrive but does anyone know what documents we would need to be able to secure an apartment? We will have 3 months rental up front - but are there any documents we should bring from uk to help us with our application? Ive heard mortgage statements etc - is this true? Many Thanks everyone in advance, Jay ;-)
  13. James Parsons

    Rentals in Melbourne

    Hello, Our family will be going to live in Melbourne in January and I was wondering if you had to have a job to secure a rental? My husband will be looking for work when we get there but he's a carpenter and it's not the type of job you can get before you go, I confident that he should find work quickly, however we will need a house quickly! We can prove we have savings and will have references, however no job when we get there. Thanks in advance for replies. Hayley xx
  14. Hi... Looking at rentals in Aus, some have garden & pool included in rent Garden maintenance looks like its lawn mowing ect Pool maintenance, I presume this means maintaining pool but most adds say "Chemicals at expense of tenant"..... Has anyone else ever come accross this or home owners of pools.. How much would it cost for regular chemical for a pool in general... Any help on the pool of additional info or comments on garden/lawn maintenacnce appreciated :chatterbox:
  15. We are planning to move into unfurnished accommodation once our belongings arrive in Oz. Can anyone tell me whether it is likely to have curtains/blinds fitted or not?
  16. Hi There Was wondering if anyone could advise how best to go about organising the short term rental I'd need when I first arrive in Perth? As a guide, budget would be $400 per week and should preferably contain 2 bedrooms, although it's not required for a few months yet, I like to plan well ahead. Also, as we currently own a property with a mortgage, the obtaining of rental references towards the end of the stay would be handy. I'd certainly appreciate the guidance of people who have gone through the process, so thanks in advance for any guidance. Kind regards Ed
  17. Hi We are a family of 4 looking for a short term furnished rental in Brisbane. We need somewhere to stay until we can find a longer term rental property, so hopefully for 3/4 weeks. As it is short term, we can be quite flexible with the location. I've searched a few website, without much luck, anyone got any suggestions?
  18. Guest

    rentals in adelaide

    Hi, I'm new to all this and very confused. We arrive in Adelaide jan 9th, and collect our pets from melbourne on the 13th. We are looking to rent somewere asap thats pet friendly and as of yet had no luck with agents. can anyone help, give advise to the best way to do things as i am at a loss!! Thanks, Suzie:wacko:
  19. Guest

    BEWARE - Rentals and Pets

    I want to let you all know how hard it is to find a rental with a pet in Perth at the moment. I wish someone had advised me of this before I made the decision to move here as I would not have arrived without accommodation sorted. I left my dog in the UK, he is due to fly out next week... sadly though I can not bring him as I still can not find a rental that allows pets. I am crushed... I cry every day and basically if it does not happen soon then I am going to go back to the UK with my family in tow. Everyone says 'get over it, it's a dog' NO... He is MY dog, MY family and I want life with him... I would NEVER have left him in the UK... from day 1 he was always coming... I honestly thought I would have found a house ready for his arrival... but no... there is nothing!! Please, please bear this in mind... I have not only shed a million tears, I have also lost a hell of a lot of money too :sad: (So you know, I am looking for a 4x2 NOR Perth WA)
  20. Hi, Due to the lack of short term rentals available in January I have contacted someone on Gumtree and agreed to rent their rental house for a month. Is this safe? They've agreed to only charge 2 weeks up front and accept a Bond upon arrival instaed of sending up front but I'm worried that I could end up with nowhere to live upon arrival?! Just looking for some reassurance really? Is there anything I could ask to prove who they are/own the property? Thanks, Steve.
  21. Hello there peeps. We are moving out to melbourne in april/may next year. :biggrin: When is the best time to start looking for rentals? what documents if any do we need to give the rental company? how long does the process take??? I hope people can help - i am getting confused with everything we need to do!! :confused: Many thanks
  22. Guest

    Perth Rentals...

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone can offer any advise with regards to renting in Perth outside of links to websites like realestate, gumtree etc. We are caught in a Catch-22 situation whereby we are now getting outbid by other tenants when applying for a flat and secondly have no experience in renting so are getting turned down. It's really made me wonder if I will be staying in Perth long term. I think if we've not had any luck by 7 weeks I'll have to return to the UK as we will have nowhere to live. What tips can anyone offer. We are renting out the property we have in the UK. Would a mortgage statement help? Job offer? Written references? best regards, Martyn...
  23. We are arriving at some point mid November (assuming our visa rrives on time) . We will be staying in a short term rental until we sort out a primary school for our son and then we will be securing a permanent place. My husband will work in Civic. Can anyone reccomend a good short term rental. We are looking to stay longer term in Weston/Woden or Belconnen and would consider the Inner north also - assuming we find something suitable. We will be travellng with a 3 yr old and a 4 yr old and as I think t will take a while t get a onger term rental - we would want womthing that will no break our bank accounts in case we have to stay for longer than 2-3 weeks. A two bed apartment would be fine - just want it to be easy for my husband to get to work (once he starts - we may not have got 2 cars by then so cyclable or bus - able) and a good base for looking around. I would love to hear from people on this. Also - if anone could pass comment on whether its bettwe if my husband comes alone first to do above and then me and kids follow? We thought about doing it this way but seems a big ask for one person to sort out Angela x
  24. Hi everybody, We are new to PomsInOz, so hello. We are moving to the Sunshine Coast in January 2012 and need to find a short term rental for about 8 weeks, before we decide where we are going to rent long term. Does anyone have any recommendations? We are looking at Caloundra up to Mooloolaba. Thanks Jo :biggrin:
  25. Has anyone used or heard of these before.? Their prices seems so cheap compaired to the others around. I have no idea on what to look for in car hire - are these guys somehow going to rip us off ??? http://www.suncoastcarrentals.com/terms-and-conditions.php
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