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Discussion in 'Renting & Real Estate' started by patwhitehouse2007, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. patwhitehouse2007

    patwhitehouse2007 New Member

    We are moving to Australia in October and I would like some advice on areas to live. I have been to the Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) and loved it. Trouble is i'm a Plumber and I have concerns that it may be to far away from the City where I would assume there will be a better chance of a well paid job. I ideally would love to live near the coast but realise that the cost will be higher.
    I will be renting initially but I would like to find the right location as we have 3 children who would need a decent school.
    Any help would be appreciated........:biggrin:

  2. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    6 months ago i would have agreed with you that the sunny coast isnt ideal for your trade,,however a good friend of ours who is also a plumber has recently moved to Budrim. He has almost got their with his QLD plumbing licence and has secured work no problem with as many hours as he can do. So don't rule the Maroochy area out just yet, put the feelers out and see what response you get.
    Good Luck
    Cal x
  3. Briz Nurse

    Briz Nurse New Member

    Good Luck guys. I cant help re tradies up there but I can safely say that property and areas beautiful having just been investigating moving myself!!!
  4. patwhitehouse2007

    patwhitehouse2007 New Member

    Thanks for your comments. I love the area as we've spent some time there on holiday. I just have concerns about the price of property and whether my budget will stretch to living there.
  5. patwhitehouse2007

    patwhitehouse2007 New Member

    Thanks for you comments. I worry whether or not me budget of $ 80-100k will be enough to get going. I'm 43 years old and I have concerns that I will be given the mortgage I want to relocate.
    I would be grateful for some feed back as I have paid deposits on flights and need to get it sorted!
  6. Where to live

    We're in a similar position trying to figure out a place to live within 1 hr drive of Brisbane CBD... Can anyone tell me how long a commute takes from Pacific Pines?
  7. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    The city is about an hour from Pac pines at commute times.

    As for buying a property,, most people rent for 6 to 12 months to make sure they can find secure employment and like the area and people. is the best site for a guide to rental and property prices, you can search by area so its quite accurate. Friends of ours are currently in the process of buying and all they have is a 5% deposit ($16,000). They have been here 18months, although i do know of people getting a mortgage sooner than that.
    If purchase prices are an issue try looking inland another 5 to 10 minutes ,its surprisng how much cheaper houses can be if set back a little bit from the coast.

    Cal x
  8. Martyn Elmore

    Martyn Elmore New Member

    Hi Pat,

    It is certainly very daunting, but if you stick with it the rewards are usually fantastic.

    Regarding the mortgage area (they call it a home loan here), Cal is quite right; the usual minimum deposit is 5%, so for a $500k purchase you'll need $25k. But there are additional costs, fees and charges which on the $500k purchase could be $10 - $15k. However you will probably be eligible for the First Time Home Buyers Grant (FHOG) which in QLD is $7k and a discount on the Stamp Duty. But every situation is different and can be tailored to suit the individuals needs and abilities. There are literally thousands of different home loans in the market and finding the right one to suit you can be difficult.

    We arrived in Nov '09 and had a mortgage arranged in Feb '10. Although there was just one of us working, all we provided was an employment contract and evidence to show enough funds to complete the deal i.e. our deposit.

    If you need to discuss any specific points, please feel free to PM me. All of my services are free and there is absolutely no obligation on your part. Check out the website.

    The Sunshine Coast is absolutely lovely. Our long term plan is to retire up that way, maybe Coolum/Eumundi area. But that is probably too far for a daily commute to the city.

    Good luck and let us know how the move progresses

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