A new start: Moving to Melbourne

A new start: Moving to Melbourne

When a primary school teacher and a doctor made the move to Melbourne from Brighton, England, they weren’t entirely sure what to expect. But Rosie Pariser tells us that the city hasn’t disappointed – they’re already coffee snobs and loving the better work-life balance!
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Buying in Australia, part six: the buying system

Buying in Australia’s an exciting step – maybe you’ve been searching for a while and you’ve finally found your dream home in the sun – but it requires some careful planning. This week, in the final part of our serialisation, we’re putting these steps together into our overview of the buying system Down Under.
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Buying in Australia, part five: making an offer on a house in Australia

Once you’ve found your dream Australian home, it’s time to put in an offer. This can be a nerve-wracking process – am I offering too little, or even too much, what if it falls through? Follow our seven tips on to help make the process of making an offer on a house in Australia a success in part five of your six-part serialisation of Buying in Australia.
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Where are the best places to live in New South Wales outside Sydney?

What does your perfect life Down Under look like? Weekends spent at pristine, white-sand beaches? Perhaps exploring spectacular mountains, or touring local wineries (with a sample or two!)? How about just a short commute to work and a friendly community for the kids to grow up in? If this sounds like you, regional New South Wales is just the ticket – so read on to find out the best places to live outside Sydney.
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What’s it like moving to Australia as a single person?

When the days are this painfully short and you can no longer feel your toes, it’s natural to start daydreaming about abandoning the UK for warmer climes. Oz is a consistent favourite with Brit expats, and for good reason. We know it’s a good place for raising a family, but what does it offer those considering moving to Australia as a single person? Today, we’re running through eight of the most pressing reasons why Australia is a great choice for singles…
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Buying in Australia, part four: how to finance a house purchase

One of the key aspects of drawing up your budget is working out how to finance a house purchase in Australia. Have a think to yourself about what your financial resources are, and compare that to the costs to expect – including ongoing ones. Find out more in today’s article about drawing up your budget.
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Australian property stabilises as market becomes more affordable

While Australia’s economy is strong and stable, throughout 2018 we watched on as Australian property prices fell for twelve months in a row. While these price drops are some of the most significant Australia has experienced since the Eighties, it’s important to remember that they followed a period of extraordinarily rapid growth. Market conditions were tricky for buyers in Australia in 2018. Tighter lending restrictions imposed by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and Royal Commission recommendations made banks more cautious with lending than usual. Consequently, house auction pri
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How to find a tradesperson in Australia

Even the hardiest of DIY enthusiasts will probably need to call in a tradesperson at some time – and a good one is worth their weight in gold. You’ll often find yourself with new challenges in Australia, from how to maintain your pool through to looking after your garden in the Aussie climate. So, here’s how to find a tradesperson in Australia you can trust.
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Buying in Australia, Part Three: Where to Buy

This week, in Part Three of your Buying Guide serialisation, we’re looking at where to buy in Australia. You’ve a wide choice of places to live, from the hustle and bustle of central Sydney, to the laidback surfing paradise of the Gold Coast and the quirky, arty city of Melbourne.
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Buying in Australia, Part Two: Timescales

Working out your timetable is a powerful tool for turning your dreams to reality. We always encourage buyers to work out their timescale for buying a home in Australia in advance, as that gives you a checklist to go back against and milestones to work towards. In this, part two of Buying in Australia, we look at how to draw up this timescale for buying a home in Australia. Here’s what you need each month:
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How to make a success of moving to Australia with children

Moving to Australia with children could be one of the best decisions you take for your family. The warm weather, blue skies and long summers mean children (and adults!) are more likely to be out and about, enjoying a much more active lifestyle, whether it’s long days spent swimming at the beach or a weekend bush-trekking in the Outback. However, moving to the other side of the world is a big step – so how can you make it a success?
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