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  1. To be fair you will find that this is true for a lot of industries. I always thought that UK salaries were much higher but when I have been looking at jobs back in the UK (in my profession) and comparing salaries $US for $US I found that jobs, even in Brisbane which historically is less well paid than other major cities, went from marginally lower to 10% higher than UK salaries (depending upon the industry in which you end up) In terms of good places to look - what is it that you are after? You generally have to compromise between; land (or at least big block), few neighbours, access to amenities, short travel times to work, big house and so on. As for the place in the link. I personally would not pay anything like that to live 10 minutes from Browns Plains.
  2. Fair enough. Obviously, I really do hope you are right, but being on the 'front line', so to speak, I don't think you are. To be clear, when I said my house wouldn't sell for what it was worth even two months ago my point is that it ISN'T worth now what it was worth two months ago or at least will not realise now what it probably would have realised two months ago.
  3. Forget what Bardon is saying. I am selling a house in Brisbane at the moment. I want it to be crazily expensive believe me. However, house prices have fallen, are falling and will continue to fall. Trust me, I've tried really hard to remain in denial about this, unfortunately, it is the truth. No matter how hard I shut my eyes and click my heels my house just will not sell for what it was worth even 2 months ago. I'll take your 'stats' and raise you the recent report that indicated that Queensland, in particular the Sunshine Coast (but also Brisbane) has the most unfordable housing in the world!! I'm not sure which sand you have your head buried in, but EVERYONE in the general population (save a few VI's), even pretty disconnected people who until recently thought that it was literally impossible for houses to decline in value, is talking about the tumbling housing market. A lot of people think it's at the bottom and now is a great time to buy, presumably they have no access to any form of economic news. The interest rate cuts and free money from the Government has (very) temporarily halted the slide in to the abyss. Which is my window of opportunity :-). Hey Bardon, want to buy a great investment property in Brisbane? Mwa ha haaaa!!! No offense Bardon, I really wish you were the lone sane voice amongst the vastness of insane doom sayers, alas you are not!
  4. Oh and TimTams are a poor man's Penguin ;-) http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com/bis...us.php3?item=47
  5. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (and i'll wager they have done their homework), Australia IS the driest inhabited continent on earth and I'd suggest in terms of supporting an economy and population it's fair to focus on continents that have populations ..... and economies. If you can be bothered to look, their site also explains that drought isn't merely about the amount of rain that falls, it is where it falls, the consistency (some years are incredibly dry and others ridiculously wet) and how the water is 'stored' naturally or otherwise. Suggesting we relocate the population to 'the North' (areas of which are extremely badly impacted by drought BTW) is almost as ridiculous as saying - 'the Oceans are full of water - what's the problem?' The current heat wave isn't (that) unusual and it is typical of the worlds press to focus on one week of weather to draw conclusions about the future. However, living here I can absolutely assure you that drought is probably the most serious threat to Australia, its economy and population - above anything else.
  6. For a pedant you should proof read more accurately. Although, you don't seem willing to read carefully at all, I have never suggested that people not come to Australia (the opposite in fact if it was for the right reasons) or that it would disadvantage them financially (again I suggested the exact opposite) or that Australia didn't have lots of great things - it does. My point was that leaving anywhere to go anywhere else you will leave one set of issues and replace them with another. I honestly believe that Australians tend to have an imbalanced, negative view of the British which is exacerbated by the media - probably so much so that most Aussies don't even notice. As is the Australian habit you have taken a fairly specific criticism of Australian life and turned it in to a general abuse of the nation. As I have learned Aussies can't take criticism very well either. Edit: grammar not up to scratch
  7. Ha ha - now that is one thing I do LOVE about the Aussies! The Aussie in you has assumed the thing that would most offend me is erroneously being accused of affiliation with the wrong Footy team - classic. Your other points are well made and I agree with them - if someone is in your face about stuff then you have every right to tell them to pull their heads in. It remains a fact though that I most certainly don't do this. Let me give you an example of a reoccurring conversation I must have almost every other week: Me: 'Hi, I'm Daniel' Aussie or ex-pat: 'Oh your English' Me: 'Yeah' Aussie or ex-pat: 'I bet your so glad you don't live there with the insert either one of: weather, immigrants, economy, British . England sucks eh? Me: 'Erm, well its not so bad, everywhere has good and bad points' Aussie or ex-pat: Look of incredulity followed by rant about how crap England is They aren't punching me in the face or anything but it does wear a bit paper thin after a while. Also, the media are a rampant anti-British outlet.......... ....but I guess this is getting tiresome for the board, what about those house prices in that stinking rain soaked, immigrant infested, grumpy, stuck-up crap hole I call home, eh ;-)?
  8. Thanks - this utterly proves my point. Intolerance! How DARE I want to remain British? The fact that I have no choice as I am legally a British citizen is hardly an excuse now is it? And btw to your other points - Firstly, I don't support Man Utd, in fact I don't own a single item of clothing identifying me with anything British - and as I clearly stated in my post I don't make a big deal about being British unless you consider having an English accent and not denying I am in fact from England when asked me provoking others or 'asking for it'. Secondly, (and I'm sure this will engender the feeling in you that I am being 'superior' but it happens to be the truth) - I am extremely well paid and in general associate with well educated, well paid Australians, many of whom I very much like - but who happen to have the same enormous chips on their shoulders as the rest of the population - about Britain. Look, everywhere has dick heads, Australia is no different, Britain certainly isn't my point wasn't that they should be singled out as particularly bad, just that if you are heading to Australia consider that as well as all the great things there are also some bad - a lot of people assume it's all beaches, barbies and 'banter'. It isn't.
  9. The reverse can also be true (okay this is a middle-of-nowhere place not a major city but it gives me an excuse to show that the cartoon-esque stereotype Aussie does still exist here and there, particularly impressive is the fact that he is just glad to hit the headlines) http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0...5003402,00.html For those who cannot be arzed reading the article a snippet "May I suggest if there are five blokes to every girl, we should find out where there are beauty-disadvantaged women and ask them to proceed to Mount Isa," he said. "Quite often you will see walking down the street a lass who is not so attractive with a wide smile on her face. Whether it is recollection of something previous or anticipation for the next evening, there is a degree of happiness. "Often those who are beauty-disadvantaged are unhappy with their lot. "Some, in other places in Australia, need to proceed to Mount Isa where happiness awaits.
  10. Great reason too - that is is exactly why I came and why I am glad I did it and why I will go back some day more enriched!
  11. I have lived in Australia (Queensland) for five years. I was lucky as I got relocated so I had a job and all my worldly possessions when I got here, without costing me anything. Many things are great here, weather, beaches, the fact that there are hundreds of extremely well kept parks that I can walk my dogs in without dodging rubbish and being faced with graffiti (to be fair though this is a rural place, so the cities would not neccesarily boast this). It's nice. Also, as I am thinking of returning home I have been looking for jobs. In Brisbane at the moment IT contract jobs are better paid than the UK. For example I currently get $950 p/d - whilst I might be able to get $ for $ equivalent in the UK the cost of living (especially if you want to own a home) is way less here. One thing I would say though is that many Aussies have been brought up to hate the British (actually really just the English) - although they insist it s 'friendly banter'. Some of it is - much of it isn't. Sure, you'll make good friends and they will stop having a problem with you, but I can't remember a week where someone didn't demonstrate a genuine dislike of the idea of me wanting to remain English. Much of this is thanks to the Aussie media - who openly deride everything about England and most of it isn't tongue in cheek, it would be if it was the odd comment but the monotonous regularity of it reflects a real dislike. I'm not saying that the British don't do the same about other nations - the point is this isn't the land of milk and honey. If you come you can either continue to openly and proudly consider yourself British (I don't mean ramming it down anyone’s throat or wondering around with Union Jacks, just admitting you don't hate Britain and it's general population and maybe favour your home national team over the Aussie national team) and take the constant jibes, ill informed comments, accusations of being racist (seriously), accusations of having a superiority complex, conversations about the weather and how crap it is in the UK - EVERY - SINGLE - DAY (even though half the people telling you this have never been there). The Aussies seem to truly believe they invented the weather! Dreadful, utterly inaccurate documentaries about the brutality of the British (in sport, war, nation building) and the heroism of the Aussies who saved the world single handed at Gallipoli or beat the poms in the body line ashes despite the evil ploys to kill them with the ball - oh and by the way Aussies were British when they were mistreating the Aborigines and Australian when they started to make amends...... BUT worse, MUCH worse than this are the bloody British ex-pats who CONSTANTLY justify the fact that they moved to Aus to themselves by taking every opportunity to slam the country of their birth and everything about it - don't even bother suggesting you might return to England the look on their face might turn you to stone! Oh and btw ... on the news this evening ... financial crisis, job losses, housing crisis, immigration, high taxes, inept government.... Whilst it doesn't sound like it I love it here, but ask yourself what you are running away from and what you are running to - is the weather really worth missing everything you are leaving behind? I want to implore anyone to think about that before they pack up. edit: typo
  12. Ok, my sarcasm obviously is not coming across, nor my original point it seems - apologies, I thought I was more obvious! My entire point, having read the full article, was that there aren’t an awful lot of things that I do that are grounded entirely in rationality, fiscal or otherwise. I'd guess many people would be the same. The article is frankly patronising insinuating that home owners are brain washed and can't see the economic truth. I’d suggest many are perfectly aware, but don’t live their lives based upon financial prudence – clearly this annoys some. I like having my own little box that I can paint or whatever (which for clarity is a 4 bedroom house on 1.4 acres with a swimming pool, but I do live in Queensland, so it's not so grand!). The fact that I may have been financially disadvantaged by living in a home I have a mortgage on rather than living in someone else's property (a point I'm not sure I actually concede anyway) is, for me, massively outweighed by the fact that I'm happy in my own home, I can have dogs here (try renting with two large dogs elsewhere), I can extend if I choose in the future, any improvements I make aren't largely for the benefit of some landlord who is disinterested in my well being ... etc etc ... Perhaps I am a victim of some social conspiracy as suggested by some unprovable, vague, patronising, know-it-all posts. But you know what? I live in this society and I'm making the best of it. Perhaps in the utopian, enlightened consciousness some people seem to believe they have elevated themselves to I would see what a fool I am, but I remain a slave to today, a very happy contended slave! …. Ok this became drivel.. The point is just that don’t assume everyone places the same value on money as yourself or the article’s author, or are ‘insane’ because of this.
  13. Yeah - that is EXACTLY what I meant - as I'm sure anyone who even attempts to understand the spirit if what was written would no doubt realise! .... and you question other peoples rationality ....
  14. 75,000 They already announced 22,000, this is a new annoucement of 53,000. As the BBC are accurately reporting btw ..
  15. Longer term I think education is the key actually (not schools per se). Let's create generations of smart people, but not only academics, let's allow those who might otherwise be genius in another field develop their potential. Let's have the best education system in the world, so direct protectionism for labour is less relevant because other countries can't compete. Pay teachers more, but get smart teachers too. Whilst I don't wish to offend anyone, most (not all) of the people I know that became teachers did so because they had no idea what else to do, or just weren't academically good enough to pursue more financially rewarding careers / courses (but wanted to). When I went to University I actually thought about doing a PGCE and was told in no uncertain terms by everyone I spoke with, from academics to corporate heavy weights to layabout students, that teaching was for the 'less gifted' - and I wasn't exactly Stephen Hawking. So a lot of teachers are the 'worst of the best' and 'fell' in to the profession. <cue responses from all those that didn't :-)> I had some very good teachers at school, but even they weren't particularly inspiring or capable of engendering passion for knowledge, to be frank I knew a lot more about many of the subjects they taught very shortly after leaving. Some were out and out idiots. This is ridiculous! The way forward is to foster brilliant, free thinking minds and remove the constraints of the current pure academic focus education system.
  16. No, but the price of boxes has fallen dramatically, they offered the owner 150% off asking price, the land, 250 acres in central London, (for the hole) was given away free with a match box purchase.
  17. Why didn't you sell it for 117k and then give the 11k to the people next door who are trying to sell for 117k and need the 11k for the operation their terminally ill hamster needs that is only available on the moon. Due to some tw*t selling for 11k below asking price, thus lowering the value of their home, they have now started looking for a shoe box and a shovel. You are the most selfish person alive. I hope you are ashamed. .... god I'm bored ...
  18. Ok, I do understand some of the points being made here, in many cases the EA does add value. However, here in Aus, and I suspect in some places in the UK, the estate agent only funds the day-to-day running of the office. I pay for: Any news paper ads, (sorry 'marketing' which they now insist on calling it) which they all say is 'vital'. However, I actually know someone that works for the local paper and they confirmed to me that it is well known in the industry that the ads are designed to advertise the EA not any specific house, so I personally get a tiny amount of benefit - what other industry has the customers directly pay for it's advertising? Additionally, when I ask - "hold on you get $20,000 if we sell and you want me to fund the adverts?" they tell me that they only charge the exact cost the papers charge them, however, my contact tells me that each quarter the EA gets a 'rebate' which is roughly 50% of the cost. If it smells like a scam.... The sign board - they will pay for a very basic one which can't possibly cost more than AUS $20. If I want anything that someone might actually notice it's AUD $200. And they suggest professional photographers and aerial shots and so on. Of course they claim they make no money out of it. Open houses They LOVE them in Aus. Again, strangely, the ads in the paper are a part of the deal and I have to pay it. Yet they admit themselves that 80% of enquiries are from the free internet adverts. So, maybe it is different in the UK, but here I pay for everything except their day-to-day office expenses and again any other business in the world expects to pay for themselves to continue to exist. I honestly can't see why it remains so expensive; I simply do not believe that, if the will was there, why the entire process couldn't be a lot more efficient. The value the EA adds seems only to manifest because the industry has been designed so that artificial barriers to conducting a sale require the value. Even this I could take – but the EA essentially lies to me (about ‘marketing’ the value of my home, the interest being shown, their confidence of a sale), lies to the buyer (about the market, the value of property, about the interest in the property) and gets paid for doing it. I have nothinmg against EAs most are just doing their job - but the owners and policy makers ....
  19. Hi all, Forgive me if I seem a bit out of touch. I have been living overseas (Australia) for the last five years and I am heading back to the UK and have taken a renewed interest in the market over there. I remember reading some time ago about Tesco Property and the 200 quid fee. I then read that the Estate Agents ombudsman stopped them operating by 'crying to daddy' about it. What's the real story here? I have had a bit of a Google on the subject and can't find that much meaningful detail. If I manage to sell my house here in Aus at the current market price (yeah I know, I know) the estate agent gets $20,000, and to be honest they just sit on their Versace clad backsides and wait for someone to contact THEM having seen the property on the free websites. Seriously, I have to call THEM to get updates or any information on how the sale is going. $20,000! The fact that the market sucks for people selling is one thing, it's worse that I have no real choice, but the idea of me giving $20,000 to someone for answering the phone and opening the door to my house makes me want to cry puke. I think the 200 quid sounds much more reasonable. So wtf? <Warning: next bit is just an ignorable point of view> To be honest a lot of posts on here welcome the HPC crash with utter glee - and fair play to them! I have no problem with people pointing out what a ridiculous market it is, how irritating the property investor big mouths have been and what a joke the government and estate agents have been. Nor do I begrudge those who have been unable to buy at a reasonable price being able to in the not too distant the future. One thing I would say though - the spite and hand wringing smugness that a FEW posters demonstrate towards pretty much anyone who bought a house is a little misplaced. Yes, they may have been dumb, but hopping with delight that they might be overwhelmed by unmanageable debt? You can rest assured that MOST of the mega rich property investors wont see hardship, nor the people who OWN the estate agencies, the fat cat bankers who allowed 'money for nothing', nor the politicians who are horribly inept. Maybe a few of them, but most of them will just have to buy the red Ferrari instead of the gold plated one, or they might have to sell one of their yachts, or dismiss a handful of servants. What you can rely on is that the people who will really lose will be the people who can't afford to, who will end up with nothing. Fair play to you though - that's life, it's great you can see the market turn in your favour, but keep in mind most people who will end up penniless just wanted a home, not liar loans or BTL etc etc .. be glad you might get a decent price rather than other people will be destitute ......... ok I'll STFU .. Anyway - TESCO what's the story?
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