Where to Live?
All major cities and many of the small cities and towns in Australia are divided into suburban areas, or suburbs. This gives you a great deal of choice. These choices will be restricted by budget, accessibility for work, schools and perhaps closeness to relatives already living in Australia. Deciding where to live is a major issue and you should try to make time to look into the matter closely.
Searching for a Property
The web is full of information on to help you create a shortlist of places you might want to live. Before you leave your current home, you can use Google Maps to help decide if a particular suburb is suitable for you. You can even look at actual images using the Street View option.
Once you’re located in the area where you’ll be living, don’t forget to talk to people. Estate agents will be keen to give you information about their area. Perhaps pop into local cafes, shops and restaurants to canvas opinion from locals.
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The most useful resource for finding a property is the internet. Simply
putting in: ‘Property’ or ‘Real Estate’ followed by the name of the city or town you are planning to relocate to and a wealth of options will pop up.
Two very helpful sites:
These sites are user-friendly and have the same template as almost all the other property search sites. To find a list of houses that might suit you, enter the suburb, size of house and price range. The search engine then brings up a selection of properties, usually ordered according to price.
Local newspapers usually carry a property section on a specific weekday and a supplement at the weekend. Also, free weekly newspapers in most suburbs have similar property listings. Advertisements in the newspapers usually provide information on a guide price and location.
Real Estate Agents (Realtors)
These are found on almost every main street or high street in the suburb you are interested in. They keep shop-opening hours and you can just call in to find out about houses in the area. Window displays show the latest properties to come onto the market along with a price guide. The estate agent will also have a comprehensive list of properties in their area.
‘For Sale’ Signs
One of the best ways to find a home is to drive around the areas you find most desirable and see what is on sale. Almost all houses placed on the property market have large ‘For Sale’ boards outside in clear view of the road. The board invariably carries photographs of the interior of the home, details about the rooms and land area, along with contact details for the estate agent or realtor dealing with the sale.
Before setting out it would be wise to check that the average house price for the neighbourhood is within your budget. It is very frustrating to find the ideal house and then discover it is far too expensive!
Word of Mouth
Finally, talk to people and keep your ear to the ground. You may very well hear of a house that is about to come onto the market before it appears in the newspaper. You then have the advantage of being able to view it before other people. It may sound obvious, but there’s no harm in asking your new friends and relatives who may have been living in Australia for a while if they know of anyone who is planning to sell.
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