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Canada

Alone In Canada: Ten Tips For Survival

Saturday May 26, 2012 (14:56:20)

by Thelma O' Connor, Canada Wise

Moving to Canada means leaving behind family, friends, familiar food, routines and your place in the community.

In Canada, you have to start all over again, build a new life, make new friends and find your place in a new community. This is a challenge all newcomers face, but if you come here alone - with no close family or friends to help and support you - then this challenge may seem even more daunting for you.

However, there are a number of steps you can take to help yourself through this 'settling-in' period. Here are our ten tips for survival to get you started.   more ...

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Canada

Playing the Canadian waiting game wisely!

Saturday May 26, 2012 (14:52:48)

by Thelma O' Connor, Canada Wise

By now you may feel you know Canada well, from surfing the internet, or from travel books and news items you've read. You've applied for your Permanent Resident (PR) visa and know it could take up to 2 years to receive it. You've been waiting what seems like an eternity and you don't feel like waiting any longer. So you've decided to throw caution to the wind and leave early to start your new life in Canada.

If this sounds like a plan you're making, then you're not alone. It would appear there is a strong desire and a growing trend among people who have submitted their visa applications, to get to Canada as soon as possible, even if they do not have their PR visa in hand.   more ...

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Canada

Canada - Top Dozen Moving Tips

Saturday May 26, 2012 (14:49:58)

Some simple preparation and basic facts, however, can eliminate a lot of the anxiety from your move. It will also give you the best possible start to your new life in Canada. Here are a few helpful tips:

Know where you're going!

Canada is an immense country. Many newcomers are not familiar with the geography of Canada and don't have a true appreciation of its vast size and the diversity of its people, its landscape and its climate from coast to coast.

In choosing your settlement destination, consider the following factors, such as strength of the local job market, cost of living, access to affordable housing, weather patterns and the like, instead of basing your decision on arbitrary factors.   more ...

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Canada

Canada - No Work Experience?

Saturday May 26, 2012 (14:48:04)

by Thelma O' Connor, President of Canada Wise

This is a dilemma that many immigrants face when they arrive in Canada. New arrivals are eager and enthusiastic to join the Canadian work force and make a smooth transition to their new life. They suddenly find themselves faced with what seems like a no-win situation: no Canadian work experience - no job; no job - no Canadian work experience!

It seems clear that most employers here will ask for Canadian work experience. What exactly does this mean? It usually means that employers want to see at least one to two years of work experience in Canada or in a Canadian work environment (which may include working for a Canadian employer in another country). Employers want to see that potential new employees are aware of 'Canadian workplace culture and work practices' and that candidates know about their field of work in a Canadian 'context', so that they can quickly become effective on the job.   more ...

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Canada - Choosing Your Destination

Saturday May 26, 2012 (14:46:16)

by Thelma O' Connor, President of Canada Wise

You've decided to move to Canada but before you go you must choose a destination in which to settle. Canada, with over 10 million square kilometers of territory, is the second largest country in the world, with many wonderful cities, towns and rural communities beckoning the newcomer. The vastness of this country makes choosing a destination all that more difficult. Do you choose to live near the ocean, in the mountains, in a large city, on the prairies, or in the lake regions? Suddenly, choosing somewhere seems overwhelming!

So how do you go about deciding which place is best for you and your family? You might imagine that most newcomers would suggest that economic factors were the chief reason for their choice of final destination, perhaps even climate or the existence of a particular ethnic community in an area. However, surprisingly enough, according to a recent survey of immigrants to Canada, most newcomers (78%) settle in areas where their network of friends and relatives live! Three quarters of all new immigrants also settle in one of Canada's three largest cities, Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal. Only 19% chose their destination because of job prospects, 7% lifestyle, 6% education prospects and 6% because of housing prices in the area.   more ...

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Australia

Affordability and the Cost of Living in South East Queensland, Australia

Friday May 25, 2012 (18:14:46)

by Tracie Hocart
Residential Property Solutions


Affordability, Cost of Living, GFC, Resources Boom, skills shortages, budgets, cheap holidays, strong Aussie Dollar, infrastructure spending, under supply of housing – these are just some of the phrases appearing frequently in the media today. And, I’m sure it’s not just isolated to Australia. In fact, throughout the world, countries are going through a time where cost of living, affordability and the health of world economies are big news. This is no surprise given that we are all continuing to ride out the last waves of the Global Financial Crisis – some doing better than others.

Since the GFC, consumers in Australia have changed their habits. They have had to. Banks have tightened their lending policies for individuals, and more so, for businesses. Individuals and families have started to save. Prior to that consumer spending was at significantly high levels. Everyone wanted luxury and spent to get it.   more ...

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Floods and the Brisbane Property Market

Friday May 25, 2012 (18:12:58)

by Tracie Hocart
Residential Property Solutions


I was only 4 years old when the 1974 floods swept through Queensland and I really can’t remember a lot about the actual event, apart from the fact that there were a lot of the round plastic garbage cans (common at the time) floating around the streets. Following that time, everyone just rolled up their sleeves and got on with the clean up. There was a real no nonsense approach to getting things back to normal. Yes, it was devastating to many, but people realised that the only thing to do was to fix matters and move on.

Since 1974 the population growth in South East Queensland has been enormous, as has improvements to infrastructure. Things have been ticking along nicely despite the GFC. In fact, with the mining industry booming here we have been expecting big things in Queensland over the next few years.   more ...

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Putting The Home Buyer First In Australia

Friday May 25, 2012 (18:11:04)

by Tracie Hocart
Residential Property Solutions


Buying a home or investment property can be hard work in your own suburb let alone in a suburb somewhere on the other side of the world. When buying property, usually the most expensive purchase in your lifetime, talking to a professional is important. Not just the real estate agent on the closest corner, who has many listings he/she is being paid a commission (by the seller) to sell. But have you ever thought about using a professional Buyers Agent? Or have you even heard of a Buyers Agent before?

Buyers Agents – sometime known as Buyers Advocates, Home Finders, Property Finders or Real Estate Brokers – are a relatively new profession in Australia (10-15 years here). Damien Hocart, Managing Director of Residential Property Solutions says, “In the US, figures indicate between 50-75% of buyers use a Buyers Agent when purchasing property. Why not, when the role of a Buyers Agent is to act only for the buyer, and to negotiate the best price and contract conditions for them?”   more ...

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An Australian Christmas on the Gold Coast

Friday May 25, 2012 (18:06:33)

by Tracie Hocart

Christmas on the Gold Coast is really something special. People ask me “Are you heading away over the Christmas break?” and I always say I would rather be here than anywhere else this time of year. Why would I head away when there is such a great atmosphere in the air? It’s that special time year when everyone is friendly & smiling (except for the usual grumpy people who have lost the smile reflex somewhere along the way.)

For us, living on the Gold Coast at Christmas time has always been a pleasure. Even when we lived in Brisbane we still managed to find ourselves down here at Christmas time. So many of our friends and family head to the coast and we find people landing on our doorsteps trying to organise get togethers everyday of the two weeks before and after Christmas. Thankfully most of our friends either have their own accommodation arranged or have holiday homes here. We generally have family staying here and there, but do not find that a problem. Happy to have them!   more ...

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Australia

Australian Life Readiness Test

Friday May 25, 2012 (18:03:40)

by Sarah Husselmann

It’s fair to say I was unprepared for my new life in Australia. Not that I wasn’t organised on some level – belongings were shipped, finances were in place, and my old life in London wrapped up – but when it came to familiarity with my new country, my knowledge was lacking.

Five things I knew about Australia

To give you an idea here’s a quick list of what I knew about Australia before moving here;

1. From a 2 week stint in Sydney, I knew that Sydney is physically stunning. I climbed the Harbour Bridge on a sunny winter’s day. That experience alone that made me want to live here.   more ...