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Putting The Home Buyer First In Australia

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (13:11:04)
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

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (13:06:33)
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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Australian Life Readiness Test

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (13:03:40)
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 ...

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10 And A Half Things To Think About When Moving Your Children To An Australian School

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (12:59:00)
by Lesley Snell

Set out below are a list of the things you might want to think about when moving your children to an Australian school. The information is general in nature and things might vary from state to state so it's best to check with the Education Department in the state you are moving to.

They are listed below the article. Also, Lesley is quite happy for you to add your comments on her Facebook page.

1. Your child will be anxious and excited at the same time. Listen to their concerns/expectations. Make a list of them together and see if you can get them answered by the school.   more ...

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Moving to Australia and Living on the Northern Beaches, Sydney

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (10:47:50)
by Lesley Snell

My day starts the same way every day….I look out through my bedroom window at the trees in Garigal National park. Our house backs onto “the Bush” yet I am right in the suburbs of Sydney. The Kookaburras start around 5.30 a.m. followed swiftly by some pretty noisy Cockatoos !! But I love it and never really tire of the outlook.

I got here in a very roundabout way. I came with my husband in 1990 in the heady days when the company bringing you out sponsored your residency. We were very lucky in that respect. We were young and childless and we planned to stay for two years. Our departure from Heathrow was teary and gut-wrenching, and nothing can describe the feeling of watching all your worldly possessions being packed in a container and disappearing, hopefully to turn up again on the other side of the world!   more ...

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Shipping Your Stuff to Australia

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (10:44:56)
Container shipping to Australia is the preferred way for immigrants to get their belongings “down under” on time and in one piece. There are many companies specializing in container shipping to Australia, but only a handful which are reliable and reputable. Considering the large distance of shipping to Australia, choosing an experienced company should be a top priority. A company that ships containers to Australia needs to be quick and efficient in order to offer a competitive price and keep customers happy.

Today, container shipping to Australia is the most popular choice. More than 90% of all non-bulk cargo shipped to Australia is done with stackable containers. These containers are stacked one on top of another on large transport ships. Since most containers today are built according to the ISO quality standard, even car shipping to Australia is done using them. With the standard sizes and shapes of ISO containers, one can tell if a car will fit properly or not, thereby reducing the costs and time spent shipping to Australia. The use of standard container sizes around the world has lessened a lot of problems. From transporting containers on railways to storage facilities, the logistics involved in the transportation of containers have been streamlined.   more ...

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The Value of Mateship

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (10:42:07)
by Suzer

After I got all of my spousal visa paperwork submitted for my move to Australia, a slim envelope turned up in my mailbox with another form to fill out. It was called an Australian Values Statement, and required my signature as acknowledgement that I would accept certain Australian values as a newcomer to Oz, one of which was the value of mateship. At the time, I thought it was somewhat amusing, and wondered how it came to rank up there with equality, democracy, and respect for the law. Looking back, I should have seen how it struck a certain resonance with my biggest worry about my move to Australia, which was leaving friends behind. Wondering how long it would take to meet and get to know new people, I was concerned about being lonely, and wondering how I would fit in to this new place.   more ...

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How to park a car - Aussie style!

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (10:32:42)
Vicky Gray
by Vicky Gray

Parking in Australia is free in most places, barring airports and Hospitals. Unlike in Essex where I was horrified to discover that I had to pay and display at my local Somerfield store, even when I was just popping in for a pint of milk and some peanut M&M’s. I was reimbursed when I produced the other half of my ticket at the checkout, but that really wasn’t the point, it’s extremely inconvenient and if you don’t have a 20p coin on you, you’re buggered and forced to shop elsewhere.

Anyway, all you have to do here in Oz is observe the clearly marked signs that tell you how long you can park - and on which days. Car park bays are spacious and you no longer have to squeeze carefully out of your car to avoid banging into the car next to you with your door. The child parking bays are ridiculously oversized and you feel unworthy of using them unless you have a minimum of three children, a dog, two goats and a couple of loose chickens.   more ...

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Go Back to the UK or Stay in Australia?

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (10:19:37)
by Viveca Trader

Some time ago you decided to make the big move to Australia, either by yourself or as a family. It has now been a year or more since you arrived in Oz. You wonder why you are not that happy living there. Before you arrived in Australia, you dreamed about having a new start in your life and this was the refreshment you so wanted. Back in the UK the opportunities in Australia seemed endless...and now you are stuck and wonder why 'I feel so confused and lost'?

Before making the big decision about moving, you need to do a reality check on what your life is at present. What is good in your life and what problems do you have? What do you hope to achieve by moving? You need to ask yourself the main reasons and to be completely honest with yourself. Are you trying to simplify things? Are you bored in your career and want to do something new? Do you want a better climate? What is the cost of living etc? Do a list and write it all down, whatever comes to your mind. This will give you clarity about what is important to you. Once you have all the important reasons why you would like to move you need to ask yourself: What is stopping you today from creating that life? And how will I apply what is important to me in Australia?   more ...

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Selling Up, Moving to Australia and Buying a New Business

Posted on Friday May 25, 2012 (10:15:31)
Please note: The information in this article is over 12 months old.

by Sarah Muxlow

Selling up shop and moving to the other side of the world to start a new business venture isn't as unimaginable as it once was. Australia attracts many new immigrant business buyers, investors and start-up entrepreneurs every year.

The core process can be broken down into three key areas.

Step 1 - Selling Up

The first step to start the selling up process is having your business listed local to where you are and starting the sales process. Taking on the assistance of a broker and sales organizations to help can take the headache out of this stage.   more ...