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How people afford the rent in NT?

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#1 *Mischief*

Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:19 PM

DF and I are in discussion about moving to the NT. We'd be staying with the inlaws to start with in Howard Springs however the house rental prices are huge!! Are the wages that much higher here? It also sounds like food is very costly as well. I'd like to give it a go but worried whether it really is affordable for us or not. What do you need to bringing home per week $$ wise to be able to make ends meet?

#2 Tiger Print

Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:23 PM

Hi there

Yes rental prices are high but they are falling steadily at the moment as there are more vacancies.  Keep an eye out for lease breaks - these can result in good savings.

Wages are higher in certain sectors but for others than are on par with other states.

Fresh produce and petrol is slightly more - but it is WARM right now :)

#3 *Mischief*

Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:27 PM

Haha yes what I wouldn't give for weather like that right now! I've been up there for a long weekend previously and we're going up again come the end of this month. Rental prices falling is good news for us! I'm not sure what my partner would be looking at $$ wise yet but I don't want to move there just to find out that we can't afford it. Big move from brisbane!

#4 Tiger Print

Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:34 PM

Good luck in deciding what to do :)

#5 mswc101

Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:39 PM

What do you guys do for work?

#6 Feral timtam

Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:46 PM

Depends on what you guys do for work as to how affordable it is.

Let's just say we tried Alice. Rents compared to income were high enough that we spent one of the coldest winters on record in a caravan. It was very, very cramped for a family with three school aged children!

#7 *Mischief*

Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:52 PM

I'm not working at the moment and have a new Bub due in December. DF would be working with his father in construction I guess it would be classed as. Building/maintaining roads.

Feral TimTam - that must have been awful!!

#8 *Mischief*

Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:55 PM

Wcan anyone say what minimum income would need to be for it to be practicable. We don't have a fancy lifestyle as is so going without luxuries is no big deal.

#9 Tiger Print

Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:58 PM

Realistically your rent will be at least $500 per week plus all your other outgoings.  Have a look at some of the Darwin Mums Facebook pages and ask there.  I'm at the other end of child rearing so I wouldn't be very accurate in trying to guess.

#10 mswc101

Posted 06 July 2015 - 04:12 PM

we have a 2 bdrm townhouse that we are looking to lease out at about $450/week in Coconut grove. courtyard garden and one parking space. If that gives you an idea of what rent is. if you are after a house definitely from 500 and up. I find that food and fuel is a little more expensive up here, but after going down south recently its actually not that bad (compared to what it used to be) Booze definitely costs more lol.

oh - and power is pretty crazy too - especially with the amount you use the a/c

#11 *Mischief*

Posted 08 July 2015 - 09:50 AM

Thanks for the input guys :) We'd definitely be wanting a house, we have too many kids for an apartment/unit.
We've got a lot to think about and consider but I'm really hoping were able to pull it off! Would love love love the weather up there, I hate the cold!

Does anyone have any knowledge of Howard springs primary school and what the closest highschool is called?

#12 Tiger Print

Posted 08 July 2015 - 09:52 AM

Howard Springs Primary is fine - the closest high school is Taminmin - it has a rural focus.

#13 *Mischief*

Posted 08 July 2015 - 09:53 AM

Thanks Tranquille, I shall look it up :)

#14 Osnabelle

Posted 18 July 2015 - 11:58 AM

Darwin has beautiful weather at the moment! It is nice here, we moved up here because of the weather, we were just sick of the cold in Adelaide. BUT the price was, that we live in a caravan for a year now, because the rent up here is so expensive. Compared to the average income Darwin has the highest rent/property prices in Australia. This city is a city of house shares and backyard caravan/shed rent outs. Normal price if a ROOM is $250/week. Good thing is-there are lots of jobs here, that's why a lot of people come here to get work experience and leave again after a few years. Good luck to you! If you're thinking about coming in a caravan, I could recommend a very cheap place to stay :)

#15 Coffeegirl

Posted 18 July 2015 - 04:23 PM

We have stores around Australia and our staff in Darwin get paid slightly more than our other stores, simply because there is no way they could survive on the wages we normally pay.  We moved staff from Townsville and Coffs up there and they both were astounded how expensive it was.  A small one bedroom apartment cost us $2400 to rent for a month last year :(

Even hotel rooms are super expensive.  A room at the Novotel in Darwin puts us back $250-300/night, even more at certain times of the year, where a similar room in Brisbane and Sydney would be under $200.

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