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#26 DadAgain

Posted 02 July 2007 - 08:58 AM

Anyone here a tax accountant to financial advisor? (or just really clued in about Negative Gearing?)...

Trying to work out if purchasing in Canberra could be affordable WITHOUT selling up in Brisbane... (See 'Managing Money' section of EB for sums)

Edited by DadAgain, 02 July 2007 - 09:18 AM.

#27 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 02 July 2007 - 11:44 AM

My DH went to a financial advisor the other day (when he actually managed to take his lunch break!) and was told investment properties were not worth it, for our situation. That we would be better off to sell this place and then buy wherever we move. If DH is making big money in the next few years (over the top tax level) there are other investments with tax offsets that work out better with less loss and less stress.

Problem with us is, we bought this place at the tail end of the boom, and selling now, would mean we would barely come out neutral, let alone with enough $ for another deposit. We have a real estate agent coming to do a market appraisal today, just to see a rough idea of what we could get, and whether it is worth doing the few things we planned on, when we thought it would be a rental property (probably not!)

I guess, even though the idea of an investment property means stress about finding tenants, keeping tenants, are the tenants taking care of the a/c, appliances, garden. etc and how much money will be sunk into it BUT selling up straight away for no real monetary gain, and moving away only to find we don't like it after all, is a bit scary... However, once DH leaves this job where we are, there are no other jobs at his level or really, in IT at all... so we wouldn't be looking at moving back here anyway???

We have alot to take into consideration, as do you guys. The other thing for DH is, to just get out of his job now, before the whole company explodes!! or stick with it until he can get his Project Management licence... we need to contact some companies in Canberra and talk to some of his friends down there for advice, BUT he is so damn busy at work, he barely has time to eat, let alone anything else. It's disgusting, really, he is even at work today, despite being sick, and we have all been sick all weekend!

How is the job hunting going, dadagain?

#28 DadAgain

Posted 04 July 2007 - 09:04 AM

Interview on Friday! (Unfortunately they;re not flying me to Canberra for interview - but letting someone in Brisbane do the interview)... All a bit scarey and becoming a little too real!....

I had a check to try and work out how much rent we might be able to get for our house in Brisbane and I'm stumped. There are a handful of houses in our subrub for rent, a couple the same size as ours - but none with ducted a/c or pool. Having said that the rents look too cheap to me  unsure.gif  compared with Canberra, so now I'm getting scared about increasing costs resulting in a drop in living standards...

Discussing with DW yesterday I said:

1) They offer the job at the salary I request
2) The job environment and work culture sounds as promising as I hope
3) They offer relocation costs
4) We can find long-term reliable tennants willing to pay $500pw
5) We can find a nice house to live in, with a decent area, good schools, convenient public transport in Canberra for $500pw - and ok with dog.
6) We can find CC for the girls

Then all will be fine! wacko.gif .... Thats a LOT of "ifs". BUT if any of those "ifs" fall through then its tough to see how we could do it without experiencing a great deal of pain.

Edited by DadAgain, 04 July 2007 - 09:05 AM.

#29 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 04 July 2007 - 09:39 AM

That's why moving is one of the hardest things in life, up there with divorce and public speaking!

It's good in theory, yeah, we can move, DH can get a great, high paying job, we can live somewhere nice, the weather can't be that bad, think of all the things to do, BUT when it comes down to figures and "if's" and actually working it out, it starts to sound scary and hard!!

Good luck with your interview... remember, things work out how they are supposed to... everything happens for a reason...

#30 blueberry℘twist

Posted 04 July 2007 - 12:48 PM

I would like some suggestions of places to get furniture in Canberra  biggrin.gif

New and second-hand please tthumbs.gif

TIA  grin.gif

#31 Nut

Posted 04 July 2007 - 02:22 PM

Fyshwick is the place to go for furniture...

Frisco is my usual choice for furniture shopping as you can get less expensive items (but not cheap cheap sort of thing) and also higher quality etc (if you want to go for the cheaper stuff then Fanstastic furniture is a good place to start).

Harvy Norman and Domaine, Cussacks, Whitewood warehouse, freedom... they're all in Fyshwick. One can either look them all up individually or just drive around (that works for porn shops too).

#32 blueberry℘twist

Posted 05 July 2007 - 03:36 PM

Thanks girls tthumbs.gif

#33 seepi

Posted 05 July 2007 - 05:51 PM

Mancare (salvos) in fyshwick also has heaps of furniture. You can kit out your place while you re waiting to buy nicer stuff. Or you can be lucky there sometimes with nice things.

#34 blueberry℘twist

Posted 06 July 2007 - 04:41 PM

Another question biggrin.gif

Any kitchen wares supply places around?

For things like pasta makers, dehydraters, pots and pans etc.  unsure.gif

TIA  grin.gif

#35 Guest_gollygar_*

Posted 07 July 2007 - 06:58 PM

DadAgain, how'd your interview go?  Or is it next Friday?

#36 DadAgain

Posted 07 July 2007 - 09:16 PM

Was very strange.. the guy interviewing didnt really know much about the position being offered, and was not technically able to question or verify my technical skills... so it was a rather directionless chat just talking about general concepts like which business unit I might fit into and what kind of role I would ideally be looking for. The only thing that scared me was when he started talking about how Brisbane had such a 'relaxed' work ethic compared with the rest of the country and how long hours might be alittle more expected in Canberra. Of course this particular guy works in Brisbane, and for a completely different business unit to the one I'm apply for - so I dont really know what to make of the whole thing?!

#37 DadAgain

Posted 09 July 2007 - 12:01 PM

Just looked at the nice snowy pictures in another thread..

Apparently South Tuggeranong-->Civic is only a 25 minute drive - which is quite encouraging...(particualry if thats 'peak time')...

Can anyone confirm or deny this? Also is there any parking hassle in centre of Canberra? How much does it cost to park all day every day? (Or is there a way of parking for free?).

The more I look the more living close to a reasonable bus route look unlikely - which pretty much means another car is required! (adds another ~$200ish a week to the budget  unsure.gif )

#38 michellecabrera

Posted 09 July 2007 - 03:25 PM

Hi my husband and I have a 2 month old girl and a 4 year old girl we currently live in Dubbo NSW, we were thinking of moving to canberra but have no idea of the run down of suburbs and if we visit there is there any place to see display home for house and land packages? is the weather like Victoria or better? how do we find out what are the good suburbs? and what about schools? thanks!

#39 ~strawberry~

Posted 09 July 2007 - 03:35 PM

michellecabrera - The weather is much more like Adelaide's than Melbourne. We get four distinct seasons, but summer is a dry heat, so much more bearable than Melbourne's mugginess (is that a word?). Winter is cold but not dreary. You don't get the biting wind as often, and the sun is out most days. Autumn and Spring are just lovely.

There are display homes in Harrison (Gungahlin) and they are selling house and land out at Forde also, not sure where else. They are both in the outer north, but it doesn't take long from anywhere to get to the city.

Dadagain - not answering you  tongue.gif  laughing2.gif

#40 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 09 July 2007 - 03:40 PM

MC there are some great links at the start of this thread too, that might help you.


This is a great map...

Also, not sure if this helps, but we were from West Wyalong (a long time ago) and my mum keeps referring to moving to Canberra as it being like going back to West Wyalong, in terms of the weather... so maybe it is similiar to Dubbo?

Oh, and she's worried about the flies!! wacko.gif

http://members.essentialbaby.com.au/index....T&f=24&t=392365 This one started by dadagain, covers heaps of stuff too...

#41 DadAgain

Posted 09 July 2007 - 05:56 PM

not answering you

Why not?  mad.gif

#42 DadAgain

Posted 10 July 2007 - 08:38 AM

Had a friend recently return from a road-trip holiday that included Canberra - he said:

"Traffic was abysmal at peak hour - nose-to-tail crawling stuff... horrendous.."

Anyone care to comment? unsure.gif  Are you people all giving me false information claiming that Canberra is commuter heaven?

#43 Nut

Posted 10 July 2007 - 09:04 AM

DadAgain - yep, 25 minutes is pretty accurate from Southern most Canberra to City (in good traffic). I am in Kambah, it takes me around 10 minutes to get to the Southern most suburbs and about 15 minutes to get to the city so it's pretty good.

As for the traffic... Most places you go are likely to have bad times of peak traffic. Where it takes me 15 minutes to get to the city in good traffic, it might take 25 in bad. It's all a matter of perspective. I love Canberra traffic... compared to Sydney and Melbourne... Like any city you just have to allow for some extra time if you're driving in peak...

michellecabrera - If it helps at all... I grew up in Cobar so I know what the weather is like out there... I LOVE Canberra weather... We have nice winters with snow on the near mountains, warm dry summers (but no where near as dry as out there so that might be a slight adjustment to start with) and really nice autumn and spring... Not as dreary as Melbourne (but then I also love Melbourne weather).

Sue - Anything you need you will find in Canberra... we're pretty well kitted out... It's not as 'country town' as many people might think. Only thing we're really missing is an IKEA and a theatre that hosts major productions like Phantom of the Opera and Cats... But we have most of the usual electic appliance stores (more than one store of each across Canberra)... Good Guys, Bing Lee, Harvy Norman, Retra Vision, Kmart, Target, Big W and a few others as well original.gif

Each major zone has a major shopping centre... You shouldn't have any problems original.gif

#44 DadAgain

Posted 13 July 2007 - 02:07 PM

Gee ACT HR departments dont move very fast do they?... Interview a week ago and NOTHING back... very odd.... Even had the recruiter on the phone yesterday saying how she was completely perplexed by the whole "SEND US CV's NOW!!! We Need loads of people" request followed by apparent stonewalling  wacko.gif  She said "If it was 1 job and 100,000 candidates I could understand it - but its more like the other way around!"...

Ho humm....

In the meantime every time I check available jobs on seek.com I seem to see new possibilities (for greater and greater $$$'s too) unsure.gif

#45 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 13 July 2007 - 02:56 PM

My mum's partner found this too... he sent out emails and I think resumes?, and heard nothing, so in the end he contacted the higher up person, at the government place he works for, but down there in ACT, and almost instantly had the job/ transfer... the person he originally emailed is SO busy (due to being understaffed), he didn't have time to reply...! laughing2.gif

Can understand that, my DH is doing 60+ hour weeks at the moment, and his stupid company finally got a couple of contracters in, but DH doesn;t have enough time to get them up to speed, so they are not working at the full capacity they could be...

My DH is currently working about 3 to 4 people's jobs... and may very well just quit and go striaght to Canberra, if it doesn't ease up! I wonder how long Government clearance takes, for those sort of jobs????

#46 michellecabrera

Posted 13 July 2007 - 04:22 PM

Thank you to you all for giving me some feedback, hubby drove to Canberra today for job interview, he will find out on monday the outcome... abit scarey, we dont have a clue where to start should we relocate. But will keep looking on the websites to see rentals etc, we will need to rent our house here whilst down there... thanks again for being so thoughtful in your replies!!! Will keep reading all your messages to gather more info on our move.

#47 DadAgain

Posted 16 July 2007 - 12:31 PM


Michelle - How did it go?  huh.gif  Did DH think he went well? Does he want the job?...

#48 michellecabrera

Posted 19 July 2007 - 07:36 PM

Hi, Just found out this afternoon that he has been choosen, the salary is not as much as thought, but is higher than now. Abit hard to know where to start, I am not sure of what suburbs to look to rent in, we have 3 month old and a 4 yr old, will be hard to do that research with them, husband might need to go down there and do that, can you suggest any suburbs that have a good reputation?

#49 lovingmother

Posted 19 July 2007 - 08:02 PM

have a look here and i say that any where is good i love the hole of canberra and i have been here my hole life just pick some where that is near hubbys work and go from there.

#50 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 19 July 2007 - 08:56 PM

i love the hole of canberra
Is that a Freudian typo? laughing2.gif

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