One of the reasons Drhoz and I ended up building is that we considered buying existing housing, found a lot overpriced and what was in our price range would have meant we would have had to have renovations done at some point. That would bump the overall cost up in the end.
Building from scratch meant we got the house we wanted from the begining, more or less. Admittedly, it limited potential places to live a bit (as we had to go where the land was), but we were incredibly lucky and got a decent size and location.
But we're also not planning on moving.. oh.. ever, ever again.
Is there not a train near Captain's Flat? What's the schools like?
Of course, you *could* move to Perth, but the houses here are even more expensive...
Yeah, a chunk of the houses in Canberra would require at least money spent on insulation, not to mention any other jobs that needed it. At least if we buy in Captain's Flat, we'd have the spare cash to get work done.
Last train for Captain's flat ran in 1968. There's the tiny local primary school, and a bigger school a bit further away.
Bugger about the lack of train. :( Small primary school could be a good thing (thinking more individual attention).
You say 200 km round trip, but time-wise what would that mean? If it's 100 km/h most of the way, that wouldn't put it more than a hour's drive and I can think of lots of places that you have to commute for an hour and you're still in the metro area.
Y'know, if you got the place with the room over the garage, you could set up your base for world domination...
My thinking on the school is the same. My main thoughts on the 200km round trip is actually the expense of fuel and maintenance of a vehicle that's doing nearly 50,000 kms a year. If you're moving somewhere to save money, that expense needs to be factored in, otherwise you may be dealing with a false economy.
I've already got my semi-underground lair, so I'm well on my way to world domination.
Don't forget to include tanks, pumps, hoses, sprinklers and other sundry firefighting gear in the budget.
Fun though it is to make you go woof...
Thansk for the reminder. I had already been looking at whether there'd need to be land cleared around any houses.
Sonia simply flat-out can not afford to buy a house at the moment, and given the rising prices and the fact I seem to only work contract to contract with poor job security, I doubt that we ever will.
We can't even buy an apartment because Sonia wouldn't be able to handle the stairs, and she needs lots of quiet during the day to sleep that you usually don't get with neighbours sharing walls and floors/ceiling.
C'est la vie.
Sonia and I can not afford to... blah, blah.
Guessed you meant both of you.
I thought the place you were in was yours. Bugger!
I always get annoyed when the papers start saying prices will raise by 20% in the next couple of years. How?! Seriously, how would people be able to pay that much when so few can barely afford housing now?
Well if they already own a house, then they've got the assets there to sell and buy upwards, as it were. If they don't already own a house, basically they're screwed.
I don't actively resent not owning my own home, but I do get very testy when people start lecturing me that I should buy a home, as if I'm not aware of the advantages, have never looked into it and am simply too dumb to buy one.
And while it's all very well to say to someone, "You should own your own home," with current prices, unless they are going to offer to give you the money, they should drink a big can of Shut-the-fuck-up!
We've got over $100K deposit, Sharon's on a good wage, and we've been looking since we moved here. Yes there's some we missed out on, and yes, maybe we could have looked harder, but realistically if we can't afford a place when we're starting out in such a good position, how are other people supposed to? Especially if they're already renting, given that rents are ridiculous as well.
The main reason we haven't bought is that the current prices create an unnacceptably high risk to our finances. We know our budget, and we look at how much we have to borrow, look at the current interest rate, then add 3%, because sooner or later it'll go up. And I'm sorry, but if we're paying $400K for a house, it shouldn't be a 'renovator's delight' and need another $40K spent on it to make it liveable.
Skullfuck that for a joke!
There is something to be said of getting into the home owner status as soon as possible.
If you own a home then any proce rises are with you and assist in equity ownership.
So maybe, if you can work it in the short term, then Captains flat might be a good start, if house prices are rising there as well. If it is a growth area. Then (you only need to hold onto it for 5 years i think the recommended minimum is) you can sell and buy where you want to live using the growth equity you already have in the first house.
Agreed the wear on the car would be something to take into consideration as well as being on the road (how good is the road between Captain's Flat and Canberra?) but it is all highway/country miles so not as bad for a car as stop satart stuff. A car is designed to run optimally if it is at temp and doesn't have to stop and start all the time.
Small schools can be good as long as the teachers are good and the resources are there. If the school lacks resources or has teachers that aren't up to it, then you could be in trouble.
The only reason we are able to afford our new house was because we had enough equity in our $95,000 house on the outskirts.
At the moment our rent is still less than most mortgages and we'e saving roughly $15-20K a year, so in that regard, we don't feel a great need to hurry. That said, it'd be nice to be in our own place where we can drill into walls and put up shelves, etc.
Not sure if it is a growth area, though with people buying even further out and working in Canberra, it probably is or has that potential.
Would also have to factor in the running costs of buying another car. We'd almost certainly want a second vehicle because if something goes wrong with the Belwood, Shaz has no way to get to work. Actually with Captain's Flat prices, we could probably buy her a new car with much better fuel efficiency. We don't have electric cars capable of 200km round trips yet, do we?
Yeah, just about, but expensive. I think the Tesla does 250ks
And IF you aren't able to save as quickly as house prices are going up, then......
Wowee... I'm feeling incredibly lucky right now. Scott and I managed to get a nice 3x1 (powered workshop, bore, ducted evap aircon, nice garden etc) for $315,000. We got in just before they stopped doing the 100% loan, so we got it with zero deposit.
I think it was fairly cheap because it is in Gosnells, which has a fair amount of dodginess. We are lucky in that the street we live on is very quiet, and we've had no problems at all.
*sends positive house buying vibes in your direction*
This is exactly how we ended up moving to Toodyay, which is 45 minutes from Perth (well 1 hr from Perth central, 45 minsutes from Midland). We've loved it! Sometimes the drive drags on Peter a bit, but then you get home & you're in a nice country town & it's worth it. Plus, it takes me no longer to get to work than people in the Northern Suburbs of Perth coming down the Freeway, and my drive is a lot more pleasant :-)
We're planning an exploratory trip to Captain's Flat in the not too distant future. May as well check out the town and local area before we get too excited.
2009-11-15 10:07 am (UTC)
I feel your pain.
Don't know if you've been paying attention to my various ramblings or not - if not, I won't be offended - but my situation is that I'm between jobs, and I'm looking for work in either Melbourne or Canberra. If Canberra happens, I'll be renting out my place in Melbourne, and renting in Canberra, looking to buy maybe two or three years down the road.
I've looked at the cost of property in Canberra and winced. It's going to be difficult if I go that path; unfortunately, though, I do need to have money coming in.
Anyway. Getting back to the topic at hand. When I bought, I was told "Oh, you're good for up to $350k in loans." I said, "Like fuck I am!" and refused to borrow more than $220k. I had the deposit to do it, too - bought the place for $250k, had around $40k available, took the first home owner's grant and put it on the mortgage as a buffer. I was absolutely appalled that they'd offer me $350k on the wage I was on then - I felt then, and I still feel now, that I couldn't afford to repay it, not without living on baked beans and ramen for twenty years.
The first home owner's grant was handy, yes, but realistically, it only gave me back what I paid in stamp duty - in fact, not even that. I've always considered it to be fairly poor policy, and it'll be good to see it go, for several reasons. Part of the problem, as you've alluded to, is that people insist on having certain things in their house that frankly, they don't need. I'm in a small unit: two bedrooms (really one plus study); living room; kitchen; bathroom/laundry. Not even room for a dining table. But for me on my own, it's more than adequate, and I'm in no hurry to move. Why would I want a bigger place? How would I clean it, given that I barely manage it in my current place?! Yet people do so. It's crazy.
You can always figure out how much time I'm managing to put into LJ by how often I post - the less I post, the less I'm reading :)
Yeah, the banks wanted to loan us more as well. But we know the balance between what we can afford, and what we can afford before it starts to really hurt our quality of life.
We're surviving perfectly well in a house with no aircon. Most nights get reasonably cool so you open the windows, cool the house, shut everything before it gets too warm the next day, and open them again when the temperatures inside and outside equalise. We have heating, but that's a needed in Canberra. We have an ensuite, but that just happened to be in the house we decided to rent.
There's four of us, mum has some crap, and I have a lot of crap (that's slowly getting sorted and gotten rid of), plus books, DVDs and stock, so a larger place, or a place with storage is helpful. But beyond that...
how would I clean it
I find a bigger house easier to clean. but that might be because we moved from a three bedroom 'cottage' (where bedroom 3 was the library/study/spare room/junk room) to a 4+study, and there are five of us. Now I can access pretty much everything without having to move something, so I'm not always making a mess just to get something out of a cupboard...
yes, there are more floors, but that takes such a little chunk out of my cleaning budget (kitchen and laundry between them probably take 80%)
Queanbeyan can tend to be much cheaper than Canberra, and also closer to Civic than most of Canberra. Worth checking out.
So far we've found it to be a little cheaper, but not that much. But we do keep our eyes on it.