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Cooma [Jan. 24th, 2010|10:08 pm]
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Travelled to Cooma this weekend to look at houses. Out of nine houses, eight of them would have worked for us more or less. I now have a rough handle on what the different 'Snowy homes' are, and know that anything marked as an E-Type snowy home will be too small. That's a major help right there.

But the important thing is, all the prices were fair, even when compared to one another. They were all good houses, and there was none of the knee-jerk "You want how much?!" that I get with... well 99.999% of Canberra houses.

I also learned I have to approach this in a different way. I had originally thought about popping off to Bombala to look for platypuses, but no, checking out a bunch of houses on a hot day pretty much kills that idea. Need to get out there again, maybe for a slightly longer stay. Head in Friday night, do two bunches of houses on the Sat with a break in the middle, another bunch on the Sunday, then drive home.

The shortlist from this trip has three places on it, with five more effectively as backup. Spoke to a few people who have done the Canberra/Cooma commute, and had no issues. So next step is to get Sharon to do a trip there after work one day, stay the night, and head in to work the next. If she's happy doing that, then we can take the Cooma option much more seriously.

Still hoping that we'll find somewhere in Canberra, but we're less and less happy with the idea of having to settle for something that doesn't really suit our needs and will cost an arm, leg, lung, and kidney. The worst of the back-up houses in Cooma is still better than the majority of main candidates in Canberra - and almost half the price!

[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2010-01-24 02:54 pm (UTC)
The worst of the back-up houses in Canberra is still better than the majority of main candidates in Canberra - and almost half the price!

I take it the first Canberra was a Cooma.

Are you planning for Sharon to do the trip soonish or a bit later?

But yes, the most important thing is that you get a place with everything you require, including of course space for guests, for a reasonable price. And from what I hear unless you get amazingly lucky, that's not likely to be in Canberra itself.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2010-01-24 09:30 pm (UTC)

Shaz will do the trip soon-ish, just not sure where we're going to fit it in between ashes being spread in Wangaratta, Continuum 6, and Swancon.

If we buy in Canberra, we'll probably have to forego space for guests. Cooma may not give us more space for people, but it probably will.

We're also budgeting for repayments based on them being 9 or 10 percent, which further reduces things. But better to play it a bit safe than have the constant panic that some new homebuyers are already experiencing with talk of further interest rate rises.
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