Moving Out of the City
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Title: Moving Out of the City
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Author: Tracey Anderson
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Moving Out of the City
Copyright 2006 Tracey Anderson
Australia's largest metropolitan cities are exciting places
to live and work, but they are becoming increasingly
expensive. Although overall, Australia's housing market is
stable and quite affordable, home prices in Melbourne
average $335,000. Sydney is even higher, with prices well
above the norm at an average of $524,000.
There are two major advantages to living in the Australian
countryside; price, and availability of the rural "quality
of life". Sometimes, you can even have both. Of course, one
of the most affordable areas in all of Australia is
Tasmania, with prices in Hobart averaging just $165,000,
and other homes in smaller towns priced at under $100,000.
Real estate in Tasmania is in demand and the state has a
positive net migration as more people come to discover the
charm of the rural Tasmanian lifestyle.
But, as primarily a farming community, Tasmania is not for
everybody: if you work in Sydney, moving that far usually
won't be an option. However, you don't have to pay $500,000
for a home if you don't want to. More people are choosing
to commute to work every day. The Central Coast of New
South Wales for example, offers an attractive alternative,
sitting about halfway between Newcastle and Sydney. Prices
are rising along the Coast rapidly, but homes there still
present an advantage both in terms of price and amenities
when compared to life in the Big City. The Central Coast,
as well as Queensland's Gold Coast, offer less of a rural
farming environment, and more of a resort/retirement town
ambience, with plenty of opportunities for recreation.
Another noteworthy rural option is the Northern Territory.
While the capital city of Darwin is more metropolitan, most
of the territory is much more remote, and includes several
indigenous communities. Housing here too remains quite
For those who are serious about embracing the farming
lifestyle, the rural farm property market is strengthening,
with a 34% increase in sales value in 2004-05. However,
lifestyle farm turnover has declined, with most of the
activity being in the broadacre, large corporate farming
business. While smaller lifestyle farms aren't dead, fewer
Australians are choosing to run them and agriculture is
increasingly becoming the domain of large agribusiness
For those who prefer the rural or suburban lifestyle,
especially while maintaining a commuting job in the city,
there are plenty of options. Many real estate agents
specialize in rural real estate that is within commuting
distance of major population centers, and are ready and
able to help you find a home that will enable you to have
the best of both worlds.
About the Author:
Tracey Anderson is a mortgage broker with 16 years
experience in the Australian mortgage industry. She
currently works with a number of broker networks including
Mortgage Mall (www.mortgagemall.com.au ) both as a
broker and an expert industry analyst.