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Forum: Australia
Jan 16th 2009, 3:56 am
Replies: 23
Views: 4,469
Posted By hubbard

Re: Sydney...cost of living

My figures are as follows:

Mortgage - $1,100 per week
Electricity - $35 per week
Food (2 adults, 1 child in nappies, includes wine and beer) - $270
Car insurance $50 per week
Health Insurance...
Forum: Australia
Jan 4th 2009, 9:16 pm
Replies: 59
Views: 20,411
Posted By hubbard

Re: Areas (suburbs) in Sydney to avoid

Relatively crime free areas that have good amenities, attractive housing, good transport links, close to beaches and have good schools- Valcluse, Balmoral, Centennial Park, Double Bay, Rose bay,...
Forum: Australia
Dec 1st 2008, 5:15 am
Replies: 65
Views: 5,367
Posted By hubbard

Re: Should you really be moving to Australia at this time?

But it will be a hell of a lot tougher in a new country with no family or close friends, zero local work experience or contacts, a lack of knowledge of the social benefits available or entitled to,...
Forum: Australia
Nov 30th 2008, 9:23 pm
Replies: 65
Views: 5,367
Posted By hubbard

Should you really be moving to Australia at this time?

I just thought I would post a thread asking what people's opinions are whether it is now a good time to move to Oz, in view of the global credit crisis.

My opinion, for what is worth, is it's a...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 24th 2008, 5:00 am
Replies: 22
Views: 1,694
Posted By hubbard

Is it worth it - I'm not sure

Reading comments on here about life in the Middle East, the rapidly rising living costs, accomodation shortage, I am becoming less and less sure that it is worth putting up with the somewhat...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 15th 2008, 10:27 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 6,338
Posted By hubbard

Re: Kuwait - salary and satndard of living

Thank you for the responses. Our baby is only 12 months so schooling is not a requirement. Does anyone have any weblinks for accomodation sites in Kuwait - I have searched but drawn a blank. I am...
Forum: Middle East
Nov 13th 2008, 9:38 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 6,338
Posted By hubbard

Kuwait - salary and satndard of living

Hi

My husband has a potential job offer for a multi national company in Kuwait. The offer is 2200KD per month ($8000 USD) with monthly housing allowance of 350 KD per month, and car 100KD per...
Forum: New Zealand
Jul 4th 2008, 3:11 am
Replies: 157
Views: 27,140
Posted By hubbard

Re: Good and Bad points about New Zealand please.

Bad points for NZ:

Highly changeable weather - makes planning a day out . BBQ almost as bad as inthe UK.
Loads of rain in the North Isalnd in Autumn, winter and spring.
Crap housing - been...
Forum: Australia
Mar 6th 2008, 10:02 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,367
Posted By hubbard

Re: Sydney - Basic Questions

Yeah - I have to agree $850K to buy a 3 bed house with pool and close to the beach in an easily commutable suburb of Sydney (good bus or train links) is a very hard ask. You'd need to go over the $1...
Forum: Australia
Feb 18th 2008, 9:56 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 613
Posted By hubbard

Re: Sydney comparison to Auckland - Help

We lived 3 yrs in Auckland and have been in Sydney 2 and half. Sydney wins hands down but you need to ensure you have a good income to enjoy the lifestyle. Mission Bay would be the equivalent of...
Forum: Australia
Feb 18th 2008, 9:52 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 2,224
Posted By hubbard

Re: Best area to live in Sydney

Best areas - Balmoral , Valcluse, Woolhara, Mosman, Neutral Bay, Paddington, Lavender Bay.
Good because - close to city , close to beaches, lots of ammenities, good public transport, beautiful...
Forum: New Zealand
Feb 1st 2008, 4:22 am
Replies: 230
Views: 10,099
Posted By hubbard

Re: Is it really that bad??

Things I disliked about NZ (and they were in IMHO bad):

The weather - too much rain, not enough continuous hot sunny beach weather.
Shit public transport and a dependence on cars.
Expensive...
Forum: Australia
Jan 23rd 2008, 3:50 am
Replies: 3
Views: 935
Posted By hubbard

Re: Pre-School Child Care Northern Beaches Sydney

Long waiting lists and expensive. I pay $85 a day but have a 3 month baby. I think 1-4 yrs is charged at $80 a day. No restriction on type of visa as long as you stump up the fees. You won't get...
Forum: Australia
Jan 21st 2008, 3:24 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,564
Posted By hubbard

Re: Drummoyne, Sydney, help pls

Be very careful about the flight path noise in Drummoyne - it's a shocker.
Forum: Australia
Jan 16th 2008, 10:39 pm
Replies: 160
Views: 15,287
Posted By hubbard

Re: Sydney - Location location location!!

One thing to consider when looking inner West (Drummoyne, Strathfield etc) is the plane noise. The inner west suburbs tend to be smack in the Sydney flight path. I went to a friend's house in...
Forum: The Barbie
Jan 3rd 2008, 9:44 pm
Replies: 144
Views: 8,654
Posted By hubbard

Re: Is the grass greener?

We have been away from the UK 5 and a half years (3 yrs NZ, 2.5 yrs Oz) and are definitely considering a move back to the UK in another 4 - 5 yrs. We live in Sydney and find it very much all about...
Forum: Australia
Oct 22nd 2007, 1:06 am
Replies: 11
Views: 2,113
Posted By hubbard

Re: Mortgage - Salary ratio

This is so true, the banks here will lend you massive amounts and it really is up to you to do a detailed budget and work out what you can afford. We have a combined income of $325K and the banks...
Forum: Australia
Oct 18th 2007, 12:30 am
Replies: 10
Views: 850
Posted By hubbard

Re: Sydney areas to live?

You'd be crazy to emigrate to Sydney with the idea of securing anything more than a 2 bed flat in a pretty down market area (read out west probably about 20 miles from CBD)with a budget of $350K. ...
Forum: New Zealand
Oct 18th 2007, 12:18 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,192
Posted By hubbard

Re: been here four weeks

Not always cold but Auckalnd is known as a location of heavy rainfall - has higher rainfall than London. Did you not look at some of the weather stats before moving there. It is definitely not a...
Forum: Australia
Aug 29th 2007, 1:30 am
Replies: 9
Views: 882
Posted By hubbard

Re: full time day care / preschool

Yep - $110 a day at the place that has just opened up near my work in the CBD. Needless to say the place still has vacancies due to it's higher price tag but the short supply in childcare places in...
Forum: Australia
Aug 27th 2007, 11:16 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 882
Posted By hubbard

Re: full time day care / preschool

Sydney would cost you $80 per day for a childcare ( 1 kid), and in the CBD it's $110 - this is for children under 12 months.
Forum: Australia
Aug 24th 2007, 5:07 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,024
Posted By hubbard

Re: "The Hills" Northwest Sydney

My sentiments entirely, it is a pretty suburban souless place decidedly lacking in the character of a lot of the other Sydney suburbs in the Northern Beaches or Eastern suburbs. And this coupled...
Forum: Australia
Aug 23rd 2007, 11:09 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,024
Posted By hubbard

Re: "The Hills" Northwest Sydney

Oh no - i thought the Hills area of Sydney was very sterile and Macmansion like, lots of huge houses on small plots of land that look ridiculous. It is also a fair trek to the CBD by bus (45 - 50...
Forum: Australia
Aug 13th 2007, 11:52 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 936
Posted By hubbard

Re: NSW: is a real estate agent allowed to...

That sounds about right and echos my comments previously on here that if you looking to buy in Sydney in North shore (upper and lower) and eastern suburbs reduce your domian.com.au max price...
Forum: Australia
Aug 13th 2007, 12:01 am
Replies: 9
Views: 936
Posted By hubbard

Re: NSW: is a real estate agent allowed to...

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Even if they do give a guide price it is often so way off that it really is of no use, or the range is given as something like $880k - $950K. The place then sells for $50K above the upper...
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