Originally Posted by Rachel1477
Yes I have to say we also have been fretting about the exchange rate, esp Neil, but like you said its not all about the money, we would make the move what ever, I'm trying not to look at what it was yesterday or last month you can only deal with today & try & make the best decision. Then you cant think if it goes up should have held on a bit longer etc. lets just hope it improves in the near future
Last edited by louiesmum; 13-02-2008 at 01:17 PM.
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That's me put on my arse then. I'll stick to radiology!
I agree with you that it's not all about the money and ideally we would like to be mortgage free or certainly have very little mortgage ourselves. But my OH and myself are at loggerheads about it too. He wants to sell our house here while the market is still bouyant and get a good price for it and but I want to rent for 6months first to make sure coming to Oz is the right decision for us, as a family. I'm prepared to take the risk on the exchange rate etc as you've got to take risks somewhere along the way and hope that it all pans out alright. Unfortunately when you haven't got alot of money to throw around and every penny counts you do find yourself getting a git wrapped up in the £/$ thing and it does become bit of a issue.
It's all very well reading different forecasts and listening to different 'experts', but do they really know whats going to happen? Does anyone? I'm afraid my faith goes about as far as keeping my fingers crossed! (but my OH would say thats me just burying my head - he's probably right)
I agree with those comments.Just wish I had had the forethought to hold the $ last August, but everyone has a degree in hindsight as they say!
Just have to look for a smaller house in Oz and make do with a bucket instead of a swimming pool! At least the sun will shine on a regular basis, the pace of life will be more relaxed (unless there gets to be too many Brits over there to change it to the rat race we are all trying to get away from over here). You can't change yesterday you have to take what comes today. Change your £ and get on with the $ life. (Although we will wait just a little longer to see if the rate improves....)
Kev & Mall
Sorry but I feel it is time for a reality check the cost of living is high here and house prices high to.
I fell that you need to look at moving very carefully if you are a family of 5 with children of primary age on a sponsored visa then you may find it hard if you dont have 100k+
education here is poor and the house prices 325+ for a good area and everyday shopping not cheap.
If you have a trade then you may have to bye a liecence or go back to college at your own cost so be aware.
And for a few that say they are livin it lovin it most have rentals to fill and dont want the brits to stop coming so dont realy say many bad things about south australia.
once again sorry to those back in england looking at the web sites with rose tinted glasses but I stand by what I have writen.
IS the education in SA Poor?
I think most are seeing the reality here now.
Originally Posted by taylor family
Cost of living is the same if not higher in some areas of lifestyle than the UK.
The "Buy a house cheap dream and live mortgage free" is slipping away with both the rise in property here,the falling exchange rate and poor sales in the UK.
My personal advice is to bring as much capital as you can,it will make life easier for the first few years during that hectic and unsettled period.
Definitely people are now realising it is tougher by the conversations I've had.
Most are now just wanting to totally change their lives and have a better lifestyle.By this they mean better quality and cleaner surroundings,safer environment for their kids,access to beaches (which is good and free entertainment).
Some have come over blinkered with the rosy glasses but they are few and far between.
Some felt as if they could "cash in" or walk into a plum ,highly paid job.Quite a few did not realise they had to have a licence to operate their trade and earn a decent living.
Any one in a trade such as plumbing/electrical MUST look at this site http://www.ocba.sa.gov.au/licensing/ .............It will let you know what you are up for.I fear that some applicants are not made aware of this by the migration authorities or their agents.
Eventually those migrating here will not be caught up by the unrealistic dreams portrayed by TV and will be coming solely for a change in lifestyle,a new challenge (this was us) or to find a safer and happier place for their kids(us also).
Think of the 10 pound Poms,flipping heck - they did not have the luxury of internet research or much cash in their pockets.
I'm sorry but I have to comment on your last paragraph.
There are those of us who are living and loving it here we do share our experiences but do tell the reality regarding this fine country.There is good and bad in every country.:)
This forum started as a moan about rates and it is now getting very dark!!!
It is really worrying the h*** out of me. There is Stephen, myself and 4 kids and we are fed up with "making ends met". We honestly do not think the lottery is awaiting us in Australia and both are prepared to work hard so we both think it will be a better lifestyle
Here Stephen works a full time job in IT and as a taxi driver 3 nights a week, I have done some work during school hrs but trying to get permanent work during term time is not easy and trying to get 4 kids minded after school and during school holidays would cost £14 an hr and I don't know about the rest of you but I am not qualified in anything that would give me at least £20 an hr to give me a profit.
I am not looking for Stephen to earn a fortune but I want us to get by and be able to pay the mortgage and have something left to spend on the kids at weekends. It's family time we want, living without the 2nd job.
Could someone in Australia tell me if that is possible, we should be able to buy an extremely modest house outright and save for the bigger house at some point as with 4 kids we need it
Originally Posted by taylor family
Agree with Tyke the cost of living is on the rise here, but I don't expect for one moment it is dropping in the UK.
Most trades require a licence, definately if you wish to work as a contractor/sole trader, some trades you can work under other peoples licence.
In my instance carpenter/joiner when I first arrived I worked in a cabinet makers, NO licence required, during this time I obtained, independently my licence which involved doing a 28 hour legal and financial course, a police clearance certificate, a interview with the licensing board and paying the set fees. No dramas and what made it a bit easier was the fact I was expecting to do this because I had done my RESEARCH back in the UK.
Reference your last paragraph, YES I am one of those fortunate to have a rental, which I have had for the last 4 months, against your theory though I have been here 20 months and have lived and loved it since I stepped of the plane,
For those of you thinking/about to make the biggest decision, yes take off the rose tinted glasses, do research and when you have done that, do a bit more research, then when you get here have loads of positive attitude and you will be surprised how far you will get.
Living life to the full and loving every minute of this fantastic place,