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    OP could you write an email to the real estate saying you would like to get a dog and can they ask the landlord what their stance on pets is? When we applied for the house we are in now it said 'no pets' in the listing. We attached a cover letter saying we have a 5 year old cat who is fully vaxxed, desexed, defleaed etc and would be willing to get the carpets cleaned every 6 months. We got the place. You could say the same or if its an outdoor dog say that you are willing to get the yard professionally maintained every 6/12 months.
    How long have you been in your current place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maria02 View Post
    After reading some of the stories on the last few pages I'm not sure I want to allow pets anymore!
    Are there any landlords who have never had any problems with allowing tenants to keep pets? (Sorry if I've gone a bit off topic OP!)
    We allow pets and have never had a problem. DH and I are mad dog lovers and reckon a tenant who has a dog is more attractive to us.

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    What kind of pathetic "house" will we be able to pay the mortgage on at $310 a week... which is what we're currently paying for rent.

    Then of course that will be a nice costly asset to our names, and then also rates and whatnot...

    DP's borrowing power is apparently somewhere around $350K which is okay... but it's certainly not going to buy us the kind of house we want to be living in.

    Eventually, we will earn enough to buy something we're happy with... but to suggest that ANYONE renting can BUY is ridiculous. My mother lives on her own. Pays $150/week (her landlord has been her landlord for 10 years and the rent has increased a whole $20 in that time - they already own the house outright). She earns maybe $40K a year. She's 53. How will SHE afford to buy a house exactly?! Yeah... she won't, unless she finds herself a rich man to marry (never wants to marry again) or somehow wins the lotto.

    It's delusional and shows nothing but ignorance to suggest that anyone who rents can afford to buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    If one can afford to pay rent then surely they can afford to start somewhere by buying a home. Whether they have kids or not is irrelevant.
    Totally. I rent. I needed approx $1600 upfront to secure this place. I know soooo many people (single mums like me) who have managed to secure a home loan for places around here (at about $800000) with just $1600. The banks love it. WTF are all you renters waiting for??

    Please.

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    Assuming that anyone who can rent, can afford to buy a home is just a ridiculous notion. It's not that black and white.

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    I think everyone is also forgetting stamp duty costs and costs of searches etc. Buying a home is a bl00dy expensive undertaking. And mortgage stress is an extremely real problem for many people who buy beyond their means and then find the market drops.

    Global financial crisis anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    I think everyone is also forgetting stamp duty costs and costs of searches etc. Buying a home is a bl00dy expensive undertaking. And mortgage stress is an extremely real problem for many people who buy beyond their means and then find the market drops.

    Global financial crisis anyone?
    Exactly, where I am it's at least 13k on a 400k house.

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    I pay $200 a week rent and have no savings. We do not earn a lot.
    Please tell me where I can buy a house

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    Im happy stress free without debt. It works for us. We own our car, we have savings and we owe nothing. It takes so much pressure off as a family. We keep it simple

    Working 5- 6 days a week just trying to keep up with a mortgage?

    No thanks. Not for us.

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    DP and I looked into buying a home 6yrs ago. He was doing FIFO and making great money and we had alot of savings. We decided against it and about a month later his job lost the contract he was working on and he was out of work for 6months. We would have been absolutely screwed if we bought that place. We drive past it alot on our way to a particular family members house and we always say the best decision we ever made was to not buy that house.

    I am fully prepared and expecting my son to have to live at home with me well into his 20s...housing prices are just bloody stupid and rentals are getting harder and harder to come by and are coming with more and more restrictions......like no pets....think there was a thread made about hiding pets in order to be able to get a place..hmm...anywho, I want my son to be financially set and have a good job and blah blah blah but I do honestly expect to have him living in my home well past the age that most of my generation moved out of home (16-20).

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