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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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    I don't really want to get attacked again but this was my point the other day, a house might be unachievable now but there are plenty of units and townhouses under 350k ( in qld) that are great and allow pets and are good starting points.
    Our townhouse is actually roomy just on a smaller block.
    Renting and purchasing has both it's pros and cons but for us I'm glad we purchased.
    And I suppose without tenants there would be no landlords needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnockKnockPenny View Post
    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
    Yeah exactly! Our rent is $480 a week plus we obviously have bills and need food/petrol for the week. Not a cent in savings (no kidding ) Would LOVE to know how we could even think about buying a house. As for priorities different strokes! My priorities are to put food on the table, dress my son and have a roof over our heads with electricity because right now thats all we can think about. There is no way we could even think about a mortage when we are living week to week. Everybody has different priorities as long as you're doing the best for you and your family why care what other peoples priorities are. And as others have said not everybody wants to buy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    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.
    We allow pets at our house for the same reasoning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan2bamummy View Post
    I don't really want to get attacked again but this was my point the other day, a house might be unachievable now but there are plenty of units and townhouses under 350k ( in qld) that are great and allow pets and are good starting points.
    It is true that you can find homes for around that price and you don't need to start out in a big home you can't afford.

    The thing is, even for a 350k house you still need at least 40k deposit, and you need to get approval for a loan. Some families would never have more than $1000-$2000 in savings ( if that) ever. For some families saving even 20k is as out of reach as a million. It's just out of the realm of possibility for some families, for a variety of reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan2bamummy View Post
    I don't really want to get attacked again but this was my point the other day, a house might be unachievable now but there are plenty of units and townhouses under 350k ( in qld) that are great and allow pets and are good starting points.
    Our townhouse is actually roomy just on a smaller block.
    Renting and purchasing has both it's pros and cons but for us I'm glad we purchased.
    And I suppose without tenants there would be no landlords needed.
    So everyone should up sticks to cheaper areas regardless of whether they have any employment opportunity there?

    And of course once people flee their more expensive areas to buy in cheaper areas then the prices in the cheaper areas will increase and the whole cycle starts again.

    Generally, people live as close to where they need to as they can afford. It's not always practical to live in the back of beyond. Sure, it can be worth it for some, but for others it just isn't.

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    My house was $305,000 and the only way I could do it was with my parents help going guarantor and a gift from an elderly relative towards the fees, plus I got the $7,000 fhog. As I said before its in the worst suburb and we spend hours commuting every week. I am professionally employed on a very good income and I only have the expenses of 1 adult and 1 child. There is just no way a family on an average income could do it. None.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    We will have to agree to disagree then. I believe anyone that's renting can buy particularly with the first home owners grant.
    You really have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    We will have to agree to disagree then. I believe anyone that's renting can buy particularly with the first home owners grant.
    Can you PLEASE ring the 3 banks and four mortgage brokers we got knocked back from?
    We have a great income and wanted a mortgage LESS than what we pay in rent!
    Can't wait to hear back from you!
    How exciting!

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