# Housing - what would you do?

1. I'm trying to put myself in your shoes and imagine that extra 20 minutes each day just on the school run alone. So currently it takes you 5 minutes to get to school and 5 minutes home again (10 mins, 2x per day = 20 mins in the car to do the school run). If you move it will take you 20 minutes to get to school and 20 minutes to get home again (40 mins, 2 x per day = 80 mins in the car to do the school run). That to me is huge, particularly if you have another child in the car that is stuck in the car for an extra hour.

Also, factor in hubby's additional travel time of an extra 30 mins per day, which is 2.5 hours extra per week.

Note: I may have confused myself and be totally wrong in my calculations, so if i am, I apologise.

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3. Originally Posted by GirlsRock
I'm trying to put myself in your shoes and imagine that extra 20 minutes each day just on the school run alone. So currently it takes you 5 minutes to get to school and 5 minutes home again (10 mins, 2x per day = 20 mins in the car to do the school run). If you move it will take you 20 minutes to get to school and 20 minutes to get home again (40 mins, 2 x per day = 80 mins in the car to do the school run). That to me is huge, particularly if you have another child in the car that is stuck in the car for an extra hour.

Also, factor in hubby's additional travel time of an extra 30 mins per day, which is 2.5 hours extra per week.

Note: I may have confused myself and be totally wrong in my calculations, so if i am, I apologise.
It is a lot of extra time and fuel travelling which we worked out would be at least \$100/week more.

4. They actually did a segment on the project this week on moving rurally this week I'm not sure if you can YouTube it or something.

It had Melb and Syd. Homes in Ballarat and leeyton. Then commute times. I'm in SA so different here as basically everywhere in Sa is 30 mins unless you live in country

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6. Originally Posted by Little Ted
It is a lot of extra time and fuel travelling which we worked out would be at least \$100/week more.
That's over \$5000 EXTRA a year, or an extra 100k in 20 years. Are the houses that much cheaper out there?

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I would work out where you are going to be happier, it's all about quality of life.
In my mind there's no point saving a few dollars if you're going to be unhappy or less happy.

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9. Originally Posted by Alicia111
I would work out where you are going to be happier, it's all about quality of life.
In my mind there's no point saving a few dollars if you're going to be unhappy or less happy.
This.

Originally Posted by monnie24
They actually did a segment on the project this week on moving rurally this week I'm not sure if you can YouTube it or something.

It had Melb and Syd. Homes in Ballarat and leeyton. Then commute times. I'm in SA so different here as basically everywhere in Sa is 30 mins unless you live in country
Without traffic maybe. I used to have 2 hours of travel time a day and that was only getting from home in Woodcroft to city.

Travel time makes a huge difference.

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I like to live close to everything. 20 mins to school is a pain. I'm not sure how many/how old your kids are, but have you factored in after-school activities? Are they 20mins away too? That means a 30 min activity turns into 70 mins, and an hour activity means you will be stuck there the whole time, and then drive another 20mins each way, so getting up towards 2 hours.

Living 20 minutes away from everything just would not work for my family. So I think it really depends on your needs.

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TO me I wouldn't because it'd mean a fortune in petrol. It really depends on what you want to do though. TIme wise 20 minutes isn't that much although it depends on how often you'd have to do it. In the long run you'd be spending more money. I wouldn't do renovations though they can be expensive and it's almost better buying a different house.

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15. There's the petrol cost but you also need to factor in the use of the car (will depreciate faster) and the value of people time spent in that car.
Eg I can make \$50 an hour so an hour spent in a car is \$50 lost opportunity on top of petrol/depreciation costs.

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Little Ted  (31-07-2015)

17. Okay. So you've talked me back into staying in town. Where we live at the moment is quite central and we do like that.

Here's the next question - would you continue to make offers on a house that you can't reach the asking price on? It was taken off the market as no one else offered asking price and then raised another \$50k? (I will delete this part later). It's now under a real estate that is notorious for raising prices ridiculously and then having houses sit there.

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