At the end of the day we need people to own homes and we need people to rent. It's pointless telling renters they should be buying. It's just not a lifestyle everyone aspires to. I knew plenty of people back in Melbourne on very good incomes who didn't aspire to home ownership.
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08-01-2013 19:39 #221
08-01-2013 19:41 #222
lambjam I have to agree! About 10 years ago one of my mother's older friends who owned her own home and was making a good living went to see a financial adviser. He said that if she didn't sell her home and start renting within 6 years she would be bankrupt even with her well paying job. She had the same outlook confirmed by a few different advisers.
She did as he said, and is now 10 years later living very comfortably because she moved to renting instead of paying rates etc. And that was in a rather inexpensive country town.
She balked at first because she didn't want to loose the security of her home, but instead she has the security of a tenancy that basically will never end because she's a reliable tenant, takes care of everything and doesn't cause the owners problems. She can save heaps of cash compared to before and isn't stressed at all. I think it's all in perspective.
DH and I are debating the idea of even buying a home in the next 10 years because at the moment we're paying rock bottom rent. Owning our own home is the dream but looking at many of our friends who're on similar money and paying off their own homes and they're often barely getting by. And sometimes not even achieving that .
We're in the enviable position of always being able to get animal friendly and family friendly homes though. I know perfectly well from years and years of renting how difficult it can be to even get a look in .
Edit to add: Woops, sorry about the derail OP! I wouldn't have a pet in a house that I didn't have permission. If you really want one, offer to pay a 'pet bond'. But the simple fact of the matter is that they have the right to say no and if you don't comply and they find out you have to get rid of the dog or find a new home. Simple as that.
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08-01-2013 21:02 #223
pets and renting
In many instances, it's not actually the servicing of the loan thats too hard because you're right, often rent is similar in cost. But even with the FHOG, a $350k townhouse in a cheap area still requires a $35k deposit with stamp duty, legal costs etc That is simply unrealistic for many, many people to save who live month to month on minimum wages.
Then there are those that have deposits and good wages, but simply can't secure a loan for many reasons. Your comment is way off the mark.
08-01-2013 21:37 #224
Re: pets and renting
It's also not just about saving a deposit, my sister and her boyfriend live in a house that belongs to my parents, and they are pretty much paying the mortgage off for them.
They were approved for a loan to buy out the house, but unfortunately due to the current economic climate the valuers didn't value the house at the price they were going to pay for it, so the loan was knocked back.
Working in real estate I've seen this a bit recently.
I was also told a few years ago, that if you can save your money without spending it, then you should rent, however if you can't save your money then you're better off buying. Makes sense to me!
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08-01-2013 21:47 #225
Unfortunately I'm in the age group that just missed the boom. Also, the part of Australia I happen to live in is extremely popular. Guess what that means? Yep, over priced properties.
Buying a home just isn't a possibility for us now or in the near future. Great that others have been able to do it, but please don't try and make out it is ABSOLUTELY possible for everyone.
08-01-2013 22:08 #226
pets and renting
Can't believe the people here saying if you rent you can buy. No, not everyone can. And here in QLD the FHOG doesn't exist for anyone wanting to buy an established home, so a big blow. Totally off topic on this thread!
08-01-2013 22:23 #227
pets and renting
Not intending to be smart arsy so if you take it that way thats not my intent. On domain right now there are numerous results that came up for me in post codes 4152 and 4122( and surrounding suburbs) in qld for minimum 3 bed 1 bath unit, townhouse/ villa or house under 350k. These are good suburbs not in the sticks. Some of you may actually be surprised by what's out there, and yes deposits can be an issue but some banks will still lend on less than 10% you never know unless you look
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