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    Yeah, TV doesn't bother us. Haven't had ours connected for 11yrs so far. Just wanting something for school work research, bill paying etc and phone so we can talk to family and for emergencies etc esp with no mobile reception

    Is satellite expensive? what is the quality/service like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lolly137 View Post
    Yeah, TV doesn't bother us. Haven't had ours connected for 11yrs so far. Just wanting something for school work research, bill paying etc and phone so we can talk to family and for emergencies etc esp with no mobile reception

    Is satellite expensive? what is the quality/service like?
    The satellite dish at our place isn't working, and we couldn't justify the cost of getting it going again at this stage (roughly $700 for repair and call out fee). Hence why we just use our Telstra phones/iPad. We use it for the same thing you do (school research, farm research etc and paying bills). We aren't massive users of Internet but we do need it, but using the hotspot suits us fine at this stage.

    You could always just ring around if you want to know satellite internet prices, to see if it'd be worth the set up cost. Not sure if they're a national service, but the company who put our satellite up is Activ8me. Not sure if Telstra does satellite internet.

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    We currently only have 4g as an option for Internet. So we're paying $160pm for 25gig! Drives me mad!
    Apparently there is another satellite due to be switched on May/June this year but all info I've been given has been that it will be slow and expensive. I don't know how true that is, but we're going to wait and see what happens before committing.!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciDahling View Post
    We currently only have 4g as an option for Internet. So we're paying $160pm for 25gig! Drives me mad!
    Apparently there is another satellite due to be switched on May/June this year but all info I've been given has been that it will be slow and expensive. I don't know how true that is, but we're going to wait and see what happens before committing.!
    Is that the upgrade thing? I get emails from activ8me about the satellite upgrade but it'll probably still be expensive for very few gigs. It's the only downside to living rural.

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    Update, we have been sight seeing a few areas over the last few weeks, and have found a property that meets everything we want. DH sister, hubby want to purchase with us (500 acres) cause they want to get out of where they are too.

    So we now have the fun of looking for finance (we are all planning on keeping and renting out our current homes).

    For those that have done this, how did you find the finance side of things?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lolly137 View Post
    Update, we have been sight seeing a few areas over the last few weeks, and have found a property that meets everything we want. DH sister, hubby want to purchase with us (500 acres) cause they want to get out of where they are too.

    So we now have the fun of looking for finance (we are all planning on keeping and renting out our current homes).

    For those that have done this, how did you find the finance side of things?
    Finance was hard for us. For a starters, DP is self employed. Secondly, not all banks will finance rural properties. Shop around before you commit to anything, and make sure you are eligible for the amount you need. Luckily we had more than 50% deposit so at least that part was sorted. I think you need more deposit than residential properties.

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    Just want to add that our interest rate, due to being rural and a low doc loan (see above), is 7%. It's ridiculous. Thankfully we only owe $140k so our repayments are only $1300 per month.

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    Update for those that are interested - we have found our dream place 20mins to town, 40min to the beach (better than the 2hrs it takes now!) in the town we have been holidaying to for 6yrs. We will be mortgage free after our house settles in Jan with enough left over to build.

    I have a work transfer and hubby will move once he finds something else. There is plenty of trucking around here, so he is going to upgrade his licence. The schools here are good too. We will up and settled in time for school to restart and the eldest to start Yr7.

    I am now looking at creative ways to announce our move. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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    We moved from sydney to rural nsw and hate it. We are now looking to move back.

    No services, they arent open when you need them, health care is somewhat second rate, we often go back to sydney for medical appointments instead. Its boring nothing to do or see. Parks are lacking for young children, the people are snobs I met nicer people in sydney. The lack of things for young children to do, an if it is there it costs $$$ not like in sydney free. Parramatta has a nice water park on james ruse reserve. Love it. Its free! Another at darlingharbour although extremely popular. If the council put in a water park here it would be damaged within 2 weeks and never repaired. Hell they can't even maintain roads we have the worst potholes in the country. But hey lets build more roads and houses and we can't maintain the ones we have.

    BIGEST mistake of our lives should have stayed put and/or stayed close to the eastern seaboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MysticFalls View Post
    We moved from sydney to rural nsw and hate it. We are now looking to move back.

    No services, they arent open when you need them, health care is somewhat second rate, we often go back to sydney for medical appointments instead. Its boring nothing to do or see. Parks are lacking for young children, the people are snobs I met nicer people in sydney. The lack of things for young children to do, an if it is there it costs $$$ not like in sydney free. Parramatta has a nice water park on james ruse reserve. Love it. Its free! Another at darlingharbour although extremely popular. If the council put in a water park here it would be damaged within 2 weeks and never repaired. Hell they can't even maintain roads we have the worst potholes in the country. But hey lets build more roads and houses and we can't maintain the ones we have.

    BIGEST mistake of our lives should have stayed put and/or stayed close to the eastern seaboard.
    It's funny how different everyone is, and I don't think rural life is for everyone. We moved from Melbourne to rural Victoria and our experience has literally been the exact opposite of yours. I find everyone here MUCH friendlier than in Melbourne, they're true country people. It almost sounds like the town you moved to is perhaps full of city people who moved to the country, just like you did..??

    I think also that if you move to the country and expect everything to be exactly as it is in the city, then you're going to be disappointed. It's just not the same.

    What I've found is that people in rural areas tend to set up their properties to be fun places for the kids, with plenty to do at home. We're on 84 acres and have bicycles, dirt bikes, swing set, ball games, and soon getting a cubby house and trampoline. If we do want to take the kids out we go to the beach 40 minutes away, or the pool in the nearest town or there are any number of little tourist spots to visit.

    However, I guess if you like going out to dinner a lot and doing lots of shopping, probably not a great idea to move to the country as that's definitely not what country life is all about. To us the city is a smoggy, overpopulated boring place and we'd prefer to offer our kids a beautiful big property to grow up on. We love living in the country, and never want to live in a city ever again. Each to their own!

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