Sydney house prices in 2010 – heading Up, down or nowhere fast?

By |November 26th, 2009|

I should preface this article by saying that unfortunately the crystal ball to tell us how Sydney house prices will weather the next 12 months has not yet been discovered.

So, if you are looking for someone to tell you this with certainty – keep looking – and tell me if you find that magic crystal ball.   But, if you are interested to read my perspective on the Spring market – and the factors that help some properties to outperform others – then read on.

SYDNEY housing market in spring 2009

Spring in Sydney is traditionally accompanied by prodigious listings of homes for sale – particularly in its more affluent eastern and northern suburbs.   2009 proved no exception, with many homes being offered for sale in September and October – with some more recent listings hoping to sell before the Christmas slowdown.   The Domain North supplement in Tuesday’s Sydney Morning Herald is a good indicator; traditionally comprising one section, over the last month it has yielded two bulging sections of homes for sale.

Free Holiday Down Under Anyone?

By |May 7th, 2009|

Here at Getting Down Under HQ we frequently get emailed by various folks and organisations that are looking for our help in promoting their products and services to the many visitors and subscribers who visit our site.

As many of these services aren’t particularly appropriate (or simply smell like a bit of a scam) then in most cases we don’t bother.

Recently however we were contacted by an agency asking us to help promote a competition being run by ‘Tourism Australia’. As the competition tied nicely into the concept of ‘Getting Down Under’ and was being run by the Aussie tourist industry then we thought it seemed worthy of a mention. […]

What is a better Lifestyle?

By |April 17th, 2008|

I think it’s pretty safe to say that as your reading this you’re considering a move (or have already made the move) Down Under.

When we moved to Australia one of the main things that drove us here was the better lifestyle we saw Australia giving our family.

When you think about it though, what is a better lifestyle?

It’s pretty much an all encompassing statement isn’t it?

With this in mind I’d thought I’d attempt to break down ‘a better lifestyle’ into a number of key components and then ask you guys to let me know which of these things drive you to help us all understand the key drivers for moving to Australia.

Is it the just the weather or are you looking for something else?

I had to have a good think about the list and I’m sure there are obvious thing’s I’ve missed out but I think it’s a reasonable list for starters:

Heres the Poll […]

New Australian Lifestyle Category

By |December 27th, 2006|

One of the things that really attracted us to Australia was the lifestyle.

Now we have finally made our way out to Oz I thought I’d create a new Australian Lifestyle category to which I can assign posts where I write about many of the great things we’ve done during our time in Australia.

I […]

Tasmania – The Australian Island State

By |August 31st, 2006|

Tasmania is Australia’s island state, separated from the mainland by the 240 kilometre expanse of Bass Strait.

A land of wild and beautiful landscapes, Tasmania boasts a comfortable temperate climate, quality wine and food, rich history and a leisurely, relaxed lifestyle.

Tasmania is home to one of the world’s 10 best beaches (Wineglass Bay), the […]

A New Beginning Down Under

By |August 31st, 2006|

Australia, according to the 2005 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, is the best place in the world to live in! That is probably why the application for migration to Australia annually is extremely competitive as many people dream of starting a new life down under.

There are numerous factors attracting people to live in Australia – […]

All About Perth – Tourist attractions in and around Perth

By |June 1st, 2006|

Tourist attractions in and around Perth

Weeks or even months can pass in Perth without substantial rainfall. One of its main attractions are its beaches, located along the city’s coastal suburbs. Perth’s beaches are not as developed as becahes in other Australian cities.

Perth City

The centre of Perth is located on the northern bank of the Swan […]

All About Perth – Perth Sports

By |June 1st, 2006|

Perth Sports

Perth is very conducive to an outdoors lifestyle, and this is reflected in the wide variety of sports available to citizens of the city. Perth was host to the 1962 Commonwealth Games and also the 1987 America’s Cup defence (based at Fremantle).

Australian Rules Football is a popular spectator sport in Perth, with over 1,030,000 […]

Time to get the house valued

By |April 25th, 2006|

Well, we have made contact with a couple of estate agent and have arranged to have the house valued this weekend. We have no idea how much the house is worth but the outcome is going to be really important.

Ultimately and ‘worst case’ scenario; any equity we can get out of our house will be […]

Bloody hell! UK censors risque Aussie ads

By |March 9th, 2006|

Perhaps the UK government is scared of loosing to many of its citizens to the Aussie lifestyle ;)

I remember seeing these ads on the news when we went on our Rekkie to Perth (what seems all of a lifetime ago now).

But alas, the country that gave the world such risque comic acts as Benny Hill, the Two Ronnies and Little Britain has banned Australia’s new “bloody hell” tourism ads from television because they are just a little too rude.

Were back in the UK and its freezing!

By |March 2nd, 2006|

Brrrrrrrrr. Oh I’m so happy to be back in the good old UK (insert tones of sarcasm here).

The trip back was pretty uneventful. Our little boy slept during the Singapore to London Leg of the trip for just over 8 hours so this made the 13-hour journey a little more bearable for all of us.

Landing […]

Last day in Perth before heading back home to the UK

By |February 26th, 2006|

Oh well, here we are. Almost three weeks on and we’ll be leaving the beutiful country of Australia to travel back to the UK tomorrow afternoon at 4pm Aussie time.

Well probably spend our last day at Kings Park before heading back home to watch the sunset at about 7pm. Then it’ll be time to eat […]

The Australian lifestyle starts at 5am – keeping fit in Australia

By |February 9th, 2006|

Ok, blatant sweeping statement but the jet lag over the last couple of days has meant I’ve had insight into the world of the folks who wake up and get going before 8am. Well actually. Lets go for 5am!

Over here in Perth its just starting to get nice and light at 5am and renting a house which looks out onto the main strip of Sorrento beach, its amazing the numbers of people having a quick run or ‘power walk’ prior to a starting work.

Were talking between 5 and 6am here! Yesterday was the most impressive. We were woken, just before 6 to the words.

“Right guys, are you ready….3….2…..1…..go!”

Wiping the sleep out of my eyes I looked out of the window to see a group of approx 20 people, skipping, running on the spot and throwing medicine balls at each other whilst the personal trainer walked back and forth barking out the next motivational order. […]