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Housing in Australia
Buying a Property
There are two main ways to buy a property in Australia - by private sale or auction.
Buying by private sale means you buy the property at the advertised price or you negotiate the price with the vendor, usually through the vendor's estate agent. The negotiation continues until both parties agree on a price.
Auction is another common way of selling a property. The auction method is a good way to test the property market against buyer demand. However, it is also an emotionally charged and fast-moving atmosphere. All legal documents relating to the sale are available for inspection before the auction and contracts of sale can be signed and exchanged on the day of the auction.
Building your Own Home
There are a number of alternatives to choose from when considering building your own home. These range from House and Land packages to Custom built homes.
Renting a Property
Real estate agents in Australia manage properties (houses, units and apartments) on behalf of the owners. Lists of "properties to rent" are available in daily newspapers, from real estate offices or online. The majority of rental properties in Australia are unfurnished.
Once you have inspected a property, you can make an application, which will be assessed on your income and your perceived reliability in paying rent. Personal references from employers or past landlords may be useful. If successful, you will have to pay one-month rental as a bond, which is to ensure you look after the property. You may also be required to pay one month's rental in advance.
In most cases, you will be required to sign a lease, which is a commitment to rent the property for a minimum period, usually 12 months.
Monthly rental rates vary greatly based on location (more expensive the closer you are to the city or the beach) and the type of property. It will be more expensive to live in a capital city than it will be to live in a regional or rural area.
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