I live in the shittiest hole in Australia, Sydney. Which just so happens to be insanely expensive. How expensive? Well lets put it this way, for the cost of renting an apartment you could service the mortgage on a $500k house. That's how insane it is. If you wanted to rent a house I hope you've got a spare $1k a week to burn. And I'm not even talking about the posh suburbs here. And if you wanted to actually buy something then I hope you're ready to sign a contract within 24hrs of finding it (no time for building inspections and who does those anyway??) or it's gone, usually for about $100k over the price you were quoted by the agent as well. In short, Sydney sucks unless you love living 4 to a 2 bedroom apartment.
So in an effort to escape the financial black hole which is this place I'm off to the relatively rural oasis of one of our secondary cities. Which are in themselves quite insane too, just not as insane as Sydney. The good news is that I'm all cashed up, preapproved for a mortgage and ready to sign on the dotted line as soon as I find something. My budget isnt tiny but as with all things, the perfect house is always in the next price bracket.
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I'm not new to househunting, in fact I've already spent 12 months admiring other people's tile and carpet choices, and thinking WTF?! My problem is that I just haven't found anything to date that's said buy me. I've had a few close calls but on further inspection those homes proved to have some wonderfully expensive issues, like termites and dry rot in structural timbers.
Right now I'm ready to stab the next agent who tells me over the phone the property I'm enquiring about exchanged yesterday. Don't even get me started on why they waste everyone's time advertising a property that has already sold. I could handle even that if they then didn't follow up the bad news with ' we don't have anything else in that price range' [with extra sarcasm] down the phone at me.
An agent I called yesterday about a good potential property for me went on to advise me that as I was a single female I couldn't possibly be interested in renovating and this property would be too much work for me. Well, thanks for projecting your preferences onto me and also your prejudice that only men can do DIY or organise tradespeople. It was the only time in my life I'd wished I could bilocate just so I could poke her in the eye.
So, here's the thing, what makes you buy? Is it just desperation and an insane need to never speak to a real estate agent again? Help me out with some strategies for coping and of course signing my life away. Just so we are clear, here's my wishlist..A small and older unrenovated home with as large a yard as I can afford given my preferred location. No structural defects. Not real hard I would think.