I’m moving in two weeks. Yep, it’s all cardboard boxes and roller tape at our house. Happily married for two and a half months now, we’re on to the next big adventure.
Buying the dream home with white picket fence? No. Not for us. Not yet. We’re signing a 12 month lease and moving to an apartment in the city to be closer to work.
You see, I’m part of Generation Rent – the generation the urge to buy property passed by.
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On any weekend in one of Australia’s cities, in what has become something of a ritualistic right of passage for aspiring home-owners, crowds of eagle-eyed punters gather on suburban curb sides hoping to secure themselves a slice of residential security, or at least to get a whiff of which way the fickle winds of the housing market are blowing.
As it happened last weekend I had the disconcerting experience of stumbling into just such an auction for an apartment in the building in which I live. In fact, it was for the apartment next door to mine in the Melbourne bay side area of St Kilda.
St Kilda is a suburb to which I hadn’t expected to return. I first moved here when I was a teenager finishing high school and juggling a fairly hedonistic lifestyle.
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Yesterday morning ABC Radio National led a half-hour discussion on finding pet-friendly, long-term rental accommodation.
Unsurprisingly, most people who contributed to the discussion have had a rough time finding somewhere to live with their pets in tow. Some callers complained of constantly being relegated to the end of a long waiting list.
Another said even 20 years worth of references couldn’t help them make the top of the pile. And then there were the people who had to give up their pets altogether, or pass them onto willing family, friends or the RSPCA, just so they could actually find somewhere to live.
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