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Tell a Brit where to go.

By Joe Canberran - 11 September 2007 16

Over on the BritishExpats.com’s forum a soon to be emigrating Pom and his bonney lass are looking to buy quickly here in Canberra and need somewhere to stay in the short term. What advice can you give to these new Aussies …and be nice – telling them to go home isn’t what I’m after 😉

Their queston is below;

As you sizzle yer spring ribeyes over the old smokey in downtown Canberra i thought i’d throw this open for ideas…We are arriving in Canberra on 5th Oct (flights booked! Yeow!!) and are looking for accomodation for about 8 weeks. We’re looking to buy a house in ACT asap so will rush round and _hopefully_ move into our new abode within 8 weeks of arriving (are we being a tad optimistic here?).

I’ve written to the Carotel place asking for a quote for a small bungalow but thought I’d ask you folk for any ideas. Any ideas?

What’s Your opinion?


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16 Responses to
Tell a Brit where to go.
stan_bowles 12:12 pm 12 Sep 07

This advice is good, but a bit pointless unless someone actually logs into the expat forum and either copy pastes this info or directs the people to look at this thread.

Thumper 12:07 pm 12 Sep 07

Charnwood is okay.

Look at Scullin and Page if you want dodgy areas…

Nemo 12:00 pm 12 Sep 07

Look into share accomm. A couple of years ago I rented out my spare room to someone moving from the UK – worked out well for both of us. There are lots of websites with details of share houses avail.

Skidbladnir 11:02 am 12 Sep 07

As someone who up until earlier this year worked in Security (local alarm monitoring and responses for national companies without offices), I dispute Lilli’s earlier comment re: low crime rates in Charnwood.
They may well have quite a low -reported- crime rate, but it seemed Charnwood a fairly high rate of monitored alarm systems per person, and also a higher alarm:house value ratio than even their neighbouring suburbs.
It wasn’t my job to report every incident to authorities, just log and advise the client, and if they wanted to report it that was their decision.

I suggest there -is- a reason for the Charnwood stereotype.

Thumper 8:24 am 12 Sep 07

Plenty of places coming onto the market with spring. However, be prepared to pay from high 300s upwards.

Ingeegoodbee 7:35 pm 11 Sep 07

I guess they picked a good time to enter the market – there seems to be heaps of properties for sale in spring – I guess its everyone trying to off-load their place before water restrictions really kick in and their gardens start looking like crap.

They might have trouble finding, buying and finalising a property sale in eight weeks though.

barney 5:17 pm 11 Sep 07

And the stereotyping rolls on … *bravo*

Lilli 3:42 pm 11 Sep 07

Charnwood, according to a Charnwood-dwelling colleague, purportedly has quite a low crime rate.. “Thieves don’t steal from their own backyards!”..

Skidbladnir 1:54 pm 11 Sep 07

“Buy a house in the ACT asap”?

Without paying through the nose, these people are keen on either Charnwood-Ngunnawal\South Yass or Conder-Banks\North Cooma, then?

RandomGit 1:23 pm 11 Sep 07

Charnie is alright. If ya gotta vest that is.

gun street girl 12:51 pm 11 Sep 07

Just stay away from Charnie, orright?

captainwhorebags 12:16 pm 11 Sep 07

Mr Evil: that’s not a bad idea. How about they just find any car with “Australia says YES to refugees” and follow them home. Claim asylum in their house.

atoz 11:45 am 11 Sep 07

My work colleague recently got temp rental accom for his parents in Canberra through Philip Kouvelis real estate. Their phone number is Telephone: (02) 6285 1590 and web page is http://agents.realestate.com.au/philipkouvelis/main.html – he said speak to Ann. I can’t guarentee anything of course but they’re worth a shot.

Mr Evil 10:26 am 11 Sep 07

Give them Deb Foskey’s address – I’m sure she wouldn’t mind them freeloading off her for awhile.

fnaah 10:14 am 11 Sep 07

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