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A Place in the Sun Australia

A Place in the Sun Australia

The Perfect Place to Own Property – A Place in the Sun Australia

It’s almost everyone dream to find a place in the sun and for many people Australia is the ideal place to relocate. There are over 1,277,400 expats living in Australia and it’s well known that the British in particular, live there for the good weather, growing economy and outdoor lifestyle. If you are considering a move to Australia, it is essential to do your research so that you can avoid any costly issues.

Before you go ahead and make the move, you should make sure that you have:

• Researched your destination, and the local customs and laws
• Obtained independent legal advice
• Researched the tax regulations
• Made plans for your health cover

Once you have taken the decision to relocate to Australia, you will undoubtedly need to enlist the services of an international moving company to ship your goods overseas and to help manage your move. White & Company can provide a top- quality and efficient removal service to any international destination and as founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI, you can rest assured your move will be in safe hands.

Founded in 1871, they are one of the UK’s largest international moving companies:

White & Company Removals Storage & Shipping
Hillsons Road
Botley
Southampton
SO30 2DY

 

Tel: 01489 854 286 for a free moving quote
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A Place in the Sun Australia – About Australia

Moving to Australia is an exciting opportunity, but also one that requires dedication, plenty of organisation and time to research what is available. Thinking life will be one long holiday is the usual mistake. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the physical, psychological and financial factors of moving.

The first thing to do is to decide where you would like to settle:

Australia has more than 20,000 miles of beautiful coastline, the Great Barrier Reef and sub-topical rainforests. Sydney may seem the obvious place to settle but don’t rule out Brisbane in Queensland with its stunning Gold Coast and it’s thriving city. Perth in Western Australia is another good choice, where the mining boom has lead to a strong economic expansion and the need for a bigger workforce.

Sydney – National parks surround the city and large amounts of the exquisite harbour are still edged with bush and the rugged Pacific coastline offers plenty of outdoor pursuits. There is a lively food scene and always a new restaurant to try! The harbour front Opera House, with its distinctive sail-like design, the arched Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanic Gardens all provide interesting divisions from the beach scene.

Brisbane – The city is built around the winding Brisbane River and is young, thriving and a shopper’s paradise with five major shopping centres, four shopping arcades and two department stores. Famous blockbuster movies shot in Brisbane include Scooby-Doo, Street Fighter, and Inspector Gadget 2.

Perth – This is Australia’s fourth largest and fastest growing city. The city is a popular destination for expats from South Africa, Vietnam, India, China, Indonesia, as well as New Zealand and South Africa. Perth has wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and a relaxed character. It offers a combination of big-city attractions and relaxed and informal surroundings, with pristine parkland, river and ocean beaches and the nearby bush.

A Place in the Sun Australia – Buying a Property in Australia

Property values are a little volatile across Australia at the moment with Financial Regulators looking at new ways to slow bank lending. Experts are predicting that this will involve cracking down on interest-only loans and demanding buyers must contribute more equity when buying a home.

Almost 50 percent of all expats buy property in Australia. House prices are still very affordable although the property market does move quickly. If you are moving to Australia and need to find a property for sale, you may find the following list of estate agents useful:

• Australian Real Estate – http://www.australianrealestate.com.au/
• Real Estate Institute of South Australia Inc. – http://www.reisa.com.au/
• McGrath Estate Agents Palm Beach – https://www.mcgrath.com.au/offices/78-palm-beach
• Professionals Australia Real Estate – http://ermingtonrealestate.com.au/

If you decide to rent a property, remember that the rental price advertised is per week, not per month. Lots of expats make this mistake when looking to rent a place on arrival in Australia. It can be very disappointing when you have to multiply that ‘bargain’ rental price by four!

A Place in the Sun Australia – Education and Schools in Australia

The standard of education in Australia is first rate, with the Australian government placing a high priority on teaching, student support and research. State schools are open to expats and anyone living in Australia with a permanent residency visa, which enables them to send their children to a state school at no cost to themselves. Many parents will choose to educate their children at an international school, as these are more likely to offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Help to select a school can be found at: http://www.australianschoolsdirectory.com.au/

A Place in the Sun Australia – Leisure in Australia

Eating out is a popular pastime and there is a huge choice of excellent restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars in the cities and towns across the country. In addition there are many speciality restaurants, which offer a variety of cuisines such as Chinese, Thai, Japanese, French, African, Greek, Turkish and Italian. Many Australian chefs are renowned for ‘fusion’ cuisine, which brings together European cooking styles with Asian flavours.

Here is a list of some of the iconic Australian foods:

• Chiko roll – these are spring roll like deep fried snacks, which can be found in convenience stores across Australia.

• Lamingtons – These are squares of sponge, which have been dipped in chocolate and coconut.

• Barramundi – This is a popular Australian fish, which will appear on the menu at restaurants across the country.

• Damper – traditional bread.

White & Company are proud winners of the British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition 2016 and finalists in the 2017 Competition, further reinforcing the high level of service they provide to all their customers.

 Removals Sevenoaks Winner 2016 Overseas Remover of The Year

A Place in the Sun Australia – Currency Conversion

When moving overseas, making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with The FX Firm (foreign exchange company). Simply follow the link below to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free no obligation account. White and Company/foreign-exchange

Whether you need to arrange monthly payments to service an overseas mortgage, or wish to protect yourself against exchange rate fluctuations and fix the rate for up to a year, we will be able to suggest the most suitable way to do so. Open your free, no obligation account in as long as it takes to stop for a coffee.

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