Matilda Bay in Perth, Australia
Matilda Bay in Perth, Australia
Matilda Bay in Perth, Australia

Real Estate in Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: People living in Australia offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in Australia? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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How do I find a place to live in Australia?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"We had recommendations from locals, we drove around quite a bit and we looked at the Sydney Herald. It is important to decide what type of area you want to live in, Suburb, Urban etc.. Also, it's helpful to decide about transportation, parking, schools. We chose not to have a car so we decided on a more urban area with good public transportation and lots of stores, schools within walking distance. Look carefully before you decide, you should visit the neighborhood at different times of day to see what it is like. Also ask people like taxi drivers about neighborhoods, they are very well informed," said another person in Sydney.

"Drove around a lot, talked to a lot of people that I knew and asked "if they were to move, what are the top 3 suburbs and why?" It's important to check transportation options in the area that you are considering as well," added another expat who made the move to Sydney.

"We used the local papers. My husband is Australian, so this made the search much easier," explained one foreigner living in Rockhampton, Australia.

"Neighborhood by walking around in it. Looked through the Sydney Morning Herald website for homes; talked to real estate agents," said another in Sydney.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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