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To Be or Not To Be……….a Rent-vestor.

It seems it was easier back in the olden days. Remember back when you were a kid? More to the point, remember back when I was a kid, back in the 60s and 70s. You either rented or you bought your own home. It seemed that there were only the privileged few who could...

5 Bedroom Brand New Near Elite Schools and Walk to the CBD

52 2The selling agent has made this property is available for PPBA to buy for you. Elevated position, literately brand new, yet retaining the classy Colonial look is this colossal 5 bedroom residence mere walking distance to CBD and surrounded by a number of the best...

If It Seems Too Good To Be True, It Usually Is!

Often forgotten words, but at the heart of the ‘get rich quick’ schemes is this well-known assertion. When was the last time you saw a ‘wealth coach’ spruiking the benefits of some new real estate wealth scheme? Last time you looked at your email inbox or your...

Post COVID-19 Lending – What to Expect

Have you ever walked into a bank with a mask on? I heard a bloke named Dillinger tried it. Didn’t go well for him! However, with the onset of COVID-19, banks have changed not only the way they interact with their customers, but also the lending process. Furthermore,...

If you’re a buyer, ‘gloomy’ is GREAT!!

How has COVID-19 Been Good for You? The property forecast at the start of Covid-19, back in Feb-Mar was gloomy. If you’re a buyer, ‘gloomy’ is GREAT!! Let’s face it, if you were actually struck down with COVID-19, that’s not good for anyone. There are some people who...

Don’t Worry! You’re Not the Only One.

Is it lack of knowledge, don’t know where to start or just plain fear? We all know that it’s something that we need to be doing, otherwise we wouldn’t be here right now. What is it exactly then that’s holding you up? That’s the very first step you need to take to get...

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes!

How many “property experts” do you know? Friends, family and workmates who all know the best property to buy, the best location and the best strategies. There are plenty of them and they are all ready and very willing to give you their advice. Here’s the best way to...

What’s Your Property Negotiation Strategy?

Are you aware of how selling agents tie you to an inflated price for your new property? Negotiating for your new property, be it investment or your own home, isn’t just something that you jump into when you’re suddenly at the negotiation table. Negotiation is a...

Are You Up for the Challenge?

Are you up for the challenge? Are you a “can do” or a “I can’t be bothered” person? What is it that makes us want to get up in the morning? What is it that makes us want to do well at study and our job? What is it that drives us to do better in life? We all know the...

You Could Hire 300 Spartans.

Often the Questions is Asked, "Why Would You Use a Buyers Agent?” When really the question is, “Why would you not use a Buyers Agent?”Think about why people use a real estate agent to sell their property. When a selling agent has a serious buyer in their sights, they...
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What is the future of Australia’s housing going to look like?

How has the pandemic affected our desire to live in each other’s pockets?

 

My wife and I battle with this constantly even without a pandemic. It’s not really a battle actually, she just tells me where she wants to live and unfortunately for me, she’s a city girl and likes apartment buildings. As for me, I’m like Don Mclean, “City born, but I love the country life”. I love getting out in the garden, mowing the lawn and trimming a few extra kilos off myself by trimming the edges with a hand trimmer. That self-trimming in itself is also a bit of a battle because my neighbour and I then sit down on our newly mown grass to partake of a quiet Sunday afternoon cleansing ale or two…….sometimes three. 🙂

So, what about everybody here? Where is your thinking along living with the (next) pandemic?

Could you handle living in a building with communal facilities, in close proximity to hundreds of other people? Would you want to share the same community laundry facilities, your kids using the same playground equipment, using the same lifts and touching the same lift buttons as a myriad of other people? Remembering the total shutdown of a number of Melbourne’s public housing high rise buildings, I’m thinking that is the last place I would want myself or my family living. Add to that the results of a health study some years ago, of what was found on bank ATM buttons (shudder) and I’m thinking that such close living isn’t necessarily a healthy environment.

Early indications are that there is a move away from the city and the close living environment. Recent search activity indicates increased interest in the sea/tree change environment and the suburban, even outer suburban areas are showing signs of increased interest.

Lo and behold!   Working from home works!

Whooda thunk it!

In addition to the apparent increased desire of individuals for a more relaxed, more diversified living environment, there is also the seemingly sudden realisation by not only many small businesses, but also the larger corporations, that working from home actually works. The result being that many businesses now accept that staff can work permanently or semi-permanently from home, particularly those in the tech sector or those using new technology. With this realisation comes the reduced requirement for office space and the resultant reduced requirement for living in the CBD close to the office.

It will be very interesting to see how the current emerging patterns morph into 2021, assuming no catastrophic bushfires, floods, droughts or any further pandemics to send us all into another period of uncertainty. Stay tuned into PPBA to see how that unfolds. We’ll be keeping a close eye on that development.

What is your thinking? Are you ok with living where you are constantly required to handle the same door handles, elevator buttons, entry code buttons and stair rails as everyone else in the building, or are you thinking that a bit of self-isolation out on a small hobby farm might be the go?

To my mind, a bit of peace and quiet goes a long way, so my wife and I will continue to ‘discuss’ the merits of city living vs watching the horses graze quietly in the paddocks.

Once you’ve decided on location, be it CBD, suburbs or rural living, PPBA is here to help you get into your home at your price. Regardless of what your choice is, PPBA is not here to tell you where to live, but we do help fit location into your plan.

Call today for your FREE consultation.

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