Accommodation in Australia
Expats moving to Australia will find plenty of housing options available to them, from furnished or unfurnished flats, to houses, studios and luxury apartments.
Renting property in Australia
Expats relocating on a short-term basis will probably opt for renting property in Australia. This process is reasonably straightforward, although expats might find – at least during the initial stages – that they are required to do most of the house-hunting themselves. Internet searches and newspaper advertisements are probably the most fruitful avenues in this regard.
Expats will be delighted to know that the cost of accommodation in Australia – relative to one's salary and other living expenses – is very reasonable. Expats report that renting a three-bedroom house with a garden in Sydney will only take about a 30 percent bite out of one's pay-cheque. Shared housing is also a popular option, especially for single expats, and there are numerous websites that are exclusively devoted to providing listings for room rentals in shared houses.
The standard of accommodation in Australia varies from area to area, and between types of accommodation, but is generally very high. It is not at all uncommon for houses in Australia to boast family-friendly features, such as garages, big gardens, and swimming pools. Newer, more upmarket houses will probably be equipped with air conditioning, although ceiling fans are far more common. Indoor heating is very rare, since it would be completely redundant for about 360 days of the year.
While shipping one's furniture to Australia is a viable option, expats can also rest assured that they won't find much difficulty in buying furniture in Australia to suit their new home. There is a wide range of options available, from IKEA to antique stores, and everything in between. Second-hand furniture shopping is also a popular activity in Australia, and expats are sure to find some great deals when kitting out their new homes.
Since Australia is such an overwhelmingly popular expat destination, those wishing to live within a closely-knit expat community will almost certainly be able to do so. However, Australian society is also famously friendly and welcoming – and so expats have no need to worry if their dream rental is located in an Australians-only neighbourhood.
Home security will not be a major issue for expats relocating to Australia. Although minor break-ins do occur in some neighbourhoods (especially in the larger cities), these crimes are hardly ever violent, and more often than not, the installation of a simple alarm system (if the house doesn't already have one) should be enough to deter potential robbers. Time and again, expats report that they feel very safe in their homes, no matter where they happen to live in Australia.
Buying property in Australia
Astonishingly, roughly 49 percent of expats buy property in Australia. The ease with which expats can obtain a mortgage approval in Australia depends on several factors, the most significant of which are the type of visa they are on, and their credit rating.
House prices in Australia – especially for those who have negotiated themselves a generous expat salary package – are very affordable; however, expats should be aware that the Australian property market can move fast and furiously, and that thorough research should be undertaken before embarking on the adventure of finding themselves a new home.