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November 15th, 2008

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12:50 am - Errrr ...
So ... ummm ... it seems that rwrylsin and I have found a place to stay (signed the lease this afternoon). I'm sure it wasn't supposed to happen this way - finding somewhere to rent in Melbourne was supposed to involve weeks (or months?) of searching, endless inspections and applications and hassle, and finally compromising on something just barely acceptable for far more than we can afford.

After a week back in town, we've ended up with a 6 month lease on a large place in a convenient location ... the price seems high at first glance, but on the other hand it's the same as what our previous place from 5 years ago would be if it had gone up 5% per year, which seems vaguely reasonable. We're going to pay the whole 6 months rent in advance, because we are currently unemployed and have no recent rental history over here, but we can manage that, and at least it means we don't need to worry about budgeting for rent for a while.

We get the keys on Wednesday next week (we're taking a short break to visit rwrylsin's parents first, and to pick up 4 years of redirected mail !), and frantic moving in and unpacking begins after that. Once we're a little settled, the real challenge begins - buying ! Finding a place that we both like, and settling the whole deal, within 6 months. Oh boy ! I'm sure we're quite mad ...
Current Mood: relievedrelieved

(7 touches | En garde !)


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Date:November 14th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the new place. Sensible idea to pay the rent in advance too.

Also, just wanted to say that I've got the link to the description of the Ozland dawn chorus I mentioned when you were visiting.
Can be found at http://hobnobs.livejournal.com/90602.html
(It's a few paragraphs about halfway in.)
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Date:November 15th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
Aha, that sounds about right - we've been greeted by something like that here, too. We even had kookaburras yesterday morning ! Could it get more stereotypically Australian ? :-)
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Date:November 14th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Great news - nothing makes you feel at home quite so much as having a home...
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Date:November 14th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
So: nice place, suspiciously cheap, seems somewhat serendipitous.

It's not in Maine, built on an ancient Indian burial ground, is it?
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Date:November 15th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Nope, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Of course, there could well be an ancient Aboriginal burial ground or sacred place or something around, they were cleared out of the area rather quickly on settlement.
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Date:November 14th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
hey congrats! never heard a quicker house-finding story, very nice. good luck on the house-buying story, that will be fun!
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Date:November 15th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Rental crisis? What rental crisis? :-)

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