Since March 2020, we have seen a giant shift in how we work, commute, and live due to stay at home government restrictions. As these restrictions adjust and vary around the country, many of us have found we can still do our jobs well, if not better, from home – and are enjoying the change, as well as the opportunities that have come from working where we live.
This raises the logical question: If you can now work from home, shouldn’t you make your home as liveable as possible? And, if so, why not move to the best place possible to live well?
Australia is indeed the lucky country. We have beautiful, pristine environments. A move to the country or coast provides more space than the city to really spread your wings. The options for improving how you live are plentiful. From living on the land, going organic with chooks and veggie patches, through to removing the commute and simply breathing in the fresh sea or country air.
Just having more time without the hustle and bustle can have a big appeal. Sea Changes and Tree Changes have always been popular, but maybe now the dream can become a reality, and sooner than you once thought. Let’s take a closer look at why…
𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲
It’s easy to forget that the country area you love can now get fast internet. Even remote areas now offer Satellite and Sky Muster, which can provide excellent speeds and many regional hubs have some of the best NBN in Australia. This means whether you’re on Zoom or Netflix you’ll still be where the action is.
𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙮 𝙛𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙣𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨
Many of those raising children have used their ‘government-sanctioned exercise time’ to get a clear head on what matters for their kids. As a result, many couples with children (or one on the way) are looking beyond tight apartments and dense inner-city living and starting to explore options with big backyards, open paddocks, and coastal towns. With a great sense of community, regional areas allow your entire family to get involved in sport, school, activities, and local occasions where those around you know and support you.
𝙈𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙮 𝙗𝙪𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙪𝙣𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜
It’s certainly true that when it comes to amazing properties on a reduced budget, country areas offer everything from ‘cute-factor’ to ‘wow-factor’. In the Hinterland, a pick-up in inquiry from out-of-area families has been noticeable recently for Carolans First National’s Andy Sharma. “𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘊𝘖𝘝𝘐𝘋, 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘱 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦,” 𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥. “𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘶𝘱 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘺𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘥𝘢𝘺”.
𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙝, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝, 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙮.
It’s always a concern to those moving away from the city that job opportunities can be scarce however, the reality can often be very different. In some states, there are incentives available for those that move to regional towns depending on your profession – particularly in the medical sector. Skilled tradespeople are also critical, as are those with qualifications in health and education, and often the highest-rating job vacancies are in the professional sphere.
𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙨, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚
The best way to become more environmentally friendly is to live in a better environment. And country and coastal areas have it in spades. On those unexpected sunny days, you could be using your regional pad to create veggie patches, composting spaces, chicken runs, and even fruit or olive groves. Right now, there is a renewed desire for sustainability and space and a move away from the big smoke is a great way to begin a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle.
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤𝙤
Even if you’re a ‘head’ over ‘heart’ kind of person, it’s hard to deny the logic of going regional when you look at the numbers, not just in terms of property prices, but also your other bills such as council rates. You’ll also benefit from being able to source food locally and often at better prices than the small supermarket around the corner in town. In major cities right around Australia, buyers and families are being priced out of the market with Sydney and Melbourne rising around 20% and nearly 30% respectively over the past 5 years. When you open up a spreadsheet and do the calculations – you start to realise just how far in front you’ll be.
Feeling inspired? Like to explore some great properties, get advice on areas, making the transition to a regional area, and other great Sea Change/Tree Change advice? No one knows better than the team at Carolans First National Real Estate Agent. ☎️ (07) 5441 1344. We’ve assisted thousands of individuals just like you in making their dreams a reality.
The following advice is of a general nature only and intended as a broad guide. The advice should not be regarded as legal, financial, or real estate advice. You should make your own inquiries and obtain independent professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances before making any legal, financial, or real estate decisions.