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    Australians live in worlds biggest houses

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    Interest rates may have been on the rise lately, but that is not putting prospective homebuyers off from investing in bigger new houses.

    New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicates that new homes across Australia are bigger in square metre terms than anywhere else in the world.

    Commsec chief economist Craig James says the great Australian dream has expanded over the past few decades.

    "You go back 20 or 30 years ago and the average house was, you know, sort of two or three bedrooms, three bedrooms at most," he said.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/30/2757168.htm

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Have recently been discussing this very subject with family members.
    All the talk we hear about house prices being out of the reach of first home buyers and young couples is bought sharply into focus when you listen to the expectations of these people.
    Gotta have min 4 bed rooms, 2 bathrooms/toilets, office/study and the list goes on.
    Blocks are getting smaller, houses as well as builders and real estate agents wallets are getting fatter.
    Mark my words, these same houses in years to come will be difficult to sell as people realise cleaning and maintaining them is an expensive time consuming business, the wheel will turn full circle and down sizing will once again be the way to go. ;)

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Can believe that given i saw the other day a house for sale in my area that had 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 living areas etc etc.
    The house was over 60 squares in size.
    Do you really need a bathroom for every bedroom?

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Quote Originally Posted by 414C4F41230 link=1259557130/2#2 date=1259571663
    Do you really need a bathroom for every bedroom?
    Not for a house that doesnt double as a house of, erm, pleasure ;).

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Quote Originally Posted by 15362F3C20590 link=1259557130/3#3 date=1259573879
    Quote Originally Posted by 414C4F41230 link=1259557130/2#2 date=1259571663
    Do you really need a bathroom for every bedroom? *
    Not for a house that doesnt double as a house of, erm, pleasure *;).
    Damn ... So B4 my place becomes a Pleasure Dome .....

    I need 2 more bathrooms..

    Guess I will need a coffee to go.

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    The same article also said that family size is up for the first time in many years.

    I wonder if this is because the kids no longer move out?

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    sort of an eloquent release, you know.

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Quote Originally Posted by 636E6D63010 link=1259557130/2#2 date=1259571663
    Do you really need a bathroom for every bedroom?
    My wife would tell you i am flat out cleaning one, 4 and i would never get around them all...........

    With yesterdays interest rate rise i reckon not only are our houses bigger but the % of our pay packet that funds them would also be getting towards the biggest in the world......

    Makes me wonder as the reserve bank rises rates to slow growth (and inflation), building of houses will slow (lowering stock levels) and that will put upward pressure on housing prices (and rental prices) which will = inflation.

    Thats the very thing they are worried about trying to keep low ??
    Seems to hurt the very people they are trying to help ??

    But i got NFI really............
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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Im definitely pulling down the average...

    ...anyone living in an above average size house wanna trade down to a shoe box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 605542407048554A464B43270 link=1259557130/5#5 date=1259659235
    I wonder if this is because the kids no longer move out?
    Dont remind me.

    Actually Ill be rid of one finally when she gets married in 4 weeks.

    However the first born son is still hanging around.

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Quote Originally Posted by 4C706D767C7D6A7F777C180 link=1259557130/9#9 date=1262928368
    Quote Originally Posted by 605542407048554A464B43270 link=1259557130/5#5 date=1259659235
    I wonder if this is because the kids no longer move out?
    Dont remind me.

    Actually Ill be rid of one finally when she gets married in 4 weeks.

    However the first born son is still hanging around.
    My two are 25 and 28 and still in the nest!!! :-[ :-/ ::) ::)

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Quote Originally Posted by 40554242494A4649270 link=1259557130/10#10 date=1262928504
    Quote Originally Posted by 4C706D767C7D6A7F777C180 link=1259557130/9#9 date=1262928368
    Quote Originally Posted by 605542407048554A464B43270 link=1259557130/5#5 date=1259659235
    I wonder if this is because the kids no longer move out?
    Dont remind me.

    Actually Ill be rid of one finally when she gets married in 4 weeks.

    However the first born son is still hanging around.
    My two are 25 and 28 and still in the nest!!! :-[ :-/ ::) ::)
    Bought a card for my parents about 5 years ago when I moved out of home about 5 years ago. There was a beaming middle-aged couple on the front (in 1950s advertising cartoon style) and the card read inside "you arent empty nesters until your kids have moved their s*** out of the garage"

    Needless to say my s*** is still in their garage ;)

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Quote Originally Posted by 51445353585B5758360 link=1259557130/10#10 date=1262928504
    My two are 25 and 28 and still in the nest!!!
    Same ages as mine.

    She has been slowly moving her s*** out of the garage into her new house. Theres still a bit to go.

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Quote Originally Posted by 1F233E252F2E392C242F4B0 link=1259557130/12#12 date=1262931357
    Quote Originally Posted by 51445353585B5758360 link=1259557130/10#10 date=1262928504
    My two are 25 and 28 and still in the nest!!! *
    Same ages as mine.

    She has been slowly moving her s*** out of the garage into her new house. Theres still a bit to go.
    Yea... But wait till you get settled and then they move back in :D ;D

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Boy... :-?

    Our little 2 x BR plus Sleepout doesnt cut the mustard at all ;) ;D

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    You wouldnt know it where i live.

    So many double garages, so few of them actually used for cars (instead used to store crap).

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Quote Originally Posted by 5B5B5B110 link=1259557130/15#15 date=1263706734
    So many double garages, so few of them actually used for cars
    People put cars in garages???

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1111115B0 link=1259557130/15#15 date=1263706734
    So many double garages, so few of them actually used for cars (instead used to store crap). *
    My garage is partly full of business equipment & machines

    I also use the workbench part of the garage to design & make coffee roasters

    Its also a great place to hide and think * ::)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 795D545457576D795D415F5D320 link=1259557130/17#17 date=1263710081
    My garage is partly full of business equipment & machines

    I also use the workbench part of the garage to design & make coffee roasters
    Using it for a hobby or a business is fine, its people who jam it full of junk and then clutter the streets with their cars that do my head in.

    Quote Originally Posted by 795D545457576D795D415F5D320 link=1259557130/17#17 date=1263710081
    Its also a great place to hide and think Roll Eyes
    Thats what i use the toilet for. ;D

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Wish I had a garage. We have just got a car port...which currently is the only thing protecting our cars from the neighbours bloody mango bombs.

    So, I dont even have the luxury of additional storage space of a workshop :)....not that Im all that mechanically inclined.

    Quote Originally Posted by 696969230 link=1259557130/18#18 date=1263713384
    Using it for a hobby or a business is fine, its people who jam it full of junk and then clutter the streets with their cars that do my head in.
    That pretty much sums up my street. House next door doesnt have a garage or even a drive way. Shared house with something like 4 or 5 unrelated residents, of which at least three drive. Net result, they are always parking on the street.

    This is made worse by neighbours across the streeth who havfe a two car garage piled to the brim with crap and their three plus cars are also on the street.

    There is never any street parking on our street, and to make things worse, the nieghbours daughters moronic boyfriends park in front of our drive way when they get home half tanked at night.


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    Im shocked by the sheer number of cars in my suburb.

    Its almost as if theres a two car minimum. ;D

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    We have 4.
    I each for me, my wife and two kids.
    None of them are parked on the street (or in the garage).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 665A475C565740555D56320 link=1259557130/21#21 date=1263778580
    None of them are parked on the street (or in the garage).
    Where do you park them?

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    The driveway, and the front lawn occasionally, to help with order of arrival/departure.

    The driveway holds 4 to 5 street side of the gate and 3 more in front of the garage.
    The front lawn can hold 4 in a pinch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1824392228293E2B23284C0 link=1259557130/23#23 date=1263787392
    The driveway holds 4 to 5 street side of the gate and 3 more in front of the garage.
    The front lawn can hold 4 in a pinch. *
    Your front lawn must resemble a chop shop at times.

    Im admittedly fussy with my car but id only ever park on the street (or even in the driveway) if it was a last resort.
    No point unnecessarily exposing it to the elements, let alone the risk of it being scratched, hit, stolen etc.

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    It already lost most of its value, if you bought it new, as soon as it was driven out of the dealership.
    After that I dont see the need to baby them.
    Mind you, in 33 of driving Ive only owned 5 cars and the latest one Ive had for all of 4 months now.

    The previous one was 2 years old when I bought it and it was 15 years old when I traded it in.
    I think I paid $20000 for it.
    I think I got my moneys worth

    Quote Originally Posted by 585858120 link=1259557130/24#24 date=1263793073
    Quote Originally Posted by 1824392228293E2B23284C0 link=1259557130/23#23 date=1263787392
    The driveway holds 4 to 5 street side of the gate and 3 more in front of the garage.
    The front lawn can hold 4 in a pinch. *
    Your front lawn must resemble a chop shop at times.

    Im admittedly fussy with my car but Id only ever park on the street (or even in the driveway) if it was a last resort.
    No point unnecessarily exposing it to the elements, let alone the risk of it being scratched, hit, stolen etc.
    Reminds me of the car my mum bought back in 1976 when I was learning to drive.

    It was a 1960 Hillman Minx.
    In the 16 years since the old guy (in his 80s) bought it, he only ever took it out of the garage on Saturdays to do the shopping.
    Then he washed and polished it before putting it back in the garage.

    Unless you own a future classic that will one day be the next GTHO etc, (and how would you know?) I dont see the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5965786369687F6A62690D0 link=1259557130/25#25 date=1263795843
    It already lost most of its value, if you bought it new, as soon as it was driven out of the dealership.
    After that I dont see the need to baby them.
    Yep, although i dont look after my car to preserve its value, i look after it because i take pride in it and want it looking its best (and performing at its peak) for as long as possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5965786369687F6A62690D0 link=1259557130/25#25 date=1263795843
    In the 16 years since the old guy (in his 80s) bought it, he only ever took it out of the garage on Saturdays to do the shopping.
    Then he washed and polished it before putting it back in the garage.
    God, im not like that at all, i just like my car to be in good condition and look nice, thats all.
    I drive it daily, wash it once a week (once a fortnight if im lazy) and get it serviced three times a year.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5965786369687F6A62690D0 link=1259557130/25#25 date=1263795843
    Unless you own a future classic that will one day be the next GTHO etc, (and how would you know?) I dont see the point.
    One doesnt need to be obsessive about it but theres nothing wrong with looking after your car and not unnecessarily shortening its lifespan (be it mechanically or appearance wise).

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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Mine is serviced every 6 months.
    Thats how they last so long.

    Im not obsessive about washing regularly though.
    I did wash one of mine once and it tried to kill me (a long story) so I didnt do that again.

    If you choose the right colour you hardly notice the dirt (except that red stuff from South Australia recently, I got someone else to wash that off, just in case this car had ideas like the previous one).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1824392228293E2B23284C0 link=1259557130/27#27 date=1263809978
    If you choose the right colour you hardly notice the dirt
    Absolutely.
    Id never go near a white car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6565652F0 link=1259557130/28#28 date=1263848936
    Absolutely.
    Id never go near a white car. *
    I have a white car and you may be surprised to hear that it doesnt show the dirt as easily as a dark coloured car. Sunlight is more easily reflected by a white car.

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    Dont drive a white car, but a lighter coloured car. Will second the comment that the lighter colours dont actually show dirt anywhere as much as the darker, more intense coloured car.

    Had a metallic maroon coloured car prior to the current light silver car, and the maroon coloured car showed war more dirt than the ligher coloured one :)


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    Re: Australians live in worlds biggest houses

    Quote Originally Posted by 484348505B461C1E290 link=1259557130/29#29 date=1263884163
    I have a white car and you may be surprised to hear that it doesnt show the dirt as easily as a dark coloured car. Sunlight is more easily reflected by a white car.
    Very surprised to hear that.

    Quote Originally Posted by 455C595C5A290 link=1259557130/30#30 date=1263898284
    Dont drive a white car, but a lighter coloured car. Will second the comment that the lighter colours dont actually show dirt anywhere as much as the darker, more intense coloured car.
    Ive only ever owned light coloured cars.
    Wouldnt go near a white or any of the really dark colours, if only for the aesthetics.



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