You know, as in, for buying.
A small weatherboard cottage on Macmaster street, $195,000. (Listing here.)
3 bedrooms, but no garage and the section is really long and narrow, with houses shading out each other's sun, however it is a lovely tree-lined street and slightly elevated away from the river, so less prone to flooding when sea levels rise and the city starts struggling draining away stormwater. Realistically priced, too, though it is at the top end of where we have set our budget with weekly repayments being $222 on a 25-year loan term (fixed to 4.99% for five years).
1930's brick and roughcast house on Crinan street, $168,000. (Listing here.)
A reasonable-condition house all around (re-roofed, looked after, no garage though) and a very large section at 1012 m2, but man! they've overpriced the bugger. At $168,000 I'd say they're asking about $30,000 too much for it as being in the bottom of Appleby they're a bit rough in terms of neighbours but... we'll keep an eye on it. Chances are the price will come down somewhat. (I don't know what the real estate person's thoughts were exactly, but at this price they really are just fishing.)
1940's brick and roughcast house on Earn street, $129,000. (Listing here.)
Again, an old dwelling and no garage, but... doable. Totally doable. It's got roof tiles (rather than corrugated iron), a large section (1012 m2), space. I'm not very fond of its location as being in the bottom of Appleby it's a bit rough, riiiiiiiiight at the end of the school zone so it's quite a hike to get to our local primary school and in terms of land elevation it's a bit on the low side... however, it's away from the river and at the foot of a hill, so even in the event of a flood the water is not going to be pooling there.
But either way, we can't do any of those houses at the moment: have to slog away at our jobs for another 2 months and then we can actually apply for mortgages and buy places :)
I'll keep you posted.