Hi all, My partner and I are currently renting on the Central Coast, NSW. We have never owned property, and would like to make our first purchase (PPOR) early next year. I work remotely for an American company in the IT field, which puts me in the nice position of being able to work anywhere that has a solid internet connection. My partner works in retail management, so should be able to find work in most places. We are quite happy to move elsewhere, potentially even interstate to somewhere we can have a good lifestyle without paying through the nose for a property. We've been saving hard, and currently have about $60k saved up as a deposit. Should be around $80k by the time we are ready to buy. During the time we have been saving, prices have shot up to the point that I feel priced out of our current area which is why we are looking elsewhere. Originally from Sydney which is out of the question now with prices, and it's become far too busy and crowded fro us. Some of our criteria are: - 3 bedroom house - suburb must have fast internet - prefer coastal to inland (we love scuba diving) - reasonable commute to town for my partner - warmer is better then colder so we're looking North I really don't like the thought of having a mortgage for 20 years. The plan is to buy a place for up to $400k, then pay it down over 5-7 years. Once we've got our PPOR sorted we'll start looking at an investment property. I also want to take advantage of working remotely, while I can. Areas under consideration are Far North QLD (have an uncle who lives at Trinity Beach - wow property is good value up there), Sunshine Coast, QLD and Coffs Harbour. We've only just started looking, so any tips of good areas to live for for two mid thirty year old DINKS who love the ocean and being outside in general? Does this plan sound reasonable? Love to hear some alternative perspectives and advice. So many options it's overwhelming!