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Discussion in 'Where to Buy' started by Catalyst, 30th Sep, 2015.

  1. Catalyst

    Catalyst Well-Known Member

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    Brisbane is sooooo different from Perth. I've come across many new terms...some quirky and cute ones, some probably new to me cos I'm a rookie in IPs :D:D

    Highset = is not double storey :eek:

    Lowset = is not single storey :oops:

    Queenslander = older houses? Can be moved around the block?? @Tim86 is the resident expert on this, I think :p

    Legal height = ?? Not sure why this is being frequently mentioned. I'm sure I will find out as I research further

    Dual living = space on the ground floor that are usable? Can't be rented out to different tenants if property in Brisbane City Council. Not sure about other councils.

    Splitter block = "In many of Brisbane’s older suburbs land was subdivided into 16 perch blocks (ie.404 m2) and homes were built sometimes on just one of them or sometimes across two, three or even four of them. In these latter cases these homes usually only have one title document but because they are built across several of these old allotments we say that they are on Splitter blocks for the simple reason that the land under them has already been subdivided so if the house is moved on the block or removed altogether there is the possibility of ‘splitting’ the original title into two or more titles without the need to ‘subdivide’ it as there is already a subdivision in place." From http://www.scmprojects.com.au/blog/splitter-block-or-subdivision/

    I'm sure there are many more, as I stumble my way through the research ;)
     
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  2. Tonibell

    Tonibell Well-Known Member

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    If someone said "that repair you did was Mickey Mouse ?" - have done a good job or a bad job ?
     
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    Where did you learn these definitions?
    Highset/lowset isn't referring to the number of storeys, but wether it is raised high off the ground..
     
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    Mickey Mouse = good
     
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    Legal height is referring to the minimum height of a room in order to be classed as habitable i.e. 2400mm.
     
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    Wait til you see a 'widow block'.

    Few in Brisbane. Not many left elsewhere.

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  7. Catalyst

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    Hahahahahaha :D:D:D:D

    From looking at pictures and descriptions on Realestate.com.au!

    Research fail!! :D
     
  8. Samten

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    Re Mickey Mouse, in a former incarnation I had my own landscaping biz and we had just finished a really big job and I was really pleased with the outcome. Was doing the hand over to the client and he made the comment that it was a Mickey Mouse job from start to finish, I was really disappointed cos where I come from MM means really dodgey and I asked him what aspects he was unhappy with? Then he explained that it meant really good .....whew!!
     
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    Ok. Haven't seen that one. Yet.

    What is a widow block?
     
  10. Catalyst

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    Highset vs lowset

    What do renters prefer?

    What do owner occupiers prefer?

    I'm sure my questions are too general. But is it better to buy one over another when choosing an IP?
     
  11. pinkboy

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    'Widow block' is like the splitter blocks you described, but they are split diagonally across the block, not parallel with adjacent blocks.

    When men went to war they did this so their wives didn't just split off the block and sell it before their return.

    pinkboy
     
  12. KayTea

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    'Mickey Mouse', as I understand it, is one of our lovely Australian rhyming slang sayings - as it rhymes with 'grouse' (as in very good/fantastic).

    My dad was the king of rhyming slang. Just don't ask about the meaning of a 'Henry the third' …… :eek:
     
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    Most Queenslanders wouldn't know what a verge or retic is.
     
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    A window block is built on a hill and has good views.
     
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    "Perch" - no idea why you measure land size with fish :D

    The Y-man
     
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  16. Catalyst

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    How do Queenslanders say "verge collection"?
     
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    Or pieces of chain
     
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    My understanding is that "Mickey Mouse" is a joke , so a bad job - but Queensland has the rhyming slang that means the exact opposite.

    Like the Irishman at the bar happy hour "buy two drinks and get a turd free".
     
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    Wasn't this a scheme devised to eradicate Queenslanders and leave the missus with half a dud block?
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    "real estate" - colloquial Queenslander for agent

    "cockroach" - someone from NSW