Hi all, A quick intro - moved to Sydney (and Aus) 2 yrs ago from India. Have a family with 2 school going kids. Turned 40. Have some cash and looking for my first property. Given that I live in Sydney (Cherrybrook), looking to buy a house close to the high school but difficult to buy here with decent houses upwards of 1.3 Million. Thinking whether to buy a duplex if and when it comes in my budget in this area, or continue to rent here while I invest elsewhere. Would appreciate thoughts on: - would it be best to first buy PPOR or IP for tax reasons - given hot market in Sydney, should I buy and hold land or go for house and land package in outskirts like Riverstone, Marsden park, or further south like Helensberg area which are currently affordable but a bit of commute - downside being that we would have to move away from the current high school (or just invest there) - also where can I find list of good rated builders? - is there a reliable source of information regarding crime rates etc when considering suburbs? - are there members on this forum or outside whom you suggest are trustworthy and that I connect with? Sorry for including many questions here but a newbie's head is just full of it Thanks in advance.