hi OzBargain nation, i have a dilemma about purchasing a house.
I live and work in Brisbane QLD, and recently during this pandemic i was lucky enough to be able to work from home full time and first time ever in my life this made me think that id actually like to own a house on a piece of land.
I grewup in cold USSR (Soviet Union) and we had a small apartment house there, in which i always dreamt about living in a big house with a big green yard and without asphalt and concrete everywhere. SO this considered, i am looking somewhere away from central locations, but i also want to be in close vicinity - say 20-30km radius. But my friends all disagree with me that i shouldn't be investing in a land and build a house in somewhere away, because the house wont have a good value and ill struggle to sell it in future, and it is too far from the town.
I am currently looking at suburbs like Moggill, Anstead and Greenbank in Queensland.
I have never lived in quite, surrounded-by-full-of-nature houses that are far away from most of the urban facilities - but i always dreamt about it. And now i am also scared that what if i buy and then regret.
A few things to consider:
1) i wanna buy empty land and build on it - so that i can get new home builder grant
2) i dont have much savings, around $30K, but i have a permanent well-paid-ish job
3) i really like hiking and provincial lifestyle, yet also enjoy urban strolls, shopping centres, cafes and museums.
I really wanna hear your opinions - what you think i'd be better of doing, and why? what would you have done?
I was not going to build the house by myself, i was thinking of getting Plantation or Metricon plans. Their one storey 18x32 houses look great - for exmaple, Chelsea by Metricon and Plantation's Panama and Retreat house designs.