Ups and downs in building game
MELBOURNE-based couple Jacques and Jacqueline Martin purchased land in the Gympie region six years ago with plans for a treechange.
They have longed to build a house on their three-acre property at Chatsworth and always said: “Next year we are going to build.”
With property prices skyrocketing in Melbourne, the couple weighed up their options and decided to cash in on the Queensland Government’s building grant.
“When we heard about the $10,000 building grant we had to ask each other what we were doing here,” Mrs Martin said.
“We have a lot of family in the region, from Cooroy to Maryborough, which is the reason we chose the area to buy our land.
“When Jacques, who is French, first came to Australia and saw Gympie, he knew he wanted to have a house there one day.
“He believes that Gympie is growing and that there is room for business opportunities there.”
The Martins currently live in a small, two-bedroom apartment in East Brighton with their three-year-old son Jaylen, who is forced to spend most of his time inside.
To sell their unit in Melbourne would mean they could build a large house on their land and still have money left over to invest in a small business.
“We are looking for a little more of a work-life balance and paying a lesser mortgage each month would help us with that,” Mrs Martin said. “Our son spends all his time outdoors while visiting family in Cooroy and Gympie, and loves it.
“I would like a healthier lifestyle for my family and outdoors is where that will happen.
The Martins are still working through the process of choosing a builder.
“I think the most difficult part about making the move is deciding which building company and home design we would like.”