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April 15, 2021

Seal the real estate

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Taneal Cadou-Blake, Mullumbimby

Is it just me, or does anyone else get a deep sinking feeling in the pit of their stomach when they come to the real estate section in the paper?

I understand that there are probably local residents out there who are potentially hopeful to access the current property market, and may even have the means to do so, and who are excited to come to this section of The Echo. But personally, I feel a hopeless despising for this section.

Until recently, I was optimistic about buying a house here in my local town, where my children have spent most of their lives and, as a family, we have created many solid community support groups. However, when I look at the ridiculous prices for buying a standard three-bedroom house here, I am reminded yet again of the unfortunate plight of many of us.

What do you think about having a special sealed real estate section of the paper? Like an MA15+, contains strong themes and offensive images category? Like an ‘open if you dare’ section, or a health warning like ‘people with anxiety for their future or heart palpitations are strongly advised to skip this section’. A sealed section that we can easily skip right past without having to glimpse the depressing fact that we are being pushed out of our community hometown. Good idea, don’t you think?

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4 COMMENTS

  1. How ridiculous. the market is the market. Hiding from it won’t save you.
    ignorance isn’t bliss.
    Maybe get a job so you can afford to live here.or move on…

    • How ridiculous indeed, the market of late is completely ridiculous.

      As are your insensitive comments Jack.

      Someone who works hard serving you coffee, or perhaps your meal, or perhaps a loaf of bread, are being pushed out of towns anywhere within coo-ee of the coast by an outrageous market that is only fit for those with outrageous sums of money.

      Move on? see how that goes for them and you Jack.

      Sadly and perhaps ironically, the real estate section keeps the echo alive to bring us our slightly unbiased content.

      I’m on the lucky side of the market as a property owner. As a human, the price of property actually makes me sad that some of my childhood friends from this area, can not afford to live here.

      We will end up with towns full of insensitive and inconsiderate money focussed individuals whose behavior is more akin to metro mindsets where you don’t need to know or care for your neighbour who may be not as fortunate as you…..and a community that is not.

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