I’ve been the proud owner of 330 square metres of dirt for about 4 years now. And for that long, I have been paying land and council taxes on empty space. So about 2 months ago I decided that I’m going to finally get a house build on top of it. I even went to the bank to ask how much more I can borrow and I had started looking at designs that I can afford with it. Just when I was about to take the plunge and call up my mortgage broker to organise the finance, my job situation changed and that put the kibosh on it.
Towards the end of July I was told that MYOB was spinning off the division that I’m working in and it is being sold to a company whose primary focus is what our division does. That sounded good on paper because we now have a corporate parent in the same industry. We are no longer a web hosting division in a company that makes accounting software – we are now part of a big web hosting company.
However as with any corporate acquisitions, there is a certain amount of uncertainty that is involved. Our new CEO had indicated that there will be a probationary period from now till January. This meant that I no longer felt comfortable taking on more financial burden. I was bummed out.
My team in Perth will be moved out of the MYOB office, probably into a swanky serviced office closer to the CBD which is a bonus. But I will miss talking to the pretty girl in the office. Double bummer.
Amidst all this uncertainty and maybe because of it, I suddenly have the thought of trying out life in Melbourne for at least a year. My boss and my team there have also been gently encouraging it for the past few years. However, having a mortgage plus rent in Melbourne to pay will mean that I won’t be saving a cent. It might even eat into my savings and that is daunting and scary. Although, it might just open up some doors in my career and in my personal life. I really love living in Perth but maybe it’s time for a change whilst I’m still free and single and moving is easy. If I don’t like it, I can always come back here.
When is this happening? When things with the company acquisition settles down and I still have a job come January. Then I will have a serious think about it.
p.s. I will miss talking to the pretty girl in the office. Oh wait, I said that already. 😉