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and pet own­ers with house sit­ters all around Aus­tralia.

Ms Coombs said the busi­ness model was a great suc­cess and helped many peo­ple to save money for a home de­posit or to be able to go on a hol­i­day. t

“It is a win-win sit­u­a­tion for both, the house owner and the house sit­ter,” Ms Coombs said.

“As the house is in good hands – the owner can go away re­laxed with­out hav­ing to worry and the house sit­ter can live com­fort­ably with­out fi­nan­cial wor­ries.”

Ms Woff and Mr Hux­ley said house sit­ting was also a great op­por­tu­nity for them to get to know dif­fer­ent suburbs in Bris­bane and to meet new peo­ple.

“So far all house own­ers have been very open and wel­com­ing, they were happy for us to have friends over for din­ner and just to feel at home,” Mrs Woff said. Mr Hux­ley said at first it is strange to live in some­one else’s house but af­ter a few days you get used to it and it feels like your own home. Ms Coombs said that the num­ber of mem­bers of min­da­ rose by 110 per cent in the past two years, mainly be­cause in­creas­ing rents in ma­jor cities. “Most house sit­ters are young cou­ples and pro­fes­sional un­der 35 years sav­ing for a home de­posit and re­tirees who don’t have a lot of money, who use it as an op­por­tu­nity to go on a hol­i­day,” she said.

Mr Hux­ley said house sit­ting en­hanced their life­style be­cause they got to know dif­fer­ent places, new peo­ple and in­no­va­tive houses.

“It also gives us the chance to see di­verse houses and to ex­pe­ri­ence what kind of house we would like to buy and which ones we don’t like,” he said.

39 Schooner Cir­cuit, Manly West, fits the bill for Aus­tralian house­hunters with plenty of space and good pub­lic ameni­ties.

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