Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Matching Perfect Flatmates

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Matching Perfect Flatmates

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Ross Irby

ross.irby@dailymercury.com.au

REMEMBER that unwashed bloke who slept on your couch for a while during university, or when you had a low-paying job and to save dollars lived in a party house crammed with too many people?

Well, the art of procuring random roomies and housemates has had a seismic shift.

"Matchmaker" Paul Bryan is a Penny Wood Lane real estate agent whose professional service offers more to ensure harmony reigns in the houses he rents out.

He removes the hassle for owners and tenants by finding reliable renters, then creates stability by matching residents with like-minded people.

Share houses are a popular way to live and Mr Bryan said professionals, mine workers and students shared their homes because it made good financial sense.

There was also the social aspect when people moved to Mackay and wanted to make new friends.

In major cities people have been priced out of the rental and homeowner market, making shared accommodation the most affordable option. …

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