Rental Increases?!!?! :(

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Post by jockney » Fri, 07 Sep 2007 4:14 pm

I meant the fact the rents were rising they were complaining, they have nice lifestyles still out here, maybe have to drop a few nights out, but still a bloody good lifestyle by a lot of peoples standards!! yet on the other hand they pay maids a paltry sum with no complaints at all...they cant have it all their own way.
the big word you used was GREED and i am afraid our society is rife with it as people seek more and more money and things. as i said in an earlier post, they are driven to it, by governments who say it is ok....well the UK is feeling the brunt of all the effects right now as peoples spirits get dampened and broken as a result and the kids start to fight back against society, that they feel has wronged them, they take drugs, drink, act aggressively, rob, steal and cheat just to feel good...bloddy sad state of affairs
There is nothing wrong with wanting a decent lifestyle, but at what cost??? piece of mind and contentment is surely a bit more important?
I have not spoken against any person directly and that is not my intent. I am merely stating my points.
Singapore is a disciplined society and I take my hat of to them, they should be proud of what they have achieved, but it can all be wasted...just ask all the politicians in the UK

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Post by MblSH » Fri, 07 Sep 2007 4:40 pm

jockney wrote:...just ask all the politicians in the UK
Unfortunately, I'll have to go to UK embassy for half a year just to get a visa to go to UK and check that, but I'll take your word for it :)

But I do agree with you, I don't know how people are going to hold up with all the crap like mobiles, hdtv's, cars, etc. being pushed as a must-haves from everywhere.

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Post by eurobill » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 5:01 pm

I have tried to read the whole thread but it's a bit time consuming. A lot of bickering in this thread.

I think that jockney has a good point that you can live a reasonable life without a maid, and still enjoy Singapore.

For myself I am OK with a more simple lifestyle, and I cannot afford to pay SGD 7000 in rental and SGD 2000 for a car, and SGD X for a maid.
Does local Singaporeans have that kind expenses?

I am just looking for an apartment with reasonable standard and not too far away from the city. Surely it must be possible to find a 2BR apartment for less than 3k?

Any advice is welcome.

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Post by MblSH » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 5:51 pm

eurobill wrote: For myself I am OK with a more simple lifestyle, and I cannot afford to pay SGD 7000 in rental and SGD 2000 for a car, and SGD X for a maid.
Does local Singaporeans have that kind expenses?
Not the ones I know
eurobill wrote:I am just looking for an apartment with reasonable standard and not too far away from the city. Surely it must be possible to find a 2BR apartment for less than 3k?
If you want a clean place with decent furniture, then for the east side of singapore, the only places within your budget are in Changi; maybe in Simei or Tampines/Pasir Ris if you're lucky. Don't know much about west side, maybe there's something closer to the city over there.

I'm in the middle of a house hunt myself, so far all the places that I saw for around 2.5-2.8 are rather shabby. Maybe it's my luck though :)

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Post by eurobill » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 6:12 pm

Thanks MblSH. I think I am looking at the west side, 2-3 stops down the MRT. Somewhere in that heartland, is a HDB flat, with my name on it.

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Post by MblSH » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 6:19 pm

If you're ok with HDB and not in a hurry, then you might find something closer to the city - one of my co-workers just got himself a 2B hdb near Bugis for 1.7K

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Post by eurobill » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 7:01 pm

Whoaah... 1.7k. I guess he wasn't ang moh?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 7:33 pm

The older 2 BR HDB's had halls about 8' wide and the bedrooms would hold just a double bed and wardrobe (nothing built in) and maybe a vanity/dresser. These flats are small. 1.7K is ridiculous and is about double what they were 8 months ago.
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Post by MblSH » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 9:28 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:The older 2 BR HDB's had halls about 8' wide and the bedrooms would hold just a double bed and wardrobe (nothing built in) and maybe a vanity/dresser. These flats are small. 1.7K is ridiculous and is about double what they were 8 months ago.
Must be nothing but supply and demand :D :D :D

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Post by eurobill » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 9:54 pm

Similar to what I just found in Tiong Bahru:

Property Age : 15 - 20 years
Room Type : 2 rooms
Floor Area : 650 sqft
Price : S$ 1,700

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Post by gmail » Tue, 18 Sep 2007 12:13 pm

eurobill wrote:I have tried to read the whole thread but it's a bit time consuming. A lot of bickering in this thread.

I think that jockney has a good point that you can live a reasonable life without a maid, and still enjoy Singapore.

For myself I am OK with a more simple lifestyle, and I cannot afford to pay SGD 7000 in rental and SGD 2000 for a car, and SGD X for a maid.
Does local Singaporeans have that kind expenses?

I am just looking for an apartment with reasonable standard and not too far away from the city. Surely it must be possible to find a 2BR apartment for less than 3k?

Any advice is welcome.
Take a look at the Westmere near Jurong East MRT station.

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Post by crischua » Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:40 am

gmail wrote:
eurobill wrote:I have tried to read the whole thread but it's a bit time consuming. A lot of bickering in this thread.

I think that jockney has a good point that you can live a reasonable life without a maid, and still enjoy Singapore.

For myself I am OK with a more simple lifestyle, and I cannot afford to pay SGD 7000 in rental and SGD 2000 for a car, and SGD X for a maid.
Does local Singaporeans have that kind expenses?

I am just looking for an apartment with reasonable standard and not too far away from the city. Surely it must be possible to find a 2BR apartment for less than 3k?

Any advice is welcome.
There is a spacious private apartment at Farrer Court. 3 bedrooms, decently furnish. Landlord asked for S$4k initially, no takers the last I heard, the rent has drop to S$3.2 today.

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Post by Superglide » Thu, 20 Sep 2007 11:19 am

crischua wrote:There is a spacious private apartment at Farrer Court. 3 bedrooms, decently furnish. Landlord asked for S$4k initially, no takers the last I heard, the rent has drop to S$3.2 today.
This one gave it away, a local agent...

The rent has dropped.
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Post by German_Expat » Thu, 20 Sep 2007 11:51 am

the rent has drop to S$3.2 today
educated at the superb local schools lah ;-) our kids will talk like this too in a few years

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Post by Sebastian » Fri, 21 Sep 2007 11:34 am

i guess one solution is to share flat ? You can cry and gripe until the cow comes moo-ing at you and yet nothing will change. The problem is most housing agents are out to make a quick buck or two (very few would actually go to the extend of ensuring the place is ideal for you).

As for owners, alot of them are seizing the opportunity to turn a profit while they still can. There is seriously a lack of humanism here and alot of things are valued by dollar and cents. Some owners are just blind rats following the trend without realizing the implication of their 'lack of consideration' for the units.

Oh well, life's like that. What more about Singapore where land is scarce.
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