I know this flies in the face of popular opinion but as a caucasian who has lived in an HDB flat for 8 years now (bought my own). And my kids going through their teens & early 20's here. I think I was much better off this route. My kids had a much better environment and learned a whole lot more about local customs and such, although their English suffered due to the prevalence of Singlish. Rentals are a lot cheaper, usually there are markets and NTUC's very close by and also normally there will be a Swimming Complex nearby which is rather inexpensive (the kids pee in condo pools as well). The parking is not free however. If you are going to be at the mercy of the public transport system, normally the MRT or LRT lines are located in the HDB estates and not that near to the Condo's (not all though). I also generally get more living square footage than in a condo. I have a 4 full sized bedrooms and a total of 1300+ square feet. We don't bump into each other like some of the Condo's I've seen.muratkorman wrote:I strongly suggest finding a condo which will cost more, but provide a better environment for your kids.
muratkorman wrote:The agents/owners tend to do that trick in order to increase the rent price with bidding. I had a similar experience when I was searching for a condo. The agent took me to the place and there were 2 other agents who came for viewing at the same time. They use this trick especially for condos which are not in good condition.
"2k for 3 bedroom fully furnished" sounds impossible nowadays. I think you should make your calculations starting from 3k.