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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 9:38 am

The availability of 1BR flats are very limited any days. There aren't that many built period! Only HDB built any quantity of them and that was 35 years ago. Now they are building some studio apartment for the aged parents. The private developers don't build much as they are too limited in size. 2 or 3 BR is the norm. There are some studio apartment being built but again very few and will be astronomical in price ($2200 is a stupid amount to pay for a 1 BR) You can go out of the city centre about 15 minutes and get a 3 or 4 BR HDB rental for 1800/2000.

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Postby JaneDoe » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:33 pm

^^ I'm really curious to know where can one find a 2 to 3BR HDB flat for $1800-2000. That range is non-existent now, as far as I know. Three of my friends have relocated into HDBs: 1 rents in Ang Mo Kio for $2200 (2BR), and the other two are in Yio Chu Kang and Simei and they are renting for amounts higher than that (both 2BR). When I was looking for HDB flats myself, I was surprised to find some asking for $2500 for a dilapidated unit right in town! Hence, I decided to just renew my condo lease. Prices are really ridiculous now and I really think it's unsustainable.

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Postby Superglide » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:37 pm

So you're saying you had to renew your lease of a condo, cause HDB was out of reach?

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Postby JaneDoe » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 4:52 pm

Superglide wrote:So you're saying you had to renew your lease of a condo, cause HDB was out of reach?


Well, yes. What would you do if your current landlord for your condo flat is asking $2200 from $1600, while HDB owners elsewhere were asking for at least the same price or higher?

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Postby rnb » Thu, 06 Sep 2007 6:10 pm

sms' estimate is still correct. our 4 room HDB flat costs 2,100, lease signed last month. when we were hunting, there were still quite a number of 3-room flats in our area (clementi/west coast) going for about 1,800. there were cheaper ones, too, but well, quite dilapidated and poorly furnished.

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Postby KarlRaven » Sat, 08 Sep 2007 12:38 pm

I started out the same, came to SG for work for 3 weeks in Jan, surveyed the market and it seems ok to get a studio or 2 bedroom condo for about $1.6-$1.8.

However, when I actually moved in June, the cheapest studio condo i could find was between $1.8-$2.0 and not convenient to get to if I don't have a car.

The prices were also jumping up at least $300 per month for condos. My colleague got her place in Bayshore for $2.1k (2 bedroom) in Jan, but its going for $3k++ these days.

Eventually, I checked out various options from studio, to 2 bedroom condos to HDBs and finally decided to get just a room instead for now. This worked out quite well actually.

As I'm single, is was logically to do this until I get my footing on my monthly expenses,etc. Couldn't justify paying a ridiculous price just for accommodation.

Only have my place short term thought, need to hunt for another place in Jan. God knows what i can afford by then if these prices keep surging up.

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Postby gmail » Sun, 09 Sep 2007 9:17 am

gondar wrote:Well I do know of a couple of HDB (if ya don't mind living in em) owners in the Simei area looking to rent rooms out. PM me if interested cos I seldom check in here.


Hi buget seeker,

For those of you out there who are looking for accommdation and ease of transport, i would suggest you look at bukit panjang area. It may look out of place but in reality, it is a nice place to stay for the following reasons:

(1) rental are generally cheaper.

(2) Transport - plenty to various part of singapore especially for those
who work in CBD area (try staying near the interchange. It's much
convenient to take the bus than taking the mrt.

(3) close to the nature reserve, strictly residential area.

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Postby Superglide » Sun, 09 Sep 2007 1:07 pm

JaneDoe wrote:
Superglide wrote:So you're saying you had to renew your lease of a condo, cause HDB was out of reach?


Well, yes. What would you do if your current landlord for your condo flat is asking $2200 from $1600, while HDB owners elsewhere were asking for at least the same price or higher?


That's the world upside down.

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Postby headless » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 3:06 am

sorry but is it possible for a foreigner to rent a HDB flat?

and can we keep cats in HDB flats?

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Postby huggybear » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 8:29 am

headless wrote:sorry but is it possible for a foreigner to rent a HDB flat?

and can we keep cats in HDB flats?


1. Yes

2. Lions and Tigers? No.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 9:11 am

headless wrote:can we keep cats in HDB flats?


The official answer is NO. Cats are not allowed in HDB flats.

Keeping of Cats

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Postby Makan24-7 » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 12:55 pm

Prices are really ridiculous now and I really think it's unsustainable.


The end's nowhere in sight, though... In Jan, I signed up for S$2.3k in rent (starting in Mar) for a 700sqft 2 bdrm condo built in 2003 in the middle of the city on Sophia Road (near The Cathay, Selegie and Peace Center). I hear that rents are up in the S$4-4.5k range now. Almost double, just insane!


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