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Post by weidec » Mon, 30 Sep 2013 8:57 pm

Hi

Just an update, as to purchasing of Hdb there are some new changes.
PRs will have to wait for 3 yrs to purchase even a resale Hdb. So I guess your options will then be limited to renting a place or purchasing a private condo.

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Avoid areas with heavy traffic, school zones and mosquitoes

Post by J.Maschetta » Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:37 am

Stay clear of areas with heavy traffic in the morning. These are usually school zones. Bukit Timah area is one of such place. It is also a well known flood zone. Cars will be damaged and it will not be claimable by insurance. Most bukit timah condos are very old and moldy. Some examples will be like Sommerville park, Maplewoods, Pandan Valley, Blossomvale etc. Try newer condos, rental is about the same. Anyway, due to the cooling measures in Singapore, the property market is going in a decline, though prices are still very high as Singaporeans are mostly very rich and have holding power. Try not to buy any property now, its a little risky. Anyway there are plenty of apartments on rental, so be patient and drive a hard bargain. Do not let agents use pressure tactics like counter offers from "someone" or someone is signing the lease soon "unless you up the offer" tactic. 99% of the time, its not true.

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Post by Lailafamily » Fri, 04 Oct 2013 2:50 am

disenchanted wrote:If you can afford it and don't mind the commuting, Marine Parade area is the best choice. It has the best vibe, nice settings right next to the East Coast Park and an easy access to the town should you feel like hanging out. Its family friendly but its lively enough for singles, has plenty of food and bars and has a very international atmosphere. The problem would be the distance - I'd say you need to consider 1 full hour of commuting to your husband's workplace to be safe.

A place which is not too shabby either is the Upper Thomson area - much nearer to Serangoon and although it does not have a large park, it again has a nice atmosphere in not-so-dense settings. Plenty of quality eateries around and decent connectivity with numerous buses.

Personally I'd advise against any 'mainstream' areas in Singapore as long as you can pay for something better - it may seem like the natural choice to go for an HDB 'New Town' somewhere, but in my humble opinion they're way too noisy and crowded and feel too dull and synthetic to be enjoyable long term.

However if you HAVE to live in those for whatever reason, Punggol is worth considering. Its got a nice new waterfront that should offset the pains of midnight noises downstairs.

All the best hunting for your new place.
Thanks for all these suggestions! This is a very hard process given the fact that its been years since either hubby or I have been to Singapore and are pretty clueless about everything there...especially while in the US. What districts are these? We're now down to budgeting a life there before we move as that will be our main deciding factor...can one get a 2 BHK condo/ apt in these areas for 3000 a month? Is that realistic?

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Post by yv-rental » Thu, 07 Nov 2013 1:34 pm

SGD$4000 a month would be a more realistic budget.

Bishan or Upper Thomson are good areas for a young family, good schools and amenities.

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Post by x9200 » Thu, 07 Nov 2013 1:55 pm

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Post by Lailafamily » Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:13 am

x9200 wrote:Vinoh, this is your last warning. One more time and all your accounts are locked.

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Post by the lynx » Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:16 am

Lailafamily wrote:
x9200 wrote:Vinoh, this is your last warning. One more time and all your accounts are locked.

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Don't worry. Not for you. It is to a spammer who posted above.

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Post by Lailafamily » Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:18 am

Ok. Thank you for clarifying it. :)

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