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  4. The Thai longstay website lists some insurers that provide health insurance upto 99 years of age I think, but you need to be signed up with them before the age of 75.
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  6. G'day mate. My landlord wants to sell, so i have to move out. What do you people think the housing prices will do in the next couple of years? Will the price of flats go up or down? I heard that the price is expected to increase 10% next year. But then with the credit crunch in the US, will it not also affect the price of housing in HK? I am going to see my banker, so let me have your ideas too. Please!
  7. Thanks for this. Great minds think alike! Lamma Island is now on top of list as a possible contender. I like the whole island vibe and could even be called an old hippy although my long hair is now but a distant memory. I worked in Thailand 2 years ago and lived on an island called Koh Chang and loved it. My new job is paying for a month in a serviced apartment so I'll gave time to look around.
  8. Within an hours commute, you get pretty much anywhere. If you dont mind going on a boat then why not look at Discovery Bay or join the hippy colony on Lamma island?
  9. Hi all I'll be moving to Hong Kong from Ireland around the end of May to take up a job in Hong Kong Central area. I'll be working in the Healthcare industry so pay is adequate but not excessive. I have looked at the various options for accommodation and the prices are eye-watering. I will be looking for somewhere reasonably priced (max HK$15K pcm). From my research, living outside the central HK area seems to be the way to go. I'll be looking for a 1 bedroomed apartment within an hours travel from Central with only 1 interchange but ideally direct. The MTR seems very efficient so somewhere on this network would be great. I’m also open to other options but keeping stress and hassle to a minimum is near the top of my list. I’m also looking for somewhere quiet and peaceful so somewhere with greenery or water views would be a bonus. Some of the islands look really nice. Can anyone advise me what would be suitable area of Hong Kong to explore? Thanks.
  10. I used Jones Lang LaSalle when I first moved here but I wouldn't recommend them--or other "expat" agencies to anyone. The upside of working with them is they usually have someone who speaks fluent English and knows how to deal with Westerners but one of the downsides is they have the landlord's best interest at heart, not yours. Tenants come and go but big landlords are here to stay and pay at least 50% of the commission. On top of that, big property owners often offer agents perks and it's considered an honor to be in these landlords' good graces. I found my current apartment with an agent who fought hard to get me a great deal with the landlord but then again I knew where I wanted to live and the market rates for ALL apartments in my area. I told her how much I was willing to offer and pushed her myself too. Whoever you end up working with, unless your company is footing your housing bill, find out the rents in other apartments in the buildings you want to live in (it's usually published and a competent agent should have it). Go to the websites other posters give you, they are good sources to learn what's available in each area. Show your agent you know the market and he/she will work harder for you. Final note? Don't be shy to negotiate, it's a must or you get screwed over. (asking rent is just that--what they are asking, not what they expect to be getting)
  11. Christina, much depends on your budget as well. if you're looking at in excess of say HK$40,000 per month, it may be worth speaking to one of the expat agencies that focuses on this sort of thing, rather than going to the local agencies in each area...
  12. Hi Cristina -- fastest and easiest way to go about this is literally to go to the areas you are interested in; property agents have shops/offices all over place specialising with properties in those specific areas. For Pokfulam, tho, you'd need to stop by Kennedy Town for property agents (you can't walk down the streets without falling over one of them). Will have contact details etc for various agencies, and should give you an idea of what you can get for your budget in specific areas. All that said, the general advice to new arrivals to HK is to consider where you're working, what schools you want your kids to go to (if you have any) as certain schools only accept kids within a specific 'catchment' area (check the English Schools Foundation website), travel time you're willing to endure, etc. Best bet is to rent a serviced apartment for your first couple of weeks or even a month in HK, take time to visit different areas and find your feet before committing to a lease that will tie you down for at least a year.
  13. Hi! We will be moving to HK soon. I have been told by a friend that it is better to meet with real estate agents in each area, but I do not know how to find them. I will be travelling to HK next week to have a first impression of the rental price for what we want and I need to meet some of these guys in Happy Valley, Sheung Wan, Pok Fu Lam,... Can somebody help with some contacts for that? Thanks a lot
  14. Or: Stay in a serviced apartment for a week, during which time you find an apartment in mid-levels*, where there will be apartments a plenty in your price range and its fairly central to everything and its also a bit of a rites of passage so why not? Every local will expect it of you anyway: live the cliche during this time, find your way about, use the public transport, get a feeling for where you would like to live: and then, when your 1 year lease is up, either renew or move out pardon my fench, but fukk the view, not worth it, ditto a pool, you'll hardly use it
  15. It's like this. HK$20K is 'average'. This is the best advice you will get, are you ready? - Come here and for the first 2 - 3 months stay in a hotel or serviced apartment (near where you work at least easy for transport to work), find out which areas you like, find out how much you are going to be spending on F&E, transport, etc; if you want to be in the middle of town or out of town or near the MTR or not etc. Then make a decision. But not until you've done 2 - 3 months on the ground researching.
  16. Hi, Im moving with my wife to Hong Kong early next year. We have gotten a housing allowence from my employer of HK 20.000. What do you get for that amount? Anyone with any good suggestions of a nice place to stay (area) fairly central. We would probably be looking at a 2 bedroom apartment. Thanks in advance!
  17. Hong Kong is hardly dog friendly - you need to live in a small cave or manger - out of the way in Sai Kung or similar. Otherwise your dog will go troppoh.
  18. If you want a yard with the flat on the island, it will cost you, there may be the odd flat in midlevels, but you would I reckon be limited to the south side. Space is a premium so a yard will cost you. You have more options available at a cheaper cost if you start including outlying islands, Lantau Sai Kung and NT. Otherwise Discovery Bay, they have a few flats over there that have yards, and also a few housing compounds. The yards that I have seen in Discovery Bay haven't been very large mind you.
  19. I have just found that there is a chance we could relocate to HK (YAY!) Thing is.... we have two medium sized dogs Labrador size and would need a yard. Does anyone know of a development or area that has housing. No idea what the budget would be? We also have two children (in upper primary and middle school)
  20. It's all relative to the location. With 2 wee kiddies in the house, I would theoretically opt for a place like Discovery Bay, which has all the facilities for kids, and a few decent schools as well. However, it means taking public transport to work (ferry or bus/MTR). 2,000 sq.ft there will set you back between 40 & 80K. Note that all sq.ft. listings are always gross and efficiency is normally around 80% (max) or below. So 2,000 ft will normally include common area's, balcony, fire escape etc. and the actual living space will be more like 1,600 - 1,700 s.q.ft. or so
  21. Just a shot in the Dark here friends of ours have a decent sized place (1700sq) in Happy Valley, 2 wee kiddies, 1 x live in maid , car etc etc the rent is $53K pm for not a very flash place....by UK standards. All your other stuff may be another $20K on top of that.
  22. How long is a piece of string? Cable tv depends on which package you choose; ditto with ISP. Electricity depends on how much you use the airconditioning, more than anything else (summer bills can be 3-4 times higher than winter bills). Playschools again will depend on which one you choose (small local vs big "international") but you're probably looking at fees of approx $600+ for each kid. Domestic helpers have a minimum wage of approx $4k per month. Medical and insurance costs ~ again, varies so much that there is no such thing as a "rough cost". You'd honestly be best off either Googling for information from HK govt websites or even doing a search on archived threads here on HKxp cos this ground has been covered before (altho the numbers cited in past threads will probably be way out of whack by now).
  23. Not enough information. How long are you going to be here for? How big is your budget? Where are you going to be working? Do you want to live in the city - or out of it? But in the end the advice will always be the same; it is best first to come here - stay in a hotel for a a few weeks and check out a range of places because you'll need to find something that suits you, your work and your budget.
  24. Hey, I am going to move to Hong Kong, and am currently looking for a room. I would prefer a flat share, but would also go for a cheap apartment. Can anybody tell me how to find those, while I am still home in Germany? I know that I should have a look at the room before renting anything, but I would like to get some contacts before relocating. Greets, Johannes
  25. Internet/broadband: With NOW TV and NOW Broadband, the total package is around HK$500 to HK$600 a month. Depends if you want the porn channels as well (we don't). Cable TV for all channels: see above. We have Cable TV (another provider) as well, that's HK$300 a month. Electricity bill for a 2000 square foot apartment: I'm using HK$2500 month for a 1000 sq ft flat (me, wife, kid and helper). So expect to pay more for a larger flat and if you have kids. Gym (with/without a pool) without personal trainer: No idea, not my area of expertise. But I believe cheap packages are already $800 a month. So expect to pay more if you want a PT/pool. Helper to come in once a week: Going rate is around $50 to $60 an hour. Phone - land line: $100, I think Phone - cell: Depends on who much you blab and whether you need data. I'm on a $240 a month. Typical iPhone packages are around $400. Medical/GP: $1xx are for local doctors (which you may not want to use). Large private healthcare chains (like Quality Healthcare) cost a lot more (HK$500 for consultation alone). See if your work package provides healthcare insurance or consider getting your own cover.
  26. 1) Current range is within 150 to 2XX per month 2) Summer might cost at least 1,500 with air con on most of the time. The Winter here isn't that nippy so the days of a heater require isn't that often so you might be looking at a 20% difference during season 3) Some apartment has a club house and it usually free. Otherwise, the most reliable one (meaning it won't shut down anytime soon) cost about 18,000 the first year with drastic reduction on annual fees after. Pool options depends on which club+location to join 4) Once a week helper is a little dicey cause it might get you in legal trouble, but rumor has it the ongoing rate is about $55/hr 5) about 120/month? 6) Depends on the model of phone and network. They usually requires you to commit to a contract of certain period. Best to check it out yourself or online 7) depends on your area and varies by each GP. starting rate is about $17X with meds that for 3 days Most of these topics had been gone thru before. Do a search with old posts also helps
  27. Hi everyone, I'm new in HK and is currently in the process of looking at apartments for rental. While that's in progress, I'll also like to take in the utilities and related expenses to renting an apartment in HK as well and your help will be appreciated. Will someone be able to tell me the break down or cost of the following? Thank you so much! Internet/broadband: Cable TV for all channels: Electricity bill for a 2000 square foot apartment: Gym (with/without a pool) without personal trainer: Helper to come in once a week: Phone - land line: Phone - cell: Medical/GP visit
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