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Hi,

I am currently working in Dubai and my company wants me to move to Singapore. How much would a family of three need in order to live a comfortable life in Singapore? My baby is 3 years old and is starting KG this year.

My current package is USD 120,000 per annum with additional insurance cover for the entire family. What should be an equivalent package in Singapore?
 

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Was in Dubai recently,
I think the cost of living in Dubai might be about the same or more than Singapore.

There;s a few factors here to consider,
1) Housing, what kinda housing are u looking for? ranges starts from SGD3~5k
2) Transport, if u r getting a car, set aside some SGD$2k a month. Cars + Petrol are expensive here.
3) School, KG should set u back about SGD 1k a month
4) In-house Helper, about SGD700 a month
5) Tax, if you are on Employment Pass, you tax rate is a flat 15%. Now thats an IMPORTANT difference.

So if everything stays the same, you may want to at least adjust for your transport and tax requirement.

If you need further help, drop me a line, and i can recommend an expat expert for you. My friend helps senior execs settle into singapore

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Hi,

I am currently working in Dubai and my company wants me to move to Singapore. How much would a family of three need in order to live a comfortable life in Singapore? My baby is 3 years old and is starting KG this year.

My current package is USD 120,000 per annum with additional insurance cover for the entire family. What should be an equivalent package in Singapore?
 

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Was in Dubai recently,
I think the cost of living in Dubai might be about the same or more than Singapore.

There;s a few factors here to consider,
1) Housing, what kinda housing are u looking for? ranges starts from SGD3~5k
2) Transport, if u r getting a car, set aside some SGD$2k a month. Cars + Petrol are expensive here.
3) School, KG should set u back about SGD 1k a month
4) In-house Helper, about SGD700 a month
5) Tax, if you are on Employment Pass, you tax rate is a flat 15%. Now thats an IMPORTANT difference.

So if everything stays the same, you may want to at least adjust for your transport and tax requirement.

If you need further help, drop me a line, and i can recommend an expat expert for you. My friend helps senior execs settle into singapore

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Hi, can you email me more details of your friend's services?
 

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Singapore is often referred to as 'Asia for Beginners' - it's relatively easy to get around, whether it be in your own car, or in a taxi, which is still cheap compared to say the US, Australia, even Hong Kong.

There are some free-standing and terrace-type houses in the Bukit Timah suburban area. Three or 4 bedroom places like this, or the aforementioned condominiums, will cost approximately SGD4-7000 per month to rent in the current market, depending on the age of the building and its location.
 

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lots of real estate agents in sg only source deals that benefit them and almost always over-inflate the prices by tellin you how you CANT get anything at $x amt.total bollocks 99% of the time.have helped plenty of my friends find places over here at great deals.
if you do need help, just pm me.
 

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lots of real estate agents in sg only source deals that benefit them and almost always over-inflate the prices by tellin you how you CANT get anything at $x amt.total bollocks 99% of the time.have helped plenty of my friends find places over here at great deals.
if you do need help, just pm me.
I'm glad to hear you say that. I get sent new condos from Far Est Organisation which offer places not yet built at rather high prices. I am looking for a place to buy - if you know any, pm me please. It can be in Malayisa or SG. What is the law like for foreigners who would like to buy to let?
 

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sure,be more than happy to assist.
just one thing.
i have absolutely no clue how to PM on this.
help me out,thanks.
Hi I found out how to pm but it said you're not allowed pms.
Are you Singaporean, and do you work as an estate agent?
It's true that agents charge rather high fees.
I find the newspapers a good and reliable source to buy or rent in SG but a lot of them are through agents too.
Perhaps you can try to pm me - go into your profile and follow the signs.
If you're not allowed to pm , you need to ask the mods - try to contact them.
They 're very good at following things up and protecting us from spams.
 

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Hi I found out how to pm but it said you're not allowed pms.
Are you Singaporean, and do you work as an estate agent?
It's true that agents charge rather high fees.
I find the newspapers a good and reliable source to buy or rent in SG but a lot of them are through agents too.
Perhaps you can try to pm me - go into your profile and follow the signs.
If you're not allowed to pm , you need to ask the mods - try to contact them.
They 're very good at following things up and protecting us from spams.
try this, (my username) at H-mail dot com
 

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sure,be more than happy to assist.
just one thing.
i have absolutely no clue how to PM on this.
help me out,thanks.
I think you need to post a few more before you get out of the 'newbie' thing

Anyway, agents ?? Most property here are owned by foreigners who have given power of attorney to agents and the agents jack the price by twice sometimes. ..

And the moment they know it is an expat they discard the low end properties and push the high end properties (equating to greater commission)

I remember once an agent told me to 'stretch the budget a bit' from 2,000 to 4,000 so I can live comfortably and she became hostile when I said it is half my pay she wants for rental .. and well ...

No further comments :D :D

It is better to look for direct rental, or scout and look for a few agents till you get an agent who is not too greedy ...
 

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I think you need to post a few more before you get out of the 'newbie' thing

Anyway, agents ?? Most property here are owned by foreigners who have given power of attorney to agents and the agents jack the price by twice sometimes. ..

And the moment they know it is an expat they discard the low end properties and push the high end properties (equating to greater commission)

I remember once an agent told me to 'stretch the budget a bit' from 2,000 to 4,000 so I can live comfortably and she became hostile when I said it is half my pay she wants for rental .. and well ...

No further comments :D :D

It is better to look for direct rental, or scout and look for a few agents till you get an agent who is not too greedy ...
look no further,
i have scouted for houses myself and i know exactly what you're talking about.
so its this newbie thing doesnt allow me to pvt msg?
damnnn
 

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look no further,
i have scouted for houses myself and i know exactly what you're talking about.
so its this newbie thing doesnt allow me to pvt msg?
damnnn
Patience my friend .... .computers don't understand our frustration ..

Add some more posts and the PM facility opens up .. or in your CP check if you disabled PM feature ...

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