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August 7, 2013

Susan asks…

Where is the most expensive real estate in the world?

I don’t mean like downtown Manhattan, but places where people actually buy property to build a house on. In my neighborhood property goes for roughly seven million $ an acre. I was just wondering if there are any places more expensive.

Administrator answers:

Using data from London-based real estate group Knight Frank, BusinessWeek.com identified the 20 most expensive markets in the world and what you can buy in those cities’ prime areas with $1.5 million. In London, where at $6,191 the average price per square foot is the highest in the world, your $1.5 million would buy only a small studio in the smartest parts of town. In Venice, on the other hand, despite limited building space, your money goes a bit further, getting you a two-bedroom apartment or more near the Grand Canal. (Of course, in less illustrious neighborhoods, your money goes further still.)

Robert asks…

What are the housing of upper, middle, and lower class like in the netherlands?

I’m doing a paper on the netherlands and one of the things I have to write about is how the housing of the upper, middle, and lower class differ from each other there. I’ve tried looking online, but i haven’t been able to find anything about it. would someone be able to send me a link plz. thank you :)

Administrator answers:

Dutch social class distinction is markedly different from class stratifications in say, the UK or USA. Being the most densely populated country in western Europe, housing types are not the most important social marker.

The urban conglomerate in the western part of The Netherlands, called the Randstad (which loosely translates as ‘urban edge’) is very popular and a studio apartment in a posh neighbourhood in that area may sell for well over € 700,000. As such, it’s not so much the type of housing, as it is the neighbourhood that determines one’s social class. For instance, a large 19th c. Farmhouse and few acres of land in the relatively sparsely populated north of the country, can be bought for less than € 350,000.

The Dutch don’t have what you might call a suburbia tradition; since space is at a premium there isn’t very much ‘suburbia’ to be had anyway. So moving away from the cities doesn’t count as social improvement in the way it does in places like Greater London or the US East Coast.
Another factor that must be taken into account, is the Dutch tax system that refunds your mortgage interest, so it’s relatively easy for low-income families to buy a house.

As a very general rule of thumb you might say that every house in the € 75,000 – 125,000 price bracket is a low-income dwelling, whereas anything in the € 125,000 – 450,000 price range can be considered medium income. Houses starting from € 500,000 – and upwards are high-income properties. The standard rule for Dutch mortgage banks is that you cannot loan more than five times your annual income before taxes. You do the math.

Helen asks…

I am searching for funny names to give to my apartments which I rent out?

Can everybody help me to give special and funny names for my furnished apartments that I rent out.
The apartments and studios are all very modern furnished and painted in funny colors also.
I rent out 22 apartments so if I give them some original names I can put them on a website and it makes it easier if somebody calls and ask for the apartment by name.
So feel free to use your imagination……………………………………

Administrator answers:

I would go with a theme and use creative names for homes such as:

Bungalow
Cottage
House
Home
Dwelling
Abode
Lodge
Chalet
Villa
Flat

Depending on the physical location and decor, different themes could be fairy tails, Camelot, presidents, Europe, New York, Native American, artists, famous people, etc…
Hideaway

Cashmere Cottage, Camelot Villa, The London Flat, The New York Chalet, Dream Catch Lodge, Einstein’s Abode, Washington’s Bungalow

Michael asks…

How can I find a studio flat in London that will allow me to keep my cat

Administrator answers:

Here in the US we have a service on the internet called apartmentfinder.com it allows you to search for apartments in your area that meet your criteria – such as having pets. Perhaps there is a similar service in the UK?

Thomas asks…

Where and how do I find short term accomodation around Oxford city?

Short term accomodation of 2 to 3 months
Studio apartment or one bedroom with cooking facilities
Within 1-2 miles radius of Oxford

Administrator answers:

Oxford person.It depends WHEN you want to stay.Do you realise there are approx.,40,000 students with Oxford Brookes University/Oxford University ! You probably do….if connected with above contact the college accomodation officer.If with a company,go to the Welfare Manager/Officer.
In the summer (after July),it is easier to find somewhere within the city.
Kidlington is five miles away,but good bus links and bus-lanes into the city.Cowley/Headington are the main two areas for students to have bed-sits.From “The Plain” to “Divinity Road” on the Cowley Road,there are 57 eating establishments,almost every cuisine including Polish and curried goat !
I suggest you check out and phone Estate Agents in Oxford/Summertown (part of Oxford),Cowley,Headington.Start off with Chancellors,Andrews,Buckell & Ballard.Ask for advice and as it is a “short let” they may well point you in the direction of a specialist company.
In many parts of Oxford there are Restricted Parking Areas so residents can park their cars,but 5 Park and Rides ! Good buses,train to London 1hourish.”Oxford Tube” buses £16 London return,cheaper with students.

Mandy asks…

How do I find a place to stay while studying abroad?

I am interested in studying abroad next spring, and I want to go do independent housing rather than the housing the company provides. How could I find a studio apartment to rent for 4-6 months in London for around $4000-$6000 for the entire time? If its possible. Would craigslist work? Are there any other websites?

Thanks

Administrator answers:

Dozens.

Joseph asks…

What are the best places in London for a young professional man to live in?

So I am looking for a expensive business place in London which can also offer fun night life and good facility like parks, gyms etc. Also how much would the average apartment in this place cost?? Thanks!!

Administrator answers:

Your question is a bit confusing but I assume you’re looking for a neighbourhood to live in. There are several areas where professionals live, though it depends on your budget, taste, family life and also your work industry. For example, a lot of people live in Balham and Clapham, which is great for bars and restaurants and quite trendy. However if you are a more of a “suit” then you could try Canary Wharf, which is more for city types, often men living alone. Notting Hill or Fulham is young couples starting families. All of these have the full range of restaurants, bars, gyms and parks, as most of central London does.

The price question is like asking how much is a piece of string – which is why you should start with a budget and pick your area accordingly. You can get a young “professional” studio flat for £150k in a less salubrious part of town, and you can get a nice large place for £1.5 million in canary wharf, and £15 million overlooking Hyde Park. So it’s entirely down to what you can afford.

Donna asks…

Iam going to London later this year for pursuing my MBA. How can I get a decent apartment at a bargain?

London is a costly place so what is the average weekly personal cost required for a student and how and where do I get a good apartment at a low rent?

Administrator answers:

Weekly rent will depend on whether you want to share a flat or live alone. Flatshares are considerably cheaper.

E.g. A one bedroom flat in Camden can cost between £200-£500 per week, depending on the size. (Studios – one room – are usually cheaper at around £180, but can be very small). However, a flatshare (one bedroom, shared bathroom and kitchen) can be as cheap as £80 a week, depending on the size of the room etc.

It will also depend on the location. The further out you go from central London, the cheaper it gets – but you will have to think about travel costs as well.

Try MoveFlat – http://www.moveflat.com/

Gumtree – http://www.gumtree.com/

Into London – http://www.intolondon.com/

EasyRoommate – http://uk.easyroommate.com

Remember to ask whether bills are included in the rent. If they’re not, you will need to pay council tax, water, gas, electricity, etc.

If you are studying here, find out if your university or college has any accomodation – e.g. Halls of residence (dorms). They usually have an accomodation office who can help you find affordable flats and flatshares in London.

Good luck :)

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