Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Quest For a New Cave

I wondered how did it goes for cavemen in the past if they decided to find a new cave as their home. Maybe they just go in to a cave, write some graffiti, shout a bit and declare that the cave is his. Or if somebody is residing in that cave, he either look for another cave or ask the resident for a duel. I sometime wished it could be that easy for me to find a new home everytime my tenancy contract is about to expire.

For the past 2 weeks I have been calling on agents and landlords, checking websites and newspapers and visiting apartments in International City in my quest for a new house by April 2009. At the moment the Dubai property rental market is in favour of the tenants because of the drop in rental rates for some areas due to more new houses available in the market and slow pace of recruitment for new expatriates. Thanks to the recession..well finally I found something positive about the recession didn't I?

For example when I checked the rate for a 1 bedroom apartment in International City (cluster areas) in October 2008, it was around Dhs80,000 to Dhs85000 a year payable by 1 or 2 payments. Nowadays the rate for the same type of property in the same area is between Dhs68000 to Dhs75000 a year payable by 1 up to 4 payments, and some even by monthly payments. But as Malaysian folks always say "murah tak murah la" if we compare to rental rate in Kuala Lumpur. But this is the uniqueness of Dubai, where they pay you very fat salaries with no tax but half of that salaries will go to the landlords, the Dubai's version of taxmen. But the good side is if I save up enough money then of course I can be the taxman myself, Inshallah...

Since this is January so I am not in a hurry, for I have another 2 months to choose and decide. At the moment I am sticking to International City residential area because it is quite close to my office (20 minutes drive), the traffic is smooth, plenty of shops and cafes, very near to the Dragon Mart shopping mall, a lot of multi-national hot chicks (wahh !) and the whole place is just a brand new! The downside is because of the sewage treatment plant next to it which sometime gag me with its smell. But the smell factor is really not that bad because it doesn't occur all the times and depends on which cluster I live in the huge area of International City. Anyway sometime I can't even smell my son's "pooh pooh" right under my nose..hehe

I just prayed that the trend will be better for the tenants in the coming months. Hopefully I will not have to do what I imagine a caveman would do in this situation.


"Home...I can't say where it is, but I know I am going home"

U2
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11 comments:

ruzainie said...

long, susah2 ko duduk kat welfare je macam will smith dlm the pursuit of happyness. tp bagi aku yg penting rumah dekat ngan ofis, ko tak stress driving, jam etc. & rumah tu dekat ngan tempat makan atau sundry shop ...mahal tp worth it, balik rumah relax!

cohong gym said...

aku setuju ngan slash. Kalau dekat ngan rumah, hati pun senang. Macam aku contohnya, rumah aku dekat giler ngan opis. Jalan kaki pun tak sampai 10 min. Tak payah nak risau pasal traffic jam.

Alif Lam said...

cohong pegi rumah jalan kaki pun 10 minit.. kalau naik superbike, mcm x berbaloi jer..!?

Syamsulfaiz said...

Lippi & Cohong,

Betulla Lippi, macam tak berbaloi je Cohong pakai motorbike. Dekat sangat rumah ke ofis. Jual murah kat aku je lah moto kau tu cohong.

HERMZZ said...

Cohong,

Kau bagi la Bike tu kat orang yang lebih memerlukan. Hang pi jogging je pagi-pagi. Perut dah boroi mana mau taruk!

cohong gym said...

hahahahah aku tak pg keje naik moto. kalau naik kena naik moto, aku naik moto satu lagi, Naza GTR. Superbike untuk weekend ride je

Jumper said...

Indeed I hope the rental rate at your place will drop even more and other residential areas would follow suit. So dapatlah nak menambahkan savings...All the best for your new 'cave' quest. Mine would be in July...

Rozaimi Bin Mohd Said said...

macam kau ni aku rasa sesuai kat batu caves aje long...hahaha

Alif Lam said...

Kelayakan Piala Asia 2011 - Kump.C
Jan 21 2009 (Rabu)
Venue: Std Bolasepak Kuala Lumpur, Cheras,8.45mlm

MALAYSIA vs UAE

Along.. ngko sokong mana??

Alif Lam said...

Along.. ttg bola aku bukan penyokong UAE tp aku akan sokong negara yg lawan malaysia sbg tanda protes kpd mutu sukan tanahair..!

p.s. kat sana cuti raya cina berapa hari long?

Syamsulfaiz said...

Raya Cina tak cuti daaa...bab-bab cuti memang Malaysia lagi grand dari UAE ni.

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