After spending several week's scouring these forums, I have finally worked up the courage to join and make my first post here (alternatively, you could say that I got my lazy ass around to joining). Anyway, long story short, I just recently moved to Hong Kong for a two year assignment with my company. I am going through the rather scary task of finding a place now. I'm living in a serviced apartment for about a month before I need to move so I have a bit of time. So my office here is close to the Kowloon Bay MTR station and I was looking for places that might be suitable. My wife will be joining in a few weeks time as well and may end up working in Central so it's equally important to keep travel times from Kowloon Bay and Central to a reasonable minimum.
My budget right now is between 18-20K and I would prefer an apartment size between 700-1000 sqft. I would prefer to have fewer bedrooms in order to have a more open feel in the apartment, although there seems to be a crazy architectural trend of creating rooms for the sheer heck of it. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated from some of the resident experts.
I had an encounter with one of the real estate agents today for some apartments in the Tseung Kwan O area and she painted quite a grim picture that there are hardly any properties available and the prices are sky-rocketing. Now I know that that's part of their repertoire in order to get the client to hurry and sign on but is that really the case? Also, are my expectations too much for my budget and I need to rethink the whole thing with regards to areas, apartment sizes, et al?
I have lived in New York in the past and know how difficult it can be to get a decent place but this city seems to be taking it to a whole new level.
Look forward to input from the gurus on the forum here and thank you in advance for taking the time to respond