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What does rent cost where you live? Trying to get a feel for "cost of living" of my colleagues

I've been wondering about the cost of living for my fellow contractors and colleagues. "Rent" or paying off a mortgage is probably everyone's largest monthly expense.

So - to make it reasonably even, how about we take a vaguely standard place, say an apartment / flat with two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and some outside space - balcony / garden / terrace in a nice-ish part of your town in nice-ish condition.

In Dollars, how much would that place cost me to rent every month?

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Romania / bucharest

In my area (which is OK) rent is something between $350 (for a studio) to $650 (for a 2 bedroom + living room in new residential complex).
Add to this the maintenance cost (which is separate) another $100 (summer) to $150 (winter).

Southern Italy, Town by the sea

I pay about $ 630 a month for a 2 bedroomed 2nd floor apartment with a terrace - I have a sea view if I stand on my tippy toes (a mere glimpse) and it's a nice area (old town)

Inland it's much cheaper

around $550-700

Where I live it costs around $550-700 a month, that is of course excluding the utilities.

I live in a condominium complex with amenities (pool, gym, etc.) and 24/7 security.

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Mine is just an ordinary condominium. The really nice ones could cost around $1000-$2000 per month.

A house with a yard in the area nearby will cost around $1500-3000.

At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid. --
Friedrich Nietzsche

Wow Melanie, that kills the myth that living in the Philippines

Melanie A. wrote:
Where I live it costs around $550-700 a month, that is of course excluding the utilities.

I live in a condominium complex with amenities (pool, gym, etc.) and 24/7 security.

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Mine is just an ordinary condominium. The really nice ones could cost around $1000-$2000 per month.

Wow Melanie that kills the myth that living in the Philippines is dirt cheap...

See, that's why I wanted to have this thread - there are so many ridiculous ideas among both contractors and clients which directly affect prices too.

Thanks for contributing Smile

Rent

Petra R. wrote:
Melanie A. wrote:
Where I live it costs around $550-700 a month, that is of course excluding the utilities.

I live in a condominium complex with amenities (pool, gym, etc.) and 24/7 security.

*edit
Mine is just an ordinary condominium. The really nice ones could cost around $1000-$2000 per month.

Wow Melanie that kills the myth that living in the Philippines is dirt cheap...

See, that's why I wanted to have this thread - there are so many ridiculous ideas among both contractors and clients which directly affect prices too.

Thanks for contributing :)


Same as Melanie, and we probably live in the same neighborhood LOL! Yeah, mine costs around $600, too. Utilities would cost me $200 a month.

Where in the philippines are you???

@Melanie, @Marvin,

Where in the Philippines are you??? I also live in a condo with complete amenities and in a prime location (Eastwood, to be exact), but I don't spend that much on rent. I pay ~$380 for a one bedroom unit with an area of ~40sqm. :-/

Hi Francis, I looked at

Hi Francis,

I looked at condos there when I was planning on moving, but I didn't find anything big enough. I wish I could move to Eastwood, but I needed at least 2 bed rooms for my son and myself. I live around the Mandaluyong area (my profile says QC, but that's my old address). My place has 2BR, 2TB, kitchen separate from the main living area, and a small laundry area.
Didn't even bother getting a maid because she would have nowhere else to sleep.

At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid. --
Friedrich Nietzsche

Eastwood

I am in Eastwood but my house is 72 sqm / 775 sq ft. This unit isn't even one of the nicer apartments here. =/

Rent and Others

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Where I live

Petra R. wrote:

Wow Melanie that kills the myth that living in the Philippines is dirt cheap...

See, that's why I wanted to have this thread - there are so many ridiculous ideas among both contractors and clients which directly affect prices too.

Thanks for contributing :)

Smile That depends on the area. I quoted the price in the area where I live. But yes, there are some places where the rent is much cheaper, like around $100. But that's not in the "nice-ish" area or maybe in the rural places Smile

At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid. --
Friedrich Nietzsche

WHAT????

Philippines costs more than Romania? On the other hand Romania costs as much as UK? Seriously, what's wrong with this world!!!!

I'm not in the UK at the moment - that's why I said "ITALY"

Maria F. wrote:
Philippines costs more than Romania? On the other hand Romania costs as much as UK? Seriously, what's wrong with this world!!!!

You could not get a two bedroomed anything in any "normal" part of the UK for $ 600 a month.

Chances are you could not get a parking space for a pram for that in London

My Bank account, registered address etc is still UK and I am still a legal resident up there which is why my profile says "UK" - call it an extended working holiday. I had planned to go back but probably won't now

where Melanie lives is only a

where Melanie lives is only a small part of the Philippines. Smile

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." - Maya Angelou
Try harder, or care less.

What's the cost where you

What's the cost where you live in the Philippines?

I always dreamed of spending a year or two chilling there with a low cost of living. Don't tell me it was only a dream :-/

As Junelle have pointed out,

As Junelle have pointed out, Melanie is in a small part of the country. She lives in the vicinity of one of the major commercial district. Class A or affluent Villages, rental rates are within the rates she has pointed out.

Depending on where one is living in one of the 7,000 Islands of the country, rental rate will vary. In any of the Greater Manila Area rental ranges would be; 1 Bedroom- $85 to $125, 2 bedroom- $100 to $200. As you go farther rates will vary to a low of $25. Factors affecting rates are accessibility, how near from major transport route, type of commercial establishments, City or Municipality Class, etc.

As I have pointed out in another thread, living in a Class C Municipality in the far south of the country a $2/hr is the minimum or entry level rate.

not to mention that not

not to mention that not everybody here lives in condominium complexes with a pool and gym and etc. that should have been a dead giveaway. Wink

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." - Maya Angelou
Try harder, or care less.

Yep

and most are freeloaders.. living with parents and relatives even beyond 30. Can't blame them, given the minimum wage here Wink

true

and putting it in context, Petra asked for a nice-ish place...

True that

Marissa S. wrote:
and most are freeloaders.. living with parents and relatives even beyond 30. Can't blame them, given the minimum wage here ;)

True. You either have to live with parents or relatives to live comfortably on minimum wage here. I wouldn't be able to afford what I have now and support my son too if I don't have income outside oDesk.

At the rate that I'm going here, thankfully oDesk is not my bread and butter--it's more like my "coffee and cookie." Wink

At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid. --
Friedrich Nietzsche

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Here in the North East it

Here in the North East it costs $1000 minus utilities for a two bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, walk in closet, small yard. Could have gotten the same thing for $900-$950 though, if I had more time to look around.

About the same here

Alicia, it is close to the same in some parts of MA. Recently I was renting a ROOM (yes, I stress room) for $600 per month with utilities included -- shared kitchen and bath and living room.

Texas, North East. If I was

Texas, North East.

If I was to rent/lease my house it would fetch about 1,300$ a month.
3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 2 car garage, den/kitchen combined, living room.

about 1,800 sq ft. large back yard, so-so front.
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Where i am living now, I pay 400$ for one room (all bills paid), plus kitchen prives.
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Should be back home by end of month.

In South Africa, you couldn't

In South Africa, you couldn't get a half-decent one bedroom flat (in the city) for less than $750 (unfurnished.) Two bedrooms are about $1000 and up. It's generally not a good idea to live in an apartment block without roaming and entrance security, which brings rent up further.

Indiana USA

My home is 2300 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, lots of outdoor space, family room, living, dining, kitchen, wrap around porch 2 car garage. Mortgage is $750/mo. Of course that doesn't include all the other 'joys of home ownership' like taxes, insurance, repairs ,utilities on and on and on.

Texas, East

Yep he's right. I rent a 4 bedroom/3.5 bath in a subdivision off Lake Conroe for 1400/month.

These are all insane prices!

I am really glad I'm living in Croatia!

It depends on which city you're in. In Zadar the apartments are a lot cheaper - 300 dollars for this kind of apartment, but double the price if you're living in Zagreb, the country's capital. Of course, utilities not included, which can add up to 200 dollars extra. Smaller apartments are way cheaper and people often live with roommates to share the cost.

That would probably cost

That would probably cost about $1100 here in Harrogate in the UK, but we do have higher house prices than a lot of other places except London which would be much more.

Last place I rented (two

Last place I rented (two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bath, 2 balconies, central street in the capital) was in the medium range of the rent here - $360. I could go poshier for about $580-600 (same parameters, better location and newer building), and upwards from that if I want to go to the luxury parts of the city.

If you don't mind a simple oldish 1 bedroom + living room with kitchen box kinda thing, you can get as low as $150.

/// Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it's the courage to continue that counts.

Rent

We are currently living an apartment in Cairo that matches your description exactly and we have a 59-year lease with a fixed monthly rent that will never go up. We had to pay a large sum of money up front though, approximately $28,000 if I recall correctly, and we now pay $30 a month rent (at current exchange rates). Our share of the monthly building expenses (water, common area electricity and repairs) varies but runs about $10 a month when they are no major extra expenses, plus we pay about $1.50 per month for use of the elevator.

We had to invest about $10,000 or so in fixing up the place (tenants are responsible for all maintenance and remodeling inside their apartments here) and furnishing it if I recall correctly (this was in 2010).

We also have a house in another city, but that is owned, not rented.

Our biggest expense is probably food at this point.

Hi Nicole, so glad to see you, I was worried about you!

I love the sound of your apartment, especially at that price!

Anyway, I hope you are safe? I am following the news closely and have been wondering if you're safe and well!

Yeah, well...

It's good if the building is still standing at the end of the month! When your country is on the brink of a civil war, you can't take anything for granted.

If you want to live in a nice

If you want to live in a nice suburb around here in an "average" 2 bedroom unit you would want at least $1400 per month or $350 per week rent. Probably all you get is a balcony and a garage to go with the unit.

For a nice 2 bedroom unit in a nice suburb you would need minimum $500 per week. But this is living in style... aka... the ladies love it!

In what day of the week are

In what day of the week are weekly rents usually paid in Australia? If weekly rent is paid every Friday, a tenant may have to pay not only 4 times in most months but also 5 times if a month has 5 Fridays.

Philippines

Nice thread, Petra!

I live in a rural area in the Philippines, around 2 hours from the city of Manila. It's my own house--25 sqm, with one bedroom but the whole lot area is 63 sqm. I have a garage and a small back and front yard, with a garden maintained by a neighbor (we harvested peanuts earlier today). My mortgage is $81/month. So..

House/lot -- $81/mo
Electricity -- $18/mo
Water -- $3/mo
Broadband (with a connection that sucks) -- $23/mo
Telephone -- $43/mo

Total bills per month for my house and utilities: $168.

It's a nice place to stay. When you go out the door, you can see the mountains. To take the public transport to the cities, I'd have to cross a river. Laughing out loud Fresh vegetables sold by vendors everyday cost 20 cents for one serving. We may not have a pool and a gym, but I have fresh air and much less air and noise pollution.

So yeah, that's why at my rate, I can afford to travel and work less than 10 hours a week!

OK Aleah, I am officially jealous now

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So yeah, that's why at my rate, I can afford to travel and work less than 10 hours a week!

I am jealous.

The real trick of financially successful freelancing is to maximize your rate and minimize your outgoings.

If I moved to a place like yours and kept working the hours I am working I'd probably be paying off a house like that within a couple of years ....

Nice...

Wow.. I'd love to move to the province too. Not paying my place, but we have tenants all year round paying something like $300/month for a 2-storey apartment with 2 br & 1 bath - located in the center of the metro and accessible to all major business districts (utility bills not included), like you're there in 30 minutes w/o traffic. But hey, we're paying for the same amount of water bill... one time, the meter man double checked why it's so little given the size of my place. I kinda recycle stuff. He thought the line was tapped. After checking, he was scratching his head.. well, I just told him I don't take a bath daily lol.. Smile

$400 ~ $500

In my city of Kingston, Jamaica. A decent 2-bdrm apt with all the features you listed in a good area would cost from $400 to $500 USD. It's pricey as Kingston (the Capital city) is one of two main cities in Jamaica.

Sounds very tempting....

Julian J. wrote:
In my city of Kingston, Jamaica. A decent 2-bdrm apt with all the features you listed in a good area would cost from $400 to $500 USD. It's pricey as Kingston (the Capital city) is one of two main cities in Jamaica.

That actually sounds very tempting....

Maybe we should have another thread about the perfect place to move to as a Freelancer to maximise one's standard of living!

The whole beauty of this lifestyle is that we can go and live anywhere we jolly well please, after all!

In Cancun rent starts at

In Cancun rent starts at around $250/m + utilities if you live downtownish. Internet and other utilities would be an extra $100 or so.

Where I live, rent for a 2bd goes for $3000-3500 + $400-800 for utilities.

Food really depends on where you buy it. There are places that cost the same as it would in the US, but the locals know where to get it much much cheaper and fresher.

My friend who sells tours on the beach and waverunners is happy earning $500/m and has one roommate.

Cashiers at Walmart make about 100 pesos a day (or so)... or just over $1/hr

The kids who bag your groceries don't get paid, they rely on tips only.

Clarification: 'Where I live'

Clarification:

'Where I live' is still in Cancun, not what my profile says (I'm on vacation and traveling)

Gave the comparison to show the variance here. The average jobs that normally pay minimum wage in US/Canada only pay about $1-$2/hr here. Some places like Walmart give one meal per day as well during their shift. I think you'd need to be a shift supervisor or something along those lines to get that $2/hr

Uhm, that would be expensive

Uhm, that would be expensive here in Zagreb, about $600+ per month.
My rent for one kitchen, one bedroom and one toilet, 38 m square, is $267 per month.

<3 Skrillex

Sw. Ontario Canada

About 2,000 per month for a decent 2br condo. Considerably cheaper than when I lived downtown Toronto. A 2br condo there was over 4,000 + hydro + 300.00 for an additional parking spot. It was a nice place in a great location though.

In my locality, which is one

In my locality, which is one of the better places to live in, in Karachi, an appt with 2-bed, 2-bath, living, dining, kitchen, balcony, will cost about $170`$200, add an extra $40~125 for utilities (depending on weather) the cost comes to about $250~325 a month...

depends

Well were I used to live in Arizona a place like that would go for between $650-$800 dollars a month depending where is is located. For example if it is close to a mall or near one of the Universities the rent would be about $800. But if you live in one of the outlying areas or a small duplex, you would pay 550-600..

I now live in Mexico. Here in my little farming community you wuld pay about $45 dollars for a 2 bedroom a month!! But if you want to live in a Tourist more happening part of Mexico rent would be anywhere from $150-$500 dollars a month.

What cities can you find

What cities can you find places for 150-500? I would seriously love to find some place cheaper.. electricity alone for this place is $700/m

Wow!

Why so high? Does that include heating costs?

Air-con more likely....

Nicole H. wrote:
Why so high? Does that include heating costs?

Heating in Cancun? To run up $ 700 of electricity he has to have some serious space and something that literally eats power. Air-con on arctic 24/7 ??

Air conditioning is the

Air conditioning is the killer. Heating? Hehehe, not here

The space isn't even really that big for the cost. 1 bdr, 1780sq ft... but 1/3 of that is probably the balcony, not sure the exact split.

That's using AC about 1/2 time. It also matter where you live here. Some people pay more than others, which I love. Those who earn less, pay less. It's more fair that way.

We pay about 5-10 times more for electricity than those who lived in say... downtown. go outside of downtown and you pay even less. But you get much less to call a home as well.

So, location is VERY important. This is why I asked where she finds those rental rates, because I really need to learn how it works better. I came to an upscale location when I moved here for the safety and comfort. Now that I understand how Mexico works a little better, I'd be better prepared to move somewhere touristy, but not in such a prime location. This I need to learn and the more contacts the better. Seems like everyone you talk to to has a different opinion here, so it's difficult to be intelligent about the expenses.

Oh... and the place is split

Oh... and the place is split in 2 with only a single door that shuts tight separating it. One side has the kitchen/living area, the other side is the bath/bedroom area. So even when I run AC 1/2 the day, it's only cooling 1/2 of the unit at a time as I shut the door and only use one air vent on either side

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