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How do I start looking for accommodation in Singapore?

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How do I start looking for accommodation in Singapore?
Singapore has a wide selection of accommodation catering to a variety of budgets. These range from HDB flats and condominiums to service apartments and landed property. For information on accommodation in Singapore, click here www.65house.com 
here are no restrictions on non-citizens renting a residential unit. Singapore Expats has a Singapore Online Property Classifieds service that you can use. Alternatively, check out the daily newspapers for listings.
You may also engage a housing agent to help you look for a property, or browse the local newspapers which advertises daily a list of places for rent. However, a housing agent can better protect your interests, especially with regards to the lease.
For a list of accredited housing agents, visit the Singapore  www.65house.com website.
What are the various types of housing options available for rental or purchase in Singapore?
Housing types in Singapore vary widely. For landed property, you can choose from sprawling bungalows to cosy terraces. The vast majority of locals and expatriates live in high-rise apartments though, either in private condominiums or Housing Development Board flats which are comfortable, government-subsidised housing. If you are renting for the short-term, you might want to consider a serviced apartment or even a hostel. Most of these options have a vast range of sizes and amenities to suit every budget.
What should I look out for when signing a lease?
When signing a lease, take note of all the clauses such as the term of rental, whether utility and maintenance fees are included, and the inventory listing. Also make sure there is a diplomatic clause. To ensure that your interests are protected, you may wish to engage a real estate agent such as www.65house.com.
How long will it take me to find housing in Singapore?
There is no fixed period of time where one can find housing in Singapore. It depends whether you are engaging a housing agent or going about it yourself, the type of accommodation you are looking for, and your budget.
How do I decide what neighbourhoods are more suitable for me?
If you wish to live in a central location, you may like to consider such as Districts 9, 10 and 11 which are near the shopping street of Orchard Road.
If you would like to live downtown, you may prefer Districts 1 and 2, which are within the Central Business District.
However, do note that you will pay a premium for rental or purchase in these areas.
If you would like to experience living as many Singaporeans do, live in the suburbs! They can be found in the northern, western and eastern parts of Singapore, near conveniences and amenities and at more affordable rates.

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