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Water Heater Rentals in Canada: A hot topic for International Assignees?

Nov 20, 2019 @ 08:00 AM / by Zach Rossignol

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Tenants in Canada (and most of the world) are required to pay for rent and utilities, as well as extra amenities like cable TV and internet. There are some parts of Canada, however, where renting water heaters is common, and the question of who pays – tenant or landlord – can cause confusion.

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Housing Markets on the Rise in Argentina, Canada, and Guyana

Nov 13, 2019 @ 03:00 AM / by Patrick Benedetti

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Rents increased in Neuquen due to higher demand and low vacancy rates. Real estate agents have clients on waiting lists for apartments, and rentals are not listed for long before being rented. Construction projects are underway for new apartment buildings, which should help increase the number of 2-3-bedroom apartments. However, with growing expatriate demand, rents may increase over the next 6-12 months.

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Have these housing markets hit bottom?

Oct 30, 2019 @ 07:00 AM / by Andrew Morollo

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Construction of new apartments and houses over the last four years has created a large rental supply in Santa Cruz. Lower demand for these rentals has resulted in dropping rents. Vacancy rates are high at all but the most popular apartment buildings. Construction continues, with more 2-3-bedroom apartments planned to enter the rental market in the next 6-18 months. However, sources believe rents have likely reached their lowest point.

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Obvious Change: My Third Survey of Far East Russia

Oct 08, 2019 @ 02:00 AM / by Philli Wong

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I recently surveyed Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a city in the far east Russia, for the third time. Given the city’s size, it is easy to notice any changes. Sakhalin Island is developing in accordance with the government’s plan to promote tourism, which would also increase recreation options for expatriates. 

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What is ABL in Argentina and how does it impact expatriate housing?

Oct 03, 2019 @ 07:30 AM / by Zach Rossignol

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As expatriates assigned to Buenos Aires search for rental housing, they may soon ask an all too common question: "What is the ABL Tax and how much does it cost?”

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Georgetown, Guyana Growing to Meet International Demand

Oct 01, 2019 @ 12:16 PM / by Andrew Morollo

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Oil was discovered offshore Guyana nearly five years ago, but the country has taken a fairly measured approach to development, bringing in consultants to ensure that the oil industry (and the country’s future economy) is stable. The first extraction project, Liza Phase I, is on schedule to begin production of 120,000 barrels of oil per day starting in Q1 2020. The rate of incoming workers is picking up speed and demand has risen quickly not only for rentals properties, but also goods and services.

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Guyanese Oil Boom Disrupting Georgetown Housing Market

Sep 24, 2019 @ 05:03 AM / by Andrew Morollo

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Since the 2015 discovery of vast oil deposits two hundred kilometers off Guyana’s coastline, the country has become one of the hottest oil and gas locations in the world. The capital city of Georgetown is now a center of activity as exploration, planning, and infrastructure development progress.

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Surveying by E-Scooter in Warsaw and Wellington

Sep 17, 2019 @ 12:00 AM / by Patrick Benedetti

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Over my fifteen years of cost of living surveys, I’ve traveled by taxi, subway, commuter rail, and ferry to collect data. Once, while pricing a supermarket in China, I noticed bicycles were under 140 CYN (20 USD). Tired of crawling through traffic in taxis, I bought a bike and completed the survey riding around the city. I really enjoyed the freedom a biking survey provided but assumed it was an isolated event.

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Tourism Turmoil: Barcelona and Madrid’s Rental Markets

Sep 10, 2019 @ 12:59 PM / by Yimkwan Tsang

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Barcelona has 1.6 million residents and an annual influx of 30 million temporary residents. This excessive number of tourists has brought instability to the city’s housing market as many long-term rentals have turned into short-term furnished units to cater to demand.

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What is 'Key Money' and how does it impact renters in Japan?

Sep 04, 2019 @ 12:50 PM / by Zach Rossignol

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As expatriates in Japan search for rental housing, they should be aware of a common fee required on top of rent and security deposit. This payment is called ‘key money’ or in Japanese, ‘reikin’ (礼金).

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