money, money, money. always funny....... - page 2

Morning all. I have a question for the guys and gals who have arrived in the US already... Realistically, how much money do you NEED to have when you arrive for starting phone line, deposits etc...... Read More

  1. by   cariad
    we brought quite a bit in cash as we didnt know what we were going to be flying into. had to pay rent, and deposits, bought a car for $5,000 cash. we had to buy sheets, towels pots pans, and all the stuff for the home, as it only came with basic furniture. then all my scrubs and work shoes as we could only wear white and i had taken all blue.
    and lots of summer clothes as it was so hot. we flew on july 1st and i didnt start work for nearly 2 weeks, so it was another 2 weeks before we got paid.
    you also have to remember that the immigration forms on the plane ask how much cash you are carrying as a family as theres a limit on it. cant remember how much but we had over the amount but just palyed dumb and didnt declare it.
  2. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from cariad
    we brought quite a bit in cash as we didnt know what we were going to be flying into. had to pay rent, and deposits, bought a car for $5,000 cash. we had to buy sheets, towels pots pans, and all the stuff for the home, as it only came with basic furniture. then all my scrubs and work shoes as we could only wear white and i had taken all blue.
    and lots of summer clothes as it was so hot. we flew on july 1st and i didnt start work for nearly 2 weeks, so it was another 2 weeks before we got paid.
    you also have to remember that the immigration forms on the plane ask how much cash you are carrying as a family as theres a limit on it. cant remember how much but we had over the amount but just palyed dumb and didnt declare it.
    last time i flew the limit was $10,000 per family
  3. by   english_nurse
    you can carry in up to $10000 without declaring it, anything over that must be declared but there isnt any tax on it.
    if you dont declare it and they find it, which may be a possibility due to recent developments with baggage searches, they have the right to confiscate it which could be a real bummer!!
    www.usembassy.org.uk/ukcust1.html#money
    Last edit by english_nurse on Aug 18, '06
  4. by   english_nurse
    out of curiosity, how negiotable is rent on properties over there?
  5. by   Fiona59
    In my experience, rent is non-negotiable. We have very few rental properties available and its the owners market.
  6. by   english_nurse
    thankyou

    but i find that a bit confusing as there seem to be loads of rental houses in chandler offering incentives to move in like free months rent, washer dryers etc, and some i have seen have had their prices reduced and have been on the market for ages.
    i can only assume you live in CA
    lol
    Last edit by english_nurse on Aug 18, '06
  7. by   geordiegirl2
    Quote from english_nurse
    out of curiosity, how negiotable is rent on properties over there?

    I know a number of people who negotiated their rent I just didn't know when we were renting, the people who took over our rental property pay $140 per month less than we did.
    I can only speak for Tucson but there are a huge amount of rental properties you just need to look in the classifieds of your local online paper to get an idea.
  8. by   english_nurse
    Quote from Fiona59
    In my experience, rent is non-negotiable. We have very few rental properties available and its the owners market.
    oh ive just realised you live in Canada? maybe it is different there to Arizona?
  9. by   madwife2002
    Quote from english_nurse
    thankyou

    but i find that a bit confusing as there seem to be loads of rental houses in chandler offering incentives to move in like free months rent, washer dryers etc, and some i have seen have had their prices reduced and have been on the market for ages.
    i can only assume you live in CA
    lol
    It all depends on supply and demand to be truthful. $$$$$ is all it is about. If they can rent it for the require amount they will, if they are struggling then they will be more willing to compromise. The houses never ever look like they show on the pictures sometimes the photos are of the house when it was built and not true to life. Typical realtors
  10. by   geordiegirl2
    Quote from madwife2002
    It all depends on supply and demand to be truthful. $$$$$ is all it is about. If they can rent it for the require amount they will, if they are struggling then they will be more willing to compromise. The houses never ever look like they show on the pictures sometimes the photos are of the house when it was built and not true to life. Typical realtors

    I agree that if they can get the full asking price they will but there does seem to be room to negotiate, i have a friend at work who owns 5 properties and she said they do negotiate and that they will sometimes take a little less even if they're offered the full price if the people offering less have a better credit score or look like they will rent it longer term.
    We never really had any problem with the houses looking different to the picture but then we didn't look at too many and we rented through the classifieds not through an agent.
  11. by   madwife2002
    I have recently been looking to buy and my god the difference lol
  12. by   madwife2002
    I aggree there are some really beautiful houses-I was a touch dramatic when I say never ever. We saw a house recently that was $300,000 and I wanted it from the pictures, and the pool well I knew it was for me-got there the house was falling down and the pool was dark green:roll
  13. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from madwife2002
    I aggree there are some really beautiful houses-I was a touch dramatic when I say never ever. We saw a house recently that was $300,000 and I wanted it from the pictures, and the pool well I knew it was for me-got there the house was falling down and the pool was dark green:roll


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