Unhappy or underpaid in your current position?
Consider working in Israeli real estate!
Begin with one property and gradually expand your business.
What type of properties, you ask?
Assist tourists bewildered & intimidated by all aspects of renting apartments in Israel.
Joking aside, here's just a sampling of the information and advice Pardes has provided, hence my bewilderment and feeling intimidated:
~ rent quotes do not include va'ad bayit
, monthly maintenance fees
~ renters pay arnona
, city property taxes
~ students are eligible for a substantial discount on the arnona
, but the bureaucracy involved is actually frightening
~ an unfurnished apartment may not include an oven or refrigerator
~ many landlords will ask for three to six months' rent up front (my fat ass!)
~ apparently there is no such thing as a standard lease agreement; the school advises having a professional review any rental contract
~ be sure to ask which hour of the day the apartment is heated
The school sent me a link to MyJerusalemApartments.com
. She doesn't list prices, but she must charge a lot
since tenants don't have to pay utilities, vaad habayit
, or arnona
, and don't have to provide a cleaning deposit. All she needs is a few well-to-do customers who are willing to part with cash in exchange for convenience. Wish I was one of them.
Finally, here is my barrage of questions:
1. How/from whom do you purchase an internet connection for your apartment? Supposedly, all of Jerusalem is wifi accessible, so perhaps I don't need my own connection? Is public wifi safe?
2. Is a NY phone line a "land line?"
3. I was surprised to read that I'll need to have someone review my apartment contract. What will the reviewer be looking for in the contract?
4. Can you think of a single quick and cheap place for me to purchase all the things I'll need in my apartment (linens and kitchenware)?
5. The drive from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem can't be long. Less than two hours?