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Is it lucky to have a house like this?

  1. Oct 25, 2004 #1
    This is my new house, about 1850 sq ft after kitchen extension.

    how much can it cost in area like New York ?
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  3. Oct 25, 2004 #2
    I can't afford it myself, i share with my wife in purchasing it.
  4. Oct 25, 2004 #3


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    saint, it would seem that your purpose in life is to gain as much material wealth as possible. with this purpose, you are sure to never be satisfied with the biggest and best house.
  5. Oct 25, 2004 #4
    I have to agree with kerrie here.. Saint what is your soul purpose in life? to get to america because it's the richest country so you can make the most money? What are you willing to sacrifice to get it? how about your wife? your kid? everyone has a price.. what's yours?

    believe it or not to some people, money isn't everything.. wether they have it or not.
  6. Oct 25, 2004 #5
    YES, I admit that i need money , a lot of money, my target is at least to own 2 landed houses, one in KL, another in my hometown Penang Island, to drive at least a honda accord, to have fixed deposit of at least 300 USD (1.2 millions ringgit) in bank,
    and, annually, can afford to spend about 5000 USD for tourism.

    I need money!

    Besides my own enjoyment, I aim to spend at least 10,000 USD to do charity yearly.

    is that too much ?

    YES, i work hard now to gain my phd in engineering in order to find a good academic job in US, or at least , to enable me to join --- maybe Intel Malaysia/Agilent/AMD etc, so that later i can JUMP to US for the purpose of making $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    without $$$, I am not happy, there are many things i want to have require money.
  7. Oct 25, 2004 #6
    i earn about 12000 USD/year now, the house costs 65000 USD,
    you can imagine, I am very feeble to pay the loan.
    because of this house, i have to abandon many other things, can't buy new car, can't go overseas for tour......

    I am poor, very poor, i am not happy, I just frankly told GOD what is my desire,
    i promise to do good to people when i have money.
  8. Oct 25, 2004 #7
    sometimes i look down upon myself for not being able to earn more money,
    i feel that my achievement is very very low.......
  9. Oct 25, 2004 #8
    Ummm. i'm sure this is beating a dead horse, but i never liked dead horses anyway...

    You have some priority issues. This is called an obsession. Obsessions are unhealthy , no matter what the obsession. Whether is sex, grabbing small objects, breathing, or money, the obsession is bad for you. Learn to care about something else, you'll live longer.
  10. Oct 25, 2004 #9


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    Well, I have no idea about how much it cost in New York. But I'll tell you how much it costs here.

    Supposing it is situated in a medium class zone, it will cost approximately

    400000 Euros.

    Make a conversion: 1Euro=1.4 USDollars

    So that: 560000 US$$ is my estimated budget for your house in my surroundings. I assure you would be inside of the so-called group of the rich here. So, come on, put your home into your suitcase and come here. :rofl:

    PD:see my location.

    By the way: Yes you're lucky. I live on a flat, with my parents, my brother and a cat, and it has only [tex]642 ft^2=70 m^2[/tex]. And here my flat costs approximately 150000 Euros=210000 US$$. As you see, every place to live in here is very expensive. :(
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  11. Oct 25, 2004 #10
    The situation here is not very common outside. All of us want to have a house in propierty, and construction is believed to be the safest inversion, so the cost is very high and people can't buy unless they contract really huge mortgages (20 or 30 years)...

    For example, http://www.libercasa.com/madrid/inmobiliaria/?sortby=floorsurface you can see there how much it varies the relation between square metres and surface, only by its situation.

    So I would say more than 400000 €
  12. Oct 25, 2004 #11


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    saint, i think you need to realize how much of a grip society status has on you and how much that grip truly makes you unhappy. are you and your family healthy and happy? do you make good memories within the life you afford now? you have the "grass is always greener on the other side" outlook which is certain to make you unhappy. you have one thing that many of us here in america do not have: you are buying your own home. my husband and i make 5 times what you make, but we cannot afford to buy a house (yet). not even one that is half as decent as yours, but i do have a home, i have a family whom i love, and they love me (so they say :tongue: ), and most of all, we are all very healthy and happy. anything sort of material gains above that would make me truly rich.

    there is a quote, although i do not remember the exact words, but it implies a rich man has money, but a wealthy man has time. what good is life if you have a lot of money but not any time? your need and desire for so much money is ultimately making you unhappy and leaves you feeling miserable.
  13. Oct 25, 2004 #12
    I can see by your posts saint that any advice we give you won't help. I have a friend like you.. he's obsessed with object wealth and status. If I purchase something, he'll rush right out, or do anything he can to get something better or to "one up" me. I stopped telling him when I buy stuff. He will never be happy, and he's always working very hard to get more money and more stuff.

    here's something to consider: if you do get your dream house, someone's still going to have a bigger one. And someone's going to have more stuff, and someone's still going to be richer than you. You can't win this race.

    You can't take it with you.

    So sad, very sad.

    Learn to be happy with with you have.
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  14. Oct 25, 2004 #13
    It's immoral to be obsessed with material wealth. Eh, Saint? :p
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    Check, let it go. Let's not dwell on the past, eh ? :approve:
  16. Oct 25, 2004 #15
    I am truly unhappy, because:

    1) I have a TV, only 25" Panasonic Flat screen, but i want 54" Plasma TV
    2) I have a notebook, running at 2.4GHz Intel Celeron, but i want Athlon 64FX or intel P4 3.0GHZ HT notebook
    3) I have house, but i want a 10,000 sqft bungalow with swimming pool and small golf.
    4) i have a 1500cc Proton Wira car, but i want BMW 530
    5) i can do charity, but one time i donate only about 20USD, I want to donate 20,000USD and still have enough money in my bank account
  17. Oct 25, 2004 #16
    WHY I need to be rich ?

    I come from middle-lower class family, i know that education is important and can change your destiny and fate.
    I have ambition to setup a Educational Scholarship and Loan for poor students to pursue their higher education. This foundation would need about 3 millions USD to operate to benefit at least 20 students/year.

    To acheive this ambition and dream,
    I always pray to God to make me a successful businessman (I am lecturer now) to earn enough $ to setup the scholarship foundation.

    I major in engineering,
    engineering can make a lot of money if you're able to setup own industry, a manufacturing plant.

    I have some plans and visions about this, I hope God will help me, I promise to doo GOOD with the money I earn.

    I also want to open orphan centers to take care of unfortunate children abandoned by their parents.

    All these plans, need MONEY to implement.
  18. Oct 25, 2004 #17
    it is about 2.1 millions ringgit in malaysia,
    you can buy a 10,000 sq ft bungalow within 30km away from capitol Kuala Lumpur. :biggrin:
  19. Oct 25, 2004 #18

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    But Saint, isn't it "easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God"?
    I can't believe you say you are *truly unhappy* when you have a nice house and car, your children are fed and clothed, and you still have money left over for luxury items like a flat screen TV. You have a very comfortable life. Enjoy it.
  20. Oct 25, 2004 #19
    Dear Kerrie, thanks for your nice words,
    I truly appreciated it,
    I am obsessed with money, i am very money-inclined,
    i have many dreams to achieve, all of them need money, plenty of money,
    at this moment, i still can't change my mind,
    I am sorry if i have dissapointed you.
  21. Oct 25, 2004 #20

    I am sinful, I am not contented,
    this is my problem, i realise that, but i am just feeble to overcome my desire...
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