replied to the thread VAT
on the Hungary forum on August 19, 2014:
VAT 27%? Is that on all comsumer goods. I am kinda looking at a vacation there in Mar 2015 but I have to do a lot more recess. Thanks, Jim
Paddington is obviously unaware of European (EU) fuel prices, he is still comparing it to the US.
That's not only dishonest, but stupid as well. Paddington wants America in HU. Anything in HU that doesn't conform his American experience and expectations(!) are uniformly bad.
Hungary's current $6.85/gal is a pretty good deal compared to a dozen other EU countries. (Math: 422x3.8 /234 = 6.85)
Here are some comparisons as of 7/28/14 in USDollars:
Austria's is roughly the same as HU's
It's not so bad now that you see some of the others, is it?
You'll never see the VAT. It's built into the final, posted price, it's not like a state sales tax, which is added at the point and time of sale.
It adversely affects consumer goods, but tourists do not buy cars, electronics, appliances, furniture or clothes.
Food, lodging will still be less expensive than in the Euro countries, with the possible exception of Slovakia.
44 m2, partly furnished apartment in green, silent street, 5 minutes from City park. Excellent public transport, 10 minutes from the centre.
Hi. I was wondering if you buy a flat or a house in Hungary, can you get a residence permit or a multiple visa each year to stay at your bought house or flat. Also wondering if it is possible for non EU citizen to buy a house in smaller villages / rural areas
Buying a property in Hungary really has very little to do with getting a "residency permit". Yes you need a local address but that can be satisfied with a rental agreement or similar. If you a foreigner (understand not a Hungarian citizen) you must get prior permission from the local mayor usually via a county office. It is a simple process that will cost 50,000 forint, a certified copy of your passport and a letter of request (can be hand written) but I recommend a lawyer to do it. Then you wait about a month and you will have your permission. A pre-contract on the house may be necessary. Good luck!
replied to the thread I live in Phoenix, Arizona US
on the Hungary forum on August 14, 2014:
In 2016 i will be returning to my home town Ajka, Hungary. I wish to thank those who replied to my previous questions. Especially want to thank Hotjazzman for the advice on transferring US $ into HU bank.
I plan on purchasing a house or Condo; could someone recommend a reputable Bank where I could transfer a large sum of US $?
I believe before one makes a life altering move, exhaustive research should be done about others' experiences to prevent making wrong decisions.
I logged onto a website of a car dealership in Budapest, but I found that the prices significantly higher than the same vehicle in the US. How did others handle taking a vehicle into Hungary?
Thank you in advance. ---Joe---
I forgot the requirements.
To open an account, it MUST be in PERSON. No way around it.
You'll need a Passport and must be able to provide a Hungarian mailing address. It doesn't have to be an address you LIVE at, rent or own, but one for correspondence.
OTP Bank is the successor of the old (Communist) regime's public savings bank. It's a legit bank in fact it's still the largest (but not the best) , with branches and ATMs everywhere. Do a Google on "OTP bank" and one of the links will show the branches in HU/BUD.
Erste is an Austrian bank, they also have many-many branches in HU; you can do the same Google search as on OTP Bank to see the branches/ATMs.
I personally prefer Erste, but for a few certain services - like phone fill-up for Vodafone - OTP is more convenient.
Their services, packages differ significantly from each other, so you have to research and decide which is best for your circumstances.
In HU, you can have bank accounts in various foreign denominations (unlike in the US), like in USD, Euro, Swiss Franc. All monies sent, deposited, wired in whatever kind of currency, will be converted to, and deposited in the account's denomination.
posted Advice Please
on the Hungary forum on August 13, 2014:
replied to the thread Foreigners vs Citizen/Resident
on the Hungary forum:
I had recent experience with the Hungarian authorities so here is a warning! Citizens and residents appear to have a lot more privileges/free customs importation than foreigners. If you are neither a resident or a citizen prepare to pay customs fees. At least you won't have to pay the horrific incom tax rate they pay!
Don't see anything wrong with that.
Citizens and residents (and in most cases their ancestors), helped to build and defend HU. (And paid taxes as well).
Foreigners waltz in, and they somehow supposed to have the SAME privileges? Really? Are you on dope??
HU is NOT America. (Thank God). Please repeat this to yourself as many times as necessary, for you to get it.
However, even in America the natives (Indians) have some privileges not accorded to the Everyday Joe American - in case you did not know about it...
replied to the thread All the personal arguments here
on the Hungary forum:
Can you folks that want to argue, disagree strongly etc. KINDLY do so via personal messages available here? Please. This is supposed to be helpful to ALL the Ex Pats interested in, Living in, concerned with Hungarian living. Stress is on the HELPFUL part, not argumentative, contradictory etc. Simple facts work well enough I think. ALL countries have their quirks, oddities and all that. That said, Hungary is Hungary. IT is NOT the Untied States, the U.K. nor Australia or any other country. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. That is the best thing to remember. Listen, watch and learn, then act as you think and feel will accomplish your goals best and quietest.
Listen, the problem w/ the "commenting on everything" poster Paddington is, that he does not provide much (and useful) info and advice when questions are posted, but but uses the occasion to denigrate Hungary and Hungarians under the guise of "information".
This behavior is fundamentally dishonest as a man of an (unstated) agenda, and bespeaks of a warped, or lacking of, ethics and integrity.
I predicted he'll be outed and will show this true color and self, for all to see.
Well, it has happened.
He posted today (8/7/14):
"I hate to live in Hungary!"
A person this biased, cannot (or rather, will not) give much useful advice to anyone interested to live in HU, and much of it is, or will be tainted.
His entire "raison d'etre" is to lurk in this forum, bad-mouth and discourage people about HU in any way he can, b/c he hates it here. That's his bottom line - the hate of his circumstances he created for himself.
His girlfriend is not allowed in the US (for whatever undisclosed reason), so instead blaming the US's intransigence in this matter, he blames HU for being miserable here b/c he is simply unable to cope with the challenges of living abroad, immersed in a different language and culture.
He's a primitive, undereducated (and dishonest) soul (an ex-policeman - need I say more?), who should have never left the US, as he's unable to adapt. It's a fundamental condition of his; he'll not be happy anywhere outside of the US.
replied to the thread I hate to live in Hungary!
on the Hungary forum:
I hate to live in Hungary! OK then so why do I live there? Simple: my domestic partner can't get a visa to the US. Why? Who the heck knows but she has been turned down twice. The foreign service guy at the Embassy besides repeating that he can't discuss it with me said that the US is the only country that assumes that everyone wants to stay there tourist visa or otherwise! I mention this only because I speak the language fluently, I even worked here with the military about 20 years ago but I hate it here. The bureaucracy sucks big time here and surprised that Hungary is where it is today! So my suggestion is this! Pick another country because this one will drive you crazy! No wonder for many years this last few decades Hungary was leading the World in number of suicides!
This is a Nation-State. If you're from any Anglo country, (even the UK), you have no basis of comparison. None - literally.
Don't raise your eyebrows, the UK is made up of four distinct people/culture/nation: Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Brits.
Canada, US, AU and NZ are all a melange of ethnicities.
You're a GUEST here.
If you can accept it and get off your high horse and sense of entitlement, you actually might do better. I certainly do not detect any sense of humility in your posts.
Culturally, in HU the stratification of society is different than in any Anglo country. They use a different value system; I'm still in the familiarization process.
Expectations are not useful traits in changing countries. Those people who are culturally trained to high expectations, will be invaribly let down, no matter what country they settle in.
The smaller the country, the tighter local ties are (due to short distances) and the harder for newcomers to be accepted. The Swiss cultural isolation from the non-Swiss is legendary.
I don't mean to offend you, but it seems, your English is not US (or Canadian) native.
Points: In the US (and Can.) lawyers call themselves 'attorney' (or 'counsel'); only laymen would use 'lawyer' designation in the first person.
I know two N American (actually Canadian) lawyers with license to practice in HU. They are making a nice living. Only one of them has Hungarian ancestry.
Lawyering skills are not transferable from country to country; the laws, language, statutes, are all huge hurdles to overcome.
Research and drafting(? - a strange word in this context) in Hungary in English only? Are you kidding me (and yourself)?
All the help in these transplanted to HU lawyers' office is fluently(!) bilingual - I mean mother-tongue level fluency.
Just b/c you moved here, you're not owed a job. Again, as with Paddington, I detect a sense of entitlement.
Hell, in the US 40% of college grads cannot get a job commensurating with their degree, and more than 20% of them can't get any job. This is the current state of affairs - btw.
HU's jobless rate is actually better (below 9% - latest statistics) than MOST EU countries, but Hungarian language skill is pretty well a must. (Duh...) The HU jobless statistics reflect the reality better than the US's, b/c HU doesn't exclude those from the statistics, who have exhausted their unemployment benefits.
FYI - an aside: In the US, after you have exhausted your unemployment benefits ( 6 mos to a year) you are no longer in the count of the unemployed. According to the current method of "official count", they are now "employed" - somehow.
I'm sorry, that you got the wrong skillset for a non-English speaking country, but that's the way it is.
For Hungarians, generally English would be a useful skill to have for general communication around the world and even in the EU.
However, b/c the proximity of the German economic powerhouse being so close and massive German/Austrian investment in HU, German is actually MORE useful (statistically) for job/employment purposes.