Mumbai preview

India

Finding decent, affordable housing in Mumbai as an expat is like hunting for buried treasure without a map.

The real estate market in Mumbai grew by leaps and bounds in the early 2000s, finally slowing down in 2008. Prices are still high, though - an acceptable three bedroom apartment in a new building located in central Mumbai can easily cost $6,000.00 USD a month, and that's not including the ridiculously expensive utility bills that come with it. As the global recession slowly improves, real estate is likely to rise again. A word to the wise - negotiate a hefty housing allowance as part of your contract.

Most expats live in newer …