Hello! Looking to move to Hungary.

Marilyn Tassy :

Sounds like people are really getting out of control if they drive up the st. the wrong way.
I was saying some guy was driving his motorbike on the city sidewalk yesterday but that's nothing compared to driving the wrong way on the road.
I saw a video in Sweden where a refugee was beating the heck out of 3 policewomen and a male security guard.
Tasers ,that's what they need over there at the min. and maybe some martial art training.
In the US people would be shooting each other over much more minor issues. The cops for sure would shoot and ask questions later.
Sad that people don't understand what real freedom is. It's not abusing others and taking advantage for personal gain.
Not sure which village is safe to buy in.We thought maybe more in the N or NE of Hungary but not sure.

We were /are are thinking of buying a home in a smaller village and cashing out on our apt. Just not sure where is fun and safe too, thinking of a more resort area at least it is fun in the warmer months.
I know when we rented a house for about 5-6 months through a HU friend in lake Velence about 16 years back, the cops watched all the neighborhoods all the time.
Our son came with us and went clubbing in the area, came home but we were out and he didn't have the house keys. He just sat on the steps waiting for us to come home.
2 police drove over and asked him what he was doing there.
Very odd since it was a home sort of back off the st. with bushes in the front.
More expensive homes over there so it seems one must still pay for protection by living in a more pricey area.
Personally I wish we could have guns over here... Just saying sometimes you might just need one to put someone off or to shoot a snake or fox in the hen house.
In places like peaceful Hawaii you would be surprised how many people have guns and rifles just in case a stranger happens to walk where they shouldn't be walking.
We once were looking to swim in the hot pond and got mixed up on the dirt road, found ourselves in a small Hawaiian village, everyone came out of their homes and looked at us, think they may of had something growing in the area and didn't want anyone to find it.
I think maybe if a few people from the same country such as the US or UK buy in the same area, they may be more mindful of helping out their neighbors. At least it is a good idea to get to know your neighbors if you move to a remote area.
One reason we are not moving too fast on buying is we wonder if we would still have a home to come back to if we ever took a long holiday away.
Heard that in S. area of Hungary many Hungarians have moved away, went to work in the west and have left homes empty and probably will not return to them. Many villages have people crossing the boarder from Romania and moving in, so we read in the news here.

This is why, it seems to me, that the current government has a long way to go in making the country more secure for the people that live there. I do see a lot of property for sale in the South/West but when we also lived in Burgenland 5 minutes from the Hungarian border we was told to be careful of the roma people who drive by looking for houses to break in to, quite often saw the Austrian police at the old border crossing checking cars coming through.

Scary even more so if you don't speak the language and live in a remote area.
Safety in numbers.
We are sort of ready mentally to make a big move, maybe the last big move we have in us.
Either a small town in HU, a condo in FL, ( sort of cool to be in the heat and be able to swim daily) a home back in Hawaii , a roomie situation with my sister in Minn. ( She could use our aid in her older age)  a move back temp. to Vegas with our son, he is about to head off to Colorado .Japan or SE Asia, or perhaps to S. Carolina, heard to was cheap there and my bro lives there, have allot of fam on the east coast.
Never going to really settle down anywhere I fear in this lifetime, always on the move and never lived anywhere longer then a decade.
Maybe I should just roll the dice.
My husband is Hungarian but even he isn't totally keen on a small town in HU with red necks.
He jokes saying they may own smart tv's but that doesn't make them smart!

davemoore :

.... I do see a lot of property for sale in the South/West but when we also lived in Burgenland 5 minutes from the Hungarian border we was told to be careful of the Roma people who drive by looking for houses to break in to, quite often saw the Austrian police at the old border crossing checking cars coming through.

There are quite a few places where you can walk across the border into Burgenland (for example, Ritzing).  I used to go walking around there a few years ago.

But the Austrian border police aren't up to much - it's mainly for show and politics.  Some years ago I read a news report that a couple of them got robbed by some guys near Sopron.  They even stole their guns. 

That area is forested and the only sign of the border is a barrier across the road.  The cops confronted a gang of men there - possibly cigarette smuggling so it was maybe 2003 or so.

But they have done some work fairly recently there - they removed a large strip of trees so there's an open area they can see people walking through.  I think they might have put in some microphones and cameras as well.

Roma gangs are everywhere - they operate in the UK too.  One of my German friends told me they were living in forest camps near Munich and roaming the area.  They'd do an area, then leave with the swag, rotating back to another area to clear that one out and so on.

Marilyn Tassy :

Sounds like people are really getting out of control if they drive up the st. the wrong way.
I was saying some guy was driving his motorbike on the city sidewalk yesterday but that's nothing compared to driving the wrong way on the road.
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Yes, it's terrible.  Think of the chaos.   It's traffic madness here - we were stuck queuing behind 3 cars at the traffic lights as well yesterday - imagine the hassle and wasted time.

BTW, anyone who wants to have an authentic Hungarian village experience needs to buy a house in Csobánka or Kétegyháza.

davemoore :

But why did 45% vote for the current government, and is it better there now or before the current government?

Of those that voted. I know quite a few Hungarians who have stopped voting and given up as they feel they have no real choice.

And I know some who don't like the current government, but are afraid of the far right and see the left as just too fractured to protect them from the far right. They may even want to vote for a smaller left leaning party, but fear their vote will be "wasted" if that party does not get into Parliament, strengthening the far right. They try to play political calculus, and end up voting for the lesser of two evils.

So there are a lot of reasons why people, at least those that vote, vote the way they do. It is complicated.

Chikagoan :

Hungary is a  nice place for people in search of peace, low cost of living, and decreased ethnic diversity.

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Ive never found living in Hungary anything other than being a total delight. Like many people I have moved here for the experience.
Although when I reach retirement age I will probably move to an English speaking country before I become too doddery.
However, because I lack fluency and understanding in the Hungarian language, I have always employed professional people to help me with any beaurocracy relating to cars, homes and any form of public office such as getting my address card residency paperwork and paying council tax, stamp duty or long term bill paying.
I started off with a cottage in a Forest in the countryside and used to visit four times a year from my home in the uk. I still use this as my holiday home and over time I have got to know all my neighbours in the forest and they like me tend not to socialise too much because we all maintain large gardens.
I have never had pets or animals in the countryside because I still travel a lot and pets and animals need daily care.

In more recent years I have maintained a home in Budapest because any work I do involves the English language. I also love to go to museums and galleries and there is more choice regarding meeting new people and socialising.

It is still a lot cheaper for me to pay utility bills, use public transport, eat out, go to musical evening events and do basic food shopping in Hungary than in the Uk .
However I do miss Ebay and Amazon and tend not to have items delivered to my addresses in Hungary because the Postal system has a bad reputation for letters and parcels getting "lost".
Also furnishings and electronic items are too expensive for me here so I tend to make do and mend a lot more. Small items come over in my hand luggage.
Ive also given up on finding a decent and capable plumber so I am not refurbishing my old fashioned bathroom until the Budapest building boom ends.

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