Expat Relocation package received. Need advice!

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    My husband received his relocation package today to consider and respond. He will work in HuangPu in Puxi for a three-year assignment. Housing is $9600 per month and utilities, phone and internet paid by company; car with driver $59K; paid schools; full paid medical; moving and storage $10K (I assume for the three year assignment); settling allowance of $8,900; one company-paid home leave (coach class) per year. Visa paid by company, relocation assistance on-site, one month temp accommodaton while looking for house. Domestic help (ayi, security, gardening) on our own account.

    We live in the suburbs of NYC in New Jersey and have never relocated! My daughters are 6 and 8 (from China so we have been there before but not to live!). So far I have contacted SAS and they have seats (at the moment) in 1st and 3rd grade in Pudong. Also considering SCIS. Not sure if we want to live in Puxi or Pudong yet. Haven’t made a look-see visit yet and hoping to negotiate that into contract.

    So, is this contract typical? What kind of housing would we get for $9K a month? Looking for a 4 bedroom and yard/garden-hoping to bring our dog (all 12 lbs!). Was just looking online at Greenhills in Pudong. Is Willowbrook part of Greenhills or a separate complex?

    I am sure I will have more questions. I am shaking as I type I am so nervous about all this! Any advice, good or bad, is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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