9520Singapore real estate,
bungalows with pools, condo or house for an expatriate small kids, educational stories for
asiahomes.com realtors. Excerpts from "The
Internet Realtors, Singapore", sponsored by AsiaHomes Internet.
Last updated: 21 Jun 2001
The early bird catches the worm
Friday, January 5, 2001
"You lucky dog! Where do you live?" Mrs Nevsky asked the Landlady of a $10
million bungalow in a good class bungalow area of Singapore. Good class bungalow
areas are designated by the Government to be areas where there are only bungalows and they
must be at least 15,000 sq. ft in land area.
"Are you offended," I asked the Landlady, a petite but stern looking Chinese
lady. No, she smiled. Caucasian Americans have their idioms and Mrs Nevsky has
her idiosyncrasies, I guessed. Mrs Nevsky, a blonde, might be what writers in
American magazines called a trophy wife. But you could not help falling in love with
her and women would not walk out of the room when she entered the room. She had that
sincere appreciation and care for people which just could not be faked.
Her 5-year old boy would drive her up the wall with the pressing of his talking watch and
she would gently tell me: "There you go, you are encouraging him by laughing when he
buzzed his watch."
The Landlady's house at a cul de sac has never failed to attract prospective tenants.
It was a matter of the rental amount rather than the quality of the house. It
was at least 80 feet wide, giving you a sense of spaciousness even before you enter the
house and see the big pool and granite flooring of the living and dining area. The
bougainvilla and orchids wafted their fragrances from the trellis at the patio beside the
pool. A thatched hut at the pool side has a bar and barbecue counter.
The cul de sac ensured that there was not much vehicle traffic and the children could
cycle and play. There were several Caucasian children in this high class prestigious
One Dutchman had offered his personal cheque before for Holland but asked her not to cash
it. This was not acceptable.
"No comments from you, honey?" Mr Nevsky had been summoned from his office
to see the place at 6.00 p.m. He was a man of few words. It was a nice house
he agreed. "Let's talk it over," he said.
Saturday, January 6, 2001
"The co-broking agent advised that an offer of $17,000 would be accepted by the
Landlady," I told Mrs Nevsky.
"Frank will not offer more than $16,500. I know him,". True enough. Frank
offered a take it or leave it offer of $16,500. The Landlady rejected the offer as
she had an offer of $17,000 but without any good faith deposit. The house would not
be open for viewing as the tenant would be packing up and Mrs Nevsky was the last
prospective tenant to see the place.
Monday, January 8, 2001
The co-broking agent was really good at his work. He persuaded the Landlady to accept the
offer of $16,500 with an earlier tenancy commencement date on February 5, just 4 days
after the tenant had vacated the place. The Landlady was fed up with the present
offeror dragging his feet and she had to attend to opening the house every time there was
a call. The incubment Tenant would be packing and all viewing would be postponed.
This was why she would consider a first-come-first serve offer.
The Landlady called me twice to say that she was agreeable as she was doing the co-broking
agent a favour. It must have been an excellent landlord-realtor relationship.
Mr Nevsky was happy. "It is best that the wife gets what she wants, so that you
can concentrate on your work," I said. He agreed fully. Mrs Nevsky must
have been giving him a tough time. "Give me a good faith deposit first thing in
the morning," I emphasized.
Mrs Nevsky had earlier phoned me to arrange for more bungalow hunting on Wednesday.
"Are you speaking to me?" she asked when she called.
"Of course, I am," I said. "Are you speaking to your husband?"
"I want to divorce him," she replied. "I will call for more room
services and charge it to him," she said.
Tuesday, January 9, 2001 11 a.m.
It was 10 a.m before Mr Nevsky phoned me. I agreed to his proposal for his company
to issue a Letter of Intent.
I knew there was a higher offer and that the Landlady would accept a "first come
first served" letter of intent
"The lawyers would have to review the Letter of Intent and you would get the good
faith deposit together with the signed letter at 3.30 p.m," Mr Nevsky kept me
informed. He had wanted to give me another draft copy of the Letter of Intent to be
forwarded to the Landlady for approval, but I told him to get on with the real thing and
get it signed by the Company as it was a Company lease.
Time was of the essence. The co-broking agent was informed of all the latest
developments and he had informed the Landlady.
Tuesday, January 9, 2001 1 p.m.
"Hold on to your good faith deposit cheque," the co-broking agent phoned. The
Landlord (husband) had accepted a Letter of Intent at about 1 p.m and had just informed
the Landlady who was not informed promptly as she was playing golf.
"Wait till 5 p.m" the agent said. The Landlady did not want to accept Mr
Nevsky's Letter of Intent or cheque as that would give him false hopes.
I dared not inform Mrs Nevsky of the latest development as it would break her heart.
Her husband told her the bad news. She called me. "Does that mean the
house is gone?" I explained the procedures after acceptance of the letter of
intent. I could feel her sadness and tears as she quickly put down the phone to
prevent me from hearing her crying.
5 p.m passed by. The status quo remained.
The procedures would be as follows. The Landlord would offer his or be given the
Tenant's tenancy agreement. Both the Landlord and the Tenant must agree to the terms
and conditions. This would take time and 7 days would be the minimum time, I told
Mr and Mrs Nevsky. Nothing could be done even if Mr Nevsky matched the offer.
If the prospective Tenant disagreed with the terms and conditions, then, the good faith
deposit would be returned and Mr Nevsky would be considered.
Wednesday, January 10, 2001
I faxed Mr Nevsky's letter of intent to the co-broking agent who forwarded it to the
Landlord. There was no point in meeting the Landlady as proposed by me. The
Landlord had given seven days for the tenancy agreement to be signed or the good faith
deposit would be forfeited. The prospective tenant had accepted his tenancy
agreement. The rent offered was $1,000 higher.
This case was lost as the good faith deposit and the Letter of Intent could not be
procured promptly. By promptly, I mean within one hour as time was really of the
essence especially when a competing offer was obvious..
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Normally, I would have got my Company's letter of intent done within an hour, get Mr
Nevsky's Company to sign it and forward a cheque from my pocket, all within one hour.
Mr Nevsky was a careful man. He had not firmed up his housing allowance from his
headquarters. He did not expect his wife to find such a beautiful house with a pool and
sprawling ground in the elite district of Singapore. He was busy. However, Singapore
has a huge shortfall of good quality bungalows and of the highest
standard acceptable his wife who lived in the most upscale neighbourhood of California.
His rental budget was below any of those newer bungalows with inground pool his
A letter of intent, once accepted, would prevent any better offersthe Landlord would get
and gave us time to negotiate. It would not be legally binding. It did not
need a lawyer to scrutinize a Letter of Intent as this had delayed the whole process. I
mean, you don't expect a busy lawyer just to reply immediately.
This report was written to let husands know that they have to plan their house hunting
budget approval ahead even though they can stay in a hotel for 2 or 3 months. The wife
with small kids does not like long hotel stays and house hunting for bungalows with pool
on a tight budget.
The subsequent house hunting with another two realtors and with me did not produce any
good quality bungalow within Mrs Nevsky's rental budget.
One in Hillcrest Road asking $15,000 was well renovated but a big tall condo was seen
outside the grounds. One in Binjai Park asking $15,000 had sprawling grounds but the
marble floor showed brown water seepage stains and the kitchen was yellowish and flowery.
One in Sunset asking $10,000 was contemporary in architecture and had a short
driveway. One in Bukit Theresa was heavily tiled. One in Camborne Road, she
disliked as it had no spacious garden. One in Coronatiion Road West at $15,000 was
in the neighbourhood of dumps. One in high class Pierce Road she visited herself was not
her style and the rent asked was $25,000. One in prestigious Chatsworth Road had
flat roofs and was too contemporary. One in Swettenham Road asking $13,000 had dated
bathrooms although it was in a prestigious area. One in prestigious Leedon Park had
the side view fronting the main entrance. It faced a vacant plot of land with a
container. The heritage black and white bungalows in Mount Pleasant asking $15,000
had small bedrooms.
Was there any hope in finding the best and modern dream house in District 9, 10 and
11 on Mr Nevsky's budget of less than $14,000? It would be tough as demand has
increased considerably in 2001.
Bungalows outside the Districts 9, 10 and 11
generally rent at a lower rent.
EXPATS RELOCATING TO SINGAPORE
June 22, 2001
Two District 21 bungalows for rent.
or tel: +65 9668 6468 for viewing.
Bungalow 4+1 with
above ground pool $10,000. The 4th bedroom was the balcony. Backyard with an
above ground pool fully tiled. Small garden in front.
Land around 8000 sq. ft , built in around 3,500 sq. ft. A 10-minute bus ride to the United
World College and the Dutch School. Bus shuttle in the morning and evening to the
Clementi subway and an express bus to Orchard Road and Raffles Place from the estate.
Generally, the Tenant pays for the pool and garden maintenance.
The pool maintenance twice weekly is S$160 per month.
Garden maintenance is $160 per month, once weekly.
||2 big bungalows in a
cul-de-sac. Has a large inground pool and big garden. $15,000. Expats who want
large garden at affordable rent.
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Be Kind to Pets
2 rabbits were given as a birthday present. However, they
develop crusts on ear edges, noses, paws and eyelids as well as the under side of the
Click thumbnail to see bigger image. The lower part of the feet were ulcerated with
big wounds as the rabbits were housed in a wet area. The rabbits could not stop the
Do consult the vet as there is an injection to kill
all the mange mites under the skin of the nose tip, eyelids, ear edges, paws, groin
area. All the crusts would drop off and the itchiness would disappear. The
image on left shows one the two rabbits 20 days after the injection. All crusts
including those near his testicles had dropped off as the mites had been eliminated.
His foot sores on the lower part of the hind legs had healed. He came to see
the vet because he was bitten near the left side of the nose by the white rabbit. Give the
rabbbits dry flooring to avoid foot sores developing!