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Asia USA Realty (Singapore) Pte Ltd  
Estate Agents Licence No. L3007306B      12 Aug 2011   
Focus:  We get for you affordable Singapore homes
Rent or Investment
Near downtown Singapore, near the Botanic Gardens
  2 - 104 Taman Nahkoda. Completed: 1983. 104 units. All  maisonettes. Condo faculties.

3-bedroom: 256 - 313 sq. m.

Living/dining - light brown marble. Bedrooms - parquet.
Some units have been renovated and look good.

Facilities: Swimming pool, children's pool, playground, BBQ area, covered car park, 24-hour security, clubhouse, tennis court and squash court.  No gym.

Villa delle Rose. Lower maisonette's air well brings some daylight into family area on 2nd level. Villa delle Rose upper maisonette, dining(background), living
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Villa delle Rose. Spacious master bedroom with walk in closet - Villa delle Rose upper maisonette. Remodelled kitchen, big utility area and greenery.
Quiet with greenery, yet near to downtown. Villa delle Rose has a very big balcony (foreground)

Occupancy Rate: Above 90%. Units are extremely popular with Caucasian families, being close to Orchard Road and being low rise. However, there are no 4-bedroom units.

Investors to note: Freehold.  Very popular with Caucasian families. Only a few units are available for rent at any one time. The ground floor unit has a big patio and faces bamboo tress. The upper maisonette has a big balcony and  side windows in family area and living room to enjoy the tropical green forest of the adjoining Botanic Gardens.

In 2011, it is still a hot favourite of Caucasian families. The tropical forest ambience of the Botanic Gardens next door. No mosquitoes seen most of the time owing to frequent fogging with insecticide. Squirrels may be seen amongst the trees.

2-minute drive to  Orchard Road.  Vicinity of Farrer/Napier Road, Botanic Garden.

Big balconies. Separate living and dining areas. Plenty of space.

Next to the Botanic Gardens. Tranquil and green atmosphere. Resort ambience.

Can hear crickets or singing birds or see squirrels skipping amongst the tree branches.

Within a 15-minute bus ride to the United World College, Dutch/German/Swiss, International Singapore School, Overseas Family School and Japanese Schools.

Bright spacious kitchens

3-minute drive to Holland Village.

Tropical forest ambience attracts many Caucasians who like the green environment. Lots of Caucasian children.

Many buses and taxis to downtown.

Upgraded pool and surroundings.

Low density.

Not within walking distance to the subway but there are so many taxis and buses off the main Napier Road.

Some units are dated,  but renovated ones are as good as new ones.

Usual expatriate complaint of lower floor maisonettes being dark and lacking privacy.

Renovated spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet. Outer wash basin and another one inside bedroom proper. Long bath. No shower stall. In certain lower maisonettes, the bedroom is very dark.

However, these are most popular with Caucasian families with small children as there is no need to walk up to the 3rd storey. 

Lower maisonette. Family area. An air well brings some natural daylight. Two bedrooms on one side of the family area. One has a balcony. The master bedroom is on the other side of the family area. 

No elevator to upper maisonette.

Various units are available for rent at different times.  
3+1 ground floor with big patio are most popular with Caucasian families. Upper maisonette units may be available but you need to walk up 2 floors. Some units do have greenery views, some have wall views.

Usually split level living and dining areas. Stairs to upstairs to a big family area.  3 bedrooms in 2nd level.  One common bathroom and an attached bathroom with no bath tub, no shower cubicle in master bathroom. Parquet flooring in bedrooms and family area.

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Villa delle Rose, Ground floor unit 3200 sq ft $12,000
Upper floor unit 3+1 2800 sq ft $11,000
Other units may be available.  
E-mail Tel: +65 9668 6468. 
Does the human resource manager act in the best interest of the expatriate? Case study written in 2002

"Surely, the human resource manager will look after the best interest of the expatriate," said Mr Jerio who had been looking for a waterfront 4-bedroom Costa Rhu Costa Rhu fronting the clean and green Kallang Rivercondo with a $5,000 rental budget and had contacted me, an outside realtor.  I would not comment as I did not  believe this to be the case.

By waterfront, he meant that the unit really fronted the crystal green Kallang River.   See Costa Rhu pictures

His company realtor had shown him a few units.  He also made appointments and saw units himself.  An outside agent advertised one waterfronting unit in the Straits Times newspaper for $5,500.  However, the terms and conditions were not agreeable by both parties.

He contacted me via email after surfing the internet and found

I had the same unit he had seen with his company realtor and with the outside realtor.   I was also an outside realtor.  The Landlord was willing to lease it for $5,000 provided the Tenant (the company) pays the air conditioning maintenance. 

I told him upfront that I could not co-broke with his company realtor as I would be getting 50% of the commission since this unit already had a marketing realtor. In Singapore, co-broking meant two realtors sharing the agency commission, payable by the Landlord equally.

Mr Jerio asked me to talk to his human resource manager who was not too happy that the company realtor was not "consulted" and had insisted on me contacting the company realtor.  I said that the company realtor would get only 25% of the commission and I would get 25%. 

The company realtor phoned me.  I agreed to split the 50% equally with the company realtor. The realtor was dissatisfied as he could or should get 50% instead of 25% and went into a frenzy of accusations of collusion with the realtor who represented the Landlord to deprive him of his bread and butter.  It was really unpleasant. 

In the end, Mr Jerio did not get the condo.  It was rented out more than $5,000 within a week with no hassles by the realtor representing the Landlord.

Good properties are easy to rent. The expatriate must be aware of company policies.   Basically the following are four conditions for the newly arrived expatriate relocating to Singapore to find their ideal homes. 

1.  Some expats with the clout are free to use outside realtors and source the housing with any number of realtors.

2.  Some expats are greatly discouraged from using outside realtors like asiahomes realtors by the human resource manager.   In such companies, the human resource manager may or may not get a percentage of the commissions from the company retained realtor.  Many do get presents for retention of the realtor.  Some don't, depending on the integrity of the human resource manager.  All outside realtors must co-broke with the company realtor.   Therefore, this policy is not in the best interest of the expatriate tenant but it does give control for the human resource manager.

3.  Some expats can use company and outside realtors.  The company accepts the recommendation of the expatriate.  This policy is in the best interest of the expatriate.

4.  Some expats have to use a panel of company retained realtors but no outside realtors.  They can switch realtors within the panel but not outside.

Less than $2,500 rental budget.  For expatriates with less than $2,500 rental, many realtors will "co-broke" but the agent representing the expatriate tenant will have to get their agency commission directly from the expatriate.  This is usually half to one month's rent.  The agent representing the Landlord keeps the commission al to himself/herself.  Some do share in order to close the case fast. 

I hope this report explains the system of sourcing housing for expatriates in Singapore.   

Do check out your company policies to save you time and frustrations or to ensure that the company permits you to get your own realtor during your negotiations with the company.    Before it is too late.

If you have any queries, email, tel: +65 9668 6468, 254 3326. 
FOR RENT IN December 10, 2001. Some of the units may be available for rent in 2011. 

District 11.
4 bedroom plus maid's room.
Bungalow with big garden $6,500. 5-min drive to Orchard Road. Quiet cul-de-sac.   3000 sq. ft built in and 9000 sq. ft of grass land.

New kitchen and bathrooms. 3  bedroom, a maid's room and a store room. Ceramic tiled and window unit air conditioners. 

The rent was around $15,000 in this Caucasian enclave in 2001.  Suits a couple with one child or no children.  An expat who wants a garden, not a high rise condo. You can install an above ground pool as the land is large.  
Long driveway to park 3 cars Ceramic-tiled living and dining area. Bright. Ceiling fans. Breezy.
Driveway and entrance to kitchen and living area. Living and dining area with pastel coloured ceramic tiles and a big front garden.
Big garden to right and back of house.
Side garden leading to a big garden which can fit an above ground pool in the back.

Colonial single storey bungalows like the one above have smaller bedrooms unlike modern massive detached houses.

Big patio off living area to entertain friends and big garden to left and back
Live in a historical house. Not many single storey bungalows in Singapore nowadays.

The above bungalow has been rented as at December 2001.  Pictures are retained for newcomer expatriates researching Singapore houses. We have other houses for rent but good bungalows are usually above $8,000 rentals for districts 9, 10 and 11.  Tel: +65 9668 6468, email now.

District 17 (North-East Singapore)
Harvey Avenue semi-detached asking $6,000
A beautiful 2-storey semi-detached, renovated with marble flooring and good quality bathrooms with large spacious bedrooms in Harvey Avenue asking for $6,000 rent.    A big garden and long driveway for entertaining clientele.  6 bedrooms with an attic room to be used as a home theatre.   A short 10-minute walk to the Simei subway.  Breezy and tranquil.   A 20 minutes' drive to the Raffles Place offices.  This unit is under negotiation as at December 10, 2001.

A cosy semi-detached in East Coast renting around $4,000District 15 (East Singapore) Semi-detached houses in the East Coast rents around $4,000. 2-storeys with a bigger garden than intermediate terrace house. Near the Siglap shopping mall.

Newer intermediate terrace house in East Coast with big bedroomsEast Coast intermediate terrace houses or townhouses have a small garden.  Rental is around $2,000 - $3,000.  Around 10-15 minutes' walk to the Tana Merah subway. This unit is available for rent immediately.  Other houses for rent, goto:
East Coast houses around $4,000


To get you the best rental package:
Tel: +65 9668 6468, email now.

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Subdivisions (condo & house details) has some of the details of the advertised condos.
Tel: +65 9668-6468, e-mail for viewings

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Pte Ltd.  Website:
Blk 1002, Toa Payoh Lor 8, #01-1477, Singapore 319074, Republic of Singapore
Estate Agents Licence No. L3007306B
Salesperson Name/Registration No.  Sing Kong Yuen/R030822Z

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