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|Sulky "Tai Tai" wives and American School housing|
|Advice to all landlords: When you know that your spouse is not happy with the rental
offered, forget about 2nd viewing because it is a waste of time. A second
viewing merely short-list your unit. In this Condo case ($2,800 p/f accepted by husband, 3
bedroom NO maid's room, 2,200 sq. ft, maisonette), the husband was very happy to receive
the Australian couple. He told me his wife would not be around but in this case, the wife
probably felt the need to assert herself and "check out the prospective tenant".
She was sitting expressionless and didn't respond to introductions by her husband,
maintaining a silence which was broken by the tennis court players outside the house.
I always advise landlords to be absent as it is easier for prospects to voice their frank criticism which may be countered by the Agent. By hanging around and following the prospects, you may inhibit their concerns and if you are unhappy with criticism, it shows that you are a fussy or bad landlord.
It is best to leave the house if you want a higher probability of success because you may feel sensitive to criticisms of your house. Also, your spouse's attitude or racial discrimination must be known (in above case, a Caucasian husband and Indian wife) since your wife is usually a "Tai Tai" (Singaporean Cantonese slang for women from rich families and who need not work after marriage). "Tai Tai" usually wear silky type blouses and look well groomed and fair. Many of them are astute and friendly helpers of their busy money-making husbands though.
Advice to new housing agents: In such cases, when one spouse is not happy, it will be best to avoid this 2nd viewing at night as you may as well spend time with your beloved ones. In this case, you are already disadvantaged by the absence of a proper maid's room and the tennis court facing (noise).
For Rent as at March 21, 1998:
Door step of American School
There are no worst nightmares than having a bad landlord. If surfers want a responsive landlord, AsiaUSA recommends the Tanglin Regency, Ocean Park and the 2 Grand Chateau units listed below as the landlords had been checked out. Examples of calculating landlady given in the H J Heights Condo.
|Attached: Views on
Woodlands housing/expat housing allowance
Re: House in Woodlands
Dr Sing, thks for the advice, will advertise more
often as u suggest. i now have my handphone with me all the time.
Will keep your unit in mind.
(Viewed unit March 21, 1998. Ref: 803201 above. Take-up rate increasing now as rental season starts. Client has US$5,200 (S$8,300) budget but wife wants a corner terrace). With two 9- and 13-year old boys, client changes idea of living in condos downtown and prefers boys to have "American" friends. It would broaden the child's outlook in life if he can live near the locals and experience the multi-cultural diversity of Singaporeans. For the whole day, they will have American friends and after school, it will be good for them to have "Asian" friends.
S$8,000 - 9,000 housing allowance for US expat - senior managers.
(Advice to all Landlords - Rental depends on budget given to expat and not the "market rate" as in Sales of properties. Keep your unit very clean - no black stains and urine smell in toilets, install quality lighting and pastel coloured curtains and contact all realtors (those who focus on rentals). US expats with high rental budgets of over $8,000 usually prefer condos and not Woodlands housing. As at March 22, 1998, corner terraces are renting below $8,000 p/f because of lower demand. Asking rentals around $8,000 negotiable.
i had my first viewing today - a American lady working part-time at the school. the agent indicated they have budget of $7.5k so this was the rental i asked for as a start. i hang around the Woodgrove area quite a bit on weekends and i see more and more expats looking around and moving into the houses there. last sunday afternoon, i bumped into one and found out he was looking to rent a bungalow in the woodlands area - he had two young kids with him. hope info is useful to you.
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