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Other 2-bedroom units at $2,500, $3,000, $3,300 x 3 units available. fully furnished and unfurnished units available.
3+1 1,200 sq. ft $3,000, $3,500, $4,500 available.
Brand new development suitable for expats who do not mind the "industrial" scenario of harbour cranes and ships and some construction noises for new subway and demolition of World Trade Center low buildings.
Main expatriate complaint:
Excellent value for money if the expats want convenience and be near Raffles Place or Tanjong Pagar and Shenton Road offices.
5-minute drive to Raffles Place and 20-minute bus ride to Raffles Place. 7-bus stops to Raffles Place. No need subway or cars. Many buses and many taxis. No subway presently.
Because of the construction
activity as at March 1998, landlords were willing to rent at below market rate. Apartments
facing the main Telok Blangah Road are NOT noisy because of sound-proofing of windows.
Apartments away from the main road are quiet.
3. Case study:
Flexible Landlords in 1998. Apartments on low floors or near construction are
difficult to rent and landlords have to be flexible. Rent may have to be lower to attract
Subject: Try again...
Anyway, without further a-do. I'd still like you to help me find somewhere, as you seem to have a good range of apartments near to what I'm looking for. Let me lay down my requirements and maybe over the next week we can find somewhere...
Budget: S$2,800 (ABSOLUTE MAX)
Imagine that the apartment at UE Square is pretty much exactly what we're looking for (but add the essential items and SCV (either now or soon). I've adjusted my budget so as not to lose out on a nice place again, but this is going to squeeze me a little bit..
Hope you can help,
Subject: ApartmentsDate: Mon, 16 Feb
1998 15:58:22 +0800
Hello Dr. Sing,
Thank you, ... R..
Currently in Pekanbaru, Indonesia
(tel: 62 76
Owner was asking if there was "light at the end of
the tunnel" the day before as the market was in recession. It had been tough getting
tenants since November and he was wise to take the 7-month lease at $3,000 rather than
wait for longer lease which may take months. 2-bedroom apartments in Harbourlights
seldom, if ever get $3,000 rentals in 1998 and even in the year 2000 as its location is
not favourable compared to the numerous downtown condos like Valley Park and others.
Subject: Relocation to Singapore
My husband & I are relocating to Singapore from March 1'98 through September from Canada. I viewed your web site and am interested in receiving a summary of your services & applicable fees. No fees payable by the prospective Tenant, but few Landlords want to rent for <one year. However, attitudes are changing in 1998, in view of glut of new and old housing.
Our preferences are a 2 bedroom furnished condo (w/ air conditioning, laundry, +) on the MRT line in Orchard Road, City Centre or Marina Bay areas. Our price range is ~$S3500. (US$2,000 rental budget equivalent to S$3,300 as at March 6, 1998. Rental of Harbourlights Condo at S$3,000 was comfortable. With S$200 for utilities, client could still afford the new condo as total was within $3,300 for a fully furnished apartment near her husbands office in OCBC Centre, Raffles Place. Stayed in hotel one day and moved into Harbourlights next day, saving on hotel expenses.
I can be reached via e:mail (@visionol.net) or by fax (416) 730-.. I look forward to hearing from you.
Mary Ellen R
Thank you for your prompt reply - The units you mentioned sound like possibilities! (Dark kitchens don't bother me one bit, as long as there's a bright light to turn on...)
I should have our actual arrival time/date within a day or two. I will confirm back the date, actual location of the office & whether or not there's a representative to send. As my husband is consulting through a relatively new company, I'm not sure this can be arranged. If not, we can set up viewings for the day after I arrive.
You should hear back from me by Wednesday (my time). Thank you again - Mary Ellen
|4. Case study:
Closing on single and young expats. The wife makes the decision.
On Saturday, January 8 there was a phone call query from a Japanese lady regarding my 2+1 apartment at $1,600 in the Straits Times. She wanted to see the unit on Monday, but was persuaded to do so on Sunday. You would have to provide prompt service as Monday would be a working day and her flat mate might not be able to make it.
It was a fine Sunday morning. A caucasian gentleman was sunbathing and reading a book by the cascading waterfall. The tranquility of the Harbourlights condo surprised the 2 career ladies.
When I showed them the gym, one said it has as good equipment as those in the California Fitness Club.
The killer was the indoor bubbling steam bath pool or "hot water spa" next to the gym. This probably represents the communal hot water bath in Japan. The ladies were really enthusiatic.
The living and dining area of the apartment had a view of Sentosa island, the merlion on the left and the sea with ferry boats anchored.
The previous tenant had kept the place well. There was an electronic safe inside the master bedroom as well although it would not be of much use to the ladies.
I told the landlady that her husband had specific instructions that the minimum rent for this fully furnished apartment would be S$1,600.
The ladies were well dressed as many Japanese career women are. They spoke good English. The landlady was asked by the prospective tenants whethere $1,500 would be acceptable. One lady (in sales) said they would look after the apartment well and keep it clean.
The landlady agreed to the $1,500 rent. The contracts could be signed within the next 2 days. Keys would be given once the contracts were signed although commencement of tenancy will be later.
The husband who was at a golf championship game phoned me to say there was a mistake in the asking rent. I had told him that his wife had offered and maybe he should scold his wife. Any change might upset the prospective tenants.
The quality of tenants may be more important. No children means that there will be less wear and tear. If the wife was happy with the prospective tenant, the husband had to accept the offer. That is being flexible although it is possible that the prospective tenants would accept the $1,600 rent.
Early occupation by single expats, a 2-year lease and a happy wife. What more could the husband want?
For more Information on FREE house-hunting for expats relocating to Singapore, email Judy Quek, tel: +65 9668 6468.
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