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TIPS FOR first-time EXPATRIATE Tenants
Ref: 801161

US$5,000 for 2-bedroom apartment

Owners of 2-bedroom apartments in UE or Costa Rhu Condos
wishing to rent to NEW ZELANDER Expatriates,
PLEASE CONTACT ME at 9668 6468, 254 2728, 254 3326
or email me NOW as clients arrive Feb 1998!

Date: Fri, 16 Jan 1998 05:42:17 +0000
From: drsing
Organization: Asia USA Realty
To: …
Subject: Re: Singapore Housing
Jan 16 5.20 a.m

Thank you for contacting me. I will be most happy to show you the apartments but we are NEAR CHINESE NEW YEAR. Jan 26 should still be OK but Jan 27 is Chinese New Year's eve and all Chinese (majority of Singapore's population) will be having reunion dinner. Jan 28 will be Chinese New Year.

Replies to queries - pl see below. wrote:

My name is M…. I am a New Zealander considering a job in Singapore with a large American company. The company is flying my wife and I to Singapore next weekend, to, amongst other things, look at housing.

I have a flexible budget and we are currently negotiating on a $5000.00US per month housing allowance. Obviously I want to spend as little as possible, but it is important I find something that is comfortable and agreeable to my wife! For this reason I will be flexible with cost.

I will be travelling a lot so I need good access to Changi airport and would also like to be close to the central city where I will be working.

Where is your office location? Name of building will do.

I do not wish to have a car, so access to public transport is important. Also, as my wife will be home alone a lot it is important we have security and that she has access to public facilities, shopping, eating out etc.

We would like a spacious two bedroom apartment, or townhouse. We would also want full furnishing to a good quality.

How many sq. ft of living space? UE Square will be best, being 7-minute walk to the Dhoby Ghaut subway and there are buses to City Hall. There is also Valley Park Condo which is 15-minute walk to the Tiong Bahur subway. These 2 are brand new developments.

The most spacious 2-bedroom apartment in UE Square (pl see report in website UE Square report ) is 1,200 sq. ft. Is that spacious? Rental around $4,000 - $6,000. Furniture in Tenant's choice. Cheapest one at 980 sq. ft - I can get one for you at $3,500 or $3,000.

We would like to be able to view some housing with you next weekend if this is possible and would also like an indication beforehand on what we can expect to get around our stated budget.

Your budget is extremely generous as it equals S$8,500! Probable suggestion is the 14th floor of UE Square, 3 bedrooms, furnishing to your choice. This particular landlady provides expensive lighting and curtains. Cheapest rental I can get for you is $6,000 todate. 1,560 sq. ft. English couple has not formed subsidiary company yet and therefore unable to lease yet. It takes around 4 weeks to form a company but this will not affect you..

There may be some units in Valley Park Condo which is older than UE Square Condo by one year.

There are the Brentwood Villas (townhouses) in Orchard Road area at S$9,000 but what do you want to do with 5 bedrooms and the Pinetree Club membership?

For security, UE Condo will be best.

I have several meetings next weekend but I expect to be free on the Monday the 26th all day. I can confirm a time with you next week.

Will keep Jan 26 open for you. Pl let me know 2 days in advance and hotel if possible, so that I can schedule viewings. Best wishes.

I look forward to hearing from you, and thank you in advance for your time.


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