estate educational stories for asiahomes.com realtors, excerpts from "The
Internet Realtors, Singapore", sponsored by AsiaHomes Internet
"The Human Resource
Manageress wanted me to use her realtor," said Mr Prakash Singh, an American
expatriate being employed by Hewlett Packard.
This was in 1997 and he was one of those few American expatriates who used the internet to
research Singapore housing and make appointments with an internet realtor to find a good
home, from halfway round the world.
He had emailed to get information on various houses and condos in Singapore and to go
house-hunting on an exploratory tour. Various condos and houses were inspected. Multiple
quotations and floor layout plans and brochures had to be faxed.
1997 was the pioneering years - the wild wild west of the internet. I was
struggling with the intricacies of the hypertext mark up language or "html" to
build up my website http://www.asiahomes.com. The
webpages were text-based, presented in a grey background with not much content and
fanciful multi-coloured and multi-sized fonts .
I did not appreciate the usefulness of the scanner to send images. Neither could I
Now, in 2001, there is no need for me to use films to photograph condos, get them
developed at great cost, scanned and emailed to expatriate surfers. This took days.
Digital images from the digital cameras can be transmitted directly to the clients within
"Would you mind meeting my wife at the Changi International Airport to see some
houses in Woodlands on her short stopover?" one of his emails asked.
"Sure, when would she be reaching Changi Airport?" I emailed back. I
showed her and her child the various condos and houses in Singapore as we drove up to
Woodlands where the American School is sited.
Now, Mr and Mrs Singh had found a house they liked and the Human Resource Manageress had
told him that he should use the Company's retained realtors.
Mr Singh had not been warned not to use outside realtors and neither did I ask
him. Was this the end of the road for me?
There was nothing for me to be angry about as I was not the retained realtor of
Hewlett Packard, Singapore. It was the first time I knew that big successful
multi-national companies that had grown big from a start up, now would not give
opportunities to small start ups.
I had had gone house hunting with expatriates who came on exploratory tours and job
interviews. Many had been instructed by the Human Resource Managers to stick
with the company retained realtors after spending much time with me.
No need to be depressed. The internet had offered a vast opportunity to meet them
electronically and in person, whereas just two years ago, they could not contact me.
"However," Mr Singh continued in a grave voice, as we sat outside the office of
the Human Resource Department in Alexandria Road. "I told the Human Resource
Manageress that I had spent a lot of time house hunting with you and had found a house I
like. It is fair that I use your service to close on this house."
He was the only Hewlett Packard professional who had contacted me via email since 1997 but
I remember him fondly for teaching me a lesson in ethics.
After all, he did not have to pay any fee for house-hunting and it would just bad luck to
me, an internet realtor. Who plies her trade in the electronic highway of the world
wide web. Who only earns a commission if the case can be closed.
But this American national did care about the welfare of a start up internet realtor whose
webpages were, of course, unprofessionally laid out. I still shake my head when I
see my earlier webpages and it was surprising that there was any American expatriate who
would bother to do business with me.
The Human Resource Manageress taught me how to be compassionate as she did not enforce her
policy of using the retained realtor. By practising fair play, the American
expatriate taught me how to be honorable in doing business. Having a sense of what
is right and wrong.
P.S. How do asiahomes.com realtors practise fair
play? If you have already fixed an appointment to show a condo with one realtor and later,
another co-broking realtor had the same apartment, you should just stick to the
Expats relocating to Singapore.
Please contact your human resource manager as to whether you are permitted to use an
Jan 16 01.
THE CLAYMORE near the American Club.
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