9520Singapore real estate,
bungalows with pools, condo or house for an expatriate small kids, educational stories for
asiahomes.com realtors. Excerpts from "The
Internet Realtors, Singapore", sponsored by AsiaHomes Internet.
Last updated: 24 Jun 2001
The co-broking agent's bidding war
"Forget about it," said Mr Benson. "This is a bidding war and it spoils
my feelings towards this house." The rent offered was $14,000 and the
Landlord's realtor now said that there was a better offer of $14,000 for a 3-year lease
starting mid July, instead of my 2-year lease starting August 1.
Mrs Benson really loved this house. She was sure that her husband of 20 years would like
the house. The busy husband had to take time off to see this house on a Saturday
What should I do now? The Landlord's agent must have used our offer to bid against
the other agent. It was her job but it could backfire. Here, we were willing
to give her a good faith deposit and she could catch the Landlord who would be flying out
of Singapore tomorrow.
Usually, the expatriate wife suffered when there's a bidding war as it was tiring to see
houses in the hot and humid Singapore. Most of the bungalows did not suit her or
were beyond her budget. One was in a good area but the old kitchen was really in bad
design. Another had dated bathrooms. One was next to a construction and was
asking $17,000 rent. One was brand new , huge but had no garden. One was huge
with 15,000 sq. ft of land and a nice inground pool, but was sited near a busy road. The
rent was $10,000. "Usually there's a reason why the rent is so low,"
commented Mr Benson.
Here, there was this older bungalow with a nice balance of garden and built in area, a
sloping inground pool, not the above ground pool with a fixed depth. She had a
smaller 3-year old and a sloping pool would be better.
Mrs Benson was flying home tonight. She did not relish the idea of staying in a
serviced apartment in August while we go house hunting again. It was no fun going
through various bungalows, not that there were many good ones with inground pools in
Singapore below $15,000.
What should I do now? "Let's submit your original offer in the Letter of Intent
and see what happens," I advised an angry Mr Benson, a friendly gentleman who had
lived in the best houses in South America and Europe. We had offered $500 more than
what the other agent had offered and now the Landlord's agent said there was a competing
offer with better terms and conditions.
I submitted the offer with the good faith deposit. The Landlord accepted the offer
as it was first come first served. I could feel Mr Benson's happiness as his wife had been
upset that the house could not be available for her. Maybe, it is best not to inform
the wife of the changes till sometime later to avoid upsetting her.
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In this case, the bidding war was done by the Landlord's realtor. The expatriates'
agent had to be calm and see what other terms and conditions would satisfy the Landlord,
other than more money. In this case, the story had a good ending.
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Bischon screamed when the Owner tried to pull out the hook from her toe. He was bitten on
the fingers although his dog had never bitten anybody.
There was no other way than to see the veterinarian to remove the hook without
causing great pain to your pet. The vet had to give it a small dose of sleeping injection via the vein as the tranquiliser effect was not sufficient to
overcome the pain in pulling out the hook. Once unconscious and pain free, the hook was
removed easily. There were no serious injuries.
In another case, an Owner was bringing her toy dog to the shopping centre. It ran up the
escalator. The toes were caught in between the steps. The dog was in great pain as
the Owner pulled it out. In this case, the escalator should be stopped and the
forward motion reversed so that the toes would not be trapped. It is easier to say
than do when such incidents happen. A rare incident. Never let your toy dog
run up escalators.