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by rarkins
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Agent is asking brokerage after we moved in
Replies: 18
Views: 3556

Re: Agent is asking brokerage after we moved in

I suggest trying to get the "full story" from the agent first before you contact the LL directly - knowledge is power, plus the agent might get annoyed if/once he finds out you have gone around him and be unwilling to tell you more. I know you said: Yes, I don't think we will try to find out what we...
by rarkins
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Agent is asking brokerage after we moved in
Replies: 18
Views: 3556

Re: Agent is asking brokerage after we moved in

Did the agent have keys to let you in to the apartment for viewing or was the previous tenant still living there and simply answered the doorbell? That could explain how the agent may have shown you the apartment without really having full permission of the owner. On the other hand, if the LL had de...
by rarkins
Thu, 14 Sep 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Recommendations for Property Agents
Replies: 12
Views: 4075

Re: Recommendations for Property Agents

I found it here: https://www.cea.gov.sg/docs/default-sou ... oking.html
If you are representing the seller, you should not deny co-broking opportunities to other agents.
by rarkins
Thu, 14 Sep 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Recommendations for Property Agents
Replies: 12
Views: 4075

Re: Recommendations for Property Agents

The CEA has made it very difficult for an agent to refuse to cobroke, although I can't find the exact terms. The CEA makes it quite clear that agents shouldn't advertise properties as "no co-broke" unless they have explained to the owner that such a thing is not in the owner's interest and yet the o...
by rarkins
Thu, 14 Sep 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Agent is asking brokerage after we moved in
Replies: 18
Views: 3556

Re: Agent is asking brokerage after we moved in

I wouldn't mind guessing that the agent somehow missed out on getting paid by the landlord and so now is trying to collect from the tenants. If he actually did get paid by the LL already then it's pretty brazen considering how clear-cut illegal it is to attempt to collect money from both parties. In...
by rarkins
Mon, 01 May 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Where to live?
Replies: 2
Views: 932

Re: Where to live?

Transport : If your workplace is convenient to the Woodlands MRT, then Novena and Newton are already good suggestions due to the north south (red) line being directly linked. Beware though that the stop-to-stop times between those and Woodlands MRT are already around 35 minutes so your total door-t...
by rarkins
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Working at the University, where would you live?
Replies: 14
Views: 2404

Re: Working at the University, where would you live?

@ke7in, you'll find grocery stores within walking distance of most condos. As for shops/restaurants - it varies, and especially according to personal preferences. I suggest first typing the condo names into Google Maps to see what it shows in the surrounding areas. For "shops", look for if there are...
by rarkins
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Working at the University, where would you live?
Replies: 14
Views: 2404

Re: Working at the University, where would you live?

Any popular buildings or specific MRT stations where I should start my search? Because CREATE tower is not particularly close to any MRT stop itself, you may find that some of the more convenient commutes will actually be via bus. There are condos in pretty much all directions that fit your budget,...
by rarkins
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Advice on Location and Salary
Replies: 13
Views: 3069

Re: Advice on Location and Salary

Assuming that you meant both One-North and Buona Vista stations are accessible from your workplace, you would have quite a few options within your price range within a comfortable commute, even considering MRT only. You can check out some of these examples to get an idea for what your "standard of l...
by rarkins
Thu, 02 Jun 2016 1:03 am
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating for 13 months
Replies: 15
Views: 2366

Re: Relocating for 13 months

I would love to know how you did this search. I thought the URA site only allowed you to check up to 5 condos at a time - or is there a different way? Hi, the short answer is that I have my own copy of that data so I can run arbitrary queries on it. As you noted, the URA site provides quite limited...
by rarkins
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating for 13 months
Replies: 15
Views: 2366

Re: Relocating for 13 months

For some perspective, here's a list of private complexes/condos with 10 or more apartments recorded as renting for $1700 or less per month in the last year (according to URA published data): "Parc Rosewood";104 "Le Regal";18 "The Promenade @ Pelikat";18 "Palm Isles";14 "Ripple Bay";14 "People's Park...
by rarkins
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating to Singapore from Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 4298

Re: Relocating to Singapore from Texas

For researching bus routes, you might like https://busrouter.sg/

Just make sure to zoom in enough that you start seeing the stops on the map, and from there it's quite useful.
by rarkins
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Looking for rent $1500, 30 minutes from expo
Replies: 13
Views: 2691

Re: Looking for rent $1500, 30 minutes from expo

Unfortunately $1500 is not going to get you a condo apartment within 30 minutes of Expo. Setting budget to 1700-1800 gives you a better chance nearby (eg Bedok or Pasir Ris) or extending travel time to 40 minutes might give you a chance in Geylang at close to 1500. Otherwise, look at HDB options. No...
by rarkins
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating to Singapore from Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 4298

Re: Relocating to Singapore from Texas

I thought it would be too much to make it the same colour as SMS's right away :D
by rarkins
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Relocating, Moving to Singapore
Topic: Relocating to Singapore from Texas
Replies: 18
Views: 4298

Re: Relocating to Singapore from Texas

Based on your description, it sounds like a major consideration when picking a place to live will be your wife's situation. Instead of asking personal questions, I'll throw some examples out there: - If she's going to be able to work too, then not much to worry about - If she's not going to be worki...

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