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Post by ca_momof3 » Thu, 31 Jan 2008 9:33 am

Hello, I'm new to this forum. We will be moving to Sinagpore this June/July. We are not having a positive experience with our relo company. Do we really need one? Any advice, please. Thanks.

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Post by joop » Thu, 31 Jan 2008 5:09 pm

What is the job scope of your relocation company? To find schools and accomodation..?

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Post by ca_momof3 » Fri, 01 Feb 2008 9:17 am

Thanks for the reply. The relo company we have does it all. Are there better companies than others?

What I would really like to know is - do you really need one to rent? Can I contact owners directly?

My relo company has been no help and even made things worst.

Thank you.

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Post by hamamatsu1999 » Sun, 03 Feb 2008 2:28 am

Hi,

I think you do not need a relo company to rent a place. If you meet some nice people in this forum they can help you out of kindness which can turn out as well or better.

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Post by ksl » Sun, 03 Feb 2008 2:36 am

ca_momof3 wrote:Thanks for the reply. The relo company we have does it all. Are there better companies than others?

What I would really like to know is - do you really need one to rent? Can I contact owners directly?

My relo company has been no help and even made things worst.

Thank you.
I think you maybe in good hands here in the forum, with Joop, they have a reputation, to think about.

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Post by joop » Sun, 03 Feb 2008 1:05 pm

You don't actually need a relocation company since most can be done on your own. At the end of the day, they would still liaise with agents on co-ordination of paperwork, handovers, therefore, going direct to agents would save you involvement of one party.
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Post by road.not.taken » Sun, 03 Feb 2008 4:53 pm

ca_momof3 wrote:Thanks for the reply. The relo company we have does it all. Are there better companies than others?

What I would really like to know is - do you really need one to rent? Can I contact owners directly?

My relo company has been no help and even made things worst.

Thank you.
You need a property agent to rent, not necessarily a relocation company. Relocation companies are there to help you with the move, the transition, to flatten out the learning curve a bit. They can also supply background information that a real estate agent may not know, or won't share. In the best case scenario, it's like having a friend who lives here, who can give you all kinds of answers to questions (even those not related to accommodations). How do I write a check? How will my child get to school? Why is this apartment so cheap? Why do we want a corporate lease? Where can I play tennis? What season of Grey's Anatomy is on TV?If your relocation company isn't doing this, then you need a new one.

Back when Singapore was considered a hardship posting, relocation companies were hired to ensure some level of success for the new people moving in, now it's a little easier to settle on your own, but a good relocation company is still a valuable asset.

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Post by keepitreal » Tue, 05 Feb 2008 1:21 pm

Use them to show you around places and draw the line there. I visited a number of properties with them but also used regular agents as well. When the same properties came up, the price with the regular agent was cheaper. My thinking was the landlord knew any intro from a relo agent was more than likely on a package and therefore bumps the price up - I experienced this on more than one occassion.

These relo agents use the same agents that are on the street, they then co-broke the commission. When you visit a palce, you will be there with the relo agent and also another agent (the vendors) - that agent knows the relo agent and will quote a higher price to them than if you were to call them direct.

Avoid like the palgue...

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