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Post by ann112728 » Wed, 21 May 2008 1:51 pm

:roll: moving to singapore on friday the 30th may my husband and i will be staying in a hotel until we find an apartment we will be looking to be near his office which is 101 Thomson road United Square is there any good condos or apartments in that area thanks

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Post by jpatokal » Fri, 23 May 2008 2:09 am

That area is called Novena and there are gobs of apartments (condos) around there, old and new, all somewhat pricy these days.
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Post by ann112728 » Fri, 23 May 2008 6:35 am

[quote="jpatokal"]That area is called Novena and there are gobs of apartments (condos) around there, old and new, all somewhat pricy these days.[/quote]

thank you for that it will be very helpful we have an agent looking for us at the moment but what we have found is the apartments they have sent us are 500 more than what it says on the site is that how it works they put there bit on

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Post by durain » Fri, 23 May 2008 6:54 am

you need to haggle. :wink:

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Post by jpatokal » Sat, 24 May 2008 12:09 am

ann112728 wrote:thank you for that it will be very helpful we have an agent looking for us at the moment but what we have found is the apartments they have sent us are 500 more than what it says on the site is that how it works they put there bit on
Yes, it is. You need to tell the agent a little less than you're actually willing to pay, and also remember that in today's housing market you can probably shave 10% or more off the asking price.
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Post by gracel7 » Wed, 28 May 2008 11:12 am

ann, we're in the same boat. my family is also moving next month. will be there by june5 and will stay in a hotel first until we find a place. we're arranging meetings with brokers.

brokers are saying the cost of 3BR condo unit is from$4K to $5K in the area of tiong bahru and anywhere else near the central business district.

as you will be there earlier than us, i hope you can post comments on the places you've visited.

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Post by Nailah » Fri, 30 May 2008 11:51 am

Oh that's a good location Ann. Lots of properties to choose from.

However, Durain is right. Be prepared for some serious haggling with prospective landlords. The area is too near to the city-centre to come cheap.

Hope you will like it here. Welcome. :)



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Post by ann112728 » Mon, 02 Jun 2008 2:19 pm

:wink: well wey hey we have arrived in singapore i would just like to thank all who helped me with information about the area we are intrested in you were right there are shedloads of condos and apartments we will be viewing lots of them this week will keep you informed how we get on :D

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Post by Nailah » Mon, 02 Jun 2008 2:26 pm

Another warm welcome to you Ann. *hug* Enjoy your stay!



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Post by ann112728 » Mon, 09 Jun 2008 9:55 am

:D hi all just to let you know we have found an apartment after only one week we move in this saturday good eh, we looked at about 15 apartments which is good, as some i spoke to looked at 50+. Grace my advise to you would be if you dont want to live in a box dont look at any apartments less than 1,200sq even if there are only two of you hope this is helpful good luck

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Post by rexwrx » Mon, 09 Jun 2008 4:36 pm

hi ann, whereabouts will u be living (which area)?

also how did you find these apartments? through local agents? though this website? were the agents recommended?

thanks for your inputs
ann112728 wrote::D hi all just to let you know we have found an apartment after only one week we move in this saturday good eh, we looked at about 15 apartments which is good, as some i spoke to looked at 50+. Grace my advise to you would be if you dont want to live in a box dont look at any apartments less than 1,200sq even if there are only two of you hope this is helpful good luck

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Post by ann112728 » Tue, 10 Jun 2008 4:38 pm

hi we will be living on upper thomson road which is only about 15 mins from where my husband works in united square, my husbands office found us an agent, but I also found a couple of agents myself out of The Straits Times I found the more agents looking for you, the better chance of finding something pretty quick and the agents know the score its dog eat dog so to speak the agents dont mind, but keep in mind you dont pay for there service it was one of the agents I had, that told me. You can have as many agents as you want .
We arrived in Singapore on the 30th of May and we move into our apartment on Saturday the 14th June so that is good going ,I know some people who looked at 40 to 50 apartments before thay found the one they liked hope this is helpful to you and good apartment hunting :)

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Post by rexwrx » Thu, 12 Jun 2008 9:10 am

thanks. do you guys store your goods in the container/warehouse first prior to moving into the apartment?

so straits times is a good source for getting more agents yah? thanks.

do you guys also have kids coming along with you with the move?
ann112728 wrote:hi we will be living on upper thomson road which is only about 15 mins from where my husband works in united square, my husbands office found us an agent, but I also found a couple of agents myself out of The Straits Times I found the more agents looking for you, the better chance of finding something pretty quick and the agents know the score its dog eat dog so to speak the agents dont mind, but keep in mind you dont pay for there service it was one of the agents I had, that told me. You can have as many agents as you want .
We arrived in Singapore on the 30th of May and we move into our apartment on Saturday the 14th June so that is good going ,I know some people who looked at 40 to 50 apartments before thay found the one they liked hope this is helpful to you and good apartment hunting :)

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Post by ann112728 » Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:23 am

hi we arrived in Singapore with only four suitcases and of course the golf clubs we have been traveling alot we did 9 months in Thailand and we have just done 7 months in Guam so we always go for F/F apartments which is not always to our liking so we buy new things like bed and sofa and loads of other everyday stuff we are lucky as the company give us a good allowance No is the answer to your question have we got kids coming with us we do have two girls but they are 36 and 34 they will be visting in the near future hopefully if there's anything else i can help you with just let me know and i will try good luck :)

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Post by xernstx » Fri, 13 Jun 2008 8:43 pm

I recommended getting the Straits Times - look in the classifieds (especially Saturday). Even if you have an agent, these listings will give you a 'floor' for the area/building you are looking at.

We were in the process of settling on a unit before I found one in the same building for S$600/month less. Post-haggling, I'm paying S$800/month less for essentially the same unit (not as good a view) in the same building.

Market is cooler now than when I arrived in Nov. so perhaps you have more leverage/can negotiate more.

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