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Post by louy » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 5:09 pm

Saint wrote:
I guess I should have said for virgin expats to Singapore. Most of them fall into 2 categories,

A) Their comapny is paying the rent or getting an allowance, most likely being put up in a hotel/service apartment for a month while they look for somewhere to rent. As long as the place is within budget, no need for them to haggle over a couple of hundred dollars.

B) Expats arriving on a local package who will most probably have to fund a couple of weeks in a hotel themselves while they frantically look for somewhere to rent quickly. No time to play the haggling game with LLs.
I am the second category :(
Unless I start doing some kick asss negotiating

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Post by EADG » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 8:11 pm

I was in a variation of the 2nd - I had corporate housing for a set time before I had to move into my own apartment.

One thing I did find that is worth noting - most LLs and agents assume if you're Western that you have loads of money to extort and that you work for a MNC who will pay so $ is not a problem.

Wrong, and for most.

I had to make it very clear to each that I was paying out of pocket for mine, and I recommend you do too.

Plus I had simply awful RE agents on both moves, and a couple who resorted to subtle deception; now thankfully I have two really good ones.

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Saint wrote:
I guess I should have said for virgin expats to Singapore. Most of them fall into 2 categories,

A) Their comapny is paying the rent or getting an allowance, most likely being put up in a hotel/service apartment for a month while they look for somewhere to rent. As long as the place is within budget, no need for them to haggle over a couple of hundred dollars.

B) Expats arriving on a local package who will most probably have to fund a couple of weeks in a hotel themselves while they frantically look for somewhere to rent quickly. No time to play the haggling game with LLs.
I am the second category :(
Unless I start doing some kick asss negotiating
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Post by Saint » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 8:14 pm

I'm probably going to be in an even worse situation than either A or B I mentioned as I'll be staying with the MIL until we find a place :cry: :lol:

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Post by micknlea » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 9:36 pm

But I thought you had a really good agent to help you Saint!?
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Post by Saint » Mon, 04 Aug 2008 9:48 pm

micknlea wrote:But I thought you had a really good agent to help you Saint!?
Yes I have but I think even she will struggle to find a place for us to move into the day we arrive :lol:

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Post by micknlea » Tue, 05 Aug 2008 10:16 am

She might just have a few lined up for you to look at pretty quickly though eh? Come one, you are looking forward to staying with the MiL! :wink:
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Post by Saint » Tue, 05 Aug 2008 3:35 pm

That's what I'm hoping thatmy "very good agent" will have a few lined up for the first weekend. Unfortunately I think Mrs S might be a bit picky!

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