On a recent trip to the UK, it was interesting to note that the age-old distrust of estate agents is alive and well. I was surprised to see that there is still no statutory regulation to protect buyers from unqualified and sub-standard estate agents.
For Singapore buyers, the CEA (Council of Estate Agents; cea.gov.sg) – established almost two years ago does just that. You can go online to check whether your salesperson is registered, find out what standard of service you should expect, request mediation services or make a complaint.
With a code of ethics and the disciplining of errant agents, compulsory examinations and a minimum number of continued professional development hours each year, the standard of practice is being raised in Singapore. When making the biggest purchase of your lives it is hugely important to be able to place your trust in the agent you are dealing with.
A gorgeous, immaculate two-storey penthouse with private lift, four bedrooms, a study and maid’s room. This luxurious and spacious apartment is in an exclusive low-rise development of only 55 units, located minutes away from Orchard Road shopping centres such as ION Orchard, Takashimaya, Wisma Atria, Paragon and Tangs. Clubs such as the The Pines and The Tanglin Club are just a stone’s throw away.
$17K RENT/$8.6M SALE
Size: 3,842 sq. ft
A rare opportunity to rent this completely refurbished, redesigned, three-storey maisonette. Everything is brand new with top-of-the-range fixtures, fittings and appliances. Lots of well designed storage and space. Three good size bedrooms with study areas, two with en suite bathrooms.
The light, bright and breezy maisonette has a balcony that overlooks the pool and greenery. Must be seen to be appreciated.
Size: 1,760 sq. ft
Beautifully renovated penthouse with three bedrooms plus a study and a stunning, 2,000-square-foot rooftop garden. Perfect for expats who love alfresco dining and entertaining.
Small freehold development located on Mount Sinai Road, near Holland Village and just minutes from Clementi and Holland Village MRT stations.
Size: 4,349 sq. ft
Be the first resident to occupy this new two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit. The bomb shelter can be used for storage. Being a ground-level unit, it sports a larger-than-usual balcony.
It’s one of 248 units in a 12-storey condo with full facilities, located in District 10 and fairly close to the Farrer and Holland MRT stations.
Size: 1,450 sq. ft
This unit is perfect for those wanting the bigger rooms that older buildings provide, but with modern fittings and a top-notch renovation. Close to both Bukit Timah and Orchard Road, the condo has easy access to public transport.
This low-floor unit comprises three large bedrooms and an open-plan lounge and kitchen. It has plenty of storage throughout, a good-sized balcony off the lounge overlooking greenery and another balcony off the master bedroom. Well-priced, considering the quality of the renovations, this unit should be snapped up soon.
Size: 1,819 sq. ft