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    Touche!............


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    I'm going to say Tai Wai. As I live here however festival city in tai wai is great. A lot of space for the money. Club houses, green spaces, good places to eat or food shop.

    The staff are lovely and helpful.


    However it's that close to central. About 20/30 minutes on the bus and about 40isg on the mtr.


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    Whatever you do, DON'T deal with agents who say they specialise in expats! That's the fastest way to renting the most expensive appt in the block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07
    Whatever you do, DON'T deal with agents who say they specialise in expats! That's the fastest way to renting the most expensive appt in the block.
    Utter ballcocks. It's fine to deal with expat agents, just make sure you are not getting ripped up - same as you would do in any transaction - with "local agents" or "expat agents". I have already posted the link to help any renter ensure he/she is paying market rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    Utter ballcocks. It's fine to deal with expat agents, just make sure you are not getting ripped up - same as you would do in any transaction - with "local agents" or "expat agents". I have already posted the link to help any renter ensure he/she is paying market rate.
    I posted that in response to the SPAM earlier in the thread..... which I hope gets deleted soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    Utter ballcocks. It's fine to deal with expat agents, just make sure you are not getting ripped up - same as you would do in any transaction - with "local agents" or "expat agents". I have already posted the link to help any renter ensure he/she is paying market rate.
    Its not just a question of paying market rate or getting ripped off.
    The problem with expat agents is that their expertise is typically geared towards the very high end of the market and they know very little about the other end of the spectrum. They will typically steer you towards the high end buildings and neighborhoods and wont tell you much about your full range of choices (ie : NT, big chunks of Kowloon, village houses, etc etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    Its not just a question of paying market rate or getting ripped off.
    The problem with expat agents is that their expertise is typically geared towards the very high end of the market and they know very little about the other end of the spectrum. They will typically steer you towards the high end buildings and neighborhoods and wont tell you much about your full range of choices (ie : NT, big chunks of Kowloon, village houses, etc etc).
    A good agent will ask the right questions before looking online through the likes of squarefoot.com.hk for the right apartment.....I'm sceptical you understand these issues......

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    The problem with expat agents is that their expertise is typically geared towards the very high end of the market and they know very little about the other end of the spectrum. They will typically steer you towards the high end buildings and neighborhoods and wont tell you much about your full range of choices (ie : NT, big chunks of Kowloon, village houses, etc etc).
    Most agents, especially local ones are very geared to their local market - if you ask a local agent in Happy Valley to find you an apartment he is going to show you Happy Valley apartments - not say "how about a village house in the NT?".

    If anything, the expat agents know a broader swathe of the market than the local ones as they often deal with new migrants to Hong Kong and provide consultation on areas which is generally not sought or required by apartment seekers who have lived in Hong Kong all their lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    If anything, the expat agents know a broader swathe of the market than the local ones as they often deal with new migrants to Hong Kong and provide consultation on areas which is generally not sought or required by apartment seekers who have lived in Hong Kong all their lives.
    Now I know you'll argue about anything.....clearly bollocks.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    If anything, the expat agents know a broader swathe of the market than the local ones as they often deal with new migrants to Hong Kong and provide consultation on areas which is generally not sought or required by apartment seekers who have lived in Hong Kong all their lives.
    You are indeed, 100% correct.

    How does that invalidate my assertion of : "their expertise is typically geared towards the very high end of the market and they know very little about the other end of the spectrum. They will typically steer you towards the high end buildings and neighborhoods and wont tell you much about your full range of choices (ie : NT, big chunks of Kowloon, village houses, etc etc)."
    Last edited by HowardCoombs; 11-10-2012 at 10:34 AM.
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