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  1. #31

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    Any of the buildings above Elements, Kowloon station (The Arch being one of them).

    It's on top of an MTR, 2 stops from Central, good (if not particularly cheap) supermarket options, shiny new buildings drenched in polish marble if that's your thing. And if you end up changing banks, half the banks in HK will be within a five minute walk from your flat.

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    Anybody who chooses to use an Agent clearly are idiots or have a company whom is paying the bill that doesn't care about where it spends it's money.


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    J Residence in Wanchai could be an option for your budget. It has a rooftop pool and gym, also a bar with a view over Victoria Harbour. I havent been in any of the apartments but i have used the gym on occasion as my boss owns one there. Next door is Fraser Suites which could also be an option. Both are pretty much opposite Wanchai MTR station which is 2 stops to Central. Also handy for the Wanchai bars for watching sports and the "alternative" nightlife

    http://www.jresidence.com.hk/

    http://hongkong.frasershospitality.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by londontohk2012
    Thanks so much everyone for your replies. Really helpful. Any more ideas, pls let me know. Would anyone recommend Park Island?
    you haven't been on this site for long and already you have been randy-fied...
    dont be fooled into buying Park Island by randy1. He is looking for more transactions to hype up its potential, so that he could off-load his property.
    It is ugly, not convenient, not quiet and pales in comparison to DB, even at a fraction of the latter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    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)."
    Well, you have a choice of a local focussed agent or a expat focussed agent. If you don't dispute a local agent won't give you a good view of the wider market outside of their area, I am not sure why you castigate the expat ones for not telling you about the wider market outside their area.

    It's like complaining the expat agents won't provide daycare facilities for your children while you go flat hunting, but a spurious point in any comparison as neither will the local dudes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    I am not sure why you castigate the expat ones for not telling you about the wider market outside their area.
    I castigate the expat ones for reasons already stated, what are you not sure about? Their knowledge is limited to high end areas and high end apartments. Their area is composed of very expensive housing.

    Do you disagree? Do you believe expat agents can steer you to lower end of the market?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisoMayi
    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.
    The problem with Tai Wai is that you're on MTR East Rail all the time which has been transformed to The Locust Express these past years, horrifying, especially during peak hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    I castigate the expat ones for reasons already stated, what are you not sure about? Their knowledge is limited to high end areas and high end apartments. Their area is composed of very expensive housing.

    Do you disagree? Do you believe expat agents can steer you to lower end of the market?
    Yes, I believe you won't get steered to live in a NT village house if you approach an expat agent who specialises in the Mid Levels.

    Equally you won't get steered into a Mid Levels apartment if you approach a local agent in Tuen Mun.

    What pearls of wisdom are you going to share with us next Howard?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    They charge 50% of a months rental as standard, just like the local guys.
    This is incorrect. Agents typically charge 100% of 1 months rent. Split 50/50 between landlord and tenant.


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    Quote Originally Posted by virago
    This is incorrect. Agents typically charge 100% of 1 months rent. Split 50/50 between landlord and tenant.
    Yes, 50% of a months rent to the tenant.... zzzzzz.

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