I have been given the services of an international estate agent to help me find an apartment in Hong Kong.
I have found a development I like, which is 80 Robinson Road, and the estate agent has shown me a couple of apartments in that development.
The trouble is, they know my housing allowance, which is $40,000.
The three apartments I have seen so far have each been around $38,000.
According to my estate agent, the block is very popular and there is little room for negotiation. Also, I'm told that the 3 I have seen have been leased and that there is only one apartment that will become available in the next month.
I'm happy to accept that all of this is the case. However, I would like to understand a couple things, if you guys can help me...
1) Typically, would an estate agent have access to all available properties in a block such as 80 Robinson, or is it possible other agents might have further properties that my agent can't show me?
2) Any experience of dealing with international vs. local agents? Anyone gone looking with a local agent even though their company put them in contact with an international one? Are there downsides to doing this, e.g. quality of rental contract, etc?
3) How does $38,000 sound for 80 Robinson (3 bed, high floor)? I'm aware that the prices used to be higher than this, but reports in the media seem to suggest I should be offering a substantial discount to advertised prices (against the 'impartial' advice of my agent)...