Most prospective house hunters or sellers think they have a “good” agent. They either have agents who they have already acquainted with or perhaps a referral from a friend or a co-worker. One of the big reasons for having confidence in their agent is a belief that the agent is “on their side” and “honest” etc. However, in today’s competing world, there are a lot of agents who are desperate enough to lure you into some scams and will pose as your enemy behind your back. Well, we are not generalizing this of course as we, the Peterson Group Bespoke Condominium and Residences also has a group of real estate agents who work earnestly to provide the best homes for expatriates in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jakarta, Indonesia and Hong Kong. However, there are recent news and reports which involves scheme that are led by agents. To show our concern, TPG has readily listed some of the reasons why you should be cautious of choosing your agent:

1. Agents are Affable… at first

When a house buyer expresses his intent to purchase a house, it puts the agent on the intent of helping out. In this phase of the transaction, the willingness to provide the home for you is genuine. The agent has a lot of experiences in the inside and out of the industry and he will immediately try to get over the process with you sooner rather than later.

2. Then they start to rub it in

Agents realize the importance of time that you are spending on house hunting as well as the time they are spending with you. It stretches out the time they are to get a commission and while time is being spent; their earnings are also eventually slowly starts to dim but you won’t be hearing any complaints from them. This is the time when the agent will start trying to convince the buyer to lower their standards and raise their prices. Sometimes this is educational if the buyer has unrealistic expectation, but mainly this is to speed up the process so the agent can get paid.

3. And will Suggest Endlessly

Most first time buyers depend on their agent’s decision not thinking that they may be at a disadvantage. Experts advise buyers not to listen to a word your agent has to say. Instead, you have to review your own options and decide through your own intuitions.



 The potential ofAsian countries have grown from mediocre to an alarming threat to oust alreadydeveloped countries such as the United States and United Kingdom from their economicleading positions. The culture and the rich variety of resources alsocontribute to the growing investments in the each country.

The continentalready has its own list of developed countries including Singapore, SouthKorea, Japan, China and United Arab Emirates (UAE) among others. Thesecountries have been leading the world with unique characteristics and assistingwestern developed countries in fulfilling global causes and implementinginternational projects.

If Asiancountries send their people to seek opportunities in the western part of theworld, a lot of expatriates also reside in Asia, either building and developingtheir own business or working in Asian companies.

The rise offoreign firms opening in Asia and the increasing number of their population alsoincreases the demand for luxury homes which can cater to their needs. Theindustry is also the shining beacon of economy for the higher end market.

Being able tolive or work in areas where there are posh condominium give one an air ofelegance and sophistication. It is an accepted fact that urbanization anddevelopment paves way for industrialization and modernity.

Singapore is anexample. The city-island country has been recognized as one of the mostdeveloped countries in the world. With millions of expatriates living withinits walls, condominium units are easily occupied even before it can becompletely constructed. Pre-selling of apartments is rampant with developerspiling public offices for building permits.

Accordingto the review conducted by the Peterson Group Bespoke Condominiums andResidences, specializing luxury home rentals for expatriates for Singapore, themarket has increased by 10 – 12% since last year. Similar demands areexperienced in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Japan as well as in developing cities,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Jakarta, Indonesia.

The cheap priceof luxury homes compared to that of developed countries also accounts to thegrowing attraction of foreigners to Asian extravagant housings. Cities alsopromise expansion, enabling developers to increase the average size ofcondominiums, making them more appealing to expatriates. The number oflarge-residential housing around the prime cities is rising.

However, thisgrowth and obvious boost to the economic sector and the strengthening ofinternational ties is not without complaints. May humanitarian andenvironmental organizations are calling the unending urbanization exploitationof nature and impractical use of resources. Yet, the industry doesn’t seem tohave any plans of stopping.