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Welcome 2018! We are all set for the journey…

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The Fresco & Avid Estates team would like to wish everyone a happy new year and welcome 2018! It has been a wonderful 2017 and a lot of stuff happened and done that year.  It’s a whole new year and it’s a good time to reflect and plan our next goal to achieve more. Love someone more especially ourselves, take ‘time’ more seriously and be always grateful and thankful for everything that we got.

For house-buyers, this may be a good year to start looking since the stamp duty cost remained the same and generally, home prices are not exactly escalating (so far). We have some really good bargain deals for those who are interested. For the would-be-tenants, we have really good and nice units to-let too. Head on to http://www.fresco.strikingly.com or https://kevinfoocy.iagent.my/default.aspx?p=Listings for more details!

Have a great and purposeful year ahead! Till next time, see ya.

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Visually stunning and good value rentals

When we search for a place to rent, we usually look for those with a good location, nice decor, great furnishing and of course, a really good price. How often do we get these? Not often enough I must say. The first impression is equally important and something nice doesn’t always come with a nice price tag. But in this case, we have 2 equally fantastic units to offer!

First, we have Ameera @ SS2. This is our first spotlight of this month’s ‘poetry in a room’ condominium. This close to 1,300 sqft home is an award-winning unit with the Gold Award at The Edge–Haven My Dream Home Awards in 2012.  It is tastefully designed and deliciously furnished to the highest standard. With a touch of artistic punch coupled with a contemporary nudge, this is truly a home for the modern urbanites. Let me know if you need more pictures to satisfy that curiosity.

Ameera Residences is the first phase of a mixed development built by SDB Properties (a subsidiary of Selangor Dredging Bhd). The condo’s name, Ameera simply means “princess” in Arabic. This condo is expected to be fully completed by end of 2009 and would be ready for occupancy by the first quarter of 2010.

Ameera Residences has two sections – a low rise block and a 29-storey tower block. The low rise block has an “L” shaped building where one side of the building is 4-storey high and another side is 12-storey high. The low rise block features 53 villas, including limited edition garden villas and penthouses. At the tower block, there will be 237 condo units including 5 penthouses.

Ameera Residences is located along Jalan SS2/72, within the SS2 neighborhood in Petaling Jaya. It is accessible via Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP), Jalan SS2/24, Jalan 17/47, Jalan Universiti, and Sprint Highway. It is within walking distance to schools and institutions (SK Taman Sea, SJKC Puay Chai, UTAR and The Otomotif College), food outlets, corporate offices, shopping malls (Tropicana City Mall, 1-Utama) and many others.

Next, we have the newly refurbished Pantai Panorama unit. The unit was off the market for a good couple of months and what a comeback this time around. The living hall is totally revamped and was given a contemporary look and with new furniture and additional items around the unit, it gives the potential tenant a good run for their money and add in a friendly owner/landlord, this is a must go to unit if you’re looking for something nice in Pantai Panorama. As of the time of writing this, we already have 2 offers coming from 2 expats!

Pantai Panorama is a freehold condominium located in Bukit Kerinchi (formerly known as Kampung Kerinchi) in Pantai, right above the new development of 60-acre Bangsar South.

Pantai Panorama comprises of five 18-storey towers that house a total of 708 units. It was developed by AMDB and completed in 1996. The condominium is complete with full condominium facilities including swimming pools, mini mart, playground, BBQ area, spa, gymnasium, restaurant and laundrette. It is secured by 24-hour security guard service and its security is enhanced by CCTV and lift access card.

Pantai Panorama is strategically located nearby amenities and prime areas. It is just mere minutes away from Mid Valley Megamall, The Gardens and Bangsar Village. You can easily access to the condominium from Federal Highway, Penchala Link and New Pantai Expressway.


Details of each property are courtesy of Propwall.

Another unfortunate incident

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Yesterday was supposed to be a productive morning where a buyer from the North came down to KL for viewing. Not having units from my own listing, I got a few co-agents’ contacts earlier and looked for co-broke. However, not sure if the market is really good or they just don’t feel like co-broking, only one decided to respond to my request.

Since it was Tuesday when we had the conversation and Wednesday was a public holiday (Deepavali), we left the conversation with a confirmation of viewing on Thursday morning at 10:30am. He even asked me for a co-broke letter and my business card to make sure I’m no dodgy agents lurking. I’m more than happy to provide these.

Come Wednesday evening, I sent another Whatsapp message (normally to track the conversation and as evidence leading to viewings) to remind him of the appointment. Noticed the message was read and I did not think much about it later.

I was up early Thursday morning and headed out to the condominium which was 20 minutes away from my place. I reached the place early and went about my breakfast while waiting for the co-agent and my buyer.

Sent out a message at 9:00am reminding him the appointment and noticed that he was last online at 1:20am. I thought he lives nearby and will only make his way to read messages later. At 9:30am, he was still offline and I’m beginning to feel a little uneasy.  I called but couldn’t get through. The phone was switched off. I called again around 15minutes later and the same thing. I knew something is not right.

Finally, at 10:10am, he finally called and told me he totally forgot about the viewing and based on his tone, he was actually trying to accuse me of not confirming the viewing on Tuesday and it’s too late now to arrange with the owners. He said I should write something ‘confirmed viewing on Thursday 10:30am’ in the message to make it clear. Like what??!! Seriously?? After all the reminders??

I told him it’s fine and I would look for others to cover this bulls****. I was very disappointed indeed and in such a short time, I don’t know how to pull this off. The buyer called and I had to walk up to him and told him that I couldn’t get any units for him to view that morning but asked if anything in the afternoon would do. Luckily, and I was lucky for most of the time with buyers and tenants, I was given a second chance.

Immediately I went around sourcing for other agents and finally got 1. Well better than nothing. We went ahead with the viewing and believe it or not, I was told the earlier co-agent was a crafty and dodgy agent around that area and a similar incident happened to him as well. Not sure about the dodgy agent’s motives but heck, I’ll just stay away from these unheard or sleazy agencies from now on.

Lesson learnt. Estate agents like us should really be hardworking and kept looking for quality and personal listing whenever possible. This is where you gain control of situations. When needed to co-broke, make sure it’s with a respectable agent/agency to ensure a good outcome.

Happy hunting guys!

Special mention to Oscar for helping me out. Cool bro!

Our latest open house at Selekoh Tunku, Bukit Tunku last weekend

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What a weekend. We just had our latest open house at Bukit Tunku over the weekend and what an experience.  Weeks of preparations and arrangements finally paid off with a successful event. We would like to thank the office for the support, especially the Boss, Nieyko, Stephanie (our newbie support), Naz for your ‘cheerleading’ and all who came-by pre and during the open house.. Thank you so much!

And of course, the main figure here is Ms.Billie, my partner for this open house. Thank you for this opportunity, for me to experience my first Bukit Tunku open house.

We were all very excited leading to the day. Flyers, signboards, newspaper ads, and invitations. For me at least, it is not common to have open house around this area and open to all to look at one of Kenny Hills’ (before it was renamed to Bukit Tunku) classic bungalows. So, it is both a marketing and exposure experience for us.

The Selekoh Tunku address has some prominent residents lining up the street too. It would make a great neighborhood and furthermore, this is pretty close to the Jalan Langgak Tunku area – the happening place in Bukit Tunku. Fancy having a nice breakfast at the Kenny Hills Baker or having your lunch at the sumptuous Kenny Hills Bistro or just simply hop over to Sids at night for a quick alcohol fix? It’s just 1 min away.

Over the past 2 days, we had not many visitors or buyers. However, the quality of the visitors supersedes the lack in numbers. Most of them, when asked, came to know about the open house via the sign boards around Bukit Tunku. The interesting thing is, we do have keen individuals and some offers to bring back to the owner.  In fact, there was one who came back 3 times to view the unit! Talk about loving it. But of course, the negotiation is still in its early stage. We just hope for the best.

We ended the open house on Sunday afternoon and we have a total of 2 offers to be brought back to the owner. What an eventful 2 days and we got away with it even though we had it on a King’s birthday. Heh.

There you go. Our next chapter is already in the works and after today’s meeting with the team, boy, do we have a BIG one coming your way to Bukit Tunku very soon! So, stay close to this blog/facebook update and get to know more about what’s going to happen.

Ciao!

Good to know who is who and their roles…

Was a little busy for the past few months.  Been following up few low-hanging listing and would like to close these before my deserved trip to the North next week. Things have been kind to me lately and hopefully after our Bukit Tunku open house this weekend, it gets better!

Been running around collecting listing and meeting with owners recently and noticed that some if not all, are still a little fuzzy about the agents that are representing them. And to top it off, some agents (possibly newer ones) are also somewhat unclear about their roles. It is a good time to learn together now and I have just the infographic here to illustrate that nicely. Take a look, guys.

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So, just to summarize, a listing agent is the one representing the owner of the house/unit. If he gets a buyer and closes the deal by himself, he/she gets the full (2% commission – that’s our fee) from the sale price. And if a buyer’s agent is in the mix, the 2% get shared equally between the two. We call this a ‘co-broking or co-agent’ deal.

If a non-agent (means he/she is not officially registered as a REN/REA) is representing a homeowner and wishes to get something out of it, he/she is only entitled to a referral fee. Usually, these are the relatives or friends of the owner. Normally it’s a 10% of the total commission received by the buyer’s agent – although it may vary for different agencies. So in this case, the buyer’s agent somewhat act as a listing agent too.

Now, let’s go out and tell our owners, buyers and fellow agents what we can achieve together! If you wanna go fast, do it alone… if you wanna go far, do it together!


Infographic courtesy of http://www.Forbes.com | http://www.Redfin.com | PHA Realty