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We've finally sold our unit! Even though we've already purchased another apartment quite some time ago, we weren't exactly active in trying to market our current place. It was pure laziness and nonchalence on my part! But when the date of the handover of our new place drew nearer (end of April to be exact), it occurred to me *duh* that if we don't get our apartment sold, we may end up servicing two mortgages!

What we'd done (before we got in touch with our present agents) was to contact 2 housing agents. One was my mom's friend who dealt mainly with industrial properties and he only managed to get one couple to view our place and after that, he MIAed. The other was an agent who was recommended by hubby's colleague. Granted he was hardworking and managed to garner many potential buyers. But no one expressed any keen interest even though most of them oohed and ahhed at the deco and commented at how well we've maintained the place. To be fair, we knew that our apartment wasn't exactly the easiest to market. The living & study area + Aidan's bedroom get hit directly by the afternoon sun. Aidan's room especially can get pretty warm and even at night, I can still feel the heat emanating from the wall.. The view from our living area was of the main road junction which isn't really a pretty sight unless u like traffic and the sound of car horns (and once in a while cars crashing). It was also on a low floor and it was #4 to boot.. Furthermore, there were several other units in our condo that were also on sale and some have been in the market longer than ours. The only thing we were banking on was that the potential buyers would liked how we've done up the place..

Which in the case of the soon-to-be owner of our apt..was exactly the reason why they were attracted to our apartment. It was really a fast sale! The buyer (who's incidentally a DJ at one of our local radio station) & his wife-to-be came over last Sunday to view the place. They apparently liked it alot especially the reno works we've done. .They had a second look on Tuesday, this time with the guy's parents. His parents were very thorough.. they peered at and scrutinized every nook and corners & pointed out several cracks and flaws, some which I'd never noticed before! I thought that it was probably a goner since the older folks tended to be fussier. But i was proven wrong when they actually made an offer that very evening & we counter offered and a deal was finally struck and yesterday, we received the 1% deposit ! All within the span of one week!

Gotta really thank genetonicDiana and kleo78Nicole..Am highly recommending them to anyone who needs housing agents. They were really prompt in their follow-up after I'd called them (which was only abt 1 1/2 weeks go) and this couple was the first client they'd brought over. In fact, they had also introduced another potential buyer who had expressed strong interest (he kept telling us how much he liked the design and how well we'd maintained the place) but he couldn't make an offer till his mom who's in Malaysia seen the place personally.

Strangely..after we'd gotten the call that the sale was on..I felt sad. Even though we'd only had this apartment for abt 5 years, we've spent many memorable times here [we had Aidan while living here :) ].. This was our very first apartment..one that we could call our own. I'd spent countless hours planning its renovation and decorating it and enjoyed every moment of it. I decided on the design dictating to the decorator what I wanted done and chose the furnitures and fixtures to go with it. Hubby gave me free rein since he was too busy with work (think he's gonna be more hands-on with apartment #2 :P). Well, at least this place is going to someone who does appreciate what I've done..I understand that they won't be spending much on reno since they liked it the way it is..

Will most likely be engaging this ID firm to do up our new apartment..Don't think I'll have as much time to be that involved in the reno of our place so I rather entrust it to someone whose vision is inline with ours..We don't have much time now since we gotta handover this apartment in a mere 10 weeks...

Another big purchase soon although (thankfully) I'm not contributing financially to this.. :P Current car's gonna be 5 years old soon so hubby thinks it's abt time to switch to another car. We'd spent the last few weekends visiting car showrooms and he's finally decided on this very model..It was one of my faves too. Can you imagine, he actually wanted a Golf GTI initially - thankfully, they didn't have stock (and the corporate sales lady was simply uncontactable *heng ah*)

But when I was at the showroom, I just couldn't take my eyes off this beauty! Even Aidan was attracted to it and kept saying "I want red car!". The boy has impeccable taste :p Gorgeous but totally impractical and oh so expensive! Oh well, one can always dream right? :)

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Apr. 9th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
One major load off your mind with the apartment sold. I like buyers like that because they know what they want and don't waste people's time!

OT here. I'm flying in with the kids this Friday. You around? I also meant to ask if you have any hotel contacts. Need a good rate because I need two rooms. Let me know, can?
Apr. 9th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
I guess with major purchases like a new home, one tend to try to be more prudent..Yeah, it's a huge load off my mind and timely too :)

I try to check with my colleague on hotel contacts eh..Am definitely ard this weekend!! Let me know what's the plan! I'm sure Aidan would love to meet Claudia if you plan to bring her along!
(no subject) - claudiacheng - Apr. 10th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 9th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
yeah. the memory of aidan finally being able to climb down the bed on his own (with butt tested first), of the then-petite aidan sitting next to the big christmas tree, of aidan waking up earlier than you in certain morning and picked up your lipsticks to imitate you, of aidan exploring the house in all four in his tigger outfit, of aidan chasing the "finding nemo" mid autumn festival lantern from one end to another in his cot bed, of aidan practising his leg muscles holding some rails, of how aidan giggled in his bath tub by squeezing out the water from his bathroom floating toys, of the car crash you reported (and witnessed...and recorded down!). i feel i "have" a lot memory in this apartment too...even i am never there...
Apr. 9th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
heh..you have a good memory! That memory of Aidan with lipstick all over his face is one of my fave too! Actually, this is exactly why im kinda sad abt leaving this aptment. Aidan grew up here..and most of my memories of him as a baby was in this very place..At least I have tons of pictures and videos to show Aidan when he grows up :)
Apr. 9th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
Yay for selling the house! New car looks nice, although ya, I liked the second one much more too!
Apr. 9th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah..the Lexus SC 430 is really eyecatching! Beautiful interior to match too!

Eh..you signed up for the test already right? When ah? I think i better take it soon before it expires:P
Apr. 9th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
Wah, you're really lucky to have made such a quick sale ... and a very timely one at that!

The Lexus IS 250! *drool* I just saw two on the road while driving home just now! Very nice in the flesh! Heh, your lao gong footing the bill single-handedly ah? You damn can ah! LOL!

I'm also contemplating a new set of wheels coz mine's coming to 5 years too. Erm, I'm currently torn between the new bimmer 323, Lexus IS 250, and the stunning new Alfa 159. Very tough choices! For gorgeous, distinctive head-turning looks, I'll have to say the Alfa wins. For pure driving pleasure and space (yeah, it's a lil' roomier than the other two), the nod goes to the 3 series. For lots of hi-tech gadgets as standard gear and sporty good looks, the Lexus wins hands down. Darn! How? How? :\
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
At least your choices are quite similar.

Can u imagine that hubby's other choices were the Legacy, Civic, Passat & GTI..and then he switched to the IS250. He was looking at mainly the specs of the cars i guess. We never considered BMWs at all..don't really fancy it's looks. Oooh..the Alfa looks really cool though i havent seen one on the road yet. One of the fave cars is still the Spyder..again, another impractical car :P

What's the price of the Alfa & Bimmer? At least the IS250 is quite affordable..he wanted to get the luxury version initially but i said no! Actually, i told him to get the Civic 'coz it was cheaper but after seeing the car in person, i was quite disappointed with it..totally unlike how i felt when i saw the Lexus..:)
(no subject) - buzz_cut - Apr. 10th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - angeliatay - Apr. 10th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC) - Expand
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(no subject) - angeliatay - Apr. 11th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC) - Expand
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Apr. 9th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
hey angelia, i've been reading your blog for quite a while after i came across yours from janice's blog. i love reading about your son! he's such a cutie =)

btw i think i saw you and your little prince at upper serangoon on saturday evening! i walked past you and your family, and spotted aidan with his blue crocs! hah. =p
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
Blue crocs! hah, that's definitely Aidan :) We were having our dinner at the teochew mui stall at Upper Sgn!
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
Woo hooo! Housewarming party!

Yeap, Diana and Nicole are good. I haven been recommending other friends to them.
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
heh u think so far ahead! now gotta settle reno!

Yup..im quite impressed by their service! And they work very well together!
(no subject) - moxielass - Apr. 9th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oooh Lexus! :)

Congrats on the sale... But you won't be close by to us any more...
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
closer to WC :)
Fair lah..last time she had to travel so so far and she doesnt have a car!
Oi..ur disc doesn't have Project Runway Season 2 final ep! Left me hanging leh!
(no subject) - oiseauxbleu - Apr. 10th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC) - Expand
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Apr. 9th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
That's the car I wanted!! Or rather, the IS200 actually..until they stopped producing it for the 2.5l :( Mind if I ask how much the IS250 costs? I have been so out of touch with the world! It's a beauty, the car!
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
We're getting the one with the sunmoon-roof so it's slightly more expensive. It's $129,888 and coz im getting it through the corporate sales guys, they are throwing in the solar firm on the car windows (it supposedly cost abt 1.2k. It was either that or a $888 off the price. And in addition to that, we got the 2 year free car servicing too. Thought it wasn't too bad a deal.

Go check it out! It's really gorgeous!
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
at that price, your other options (that are nice) are:

volvo v50
audi a4 (2.0 petrol, not the 1.8 turbo)
mercedes B class
saab 9-3
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
arghh..don't give my ahbang ideas!! Actually, i did tell him to check out the merc and audi but he didn't seemed that interested although he did wanted to get me to visit the volvo showroom (but i was too tired). Somehow, guys seemed to have tons of stamina while car-shopping but they get exhausted easily at the malls :P
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Apr. 9th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Golf gti is good!! especially the new design but i think the price in s'pore is a rip off. hmm i think this IS 250 looks nice, nicer than the lexus altezza aka IS200.
Apr. 10th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
argh..i find the gti very beng :P Don't fancy it's looks and kinda small for a family vehicle but hubby says it's a damn powerful car. I think it's overly priced for a hatchback too!
Apr. 10th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
Congrats on the fast sale of the house =) I have also been toying with the idea of selling off my unit to get a bigger one nearby for a few months... but after I tink abt the 20k I just blew off changing the air-cons and minor reno last yr, I decided to hold on for at least 3 more yrs.... need to get some ROI first, cos I realise that when valuation is done, who cares if I have new aircons or not. Have fun with the deco! =))
Apr. 10th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
well, the good thing is that property market is picking up now so u may get a good deal..but that would mean that the other properties would be getting more expensive too :P it's still buyers market i guess. Where abts are u at btw? Bigger place? Planning for no.2 *grin*?
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Apr. 10th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
it sure its big load out of the mind; but shifting is another Arghh0*(#@&)(!@ Mine will only be ready end of this month ;P
Apr. 10th, 2006 02:28 am (UTC)
yeah boy..im not really looking forward to packing and shifting *argh* . B
Apr. 10th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
Congratulations of the sale of your place :) Yes..yes..I know how it feels to have no viewers and offers. We started marketing our place in Dec '05 and viewers started to trickle in only in Feb 06. Like your's, our present place is hot too and the hall and kids' room can get warm even in the evening.

But nevertheless, yay! for being able to sell off your property :)

On the other hand, I have yet to secure another one so, we'll be homeless in no time and hopefully by then, property prices won't excalated till we can't afford *fingers crossed*

Any good and cheap property to recommend ard Lor Chuan/Braddell area?
Apr. 10th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Hope you'll manage to sell ur place soon although thankfully, you dont have that urgency yet since you havent gotten a new place yet. Im sure the potential buyers would be impressed with the way u've done it up too. At least the property market is picking up now.

Just curious..what is ur budget? I thought Sgn Gdns would have some good deals! I love Gdns esp since i grew up there but the traffic there sucks though..Actually,Newton/Moumein area should be good too. I saw in the papers there was a 1500 sft freehold apartment at Chauncery area going for abt 900k..thought it looked like a good deal. hey..let me know if you want to get in touch with my agents. They're really not bad and have a pool of ready clients.

Good luck and keep us posted on ur search :)
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Apr. 10th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
ooooh.. Lexus. *drool*
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
heh gorgeous eh :) *slurp*
Apr. 10th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
Congrats! And a nice new layout... Sesame
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
heh thanks. was getting bored with my current one. wish i was as creative as you at times so i can change my layout more often :)
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