Apartment rental in PP
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 8, 2013 12:59 AM Last Post By: nabanga
Mar 20, 2013 3:36 PM
Apartment rental in PPI need to rent an apartment in PP for a few months. I live in Vientiane and will be commuting between the two places.
Does anyone have any experience of "Independent Property Services", a rental agent in PP? They have an elaborate website and advertise that they take their commission from the property owner, but I am wondering if they also add a hundred bucks or so to the rent as well, like some agents in Vnte do.
Any other first hand recommendations for agents or apartment blocks in PP?
Mar 20, 2013 4:04 PM
1I suggest that you post this question on http://www.khmer440.com/chat_forum/viewforum.php?f=11 and also search for places to rent there as well
Mar 20, 2013 11:27 PM
2The rental agencies, such as Independant Property Services advertise appartments for ludicrous prices.
Best thing to do is grab a notebook, walk around the city, particularly the area you would like to live, note down the ph numbers of "For rent" signs which are displayed on appartments, and get a local to ring and find out the prices and organise a viewing. Trust me...you will get a much more reasonable price this way.
Mar 21, 2013 3:35 AM
Mar 22, 2013 7:45 AM
Mar 25, 2013 8:30 PM
5Thanks for the replies all.
#2 - thats what I suspected, and why I posted really. Expat services always seem to gouge way too much in most countries, probably reliant on many contract work people having their accomodation bills paid for them so they don't care so much about the price.
I will stay in my regular PP guesthouse for a week, and spend the eveinings looking around before choosing.
Mar 26, 2013 12:41 AM
Apr 7, 2013 9:14 PM
7also check out http://www.expat-advisory.com/. a lot of agents post on there, so you can just email/call one of them once you get to PP and let them know what you're looking for (location, price range, size) and they'll take you around to the various places.
Independent Property Services and other similar real estate agents specialize in much more up-scale apartments that most expats can't afford. they're really really nice places obviously but you can find much cheaper and still nice enough places to live.
Apr 8, 2013 12:15 AM
8Don't agree with many of these replies.
Firstly, avoid Khmer440 - it's full of complete knobs and trolls. The best you can hope for is you won't get insulted too much. Expat Advisory's okay, but you'll cast a wider net if you check out the property listings on bongthom.com.
Secondly, as someone who's lived here for for years and speaks Khmer, I've done everything from using locals to driving around myself to using IPS. I can guarantee IPS will not gouge you - I decided to use them when moving this time because I'd had enough of either driving round town for days myself looking for something decent, or being taken to absolute dumps by locals. On average I used to take 3 weeks finding somewhere both myself and the other half liked at a decent enough price. When I used IPS I found one in 2 days. I'm not going to speculate how they make their money, but going on normal market rates they certainly aren't adding on a large monthly amount.
Just don't expect them to be much help at all with any negotiations you want to make with your landlord.
Apr 8, 2013 12:59 AM
9Thanks again all.
In the end I spent 1 full day riding round about 10 central places that I had picked from internet and the local paper, price range from $300 for a decent size 1 bedroom serviced place, up to $700 for a vast teak-floored apartment about three times the size of my house in Vientiane. No doubt there are cheaper places to be had - but with the Mrs home alone all day it had to fit her bill.
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