As we all know, the real estate market is always changing and here at JLL although we have stability within our team we are always looking for better ways to look after our clients. There is no denying that the French population is growing here in Hong Kong and more importantly at JLL, our retained clients are BNP Paribas and Societe Generale. Although relatively new to the business, Lisa’s fresh ideas and energy are supported by the experience and invaluable relationships that JLL has with property developers and landlords. A perfect partnership.
So, who is Lisa Minto and what brought you to Hong Kong?
Originally from France, I married a Scottish man and since then we have been “on the road”! In the last few years we have lived in 4 different countries and have been calling Hong Kong “home” since summer 2013.
As you might have guessed, I am one of of those trailing spouses … But everywhere we have been, I have always found interesting things to do, either working for corporate companies of focusing on more personal projects: we have 2 lovely children.
What made you decide to work in relocation and real estate?
First of all, I have always been interested in interior design – I think I probably have the largest collection of deco magazines! And the bridge between interior design and properties was easily crossed…
Secondly, I love meeting new people and as a relocation professional I often become one of the first connections people make which is very enjoyable. Helping families settle into the Kong has been really exciting… each family is different and this is why the job is never monotonous.
Tell us about your own experiences of searching for a Hong Kong apartment?
Searching for apartments in Hong Kong can be tricky… It is like a huge web where connections with landlords are the key to success. But as Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, finding an apartment that has it all is really almost impossible … and learning to compromise is something we often have to do with our clients.
The most important piece of advice you’d give to anyone relocating to Hong Kong?
Quickly settle, make friends and enjoy all the city has to offer.
Your favourite Hong Kong property and why?
In HK everything is vertical and I love going up in lifts, walking out and being amazed by the views. So with that in mind I actually have two – is that okay?!
On Hong Kong side, my favourite is probably Highcliff… when looking out the window it really feels like you are flying over the buzzing city.
If you could choose one reason (we know there are many!) of why you love living in Hong Kong, what would it be?
Without hesitation the food scene and foot massages – I am totally addicted to those …
How do you like to spend your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family but also running and practising yoga has become a must for a balanced mind and body. In addition, I have been actively supporting a Cambodian charity called Phare and I am working on project for them to come and perform in Hong Kong! Very busy times.
Share a Hong Kong ‘secret’ with us?
I love this really small lifestyle shop called Allure Living in LKF. The entrance is tiny and not a lot of people know about it but it really has some real gems… Easy to find ‘somethings’ for everyone: uncommon coat hangers, very unique clocks, amazing photos frames, unusual lamps, shelves and also lovely baby things.
You can contact Lisa by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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