Meet Andre – our resident linguist!

We are really pleased to be adding another member to our residential leasing team, and of course wanted to introduce him to you all!  Meet Andre. Born in France but he has also spent his professional career in Brussels, Dublin, Luxembourg, Paris, Montreal, Shanghai and now Hong Kong. Andre’s diverse background has given him a unique ability to connect and understand newcomers’ specific needs and requirements.

Armed with two masters degrees in Finance and Real Estate, fluency in both French and English, and capable levels of German, Dutch and Putonghua, Andre provides excellent and professional service to his clients. 

Let’s find out a little bit more about our globe-trotting linguist….

What is it like being a property agent in Hong Kong?

Being a property agent in Hong Kong is a daily adventure. The job is demanding and challenging, how many Tenants have been overjoyed by the idea of renting a smaller space than what they’re used to for, most of the time, at a significantly higher amount? Looking at the bright side, it is a great opportunity to strengthen interpersonal and negotiation skills, as well as expanding one’s network.

Etre un agent immobilier a Hong Kong est une aventure de tous les jours. Le travail est exigeant et stimulant, combien de locataires sont ravis a l’idee de louer un appartement plus petit que ce a quoi ils sont habitues pour, la plupart du temps, un montant significativement plus eleve? Du bon cote, c’est une opportunite incomparable pour renforcer les competences interpersonnelle et de negotiation, tout comme etendre son reseau.

Sometimes, with HK property there is compromising to be done – it can be hard to find that perfect space!  What are your property non-negotiables?

I couldn’t agree more, it can be hard, with Hong Kong being the world’s most unaffordable city, property-wise. In my opinion, the non-negotiables are: an understandable Landlord/Landlady, a property reasonably priced and the warm feeling of being at home.

Tout a fait d’accord, cela peut etre difficile, HK etant la ville la moins abordable du monde sur le plan immobilier. A mon avis, les non-negotiables sont: un(e) Proprietaire comprehensible, une propriete a un prix raisonnable et la chaleureuse sensation de se sentir a la maison.

If you are a family looking to save money but not compromise on space, which neighbourhoods would you recommend and why?

New Territories are often overlooked, they seem “far”. C’mon! Nothing is far in HK! I would say the best family-friendly development at a more than reasonable price is The Drake in Tuen Mun. With asking rentals as low as 35,000HKD/mth for approx. 1,500sqft (saleable), immaculate condition, great facilities and one of the most renowned Landlords, The Drake is undoubtedly the development I would suggest.

Les nouveaux-territoires sont souvent negliges, ils semblent loin. Allez dis! Rien n’est loin a HK! Je dirais que le meilleur developpement pour les familles a un prix plus que raisonnable est The Drake a Tuen Mun. Avec des loyers demandes aussi bas que 35,000HKD/mois pour pres de 140m2 (saleable), etat parfait, super facilities and un des proprietaires les plus reputes, The Drake est sans aucun doute l’immeuble que je recommenderai.

If you could live in any HK property which would it be and why?

The Government House, not for political reasons. More seriously, living in a Dare Koslow property must be blissful. Unique style, perfect locations and a truthful Landlord. Explains why his properties never stay vacant very long. Jump on this one!

La Maison du Gouvernement, pas pour des raisons politiques. Plus serieusement, habiter dans un appartement de Dare Koslow doit etre un bonheur de tous les jours. Style unique, emplacements parfaits et un proprietaire des plus honnetes explique surement pourquoi ces appartements ne restent vacant jamais tres longtemps. Courez voir celui-ci!

Name your three apartment must haves.

Related to the surprises HK real estate has to offer – three must haves would be: doors, windows and running water.

Lie aux surprises que l’immobilier a HK peut offrir – Les trois must-haves devraient etre: portes, fenetres et l’eau courante.

When you have friends and family visit, what do you put on their Hong Kong itinerary?

Most of my family and friends are from Europe, where temples are not that common. Therefore, I instantly put Wong Tai Sin temple on their tourist-list. We don’t have that many skyscrapers either, so, the views from The Peak and the ICC’s are a must-see, provided there is no fog. We ought not to forget the stomach is easier filled than the eye, a stop-by Dim Sum Square in Sheung Wan should satisfy the most reluctant ones.

La plupart de ma famille et de mes amis habitant en Europe, ou les temples ne sont pas tres communs. C’est pourquoi, je mets systematiquement le temple Wong Tai Sin sur leur liste touristique. Nous n’avons pas non plus beaucoup de gratte-ciels, du coup, les vues de Victoria’s Peak et ICC sont a voir, a condition qu’il n’y est pas de “brouillard”. N’oublions pas qu’un estomac est bien plus facile a satisfaire que les yeux, aussi, un arret a Dim Sum Square a Sheung Wan devrait faire faire plaisir aux plus reticents.

If you were going to be stuck on a desert island, what music would you take with you?

Stuck on a desert island, let’s assume Po Toi, I would most probably think of catching the next ferry back to my favourite island. For the sake of the question, I would pray for a solar panel and a satellite connection to listen to Spotify.

Coince sur une ile deserte, disowns Po Toi, je penserai tres certainement a prendre le prochain ferry de retour vers mon ile preferee. Pour l’interet de la question, je prierais pour un panneau solaire et une connexion satellite pour ecouter Spotify.

See you next week when the Christmas season will be in full swing………..hopefully we will see some of you at The Conrad Fair.

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