A Commentary on the Singapore Oxley Road House Dispute
The Oxley Road house dispute began with a public feud between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his siblings, Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang. It seemed to Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah that the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew did not necessarily mean for the house to be destroyed. There were two clauses in his will; the first displayed his wish to have the house destroyed, however the second clause seemed to indicate the possibility of leaving the house intact if the law prohibited his children from demolishing it. Read on to learn of the main points that Indranee Rajah put across!
What does the 7th Will Actually Say?
According to Indranee Rajah, the 7th paragraph of the will does clearly state that it was Mr. Lee’s will and the will of his late wife, Mrs. Kwa Geok Choo, that the house be demolished. However, the interesting part is in the second clause of this paragraph where Mr. Lee mentions the possibility that his sons are unable to demolish the house due to any changes in the law. He then proceeds to give his will for that possibility. His will in this case is that the house remain closed off to the public and that only his descendants may enter for as long as the house stands. It seems logical that Mr. Lee would only place this in his will if he anticipated the possibility that the house would not be lawfully able to be demolished.
Why is the Government even Involved?
The matter of who owns the house is private, however what happens to the house does have to do with the government; this is due to the fact that many historical events occurred in this house. The founding fathers of Singapore came together inside Oxley Road House, not to mention the decisions that lead up to internal self-government were made there as well. Because of these things and a number of others, the proposed demolition of the house has become a public matter and as such a government matter.
What is the Prime Minister’s Position?
The prime minister has removed himself from the decision making process and left it up to the rest of the Cabinet to decide. His reasoning for this is because his personal preference is to see his parent’s wishes carried out. However, as the Prime Minister, his desire to fulfill the will of his parents may clash with what is good for the country, hence why he has chosen to do nothing.
Is it Possible to Demolish the House now Anyway?
It is not possible due to the fact the Dr. Lee Wei Ling is still living in the house. It is stated in Mr. Lee’s 7th Will that the demolition was only to begin when his daughter was no longer living there. As far as can be seen Dr. Lee is not planning to go anywhere anytime soon. It seems, therefore, that only time will tell what decision is going to be made in the distant future!
Sometimes it seems like some of the people in Singapore have lots of spare time and take their time building an amazing house! This of course isn’t quite true because those people worked extremely hard to get to where they are now. Regardless of this, their houses are there and are easily noticed! If you haven’t been to Singapore and seen some of these places then allow me to enlighten you!
The Sci-Fi House
I call this the sci-fi house because it looks like it was designed based on the old science fiction books and movies depicting what buildings would look like in our future. Well, it isn’t quite the year 2150 yet, but here we have a completed house that looks very futuristic and just a tad on the amazingly gorgeous side! I wouldn’t hesitate to get a look inside a place like this!
This house was designed by someone with amazing taste! Not only is the appearance and structuring of the house absolutely amazing, it’s also built right next to the sea! A balcony protrudes from the far side of the house allowing you to literally stand above the sea and just chill there. Amazing! I would do almost anything for a house such as this one!
The House of Nature
This house looks quite simplistic compared to the others but its rustic charm and expensive material allows for it to look incredible all on its own. It isn’t all on its own though; an incredible garden was grown all the way around this house, making it appear like one of those cabins in the woods, only ten times larger and much more comfortable on the inside! You can either chill inside the house with the most epic view in the world, or you can go out into the nature and just enjoy what this world has to offer; and it’s all thanks to imaginative Singaporeans!
No, don’t get me wrong! The people living here are not spies at all! The reason I referred to it as a spy house is because the only window in the whole house, which happens to be as high as the house itself I might add, is made of reflective glass keeping prying eyes at bay, whilst still allowing you to observe whatever and whoever happens to walk by. The house itself looks quite simple from the outside, yet still has its own unique charm. Definitely one of the coolest houses in Singapore if nothing else!
Secret Pool House!
This house looks absolutely stunning! It’s huge and pretty at the same time, with a unique but flavourful taste in grassland rooving! There is a reason for placing grass on the roof however. You see that big rectangular strip of grass on the lower roof? That part covers the pool! The house has a mechanism that allows the ground to literally lift up and form that second section. If you want some sunshine while you swim, just raise the roof! If it’s a cold night and you want some heat, close that roof and heat up your secret underground pool!
The Woes of Selling Real Estate – Dealing with Rejection
No job is perfect. There are always going to be slip ups along the way. Unfortunately this applies to working as a real estate agent even more than some. You can do everything you’re supposed to with absolute perfection and still receive a rejection letter from the potential buyer! It’s important that you know this is coming as a real estate agent. You have to be prepared for the worst and not let it get you down when it happens. Read on to learn a few tips to keep your spirit high and your head up!
Try not to Take it Personally
You did your job, right? Rejection in the world of business is just a part of the process. At no point should you feel like the potential buyer rejected you just because its you who was asking; they rejected your offer for one simple reason; they had a better deal elsewhere. Someone else had access to something that the buyer wanted which you didn’t have. No need for anything to get personal; just move on to the next potential buyer!
Give Them More Details
Sometimes a buyer rejects your offer simply because they feel they don’t know enough about it. If this is the case and you’ve determined that your potential buyer is a detail oriented person, try making some charts or statistical analyses. You may just get lucky on the second round! If you feel as though the buyer rejected you but there’s still a chance, don’t hesitate to ask them. If you ask them what it is they needed to know, they may just tell you! If they do, then find out what that is and let them know as fast as you can; you kay just sell the place after all!
Don’t put yourself down just because you got rejected; honestly, it happens to us all. Just move on and try to find another buyer. Alternately, if you feel as though you still have a shot with this buyer, try to build some rapport; get to know them a little. If you’re able to learn what this potential buyer’s personality type is you may just find the key to changing their mind! If you do, then great! If not, move on and find another buyer. This will of course cost you a lot of time, but in the end what else are you to do? Move on and try your best once again for the next one!
Learn from it!
The best thing you can do when you are rejected in the real estate business is analyze why that was. Figure out what it was that another agent had that you didn’t and make sure that doesn’t happen again! As long as you learn from your mistakes, then your mistakes become worth it! Fuming over your errors, assuming there are any, is not going to help you at all! Learn and adapt so that you can have more success in the future!
Just moved into a new neighbourhood? Fantastic! It’s always nice to be in a new place; new roads, new views, new neighbours, and so on. Most of these you can drink up with a single stroll through the area; however, when it comes to neighbours you can never be completely sure what you’re getting yourself into until it’s too late! There are a number of different neighbours, some great and some not so great. Here are a few examples; let’s see if you can match any of your neighbours to these!
The Overly Friendly Neighbour
This is the neighbour who becomes your BFF the day you move in! They come over to your house, usually with a home-baked pie or something. You talk for a while, then you talk for a while longer and before you know it, you just really want to be alone to sort out your place. This neighbour is constantly asking you questions, wanting to know every little details about your entire life; sometimes they go too far and starting poking at personal places that you really aren’t comfortable talking to them about. You really try your best to deal with this lovely person who has absolutely no idea what they’re doing to you, but deep inside you just really want them to go away after the 12 hours that they’ve sat on your couch!
The Always Away Parents
These neighbours can ruin your peace simply by not being there; this is because even if they aren’t there, their children are! Have you ever heard the sounds of three children running around a house with no adult supervision? If you haven’t, then cross your fingers and hope you never do!
Then There’s… um, that Guy?
Come on, you’ve all had that one neighbour who is always out and coming home super late and you have no idea where they went or what they did. Sure, they’re welcome to do what they like, but the way they behave and respond to you is almost borderline creepy. You say hello to them as they go out at 6am and all you get in return is a nod and a grunt. Everyone is welcome to their solitude but you just can’t help wondering what exactly it is they’re doing.
Then there’s that one neighbour that will find anything you do to be incredibly annoying. They live in a completely separate house from you, but don’t hesitate to come storming over if you so much as switch your lawnmower on before the hour of 4pm. Some people need their afternoon nap you know? How inconsiderate!
The Passive Neighbour
This is everyone’s favourite neighbour. They don’t come over to your house on a daily basis just to talk for hours on end; nor do they complain about your lawn mower. They simply live in their house and greet you in a friendly manner whenever the situation arises. If ever one or the other of you is planning something you always remember to invite each other. They’re not always around as they are living their own life, but when the situation comes up, you get along quite well! Let me know which of these neighbours is most like yours or even if you have a different kind of neighbour that I didn’t mention!
Being a real estate agent in Singapore is an exciting task! So many people are trying to get in here to do exactly that; unfortunately most of them are doing so for the wrong reasons! You see, working as a real estate agent is not all fun and games and making money like some would love to believe! You do have to actually work insanely hard or else you’ll be in a spot of trouble. Let me explain to you what I mean.
People Think this is the Easiest Way to Become a Millionaire!
Oh, yes, come to Singapore and you will make millions off of a single job! Don’t be ridiculous! You see, this thought came about when one particular real estate agent, who was just 27 years old I might add, made about $1.5 million off of a single sale! She sold an old mansion for someone at the price of $51 million! Extraordinary! So why did she make $1.5 million? That’s because real estate agents don’t get a monthly wage. We receive a commission from each and every sale we help get through. Because of this commission, you must do an excellent job! If you don’t really care and just glide through, the house you are assigned to will be sold cheap and your commission will be pitiful! So, yes, you can make a decent living out of this job; however, just like any other job, you only make said living through diligence and hard work!
You Need to Realize Exactly How Much You’re Expected to do
A real estate agent doesn’t just sift through paperwork and hand it over! We have to dive into the fray of competition and come out on top! What I mean by this is while you’re out there trying to secure a buyer for the property you’re attempting to get sold; hundreds of other real estate agents are doing exactly the same thing! You need to dive into your research, keep track of the marketing methods of your competitors and try to outdo them! Whilst your client and the person you are trying to make the deal with may think that all your doing is just giving them the necessary details and giving them options, what you’re really doing is trying to give them an option that seems so delightful to them that they won’t even bother listening to any other agent! In some ways you’re like a spy keeping an eye on the other agents and trying to out manoeuvre them; I guess that’s what makes the job so thrilling!
You Must Know You Buyer
When I say ‘know your buyer’, I don’t mean you have to be long lost friends or anything. What that means is that you need to figure out what kind of person they are and take advantage of that. If you are able to discover more or less what they are looking for in the property and what they are not looking for, then you can guide your client to make sure that the buyer finds exactly what they want. Just remember; the happier the buyer, the more they pay, and the bigger your commission! A happy buyer makes a happy agent!