Dear Hubby and I have been together for seven years now. In those seven years, we have moved a total of 4 times due to his work commitments and rented more than our fair share in those years. We’ve also bought and/or sold a few together.
When it came to property selling and/or renting, Jakarta (where we lived for two years) and Kuala Lumpur proved pretty much the same. We registered our interest with a property company, stated our budget and other criteria and the company would generate a list of properties that matched our criteria. Then an agent would arrange to take us out one day where we would view something like 6 properties in a row.
Things are quite, quite different in the UK. We did a lot of property searches on various websites long before we arrived in the UK. A site that like that of sold homes mls was pretty typical of what we used.
There was no agent taking us around either. We made our own appointments and often spoke directly to the owners instead of agents. In a way that was better as we spoke directly to the people we would be dealing with instead of a disinterested 3rd party.
It’s all ended rather well though as we’re now happy owners of a little house somewhere in Aberdeenshire!