I write this post from the point of view of someone already living in Hong Kong. Newcomers can also apply this. Keep in mind that you might have to tweak some items. This being as you are not already in Hong Kong. Thus, not as flexible*.
Disclaimer – I am using my past experience as a real estate agent to write this post. Yet I am no longer a real estate agent and this is not professional advice. What this is, is my personal point of view that I would like to share with others. As it can benefit those who read it.
First and most important, you want a good agent. I am speaking from being a leasing agent in the past in Hong Kong and from the experience of looking for flats for me.
By good agent I mean:
Someone who listens to all your criteria. So will only show you flats / houses that fit.
Someone who is willing to co-op**
A bonus, the agent has been living in Hong Kong for a while and knows it well to give you tips about the area you are looking at.
You do not want an agent who thinks he can persuade you to spend more then your budget. Or show you a list of flats that exceed your budget.
You also do not want an agent who says ok when you say you criteria. But arranges a viewing with all the properties he has available in your budget. Regardless of the given criteria.
This is a waste of time for both you and the agent.
Remember you are paying a commission*** for this service. The commission is the same wether the agent is good or bad so for the same price you might as well go for a good agent.
Should you have any more questions, go to the get in touch page and send me an email. I would be happy to help.
Happy flat hunting!
* not as flexible: Some people coming in with expat packages are required to use a specific agent. As the company is providing for it.
** a co-op: is when an agent works with another agent to find a flat. This means that the agent working for you will receive 50% of 1 month’s rent from you, the tenant. The other agent will receive 50% of 1 month’s rent from the landlord
*** commission: in Hong Kong the tenant pays 50% of 1 month’s rent as commission to the agent. And the landlord pays 50% of 1 month’s rent to the agent