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  1. -------- from Naboo on this thread -------- From experience, its far cheaper to go direct to the owners, which the above site seems to do. I've previously used Chiang Mai House, and whilst they were very good, I later discovered the price of the house I rented was far too high. You'd need to haggle very hard to get a reasonable price. crazygreg44 says ------- Best is to rent a motosai and start off checking out Soi's and places you think you would like to stay. There you will find so many "for rent" posts with a phone number, then have your - thai speaking - friend call them up on the spot for more details. Make notes, keep them at bay saying "will think about it and probably get back to you" and keep on searching until you think you have found the right location. My GF and me found our pretty & inexpensive townhouse on the first day out . . . . If you plan to rent an apartment or a condo unit, go to the buildings by yourself and ask the management in the lobby on available spaces for rent. Easiest way to do - and you will find the good offers, deal with owners directly, btw, the internet only sports the more expensive offers, mostly agents-wise. Good Luck ! -----Asmerom says -------- A little more detail might help. Do you want to be in or very near the city? If you don't ,how far away are you willing to live? 20/30 minutes by m/bike or car out of town? You do have transport? Do you have any idea at this stage what you want to pay or rather how much you can afford? Would you care to reveal if you are young, middle aged or elderly? It all helps, possibly Meanwhile a browse though the following two agents will give you an introduction : http://www.jasminehomes.co.th/ http://www.chiangmaihouse.com But the advice above to eventually roam around various developments is usually the best but not so easy if you're new here. ------jingjoke says ----- <avoiding the agents like "April"> Correct. _________________________________________________________________ Seems as if the majority of the people on here suggest not using agents. Then again they probably aren't in the real estate game and have no vested interest --- In fact, I think you may be the only person that does suggest using them that I have run across on TVF. Again, my personal experience is that I have gotten the same property that was on offer from an agent at FAR less than they offered it to me for. That seems to be other people's experience as well. Like all things in life ---- your experience may differ!
  2. Again I noted my personal experiences AND my personal bias .... That other people have different opinions are to be expected. I didn't quote "houses", I quoted houses and condos and apartments that April listed. (Who needs ... ahhhh why bother?) So, you are in the real estate biz here in Chiang Mai? You are recommending agents? Please note that my opinion seems to be shared by others.
  3. April took me and another couple that was staying at the same B&B to a few places. She was prompt, courteous and professional. Though I rented a place by responding to an ad, not one of the ones she showed me, I will call her the next time I'm here to see what she has. In short, I'd recommend her as an agent.. At least she promptly returned calls and showed up on time, unlike ;Century 21 and two other "professional" rental agents that I left messages with. The only reason I mentioned April was that she's an agent. While I understand that for some people agents seem to be an easy way out, they do increase the costs involved. It is strictly a personal bias against paying people that tend to show you what they want to move (highest commissions etc) This is nonsense of course - the owners pay the commission and there is NO difference in price to the buyer. It's standard 3% on sales and one months rent for a one year contract - so there are no 'highest commissions'. April is ok but she deals with 'lower end' properties around the 3,000 to 6,000 level - chiang mai properties are one of the best for higher end (7,000 to 40,000) - both charge the standard commissions. In your dreams it might be the way that you suggest, however negotiating directly with the owner cuts out the commissions (and yes they are frequently more than you suggest.) I have gotten the same property offered by an agent at significantly less than the offer through the agency. While my assertion is of course anecdotal it is also .... taadaaah ..... true In a renter's market such as we have in Chiang Mai with so many properties sitting vacant owners will often offer more to agents (and up the price to do so.) Just glancing through citylife online ads right now ... April -- studio 7500 April -- condo (1br i think) 16k-17k April --- 2br/2ba rowhouse 7k-10k April --- 3br single story partly furnished 10k April -- 2br 10k April --- 2story 3br 18k April -- 33m2 studio 7.5k Next entry not april Next entry not April next entry not april Now that is just the first 10 listings on that site --- none in the 3-6k range -- etc ... Again, using an agent in Thailand just isn't the way to go.
  4. April took me and another couple that was staying at the same B&B to a few places. She was prompt, courteous and professional. Though I rented a place by responding to an ad, not one of the ones she showed me, I will call her the next time I'm here to see what she has. In short, I'd recommend her as an agent.. At least she promptly returned calls and showed up on time, unlike ;Century 21 and two other "professional" rental agents that I left messages with. The only reason I mentioned April was that she's an agent. While I understand that for some people agents seem to be an easy way out, they do increase the costs involved. It is strictly a personal bias against paying people that tend to show you what they want to move (highest commissions etc)
  5. jdinasia

    Flaming Of Persons Is Getting Bad

    Did UG mention "one-line" posts? I agree though (in principle). I rarely look into the "World News" section. I get my world news elsewhere and use Thai Visa Forums ... for .... Thailand related things
  6. Appealing is the right of every defendant (however I think in Thailand (not sure of it is some or all cases) there must be new evidence to mount an appeal.
  7. Par for the course. If the SOB sues enough judges, there won't be anyone left to judge him... When involved in a lawsuit with a given defendant or plaintiff it isn't just "par for the course" it is only appropriate to recuse yourself. If the person files enough frivolous lawsuits he'll end up in court again for different charges. (Defamation or contempt or perverting the legal system)
  8. jdinasia

    Where Are The Best Local Food In Chiang Mai ?

    I don't think you have a clue about this country about the Thais or the farangs that frequent it. The domestic sex industry is huge compared to the that geared towards tourists and a lot more seedy. To get back on topic before this thread gets a banning, food related topics seem to be the most popular with the Chiang Mai posters. Apparently hct has never seen the busses of asian tourists pulling up at the massage parlors nor could he spot a place geared for locals. The word farang = white westerners, so there are no "asian farang". The Chinese, Japanese, and Korean tourists certainly have a significant amount of wealth (though there are plenty of midrange package tourists as well) and the restaurants and other places geared for them are significantly about the ambiance and they pay heavily for it.
  9. jdinasia

    Where Are The Best Local Food In Chiang Mai ?

    The rising quality of food in Chiang Mai is certainly out-pacing the quality of the local sex industry. This sounds good but I hope the rising demand on taste & quality of "Thai" food will also out-pace the demand for sex among the farangs. and yet again you stereotype "farangs" and associate them with the sex industry. Showing exactly how little you know about both "farangs" and asians (strange huh?)
  10. jdinasia

    No Degree = No Future ?

    this is a very old way of justify hiring a person with a degree, the fact is that many people stay in school long enough to get a degree because they lack the ambition to get out in the real world, stand on their own two feet and go to work. Is there a new way to justify hiring a person with a degree? Like I said there are many things that having a degree doesn't automatically measure. It does measure the two things I mentioned. If someone with ambition is better than a degreed person, then I guess they won't be applying for work with me (Note -- I have stipulated in other posts when I would give interviews and jobs to people with no degree.) This is Thailand and there honestly is a glut of foreigners wanting to stay and work here. You have to narrow the list down somehow and this certainly is one valid way to do that.
  11. jdinasia

    Anyone Else Being Disurbed By The Noise?

    Yeppers, I aint buying the "most don't want the noise", As someone has pointed out already the place in question has been around for AGES. The folks that I know that live here are a mixed crowd, almost all professionals in the medical fields, but from varying backgrounds. They are a brash and outgoing group of people and noise itself doesn't bother them. That being said there is the NIMBY factor. But you can't claim it as your backyard if you move there AFTER the noise To try and pigeon-hole 'most' Thais is as senseless as trying to pigeon hole most expats. They just aren't going to fit in your tidy little boxes and compartments. Your labels won't tend to work. It is nice to see ONE person agree in principle (apparently) with CMF, that being said I would guess that "most" people that live in CNX haven't been here generations
  12. jdinasia

    Anyone Else Being Disurbed By The Noise?

    Anyone that thinks they can pigeon-hole 90% of the expats into a group that are here for the girls etc ...... oi vey! That number wouldn't even work for the percentage of single men that are expats here, much less the married folks, the women, etc. I mean really .... cost of living? there are cheaper places. women? exist in every country! laid back atmosphere? If it has you complaining about the locals it must not be very "laid back"! I used to think that I knew why most people moved to Thailand. Then I actually got out and met many of the people that moved here (not a small part of those meetings were because of TVF.) I realized that expats in Thailand are a quite diverse group of people! You just can't attach any label to them that hits the majority of them other than "expat."
  13. jdinasia

    Anyone Else Being Disurbed By The Noise?

    Hmmm am I "pseudo-Thai" ? I am not here for the "girls " (or in my particular case the "boys"), I have taken the time to learn to read Thai, there are cheaper places to live that would not have been so challenging in language acquisition etc. I have an eight year relationship. I eat both western and Thai, have a western salary (but before didn't work for almost 6 years), etc... I wouldn't be happier if there were fewer westerners here. Nope, I am not even close to being Thai. I don't have PR, I don't have citizenship, I see things far differently than my Thai friends quite often etc. I am just not crusading to CHANGE Thailand. I accept it for what it is (warts and all) just like I do my partner. (And since becoming an adult, have done so with every relationship.) People who tend to adjust well here are those that don't fight the reality of what Thailand is. In my home, it is an English speaking bastion of retreat for me. My partner is fluent in English, we like many of the same things regarding food, TV, music, culture etc. When I leave my home, I know what I am doing. I am walking out into the real world. Sometimes the real world even enters my personal space. (Like waiting on Cable TV installers etc --- the same in the West as in Thailand) Adaptability is the key to living in Thailand without going nuts. I am adaptable. I don't have to qualify most of my statements. I like Thai people. I like Thailand. I like living here. I find living here challenging and exciting. There is something new every day. If I were to be making negative statements they would be far more general, such as: I don't like some people. (nationality isn't the issue), I don't like some things. (loud crowded places exist everywhere!) I generally don't like shopping (tech gadgets being the exception to the rule.) Be happy where you live! If you aren't happy with where you live find another place! You are responsible for your own happiness!
  14. jdinasia

    Anyone Else Being Disurbed By The Noise?

    If most Thais hated noise ---- Thailand would be quieter. Most Thais (imho) hardly notice the noise and many associate noise with fun and interesting things. Then again I try pretty hard not to stereotype people with negative associations. Pardon me for quoting myself quoting you but I find your statements quite telling about how you appear to view Thai people. with the additions of "There are many decent Thais who hate the noise as much as I do." and "and before you say it - no I didn't come here because I love Thais "It begs the question .... Why did you come here? I moved here simply because I enjoy Thai culture, Thai people, the escape from the "rat-race" and nanny states of the West etc. So yeah, Thai people were a significant reason I moved here years ago and a significant reason why I stay. Thai people and Thai culture are part and parcel with Thailand and to have what appears to be such a negative attitude towards them seems like you are just letting yourself in for a world full of discomfort and painful awakenings on a regular basis.
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