Wondering what’s the animal for Chinese New Year 2018?

Chinese New Year in 2018 is on Friday, 16th February and ends with the Spring Lantern Festival on March 2nd, 2018.

The annual Chinese holiday is known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, and each year is represented by an animal.

2017 was the Year of the Rooster and 2018 will be known as the Year of the Dog.

In Chinese astrology each lunar year also has one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. As 2018 is Earth then this is the Earth Dog Year.

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The characteristic of the Dog are:

  • Dogs offer kind words, useful advice and always listen and lend a shoulder when needed.

  • They can often be deeply involved in others’ lives and are sometimes perceived as nosy.

  • Making others happy is more important to the Dog than wealth, money or success.

  • Determined individuals they want to master a new subject before moving on and usually finish what they start.

  • Dogs value friendships, are loyal, honest, trustworthy and reliable

  • They have strong morals and ethics.

  • For a Dog, a well-kept, organized home is very important. Keeping a clean home and helping at work stems from the Dog’s need to be active and involved.

  • With money they spend wisely, preferring practical items over luxury goods.

  • They also prefer saving money in case of future expenses.

  • Dogs can be temperamental, narrow-minded and stubborn.

  • They need downtime to assess things and make them right again.

  • Dogs need to learn to relax and be more rational.

Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at manager@shanghaiprops.com or connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8.

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Low budget Short-term Apartments in Shanghai

Are you in need of a short term apartment in Shanghai but a little financially challenged? I’ve done a little poking around and found some options that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

As we know, some foreigners when arriving in Shanghai for the first time need to stay in short-term accommodation whilst waiting for long term accommodation or for short stays. Short-term housing can be a blessing as it allows expats to take their time to settle into the city, work out the lie of the land and get their affairs sorted before finding a new place. While Shanghai is full of quite expensive, modern and luxurious serviced apartments, some people need lower budget serviced apartments for a short term stay.

Some clever entrepreneurs have found ways to provide short term low budget accommodation however BEWARE, scams are not an uncommon phenomena in China, and there sure are some carefully crafted serviced apartment scams floating around out there. I’ve written an article about service apartment scams in China, which you can check out here: http://adriennefarrelly.tumblr.com/post/34219550301/serviced-apartment-scam.

Before signing anything, make sure you’ve done your research on the apartment you are looking to move into. Additionally, check out expat forums such as Shanghai Expat, Asia Expat, China Expat, Shanghai Mamas etc. to see what other expats have to share on the topic, good or bad—knowledge is powerJ

While there are scammers out there, we’ve found a couple of lower-budget options that seem above board and worth checking out:

www.homeyshanghai.com

www.shanghai-extendedstay.com

www.shanghaistay.net

www.myhome400.com/en

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Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

Shanghai Properties Review/Testimonial #3!

We just received a lovely testimonial/review from a very nice client of ours named Loic. Myself, Lee and the Shanghai Properties team are thrilled to receive such a lovely recommendation. It was our pleasure to help Loic and a shame we could not help him through to the end. We wish him and his family a wonderful stay here in Shanghai.

Hello,


I would like to add as well a comment regarding Shanghai property.
My wife and me were leaving 7 years in Guangzhou and now moved to Shanghai.
Beeing in China over 7 years, I started to know a bit about it and especially about the real estates agency as I changed already 3 times my housing (4 times now with Shanghai).

So I decided at the beginning to start to look by myself, speaking a bit Chinese.
Then I discovered Shanghai property ( via internet if I remember well).
My first contact was with Adrienne by mail before to get in touch with Lee, and finally meet him.

I have to say that both of them acted in a real professional way, very kind and polite.
I spend time with Lee who is a fantastic guy. I didn’t feel at all “pushed” or “obliged” to rent a house they proposed me.
Lee helped us so much, and i really appreciated to be in touch with him.

Our situation was a bit complicated as the moving date was not really defined (october, november, maybe december), and several discussions were on going in our side with my company.
Adrienne and her team were really fantastic, she even called me when she was in Australia to support us for some points.
Finally I was kindly asked to use a agency proposed by my company, which didn’t give us the opportunity to continue with Shanghai property.

I was feeling sade for that as I repeat, it is the first time in 7 years in China that I feel such a good service provided by a housing company.
I feel this team “service oriented” and not as many of such company, targetting high rental (laowai rentals)

So again thanks to Shanghai property, Adrienne, Lee and all the team.
I CAN ONLY RECOMMEND them.

Thanks

Loic
You can see the original post on Shanghai Expat. You can also other reviews on our Testimonials page.

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Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

 

Shanghai Properties Review/Testimonial #2!

This a new great review/testimonial on ShanghaiExpat from our American client Todd:

Great Experience with Shanghai Properties

I recently went through the relocation process from the USA to Shanghai and want to share my experience with Adrienne and her team at Shanghai Properties. My company assigned one of the global relocation agencies to handle my move to China and having little or no knowledge of Shanghai, I quickly realized that the agency was pressing me to move into areas that were not appropriate for my requirements nor were they willing to negotiate with the prospective landlords to maximize my living allowance.I had initial contact and screening with Adrienne and her team and they were extremely helpful to help me identify the best area in Puxi and start searching for a great Lane House. Her team provided excellent options and found an ideal house that met my requirements and negotiated a great deal on the amenities. My experience with Shanghai properties was excellent and I highly recommend their services! Cheers, Todd

 
Read the original post on ShanghaiExpat, here. You can also find other reviews on our Testimonials page.

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Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties

Managing your Company Assigned Agent

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If you are stuck with a poor performing Company Assigned Agent (CAA) the first thing to do is immediately let your Head Office back home (not in China) know about the experience and DEMAND that you get a better agent. If the new agent is not much better and there is no way out of the agency agreement, you will often have to manage the viewing and deal yourself.

 Be very clear and firm with the agent and tell them that you only want to see properties that match close to your requirements. If you are not being shown these tell them you will talk to their Manager and they should improve. When you finally find a property you feel fits your criteria for a new home, follow some of the following advice to help you through what may be a difficult negotiation and into your new home.

  • Draw up your own terms and conditions in an Offer Letter and stick with them for awhile then give in a couple, little by little and slowly, but not too slow that you lose the place to someone else 
  • Put in the Offer Letter a list of MUST HAVES and WOULD LIKE TO HAVE so the agent has an idea of what to push for
  • Ask any fellow expats in your company to assist/advise on negotiations as they will have on ground knowledge and experience 
  • If you have any problems think of some creative solutions and check with other expats to see if they are feasible. Sometimes rookie agents don’t have good problem solving skills but on the other hand, there maybe a cultural difference
  • Source advice from other trusted agents, colleagues and expat forums like Shanghaiexpat, Asiaxpat etc….

More advice on housing and leasing can be found HERE


Adrienne Farrelly

Shanghai Properties

Shanghai Properties Review/Testimonial #1!

Shanghai Properties would like to thank The Hungarian Consulate General for this lovely  recommendation!

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You can also find this review and others on our Testimonials page.

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Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or  manager@shanghaiprops.com. Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties