Retired couple found an ideal home

Retired couple found an ideal home

Retired couple Max and Noarma Honegger fell in love in Singapore, got married in Australia and built a house in South Africa.

Retired couple find ideal home in Iskandar

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    They were impressed with the showrooms and prices at the development and signed a deal to buy a two-storey house in 2008. But problems emerged.

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    There were leaks and cracks in the walls, and the drains around the house were filled with rubble and construction debris. "The first time I entered the house, I made a list of the defects and there were 80 items," he said.

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    But the couple is quick to point out that the situation has improved greatly. All the problems have been fixed and UEM is much better at responding to residents' feedback, said Mrs Honegger, 54.

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    The couple travel frequently but when they are at home, their days are peaceful and relaxed. "In the morning, I go for a swim, check my e-mail messages or go for a roti canai breakfast," said Mr Honegger.

These days, they are putting up their feet in Iskandar.

The pair - he is Swiss and she is Singaporean - have no regrets about making the move to East Ledang, a gated community in Nusajaya, even though the journey there was not always smooth-sailing.

The couple had initially wanted to retire in South Africa.They spent a lot of money building their dream home on the savannah, where they could watch zebras graze outside their windows. But the crime rate got so bad there that they decided to move to Asia.

They eventually zoomed in on Malaysia and East Ledang, developed by UEM Land.

They were impressed with the showrooms and prices at the development and signed a deal to buy a two-storey house in 2008.

But problems emerged.

"A lot of things were not done right at the house - there were defects - and the way they handled the issues was bad," said the 69-year-old Mr Honegger.

There were leaks and cracks in the walls, and the drains around the house were filled with rubble and construction debris.

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