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Real Estate in China

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 14, 2023

Summary: An expat should search for a home to buy in China by researching the local real estate market and consulting with a real estate agent who is familiar with the area. It is important to consider the location, size, and price of the property. Foreigners are allowed to purchase properties in China, but there are restrictions on the type of property that can be purchased. Generally, foreigners are only allowed to purchase residential properties, not commercial properties. Houses in China typically include basic amenities such as a kitchen, bathroom, and living area. Some houses may also include additional amenities such as a balcony, garden, or parking space.

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How do I find a place to live in China?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"If you are looking for a place to live in China, there are several options available to you. You can look online and search through various real estate websites that list rentals and properties. You can also contact a real estate agency, which often knows of listings that are not advertised online. Additionally, you can visit local newspapers and magazines in China to search for listings. Finally, you can contact friends or family who may have information about available houses, apartments, or other rental properties," said one person in China.

"We lived in Shanghai before and wanted to start living in a familiar place, so we picked a neighborhood that we used to go to a lot," said one expat who made the move to Shanghai.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange and serves as Co-President of Expat Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange and Digital Nomad Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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