What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Brandenburg an der Havel
Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.
Wish I had brought my good vacuum cleaner, my big bed and
a functional bug zapper.
I should have left behind clothes, soap & shampoo and blankets.
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Secure a job first. Either have your work assist you with the house location, or plan several months of hotel time to "get the lay of the land".
Don't be afraid to live in some of the smaller towns, much more character.
What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?
4 story "American style" house. I live in Brandenburg, most of my fellow expats live in Berlin, where they have apartments in tall complexes.
How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
I lived in a pension (hotel) for 6 months until I knew enough to find a nice rental.
Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?
Lower, avg cost here in Brandenburg ~600 Euro. Avg cost in Berlin ~1000 Euro. Avg cost in San Francisco ~1700 $.