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Real Estate in the United States

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Expats and retirees talk about real estate in United States? How do you find a home in United States? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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How do I find a place to live in the United States?

If you live in the United States, newcomers to the United States would love to hear your answer to this question.

If your answer relates to a specific city or town in the United States, please include the name of the city/town below:


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

"Came and stayed for a month touring island. Last 3 days found the part we liked, so came back down and rented a condo there for 2 weeks. Arranged finances online and came down 3rd time to sign and move in," said another person in Palmas Del Mar Humacao .

"On Saipan, it's all about knowing people. Friends put us in touch with friends here, who told everyone we were looking for a place, and voila," added another expat who made the move to Saipan (not really Guam, but not listed anywhere).

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in the United States?

"Condo on beach. [Palmas del Mar is a] large resort area but still 3000 permanent residents equally distributed across age range from 1-87 years. Large % condo but houses available. Most expats live in condo villages," said another expat in Palmas Del Mar Humacao .

"We live in a two bedroom, two bath full concrete house (which means the roof is concrete, too). It's designed to weather cyclones and features a big backup water tank. It's spacious but not fancy in any way and is typical of teacher level (as opposed to lawyer/doctor level) expat housing here," remarked another member in Saipan (not really Guam, but not listed anywhere).

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What is the average cost of housing in the United States?

If you are thinking about moving to the United States, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Housing costs much lower but we moved from Seattle, WA. Any other locations in WA would be slightly lower for regular condo location and much lower for on water," said another person in Palmas Del Mar Humacao .

"Housing costs here are far lower than they were in Hawaii (last 4 years), and a bit lower than north Idaho (20 years before that). We pay $850/month for our house, and locals think that's a little high. Electricity and water run us another $135/mo," remarked another foreigner who made the move to Saipan (not really Guam, but not listed anywhere).

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What appliances are typically included in a rental?

We asked foreigners in the United States what appliances are typically included in a rental, and, if there is anything else included or not included that a newcomer would not expect. Replies included:

"We nearly always have stove, fridge, and AC. But is there a generator? A cistern? Any alternative form of energy? These are important questions in an area where there are frequent power outages even when there is no storm," explained one expat in Christiansted.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat 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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