Ancient Town Hoi An, Vietnam (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Ancient Town Hoi An, Vietnam (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Ancient Town Hoi An, Vietnam (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Real Estate in Vietnam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

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

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How do I find a place to live in Vietnam?

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

"Having spent the past 6 years doing a long commute to work I decided to live close to my job if it was feasible - and it was. I live in District 7 of HCMC on the 14th floor of a group of 25 storey apartment blocks. In the centre of the 4 blocks is a sort of village square with several swimming pools, a gym, small shops/cafes/ hairdressers, a large good supermarket and two tennis courts. More shopping centres are within 5 minute's taxi ride, and I can get into District 1 shopping in 20-30 minutes depending on traffic. I used a local real estate office to find my apartment, someone recommended by a work colleague," remarked another member in Ho Chi Minh City.

"Pure business matter; we could lease an industrial land plot on good conditions; housing was more difficult because of regulations at that moment," explained one expat living in Phan Thiet, Vietnam.

"Look for established apartments with garden, close to work and shops, accessible but quiet, on the same side of town as airport, with trees and parks," said another person in Hanoi.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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