Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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?

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," explained one expat living in Palmas Del Mar Humacao , United States.

"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," said another person in Saipan (not really Guam, but not listed anywhere).

"A relocation agent helped us to look at areas around the workplace. We settled on Huntington Beach because we could walk to some shops and restaurants. It was a great decision. Californians really do drive a lot and there is minimum public transport in the area," added another expat who made the move to Huntington Beach.

"Found the area by talking with friends and using realtor as well as length of commute. Also, by calibre of schools recommended by School Choice," explained one foreigner living in Morristown, US.

"I moved 5 times in 5 years because I could not understand how it works here. You have everything to learn if you are coming from an europeen country; It is a completely different life style. That is why I established myself as a real estate agent, to be helpful to the others, and avoid them to spend hours in traffic jam," said another in Atlanta.

"We decided to move out there because it was cheaper there than where we lived and it was away from Chicago," explained one expat in Sycamore.

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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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