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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Dec 11, 2023

Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in Chile should begin by researching the different areas of the country and deciding which one best suits their needs. They should then contact a local real estate agent to help them find a suitable property. Homes in Chile typically include amenities such as air conditioning, heating, and modern appliances. Many homes also have outdoor spaces such as gardens, terraces, and balconies. Foreigners are allowed to own property in Chile, but there are certain restrictions. For example, foreigners are not allowed to own land within 50 kilometers of the border. Additionally, foreigners must obtain a visa before they can purchase a property.

How do I find a place to live in Chile?

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

"There are two ways to live in Puerto Varas: in town or out of town in the parcelas. There are a lot of parcelas neighborhoods to choose from, but they all have excellent spacious houses on large pieces of land. Our neighborhood has a (private) dirt road and all of our neighbors are professionals. We feel pretty safe even though we are 3 miles from town as the crime is low and law enforcement is good. Plus, all of the neighbors are constantly in touch via whatsapp," said one expat in Puerto Varas.

"One of the best ways to find a place to live in Chile is to use online resources such as websites like Airbnb, HomeAway, and Craigslist. Additionally, you can also search for rental listings in local newspapers and magazines. Additionally, you can also contact local real estate agents who can help you find a place to live in Chile. Additionally, you can also ask friends and family who live in Chile for recommendations. Finally, you can also visit the area in person to get a better feel for the area and to find a place to live," remarked one member in Chile.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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