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Real Estate in Czechia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Mar 19, 2023

Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in the Czech Republic should begin by researching the local real estate market and familiarizing themselves with the different types of properties available. They should also consider their budget and the type of amenities they are looking for in a home. When searching for a home to buy in the Czech Republic, expats should look for properties that are in good condition and have all the necessary amenities. These typically include a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedrooms. Some homes may also include a garden, balcony, or terrace. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in the Czech Republic, however, there are certain restrictions in place. For example, foreigners are not allowed to purchase agricultural land or land located in a protected area. Additionally, foreigners must obtain a permit from the Ministry of Interior before they can purchase a property.

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How do I find a place to live in Czechia?

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

"One way to find a place to live in Czechia is to search online for rental listings. Websites such as Expats.cz, Bezrealitky.cz, and Sreality.cz are popular resources for finding rental properties in the Czech Republic. Additionally, you can search for rental listings on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, you can contact local real estate agents who specialize in rental properties in the Czech Republic. Finally, you can also look for rental listings in local newspapers and magazines," remarked one foreigner who made the move to Czech Rep.

"We spoke with over twenty realtors and saw more than a dozen of them. We found that the only way to see apartments that met standards we were used to was to ask for "luxury apartments." Often realtors are reluctant to show pricier apartments, since they're usually a hard sell - there aren't nearly as many expats here as there are in Prague. Often, they just don't have anything to show you, as there just aren't lots of luxury apartments. However, many beautiful old buildings in the center have been and are being re-done and there are now some lovely, luxury apartments for rent. Keep in mind that luxury here just means very nice - don't expect a doorman or parking garage. Look for listings in the highest price category - right now, anywhere from 18,000-30,000 crowns. Be aware of the price you want to pay and the price listed for the apartment before you go to see it. On more than one occasion, once we saw the apartment and the owner realized we weren't Czech, the price was raised significantly," explained one person living in Brno, Czech Rep.

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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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