Real Estate in Belgium
Last updated on Mar 02, 2023
Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in Belgium 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. Houses in Belgium typically include amenities such as central heating, double glazing, and a fully-equipped kitchen. Some may also have a garden, garage, or balcony. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Belgium, but there are certain restrictions. For example, non-EU citizens must obtain a permit from the local municipality before they can purchase a property.
How do I find a place to live in Belgium?
We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:
"One of the best ways to find a place to live in Belgium is to use online resources such as websites and apps. Websites such as Immoweb, Immovlan, and Logic-Immo are popular in Belgium and offer a wide range of rental properties. Additionally, there are many Facebook groups dedicated to helping people find housing in Belgium. You can also contact local real estate agents who can help you find a place to live. Additionally, you can look for rental postings in local newspapers and on bulletin boards in supermarkets and other public places," said one expat who made the move to Belgium.
"I visited estate agents and one of them introduced me to my gorgeous furnished flat. It's difficult to find furnished properties for rent in Bruges. They're mostly unfurnished. I paid the commission and administrative charges happily. The rent is ludicrously cheap," explained one foreigner living in Bruges, Belgium.
What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Belgium?
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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.
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