Real Estate in India

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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: People living in India offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in India? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

How do I find a place to live in India?

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

"We live in Powai; I chose the area by finding the middle spot on the map between my husband's office commute and my kids' school bus ride," added another expat who made the move to Mumbai.

"We have lived in Vasant Vihar in SW of the city. We have followed other expatriate colleagues. We have also looked around to see differences between diff zones first," explained one foreigner living in New Delhi, India.

"We had a residence provided for us, however there are *lots* of real estate agents in town," said another in Mussoorie.

"We had the services of a relocation firm who lined up a lot of places to look at. We didn't plan it, but we lucked out as unlike a lot of the usual expat colonies in Pune, once our driver has gone for the day we aren't confined at home or relying on autorickshaws. It is a short stroll to some very good restaurants, and a couple of blocks to the local supermarket and plenty of other stores whilst still being a quiet neighborhood," explained one expat in Pune.

"This is our second move in India. We used to live up north, but some friends of ours told us about this place and now we are here volunteering at a school," explained one person living in Khunti, India.

"We actually paid someone before we came to set up our home. But, in my husband's business that is something that we do. Locate and set up housing for foreigners in India. So, we base it on location to malls, stores, and other places we find expats like to frequent. We also, consider the place of employment along with cost," explained one expat living in Ahmedabad, India, India.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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