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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," remarked another member in 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 expat living in New Delhi, India.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in India?

"We live in 2000 sq ft, flat; 4 bedroom that 3 bedrooms have 2 floor to ceiling wall closets; 5 bathrooms as the smallest is for the maid; 3 patios with 2 small patios attached to 2 bedrooms. The kitchen is small with one sink and a built in stove and a patio for the washing machine. I had to buy the refrigerator. I have a storage room with shelves. I have wall sliding glass doors in 2 bedrooms and the living room, and large window in the dining area, giving the place lots of light, and unfortunately, heat. We have an AC unit in each bedroom and living room. It is smaller than most expats' homes. They tend to live in much larger flats," remarked another member in Mumbai.

"Apartment in a house. Not necessarily. Bigger budgets lived in fantastic farm houses a bit outside - in the south," explained one expat living in New Delhi, India.

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What is the average cost of housing in India?

If you are thinking about moving to India, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Lower than home. My area is around 1 lac; we pay less than most expats in Powai, and much more than most Indians. Our electrical bill is much lower than expats, but have my Indian friends falling over in shock," remarked another foreigner who made the move to Mumbai.

"Higher. In my country, for something comparable, maybe we would pay apron 1000 - 1500 eur," explained one person living in New Delhi, India.

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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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