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Real Estate in Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 08, 2024

Summary: An expat should search for a home to buy in Indonesia by researching the local real estate market and consulting with a real estate agent who is familiar with the area. It is important to consider the location, size, and price of the property. Foreigners are allowed to own property in Indonesia, but there are restrictions on the type of property that can be purchased. Generally, foreigners are only allowed to purchase freehold properties, such as apartments, villas, and houses. Houses in Indonesia typically include amenities such as air conditioning, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Some houses may also include a swimming pool, a garden, and a garage.

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How do I find a place to live in Indonesia?

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

"The company has a Family Liason Officer that assisted us along with 2 respresentatives from Expat Relocation. All of them assisted us from finding a home, leased furnitures, picked fabric (from curtains to sofas) and decorate," said one person in Jakarta.

"Finding a place to live in Indonesia depends largely on your budget and preferences. Consider if you prefer to rent or buy a property and in what type of city or area you would like to live in. Research the options available for rental or purchase in various regions - for example, property rental websites, real estate agencies and newspapers. Due to the large population in Jakarta, there are many housing options available in the capital city. Consider if you would like to live in a city centre or outskirts and narrow down your search accordingly. Alternatively, if you have a specific area in mind, contact local estate agents and ask for advice. If you need assistance in viewing properties, you can find a property viewing service online," said one expat who made the move to Indonesia.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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