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Real Estate in Indonesia

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Expats and retirees talk about real estate in Indonesia? How do you find a home in Indonesia? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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How do I find a place to live in Indonesia?

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

"I looked around and used local housing agents for my first house, which I overpaid on significantly. The next house was a much better deal, though still had to pay 1 year in advance," said another person in Batam.

"We moved into staff housing already selected and under contract before we'd arrived," added another expat who made the move to Jakarta.

"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," explained one foreigner living in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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

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"3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, driveway, not much of a yard. This is pretty typical for the area, and a lot of expats live in this area," remarked another foreigner who made the move to Batam.

"Single family detached house which is typical for most expats in our area. High-rise apartments are also popular for those not wishing to employ a lot of staff for gardens or security, and those who don't want to worry about their homes when traveling," explained one person living in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"I am in a single family dwelling with a pool. It is typical of most expat housing," said another expat in Jakarta.

"Most of Expat families particularly with children have larger house and swimming pool has to be included. If no house is available with swimming pool, they family mostly end-up in a compound with various expat lives from different companies. For couples with no children, they mostly stay in a serviced apartment," remarked another member in Jakarta.

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What is the average cost of housing in Indonesia?

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

"Much higher and not justifiable in my opinion! Average cost of housing is US$3,000/month, payed 24 months in advance, lump sum, and in US dollars. Most houses are built with inferior material and shoddy methods. They look good when newly built or renovated, but they are not meant to last more than 15 years (when they are gutted and renovated). Many owners paid more for the lot than they did to construct the house," added another expat who made the move to Jakarta.

"My housing cost is lower here. Not sure about the average housing costs in Houston, TX," explained one foreigner living in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"Right now, we've just continued the leased from the previous family but the ball park would be $1,000/month with 3 security guards on 8 hours rotation provided by the company. $1,000-2,000/month is the average cost of leasing a house. Apartment, I don't know," said another in Jakarta.

About the Author

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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