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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 07, 2024

Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in Israel should start by researching the different neighborhoods and cities in the country. It is important to consider factors such as cost of living, proximity to amenities, and safety. Additionally, expats should research the local real estate market and consult with a real estate agent to help them find the right property. Foreigners are allowed to own property in Israel, but there are certain restrictions. For example, foreign nationals are not allowed to own land in certain areas, such as the Golan Heights. Additionally, foreign nationals are not allowed to purchase property in certain areas designated for Jewish settlement. Houses in Israel typically include amenities such as air conditioning, central heating, and a balcony or terrace. Many homes also have a garden or yard, and some may include a swimming pool. Additionally, many homes in Israel are equipped with modern appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines.

How do I find a place to live in Israel?

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 Israel is to use online resources such as websites and classifieds. Websites such as Yad2, Nefesh B'Nefesh, and Zoopla are great resources for finding apartments, houses, and other rental properties. Additionally, classifieds such as Craigslist and Gumtree can be used to find rental properties. Additionally, it is possible to find a place to live in Israel by networking with friends, family, and colleagues who may know of available rental properties. Finally, it is possible to find a place to live in Israel by contacting real estate agents who specialize in rental properties," explained one expat living in Israel.

"I found an amazing relocation service through a guy named Rani. He found me accomodation and a job and helped me with everything, including opening a bank account, acquiring a credit balance, access to free medical aid, he even took me to the grocery store to familiarize me with all the products. Then he had referred me to a 5 hour Hebrew training crash course where I learned basic Hebrew," said one person in Tel Aviv.

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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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