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Aker Brygge in Oslo, Norway

Real Estate in Norway

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 09, 2024

Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in Norway should begin by researching the local real estate market. They should look into the different types of properties available, such as single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums. They should also consider the location of the property, as well as the amenities it offers. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Norway, but there are some restrictions. For example, foreigners are not allowed to purchase agricultural land or land that is designated for public use. Additionally, foreigners must obtain a residence permit in order to purchase a property. Homes in Norway typically include amenities such as modern kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces. Many homes also have access to outdoor spaces, such as gardens, terraces, and balconies. Additionally, many homes have access to amenities such as swimming pools, saunas, and fitness centers.

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How do I find a place to live in Norway?

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

"The best way to find a place to live in Norway is by researching online. You can check popular websites such as Finn.no, Boligbygg, or Leilighetsnett for available housing in the particular area you are interested in. Additionally, you could reach out to local housing agencies and real estate specialists to help with your search. Another option is to get in contact with colleagues and friends in Norway who may know of potential opportunities or could help you in your search," said one person in Norway.

"We live in the center of Oslo because it is close to the train and bus stations for us to get to work- it also has a great balcony. We also wanted two large bedrooms, and a w/d in the flat which can be tricky to find in older flats," remarked one foreigner who made the move to Oslo.

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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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