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Real Estate in Mechelen, Belgium

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 16, 2023

Summary: People living in Mechelen, Belgium offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in Mechelen? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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How do I find a place to live in Mechelen?

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

"Finding a place to live in Mechelen, involves several steps. First, you need to determine your budget and the type of accommodation you're looking for. This could be a flat, a house, a shared apartment, or a student residence if you're studying. Next, you can start your search online. Websites like Immoweb, Zimmo, and Realo are popular real estate platforms in Belgium where you can find listings for rental properties. You can filter the search results based on your preferences such as location, price, size, and type of property. Another option is to hire a real estate agent who can help you find a suitable place. They have extensive knowledge of the local market and can guide you through the process. However, keep in mind that this service comes with a fee. You can also check local newspapers and community boards for rental listings. Some people prefer to advertise their properties in a more traditional way, so it's worth checking these sources as well. Once you've found a place you're interested in, arrange a viewing with the landlord or real estate agent. This will give you a chance to inspect the property and ask any questions you might have. If you're happy with the place, you can then proceed to negotiate the terms of the lease. Make sure to read the contract carefully before signing it. It's also recommended to have it checked by a legal professional to ensure that your rights are protected. Finally, once the lease is signed, you'll need to arrange for utilities and internet connection. Some landlords might include these in the rent, while others will require you to set them up yourself. Remember, finding a place to live can take time, so it's best to start your search well in advance of your planned move date," said one expat in Mechelen.

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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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