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Real Estate in Ghent, Belgium

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 01, 2023

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

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How do I find a place to live in Ghent?

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

"Finding a place to live in Ghent, involves several steps. First, you need to determine your budget and the type of accommodation you're looking for. This could range from a studio apartment to a larger family home. Next, you should research the different neighborhoods in Ghent to find one that suits your lifestyle and needs. Some popular areas include the city center, Sint-Amandsberg, and Gentbrugge. Once you have a clear idea of what you're looking for, you can start your search. There are several online platforms where you can find listings for rental properties in Ghent. Websites like Immoweb, Zimmo, and Realo are popular choices. You can also consider hiring a real estate agent to help with your search. They can provide valuable local knowledge and help negotiate rental agreements. When you find a property you're interested in, contact the landlord or real estate agent to arrange a viewing. It's important to view the property in person to check its condition and ask any questions you may have. If you decide to proceed with a property, you'll need to sign a rental agreement. This will outline the terms of your tenancy, including the rent, deposit, and any other conditions. Make sure you read this carefully before signing. Finally, once the agreement is signed and the deposit is paid, you can move into your new home in Ghent. Remember to register your new address with the local municipality. This is a legal requirement in Belgium and is necessary for things like healthcare and voting," explained one expat living in Ghent, Belgium.

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About the Author

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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