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Real Estate in Sendai, Japan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 07, 2023

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

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How do I find a place to live in Sendai?

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

"Finding a place to live in Sendai, involves several steps. First, you need to determine your budget and the type of accommodation you're looking for. This could range from a shared apartment to a private house. Next, you should research the different neighborhoods in Sendai to find one that suits your lifestyle and needs. Some popular areas include Aoba Ward for its shopping and nightlife, and Miyagino Ward for its quieter, more residential feel. Once you have an idea of where you'd like to live, you can start searching for available properties. Websites like Suumo, Homes, and Athome are popular for house hunting in Japan, and they often have listings in English. You can also use a real estate agent to help you find a place. When you find a property you're interested in, you'll need to contact the landlord or real estate agent to arrange a viewing. If you decide to proceed with the rental, you'll typically need to provide several documents, including proof of income and a copy of your residence card. In Japan, it's common to pay a deposit and key money (a non-refundable payment to the landlord) when you sign the lease. You'll also need to pay the first month's rent upfront. Finally, once the lease is signed and the payments are made, you can move into your new home in Sendai. Remember to set up utilities like electricity, gas, and internet, as these are usually not included in the rent. Keep in mind that finding a place to live in Japan can be challenging if you don't speak Japanese, so you may want to consider hiring a translator or using a real estate agency that caters to foreigners," explained one person living in Sendai, Japan.

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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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