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Real Estate in Chigasaki, Japan

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 01, 2023

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

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How do I find a place to live in Chigasaki?

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

"Finding a place to live in Chigasaki, involves several steps. First, you need to determine your budget and the type of accommodation you're looking for. This could range from a traditional Japanese house to a modern apartment. Next, you should research the different neighborhoods in Chigasaki to find one that suits your lifestyle and preferences. Some areas might be closer to the beach, while others are near the city center or public transportation. Once you have a general idea of where you'd like to live, you can start searching for available properties. Websites like Suumo, Homes, and Athome are popular real estate platforms in Japan that list rental properties. These sites allow you to filter by location, price, size, and other features. You can also visit real estate agencies in Chigasaki. Agents can provide you with listings that match your criteria and arrange viewings. They can also help you understand the terms of the lease and navigate the rental process, which can be quite complex in Japan. When you find a property you're interested in, you'll need to submit an application. This usually involves providing proof of income and a guarantor, who is a person or company that agrees to pay the rent if you're unable to. Once your application is approved, you'll sign the lease, pay the deposit and any other upfront fees, and then you can move in. Keep in mind that in Japan, it's common to pay several months' rent upfront, including a security deposit and key money, which is a non-refundable payment to the landlord. Finally, don't forget to set up utilities and internet service, and to register your new address at the local ward office. This is a legal requirement for all residents in Japan," remarked one member in Chigasaki.

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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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