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Should I buy or rent a home in China?

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If you have not spent a lot of time in China, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision...

"Buying a home in China is a major decision and investment and should be carefully considered. Buying a home in China can be a great long-term option and cost saving if you plan to stay in the area for several years, as mortgage rates and property appreciation both tend to be attractive investments. On the other hand, renting in China may be a better option if you plan on staying in the area for the short-term, as it can provide greater flexibility and may cost less in the short-term. Ultimately, it is up to you to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of both buying and renting a home in China and then decide which option is best for your individual situation," explained one expat living in China.

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"My wife owns a condo which is basically what many Chinese own in liu of Americans buying a house. Many more rent apts/condos from others," said another expat in Xi'an, China.

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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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