Finding An Apartment In Beijing
Agency, Or No?
My husband and I stayed at a hotel for our first few days in Beijing to bide time. I have to be honest – I wasn’t much help with finding an apartment in Beijing. Eric speaks Chinese, so he started out by just doing a good ol’ fashioned Baidu search. That led him to a search engine specific to finding housing, which allowed him to get in touch with some agents over the phone.
What we learned through the process is that unless you’ve already networked or you know someone in the area you’re moving to, just go through an agency. They charge a monthly fee, but as foreigners on a time crunch, it was our best option.
We narrowed our search down to the Chayoang District in Beijing. Eric spoke with a few agents over the phone, and we met up with one of them the following day. We gave him our price range and drove us around on his scooter to look at 3 different apartments. For the Chaoyang District in Beijing, our price range was pretty low, so the quality of the apartments we looked at was not great. We chose the best place from the bunch, which was 4200 RMB ($600 USD) per month. We moved in just a few days later. Watch the video above for an apartment tour!
We went through a Century 21 agency in Zuojiazhuang at this location and lived in Dongli 5. We were forced into signing a 6 month lease and had to pay 3 months at a time in cash. Even though the apartment was a crumbling piece of crap, we had everything we truly needed and lived in an awesome spot! We were just inside the 3rd ring, really close to the Sanyuanqiao metro station.
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Talk to you soon,