The easiest way to search for housing in Korea is over the Internet. Online search engines will link you to real estate websites, property listings and property sections of online newspapers. Expat exchange websites can also be very useful. Another important resource is local English language newspapers.
Most of the properties advertised are submitted by the actual owners themselves though, and for the most part they won’t speak English. Therefore, if your Korean is weak, you can either enlist the help of a friend or translator to assist you in dealing directly with an owner, or find a local letting agency or real estate office which also handles rental accommodation and has English speaking staff.
Never enter a rental agreement just on the basis of photos, make sure your look over the property thoroughly yourself before signing anything. Visits can be arranged by e-mail, over the phone, or in person with estate agents or property owners. Bring a friend or hire a translator to accompany you (if the real estate agent does not already provide one), so you can fully understand the details of the property and contract. Your landlord will probably have had experience dealing with foreigners if a real estate agent has referred you, and generally landlords are helpful. It may be assumed that since you’re a foreigner you are well off though, so take care to not be taken advantage of. If you sense a problem, ask people in your circle of friends or acquaintances that have relevant experience or speak to your real estate agent.
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