Accommodation in Perth

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Accommodation in Perth, as in greater Australia, comes in all shapes and sizes - all expats need to do is decide what kind of property they prefer, what kind of property they can afford, and in which area or suburb of Perth they’d like that property to be located.

Types of property in Perth

accommodation in Perth is varied
Expats will find that there are plenty of housing options available in Perth. It ranges from furnished to unfurnished apartments (known as flats), to houses, studios and luxury apartments. The standard of accommodation varies depending on the area.

It is worth noting that houses in Perth are built to keep their residents cool and not warm. Thus, central heating and double-glazed windows are a rarity, and even though the city is known for its hot, dry weather patterns, research has shown that people more often need heating than cooling in the metropolis. So it helps to look for houses that get a lot of natural light, have north-facing windows or have put the more modern tenets of insulation into practice. 
For expats on short-term assignments, renting is more common than buying property. For those that are considering buying, one upside of Perth's recently declining economy is that housing has become more affordable. Expats will certainly find that properties in Perth have better value for money than those in Sydney or Melbourne

Finding property in Perth

Expats will find that they may be required to do most of the house-hunting themselves, but resources like the classifieds, internet searches are helpful in finding some options. Alternatively, working with a real estate agent can make the process simpler and may yield better results than going it alone – for instance, real estate agents often have access to property listings before they go on the open market. However, employing an agent does come at a cost of around 10 to 20 percent of the rental cost.

Renting property in Perth

Viewings for Perth accommodation are usually at set times, and if the property is well-priced, expats should expect to be viewing with a dozen other people. Many properties are managed through an agent, and references will usually be required.

Rent for accommodation in Perth is payable monthly and is typically payable at the end of each month to the real estate agent or landlord. Utility bills are usually not included in the rental price and are the responsibility of the tenant to pay.

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