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Recommend websites for finding an apartment

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Hi! 

Can anyone recommend a good website to find accommodation?

I move over in a few months and when I arrive I will have help to find an apartment, but I would like to get an idea of what I will be able to afford so that I have realistic expectations! 

 

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Most of the online websites all post fake pictures. Me and my wife go through this shit all the time and its annoying.

For the most part we use ganji wang. Put in all the details from the top, it gives you the results, see an apartment we like, we give the realtor a call, and they reply in one of three ways. 

1. That apartment is gone, we have some that look like that (they RARELY do, most are just shit holes)

2. Those pictures are fake, but we have some that look like that.

3. That apartment is still available but the actual price on it is ....and they bump it up a few thousand. 

imo, the easiest way is still finding a real estate agent, let them get an idea of what you are looking for and then they will take you to several apartments. 

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What blue is saying is 100% truth.. They are like fake.  Best to bring a Chinese friend with you because they are going to Rip you off. I will also add to  blue his points the most scam they all use. 

For example you will say you want a 2 bed room apartment with a separate living room ( normal for us right) then they will bring you to many crappy places with no living room or with 1 bedroom turned into a living room.. Wjen they get you all tired up they will show you what you want but the price is much much more expensive.  They hope u will take it because you are all messed up from all the stress and going trough the crappy apartments... Keep that in mind :p

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omg, yes! The constant turning a bedroom into something else to make it fit or vice versa. It's really obvious in those apartments where there wouldn't be a wall ends up having a half-ass built slide in doors/blankets to cover an area up, and they still want like 6500 cause it has that extra bed room. haha. 

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Thanks so much both of you! I’m very lucky that I won’t have to do any of the negotiations myself. I guess I’ll just have to wait until I’m there to get a sense of places. 

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which area do U want? I already have helped some of my friends find the apartment for them.I can help you with that.u can let me know if u need it

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Ziroom is a great site (hz.ziroom.com), especially for finding shared apartmemts. They have standardized quality across the apartments they offer. I think they may just be getting started up in HZ, lots of listings say under construction. I haven't used them myself, but I hear they don't have the problems like people mentioned above.

The other main sites are 58, Lianjia, and Woaiwojia (hz.58.com, hz.lianjia.cn, hz.5a5j.com). Lots of false listings on those.

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On 27/02/2018 at 10:51 PM, hellyessica said:

Ziroom is a great site (hz.ziroom.com), especially for finding shared apartmemts. They have standardized quality across the apartments they offer. I think they may just be getting started up in HZ, lots of listings say under construction. I haven't used them myself, but I hear they don't have the problems like people mentioned above.

The other main sites are 58, Lianjia, and Woaiwojia (hz.58.com, hz.lianjia.cn, hz.5a5j.com). Lots of false listings on those.

Thank you! 

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