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Offline justadude

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« on: July 11, 2017, 09:14:55 AM »
I am on a trip in Ukraine right now, and will be here until August. I am considering a lengthier stay in the future. I have been primarily using Airbnb to find lodging. It is fine, but at a daily rate I realize that I am paying a lot more than I would be if month to month.

I want to find out about the best way to go about finding a long term apartment. I have met a couple of friends here who are paying between $180 to $250 for an apartment that is so so. If I live here semi-permanently I would be looking for something in a newer building that is nicer. Will $500 per month get you a pretty decent place in a big city in a newer building? What is the best way to shop for an apartment? Real Estate agent?

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Re: Apartments
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 12:04:36 PM »
In what area (city) do you want to live in?

Kiev I understand is the most expensive, followed by L'viv.

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Re: Apartments
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 02:22:14 PM »
If you are just starting out then I'd always suggest using an agent, at least for your first place. It will cost you more money but there's loads of benefits for a newcomer to town.  In fact, I'd go further than suggesting using an agent, I'd suggest that you look for places where the agent actually manages the place on behalf of the owner.

Dealing directly with the owner as a newbie foreigner is kinda like being a sheep walking into a sheep shearing pen and asking to keep a little wool for the colder days! You'll get well and truly shorn and you'll probably have no idea what went wrong!

Later on you may well find that you no longer need this kind of support, but on Day One, Week One, yeah, it will make life a lot easier.

As for pricing, well, that's a local thing but to get started look at one of the larger real estate listings sites. Here's one that popped up: I have no idea how many properties they have but it is a start. You can start to get a feel for what places are going to cost and what you get for the money.

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Re: Apartments
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 05:09:34 PM »
First google apartments.

Once you rent, deal direct with the land lords.

I use
And suggest you get help and use:

There are also several arenda sites, and apartment sites for nightly use.

Yes, $500/month is doable year round in most of Ukraine - But, have a local do most of your negotiation. Once a landlord trusts you, you do not need a passport. At least, I don't.

PS: EVERYONE involved in your 'real estate deal' you do not personally know, is getting a cut. So, I suggest to hire someone on your behalf, and only on your behalf.