Expats moving to Atlanta will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding accommodation. From urban living downtown to family-living in the outer suburbs, there are ample options for suitable accommodation in Atlanta for a reasonable price.
Types of housing in Atlanta
Atlanta offers a variety of accommodation and different types of housing can be found, depending on the area of the city.
The city centre mainly consists of condos and apartments, often housed in tall buildings with sweeping views. These are popular with young professional Atlantans. On the outskirts of the city, there are large freestanding homes with gardens – these are popular with families.
Areas within the perimeter are generally more expensive than those outside the city limits, but the amenities available can vary. Those living in town will have access to many entertainment options and restaurants, and their commute times will be shorter, while those living out of the perimeter will have access to good schools and wide open spaces, but will possibly find themselves having to endure a lengthy commute if working in the city.
Factors to consider when house-hunting in Atlanta
Expats moving to Atlanta need to decide on the type of accommodation they are interested in and which area they would like to live in before their search begins. Factors to consider include budget, lifestyle and proximity to amenities.
It's not easy to live in Atlanta without a car, and with heavy traffic congestion, expats looking for accommodation in Atlanta need to consider the proximity of their home to their workplace, public transport, schools, shops and any other important amenities. If looking to live in the city centre, always find out what parking is available in or near a residence, as parking can be limited in the city.
Finding accommodation in Atlanta
The easiest way to find property to rent or buy in Atlanta is online. There are a number of online property portals that list both short-term and long-term rentals, while individual housing estates and complexes also have websites where it’s possible to view floor plans, lists of rentals and purchasing options.
Expats can also go through a local real estate agent to assist in the house-hunting process; agents can often negotiate on their client's behalf and sort out all the necessary paperwork.
Renting accommodation in Atlanta
There are many rental options in Atlanta, with both furnished and unfurnished accommodation being available in the city.
The first step to securing a rental property is normally to tender a lease application. Credit checks and background checks will also be done, and applicants may be asked to supply references from previous landlords.
While the lease is being finalised it is important to establish with the landlord what is included in the rental costs and whether utilities such as water, gas and electricity are in addition to the quoted rental price.
Buying property in Atlanta
Foreigners are able to buy property in Atlanta, and this option is becoming increasingly popular with expats looking to live in Atlanta for the long-term.
Foreigners are able to apply for mortgages; expats will need to prove that they are both legally resident in the USA and financially able to commit to the purchase of a new home.
►For information on the various neighbourhoods, see Areas and Suburbs in Atlanta
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