Difference in how to find rental properties between countries

May 14, 2020

Hi there,


This is Hiro.


In this blog, I will write about the difference in how to find a rental property in other countries based on my experience.


I previously worked in Canada, New Zealand, and India.

As the culture and norm differ, the way to find rental properties is different as well between countries.







(The beauty of the integration of nature and city in Vancouver. It’s an multicultural city where various ethnic groups reside.)


I stayed in Alberta province which is famous for great nature and abundant natural resources.

Although it was my first time to look for a rental property, I didn’t consult a real estate agent.


This is because people mainly find rental properties in an online platform in which you can directly contact the landlords.

 In fact, there were no people around me who spoke to a real estate agent.


I lived in a shared house with a few people in a suburban house.

 For a budget-minded person like me, it is a preferred option to rent a shared house in suburban area.

The shared areas are typically a kitchen, bathroom, and dining area.


It may sound easy to find a suitable property online but it really is not if you are not used to it.

(And, it can be gut-wrenching if English is not your first language.)


Here’s why.


1) Checking owner’s credibility

2) Proving who you are

3) Making an appointment for viewing a property

4) Transportation to the property

5) Discerning the contract


 In Vietnam, most of real estate agents will take care of all the procedures for no cost.

The upside of doing it all by myself was that I was able to make a close relationship with the landlord’s family.

I enjoyed dinner and occasional parties with the family.


[New Zealand]



(Kiwis are the national icon of New Zealand. They are flightless birds.)


New Zealand is basically the same as Canada when it comes to finding rental properties. It has a popular online platform where landlords can advertise their properties.


There was an unexpected situation I ran into during my stay in New Zealand.

My landlord sold his house while the rental contract was in effect.


In Vietnam your real estate agent will give you a helping hand by negotiating with a new landlord or finding another suitable apartment if you face the same situation.

In my case, I had to deal with it myself.


Fortunately, I was able to have a good relationship with the new landlord after all the upsetting things like getting the furniture the previous landlord owned taken out of the room.






(Holi is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of spring harvest season. You may notice yourself covered in various colors if you decide to walk on the street on this day.)


I’ve never heard of the instances in which expatriates look for accommodations themselves in India.

I suppose it’s nearly impossible to contact the landlord and rent a property for foreigners because of the big difference in the custom and law.


Expatriates normally live in apartments the company provides but the choices are not many.

Also, the quality of the apartment is generally not as good as Vietnam, especially if you compare it with the apartments in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.




All things considered, I think Vietnam offers an easy environment for foreigners to find rental properties.

There are many real estate agencies and most likely they don’t charge the agent fee.

And, there are a wide range of the apartments to choose from according to your budget and preference.



We, as one of many real estate agents in Vietnam, strive for the great service and information quality.




Please contact the below for rental properties. 


Mr. Noe (English and Japanese speaking) *Blog author

TEL : 091-965-9809

Email : noe@vietnamhousing.vn


Ms. Van (English, Vietnamese, and Japanese speaking)

TEL : 090-939-3588

Email : vannh@vietnamhousing.vn

Moving in Vietnam

May 23, 2019

Hi there.


This is Hiro.

The topic for this week is moving in Vietnam.

I wrote about moving from Japan to Vietnam last time and you can refer to it here.


I had a chance to talk to a person from CROWNLINE the other day.

CROWNLINE is one of the leading moving companies in Vietnam.

The information they provided is below.


- Amount of luggage-

On average, the luggage of the single person and family are below based on 50*50cm cardboard box.

Single : 10

Family : 35

*I asked one family and they said it was more than 60 boxes.


- Fee-

Under basic plan, the fee is based on the amount of the luggage and other details, and there is the minimum fee.

The service includes packing.

The single person with lots of luggage or family are suitable for this plan.

(Basic plan assumes the number of boxes to be 35.)


- When to contact-

They can sometimes accept the order for the next day moving except for the high season.

*Contacting the moving company one day before moving date is not recommended at all.

It is advisable to contact the company one month before the moving date.


The below is the contact information of CROWNLINE.




Email : kagimoto@crownline.jp

TEL : 098 693 6314

HP : http://crownline.jp




-Points to note-

  • March and April is the high season in the moving industry. Some companies don’t accept orders for March and April from February.
  • The fee can be higher than usual when the moving date is on weekend or during high season.


Lastly, the below is the general flow of moving.


1) Contact the moving company

2) Moving staff visit the house

3) Get a quote

4) Make a contract

5) Moving


I hope today’s blog would be helpful to those considering moving in Vietnam.

Moving to Vietnam

May 16, 2019

Hi there.


I’m Hiro.


Today, I will write about moving stuff to Vietnam.

There are mainly 3 ways to move stuff to Vietnam.


1) Carry with you


2) Send by air


3) Send by ship


1) Carry with you


The things you carry with are the expensive stuff or the ones which you need soon after you move to Vietnam.
Examples are passport, electric devices, clothes you often wear, medicines.


2) Send by air


These are the ones you need relatively soon in Vietnam.

It takes about 14 days to send stuff from Japan to Vietnam by air.

It is recommendable that you don’t send the fragile things by air since they will not be handled carefully.



3) Send by ship


These are the things which you don’t use soon but still need in your Vietnam life.

The examples are books, furniture.

It takes about 40 days to ship to Vietnam.
I recommend you send expensive fragile stuff such as chinaware by ship rather than by air.

Also, sending by ship is more suitable for big or heavy stuff than sending by air because of the fee.


It is important to take out the insurance just in case.


- Do I need appliance and furniture from Japan?


The answer is it depends on your preference.

Because apartments in Vietnam are normally fully furnished, it’s not necessary to bring them from Japan unless you have strong preference.


However, some people bring appliances, which some of its functions are not available in Vietnam.
One example is a rice cooker.


I often hear concern about the air pollution and am asked if it’s better to bring an air cleaner from Japan.

I would say you’d better buy it in Vietnam since the air cleaner made by Japanese maker is available here.


*You need to buy transformer if you bring appliances from Japan because of the difference in voltage.

(Japan : 100V, Vietnam : 200V)



- Things to note


  • Many Japanese companies move their employees to foreign countries in spring.
    Therefore, contacting a moving company early is important so that the moving schedule is fixed as you wish.


  • Sorting out the stuff into the above mentioned 3 kinds makes work much easier and faster on the day you move.


  • To avoid the last minute argument, it is advisable to consider what to do about the things you leave in Japan. (i.e. ask relatives to keep them or rent a storage room.


  • Process of claiming insurance can take 1 to 2 month.



- How to choose a moving company


1) Is there the agent service for processing the documentations to send things by air or ship?


2) What kind of support does the company offer after arriving Vietnam?


3) Are there optional services?



The most important thing is early preparation and collecting information well in advance.


I hope for the seamless moving for all the people coming to Vietnam.


Introduction of International schools in Hanoi

May 8, 2019

Hi there.

I’m Hiro.

The topic for this week is the international schools in Hanoi.

In Vietnam, international schools offer education from kindergarten to high school.
Most of the international schools are located in suburban areas and they offer good services and facilities.
The yearly fee increases as the grade goes up.
In general, the yearly fee exceeds 15,000USD.

Although curriculum differs from school to school, the quality of education is basically high and the English skills will be improved.
It is needed that parents contact the international school in order to know the curriculum of the school.
Most of school can be contacted in English.

The school starts from September.
Since there are many parents who consider having their children go to the international school,
I would like you to know the basic information.
The below is the general information on the major international schools in Hanoi.

【Hanoi International School】

Hanoi International School is located closed to Embassy of Japan in Lieu Giai.
The total number of students is about 290.
Japanese, Vietnamese, and Koreansaccount for the majority of the students.
The yearly fee is from about 16,500USD to 26,500USD.
The average number of students in a class is about 20. 

Website : https://www.hisvietnam.com/

【United Nations International School of Hanoi】

United Nations International School is owned by United Nations and it’s called UNIS.
There are only 2 international schools owned by United Nations and therefore
It is very popular.
The location is Ciptra which is north of Ho Tay lake.
There are about 1,100 students.
As there is the limitation which the ratio of one nationality cannot exceed 20% of the total number of students, students from many different countries attend the school.
The yearly fee is from about 24,500USD to 30,000USD.

Website : https://www.unishanoi.org/

【British Vietnamese international school Hanoi】

British Vietnamese international school Hanoi is located inside Vincom Royal City in Thanh Xuan district.
About 1,300 students attend the school and 90% of them are Vietnamese.
The school offers education from kindergarten to high school.
The class is taught in English and Vietnamese.
The ratio of Students to teachers is about 12 to 1.
The yearly fee is from about 15,000USD to 20,000USD.

Website : https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/en/our-schools/vietnam/hanoi/bvis

【British International School Hanoi】

British International School Hanoi is located in Vinhomes Riverside in Long Bien district.
This area is rich in nature and quiet compared to the urban area of Hanoi.
There are about 1,000 students.
27 nationals belong to the school and 50% of them are Vietnamese.
The average number of students in a class is about 18.
The school has a uniform.
The class is from 8:30 to 15:00.
There are many facilities such as a large library, auditorium.
The yearly fee is from about 11,000USD to 15,500USD for kindergarten and
from 20,000USD to 30,000USD for middle and high school.

Website : https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/en/our-schools/vietnam/hanoi/bis

【Concordia International School Hanoi】

Concordia International School Hanoi is located in the suburban area, Dong Anh district.
The school was built in 2011 and it has affiliated schools in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The number of students is about 400 and they are mainly American, Korean, and Vietnamese.
One national cannot exceed one third of the entire students according to the school policy.
Therefore, there are more than 20 nationals.
There are interview, entrance exams of math and English to enter the school.
The examination fee is 300USD.
The classes are based on U.S. curriculum.
The yearly fee is not public.

【St.Paul American School Hanoi】

St.Paul American School Hanoi is located in the suburban area, Hoai Duc.
About 500 students go to the school and the percentage of Korean is the highest.
The ratio of Vietnamese to foreigners is roughly 3 to 10.
It has about 60,000sqm which is equivalent of 8 soccer fields.
The curriculum is based on U.S. one.
The yearly fee for 7th grade is about 23,000USD.

Website : https://stpaulhanoi.com/

It is not an easy decision to have your children attend the international school.
But, I believe it is worthwhile to consider it since it is a rare opportunity that children can go to the international school.

Stay in the luxurious serviced apartment, Roygent Parks Hanoi

May 1, 2019

Hi there,


I’m Hiro.


Today, I will write about the stay in Roygent Parks Hanoi.

Roygent Parks Hanoi is one of the hottest apartments in Hanoi among Japanese
as it was built by 2 Japanese companies.

The apartment faces Khuat Duy Tien street in Cau Giay and many apartments are going to be built in this area.



The room types are studio, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedrooms type.

It’s suitable for a single person or married couple.

I stayed in the studio room and its space is 55,6 sqm.