Send warning signals on Facebook or contact an apartment hunter in Paris? Here are 5 tips for finding your dream accommodation in the capital

For some, finding their dream apartment in Paris is less complicated than going to Mars and back without oxygen. This is especially true for someone who knows nothing at all about the real estate market. What are the prices charged? Which ads aren't even worth a phone call? What can an apartment hunter in Paris do to help you? All the answers to these questions and more with our 5 tips for finding the accommodation of your dreams in the capital.

  1. Relying on your network

Do you have friends who live in Paris? Work colleagues who know people? Do not hesitate to share your research with them. It's often a great way to start looking for an apartment, even before spending hours on specialized sites or contacting a real estate agency.

Social networks also offer new real estate opportunities. By indicating your search in a simple Facebook status, you may be connected with someone who knows someone who is selling or renting their place. In addition, more and more groups are forming to help each other find accommodation, for example "Plan appart à Paris".

The advantage of this technique is that you can find accommodation that suits your needs and your budget, rather than the other way around.

(Note: all these tips are valid whether you are looking to buy or to rent  ;!)

  1. Get an idea of the prices

Before you even start looking for an apartment in Paris, start by establishing a realistic budget. Decide on a range in relation to your selection criteria: for a rental, between €500 and €700 for a studio, up to €1,000 for a 2-room apartment, etc. Keep in mind that your budget depends on your income, it is essential if you want your tenant file to be looked at. If you are in the process of buying, the problem arises in the same way: rather 200 000 € on the side of Nation or 700 000 € rue de Tocqueville, in the 17th  ;?

The idea is to avoid wasting time looking at advertisements around the Trocadéro or the Marais, if your budget relegates you to the districts of north-eastern Paris. Having an idea of the prices will help you to be realistic… even if it is about finding the dream apartment! Take a look at this article to dig deeper.

  1. Learn to decipher the content of the classified ads

If you have to go through the phase of "compulsively reading all the existing real estate ads", you should have in mind some tips to learn how to decipher the texts of these ads. The following paragraph can save you long hours that you would have spent visiting inadequate accommodations!

Are you looking for an apartment to live in immediately, without work? The phrase “charming” often means that the accommodation is dilapidated and badly done up, therefore unlivable as it is. Do you want space? Forget the “cozy nest” or   Coquet , which too regularly sticks exactly to the Carrez law limit threshold (9m2). Would you like to live near the Buttes Chaumont ? When an ad says "near park", it may mean "you have to take two metros to get there".

Don't just read real estate ads: decipher them! And if you have any doubts, ask the owner or the agency for details by phone. This will save you an unnecessary trip.

  1. Entrust your search to an apartment hunter in Paris

The complexity of the real estate market in the capital easily explains the success of the job of apartment hunter in Paris. An apartment hunter finds out about your selection criteria (no ground floor, two bedrooms, a cellar, view of the Eiffel Tower) and uses his network to get his hands on the closest properties from your wish list. All with an ease that puts it one step ahead of traditional agencies.

Entrusting your search to an apartment hunter in Paris therefore greatly increases your chances of finding the rare pearl. Especially since some agencies (see here) are able to find you exceptional properties that other professionals could not. not have in their catalog, or half-ruined apartments to completely redevelop yourself – but at unbeatable prices.

  1. Be attentive to everything that is happening around you

Searching for an apartment in Paris is a daily job. Hour after hour, you must always have in mind the object of your search. This means: talking about it around you, in front of the coffee machine at work, on the phone with friends, when going out to the bar or restaurant, to the bakery and the butcher.

It also means: being constantly attentive to everything that is happening around you. To the ads awkwardly stapled to the supermarket corkboard, to the local newspapers, to the conversations at the next table during your lunch break. Finding an apartment in Paris is like finding your dream job: it's about jumping at the slightest opportunity!


Parisearch, a local agency expert of the Parisian market

Parisearch is a real estate agency in Paris.

Connected 24 hours a day to the market and its network, it responds to all requests for research or sales of real estate in Paris and the Ile-de-France.

Its objective is to accompany its customers in the realization of their project of life by securing their step and by allowing them to reach rare goods (off-market) which will make their happiness and will answer perfectly their criteria.

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