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Apartment hunting in Haidian - Advice needed (Beijing)


Hi Everyone,

My wife and I are moving to Beijing and will be looking for an apartment in the Haidian District. My wife is Chinese so the language barrier won't be an issue, however I was wondering if anyone could explain the procedure for renting an apartment in Beijing? I have looked through hundreds of listings online and there are too many which are obviously too good to be true; low prices for luxurious apartments. Is it worth trying to rent directly from a landlord or is it better to find a reputable agent? Also could anyone reccomend some good housing communities in Haidian and some reputable agents?

Thanks guys!