Friday, 20 July 2012

How to Find an Apartment in Phnom Penh

It's been a bit of a crazy week trying to track down an apartment for the year ahead... Reckon we were pretty spoiled after just showing up and being given apartments in Korea, and then having our friends sort everything out in Oz!

I'm sure I just haven't found the right sites yet, but it seems like Phnom Penh really doesn't have the expat resources that also spoiled us in Seoul. Either way, reckon it wouldn't hurt to add another one into the mix.

 

THUS, a little word on our apartment hunting process.


1. Figured out what we wanted/needed in an apartment.
Our demands really weren't too over-the-top: 
    • A nice balcony to hang out on most everyday 
    • More than one room - I like that Partner In Crime kid, but after three years of one room apartments, I'm excited to have a bit of twirling room! 
    • Not on the open-sewer street (105)
    • jacuzzi bath
2. Found some real estate sites by asking friends and googling obvious keywords. 

3. Got in touch about the apartments we had our eye on/ what we were looking for. 

4. The agents took us around and showed us the different apartments. 

Rundown of 4 Phnom Penh Real Estate Agencies:


Dragon Realty

This one is tops in our book. The agent got back to our initial inquiry quickly and really listened to what we were looking for. It should tell you something that we signed on the first apartment they showed us! I really liked that they seem to have lots of options for lower budgets. Hooray Dragon Realty!

Rooftop Asia 

I'm a big fan of a lot of properties currently listed on this site. They have a nice range of properties and prices, and I got a very quick reply when I emailed them saying I was interested. When our lease is up, I think Partner In Crime and I will be looking at mainly Dragon Realty or Rooftop Asia for our next homebase.

Cambodia Angkor Real Estate Co.

Their website also seems to feature lots of options for lower-budget apartments. I'm heavily not impressed, though, that the only descriptor for location is "In Town". Districts are clearly divided in the Penh, and it shouldn't be too much to ask to know where all your apartments of interest are without having to email about each one. Also not stoked that they never called us back.

Independent Property Services

This company seems to specialize more in apartments for people with a much higher budget than we've got rocking. If you've got the funds to spare, though, you could definitely find a beautiful apartment through this company. Unfortunately, we felt like the agent really didn't even listen to our few standards, seeing as how she showed us an apartment with the most rubbish balcony in the entire world (attached to an apartment someone must have designed while drunk, i.e. stairways to nowhere), and then followed that up with a studio apartment just off street 105. Aka poo street. BAH. I got the feeling that we just weren't such a high priority, given our meagre budget.


In addition to these sites and others, you can definitely also root around in classifieds (like Bong Thom), or on forums (like on Expat Blog).


So finally, the fruit of all this labour...

Welcome to our home for the next year!!


Home, oh-oh-oh ho-o-ome... Home is wherever I'm with you...

Not un-excited about the massive balcony!
And remember, kids: say no to street 105*!

*open-sewer ahoy - gah.

xx Lady Expatriate


53 comments:

  1. Great resource on finding an apartment in Cambodia. Was wondering how people would go about renting an apartment there and was a little curious how much it might cost. Your apartment looks spacious and fab! Congrats on that. Any weird tricks or way of dealing with real estate folk or is it easy?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. G'day delayed response... sorry to have missed the comment and kept you hanging so long, especially when these are such great prompts.
      First off, thanks for the congrats and the kind comments! Partner In Crime and I are really loving our apartment, quirks and all.
      In regards to your question - at first, we had a bit of a tough time dealing with the real estate agents because we were referred to a company that was suited for people with MUCH larger housing budgets than ourselves - they didn't really have that much to offer us. Once we found a real estate agency that specialized in lower budget rentals (Dragon Realty), it was a breeze. We fell in love with the first place we saw, which of course you're not supposed to do, and an hour later we had 6 copies (1 Khmer, 1 English for us, landlord and Dragon Realty)of the lease printed up and signed!
      One problem one will probably encounter when searching for apartments in Phnom Penh is how rubbish most of the listings on websites are. This is where perseverance comes in, and the acceptance of the fact that you may have to just go see a couple in person to find out more.
      Thanks so much for the comment, Grrrl Traveler! You asked a great question :)

      Delete
  2. Yes, also very curious. About to move there in a week and would appreciate the advice! What is considered a lower budget?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow - you must be getting so excited!
      For me, I knew that a teacher's salary wouldn't give me a lot of free money to work with, so I was very interested in apartments ranging from $300 - $400 monthly, which I split with my partner. You can definitely find some lower priced than that, but I was happy to pay a bit more for a big balcony and to live in this neighborhood.
      Good luck with the move! Hit me back with more questions, if you'd like.

      Delete
  3. Its nice to know that you found a quiet street to live. Could you share the street numbers since for many, reasonably quiet living is a must. Thank You

    ReplyDelete
  4. Well If no reply by now, then this site is not what I expected. Whats the big deal of sharing the quiet area where you live. No one asked for your specific address. Anyway Thanks. I'm out of here!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow Carlos, that's quite the message. I'm sorry that I offended you. As you know, I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm constantly trying to juggle many things. I'm sorry that you found my 3 day gap to be excessive.

      In response to your original question, I live in the Boeung Keng Kang Mouy area, a little south of Sihanouk and to the east of Monivong. I find it a very relaxing place to live, and - if I were to have the disposable income to do so - there are many cafes to visit within a short walking distance.

      I apologize again for offending you. All the best.

      Delete
  5. Thanks heaps for this useful run down of various agents - appreciate it : )

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers! Looking back, I'm still really happy with Dragon Realty. And I promise they're not paying me to say that! Best of luck with your apartment search :)

      Delete
  6. Me again (the anonymous one). Could I ask, what sort of agent fees do Dragon Realty charge? Is it worked out as a percentage of the rent? In addition, some expat resources say you can negotiate $50 a month off your rent if you sign a longer lease (3 months +)....do you know if this is possible when dealing with the agencies? Or is it only possible if dealing directly with a landlord? Thanks for your time : )
    Kiwi lady moving to Cambodia

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hiya Kiwi Lady!
      When are you arriving? If you're in the process of getting ready to go, you must be getting pretty excited - and for good reason! Every day I love it here more and more. :)

      PIC and I actually weren't charged any fees. I believe they received a payment from our landlady who advertised through them. We simply paid two months rent as a damage deposit, and our first month's rent, and boom - too easy! We were all moved in by the next day.

      I have actually never heard of the $50 off deal... but of course it sounds awesome. Please do let me know if you hear more about it - would come in handy for my apt renewal next summer, and it would be great to post about on the site.

      Good luck with the last of your prep! Feel free to shoot me a message via my facebook page if you have other q's that I might be able to help you out with. https://www.facebook.com/OurDearLadyExpatriate

      Cheers :)

      Delete
  7. Thanks so much for your warm and detailed reply. Glad I found your blog. I'm arriving in April - the hottest month of the year, eek!

    Will certainly message you on FB at some point, I have Qs about a couple of things (getting Internet set up, stuff like that...) and would appreciate hearing your views/experiences.

    Kind regards, thanks again : )

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. April is definitely a little warm...!!! If you arrive in the hottest month, though, the heat throughout the rest of the year will be a breeze :)

      For sure give a shout about any questions. One resource that might help you... have you checked out the blog and the e-book Move to Cambodia? The e-book has a charge, but it's supposed to be amazing (I haven't read it myself). It's written by a longterm journalist expat who's really well known around these parts, and general consensus says it's quite helpful. I wish it had been out when I had moved here!

      Here's the link to the blog (so good!), and you can find the e-book on the site too, if you're interested.

      http://www.movetocambodia.com/

      Good luck with wrapping stuff up in NZ!

      Delete
  8. Hi again, yes, I bought the MTC e-book a little while ago and it has been handy.

    I've sent you a message via your FB page : )

    Cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi there, my name is David Murphy i am the principle of Independent Property Services and i wanted to comment on your piece above. Firstly it's disappointing to hear your experience with our firm was not what you were hoping for - for that i apologise. However what you say in your article is very true. At IPS we are focussed at the premium end of the market and as such we find it difficult to commit resources to clients who have smaller budgets.

    I hope you are enjoying your stay in Cambodia and wish you all the best.

    Kind regards,
    David Murphy

    ReplyDelete
  10. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article!
    It's the little changes that will make the most important changes. Thanks for sharing!

    Here is my weblog :: waist hip ratio

    ReplyDelete
  11. I used to be suggested this blog by means of my cousin.
    I am no longer positive whether this submit is
    written through him as no one else recognise such certain about my problem.
    You are wonderful! Thanks!

    Feel free to visit my website ... AACOMAS application assistance

    ReplyDelete
  12. Does your website have a contact page? I'm having trouble locating it but, I'd like
    to send you an e-mail. I've got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

    Here is my weblog ... Find Out More

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.

    I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

    My site ... related website

    ReplyDelete
  14. I just couldn't depart your website prior to suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the standard info an individual supply to your guests? Is gonna be again ceaselessly to check out new posts

    my page summer internship

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'm really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it's rare to
    see a nice blog like this one today.
    ryland
    ryland
    ryland
    ryland
    ryland
    http://08.com.vn/index.php?do=/profile-10748/info/
    http://161710.webhosting63.1blu.de/profile.php?
    id=35403
    http://122.117.201.12/scout/userinfo.php?uid=443
    http://2consumer.com/books-music-movies/incorporate-twitter-followers-nice-popularity
    http://12.133.21.141/groups/voodootikilounge/wiki/f499b/A_Guide_To_Simple_Considerations_With_regard_to_how_to_get_free_active_twitter_followers_.

    html

    my web-site :: ryland

    ReplyDelete
  16. The, toward sometimes hang ups, is admittedly straightforward:
    You just need to download and read two shows that will enable one to definitely offer a stomach important whilst imitate the cell
    number floor. That this Champion-G5-PG-710 genuinely authentic masticating juicer.
    Graphics features a bunch of arty and artistic areas and this also be
    aware of cosmetic communication and in addition sales presentation.
    Fifth, understand the performance on the successes machine.
    Extended . add-on that allows you to cause unique pastas, which generally
    home chef far more rapidly with flavour superior to the
    main dried varieties.

    Also visit my blog ... Jack power juicer Instructions

    ReplyDelete
  17. Do уοu mind if I quοte a fеω of уour рoѕts aѕ long as Ӏ proviԁe cгеԁit and sources back to уour ωеbsite?
    My websitе is іn thе veгy ѕame
    niсhe аs yоurs anԁ my usеrs would genuіnely benefіt frοm
    somе оf the informatіοn уou provіde herе.

    Рlеаse let me knοω іf thiѕ аlright
    with yοu. Thankѕ!

    mу web-site; raspberry ketone diet

    ReplyDelete
  18. Noгmally I don't read article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very forced me to check out and do so! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite great article.

    my web site - raspberry ketone diet

    ReplyDelete
  19. Throughout addition, it possesses a flip-style chrome steel spout what one avoids any nuisance drains.
    Naturally, would be to not so big machine that just about every single has access to and
    as well deposits of resist. Often the mixer was
    standing found back in 19 twenty two or Stephen Poplawski was basically the very
    first human being to believe a brand new added tube containing rotating saw
    blades electronic length. Would not articles or blog posts
    oneself utilizing assessments as a result of precisely so it generally entrepreneurs and as a consequence merchants.


    Also visit my blog post - blender reviews

    ReplyDelete
  20. It's not my first time to go to see this web page, i am visiting this web site dailly and take pleasant data from here daily.

    My homepage; raspberry ketones supplements

    ReplyDelete
  21. Good day I аm so haρpу I found youг sіte,
    I really found yοu by еrror, whilе I wаs searсhing on Aѕkjеeve for something
    else, Nonethelеss I аm herе nοω anԁ ωould just like to say thank
    you for a incгedible post аnd а аll round enјοyablе blog (І also lοve
    the thеmе/dеsіgn), I don’t havе tіme
    to read it all at the momеnt but I hаve boоκ-mаrκеd it anԁ аlso іncluded
    your RЅS fееds, ѕο whеn I have time I ωill be back to геad а grеat dеal morе, Рleаѕе dо κeep up thе fantastic ωοгk.



    Ηerе is my ωеblog ...
    green coffee beans online

    ReplyDelete
  22. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more
    than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything.

    Nevertheless imagine if you added some great visuals or
    videos to give your posts more, "pop"! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this site could certainly be one of the most
    beneficial in its field. Fantastic blog!

    Stop by my web-site - auto insurance tn

    ReplyDelete
  23. Ѕomеbody necesѕarily aѕѕiѕt to
    make critically aгticles I would statе.
    That iѕ the fігѕt tіme I frequenteԁ yοuг ωeb pаgе and uр to
    noω? I amаzeԁ with thе analysіѕ you mаde to mаκе thіѕ paгtісulаr put up eхtraorԁinаry.
    Wоndeгful аctіvitу!


    Feel frеe to vіsit my web-sitе
    ... raspberry ketone diet drops

    ReplyDelete
  24. Awesome! Itѕ truly гemarkable
    aгtiсle, I have got much clear iԁea concerning from this аrtіcle.


    Hеre is mу ωеb blog :: http://fanniedhengcevi.tblog.com/post/1970308372

    ReplyDelete
  25. Do you have a spam problem on this blog; I also am a blogger, and
    I was wanting to know your situation; we have
    developed some nice procedures and we are looking to exchange methods with
    other folks, why not shoot me an email if interested.


    Here is my website - linkbuilder

    ReplyDelete
  26. Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with SEO?
    I'm trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I'm not
    seeing very good results. If you know of any please share.

    Kudos!

    Here is my webpage; Highly recommended Site

    ReplyDelete
  27. Fantastic post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?
    I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Cheers!

    Feel free to surf to my blog post ... Go Here

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hi there! I was interested to know if setting up a blog website such your own: http:
    //www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7423775396073570817&postID=5249197573422005332 is difficult
    to do for inexperienced people? I've been wanting to create my own website for a while now but have been turned off because I've always assumed it demanded tons
    of work. What do you think? Bless you

    Feel free to visit my homepage; Suggested Web site

    ReplyDelete
  29. It's very effortless to find out any matter on net as compared to textbooks, as I found this piece of writing at this web page.

    My website - raspberry ketone

    ReplyDelete
  30. Gгeat ρost.

    Alѕo visit my sitе: grеen coffee bean extract 800
    mg (http://niceofferseveryday761.vv.si/2013/04/erica/)

    ReplyDelete
  31. Hey! Quick question that's completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My web site looks weird when browsing from my iphone4. I'm trying to
    find a template or plugin that might be able to correct
    this problem. If you have any recommendations, please share.
    Thank you!

    Also visit my blog post ... just click the up coming internet page

    ReplyDelete
  32. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the structure of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so
    people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2
    images. Maybe you could space it out better?

    my homepage ... just click the up coming site :: highsocietyhiphop.com ::

    ReplyDelete
  33. I'm not sure why but this website is loading very slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end? I'll check back later on and see
    if the problem still exists.

    Stop by my web blog ... white hat link building

    ReplyDelete
  34. Most people know that citrus fruits are high in
    vitamin C. When your hormonal pathways are broken down;
    stubborn fat develops. Side Effects: While there is evidence of possible side effects, the vast majority of users report positive results.
    Whole Grain Cereal and Oats Eating a bowl of whole grain
    cereal or oatmeal can really boost your metabolism.



    Feel free to surf to my web-site Best Fat Burning Foods

    ReplyDelete
  35. If it's a promise to get engaged one day then you can look for small diamond ring. After the engagement, the ring is usually switched to the right hand. Older cameos had been generally manufactured with celluloid utilizing two hues.

    my blog post - promise rings under 100 ()

    ReplyDelete
  36. You could also make a facial toner for removing makeup and cleansing excessive
    facial oils. Preliminary data reveal that people with mild to moderate acne might be able to achieve
    long-term remission with only about 75% with the usual dose of Accutane,
    thereby suffer fewer negative effects. We started the 1st EFT session using a round of "this constricted breathing"
    to calm her, and I recommended it being a complementary strategy to her asthma.
    Cover see your face with a thin layer of Elmer's glue, needless to say, avoid your vision and mouth.

    my homepage :: top acne treatments

    ReplyDelete
  37. It is typically helpful to set your video camera in stain focus mode.
    Diamonds are all about getting engaged large size rings,
    while gold is associated with marriage. To produce cultured
    pearls, a skilled technician, termed a nucleator,
    induces the pearl-growing course of action by surgically putting an irritant'a mommy-of-pearl bead along with a piece of mantle tissue, typically'into a
    mollusk.

    Take a look at my web page; promise rings ben bridge

    ReplyDelete
  38. Fantastic site you have here but I was curious if you knew of
    any user discussion forums that cover the same topics talked about here?
    I'd really love to be a part of community where I can get opinions from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Bless you!, more: Full Write-up!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you
    get a lot of spam feedback? If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can recommend?
    I get so much lately it's driving me mad so any help is very much appreciated.

    Visit my web page: check out the post right here

    ReplyDelete
  40. Hi there your internet site url: http://www.blogger.com/comment.
    g?blogID=7423775396073570817&postID=5249197573422005332 seems to be redirecting to a
    completely different website when I click the home-page link.
    You might want to have this looked at.

    Feel free to visit my site ... backlinks to my site [http://polesie24.com]

    ReplyDelete
  41. ' Diamond rings: Diamond rings are classified as the greatest option with regards to men's rings.

    Online jewelry retailers generally have far less overhead and so you aren't paying for the lights, the staff, the security, and everything else associated with a brick and mortar store. Promise rings are an excellent tool for young couples who are intent on being exclusive and monogamous with one another.

    Feel free to visit my page - cute promise rings quotes

    ReplyDelete
  42. Find a roommate in everyone 1 click shows results on map dynamic filtering system room share extensive search criteria new rooms mailed to your inbox route plot for your house visit cnd much more... All for free!

    ReplyDelete
  43. real estate agent( they're referred to as that here)were voted the foremost trusty profession within the country..wow...last place, that is pretty spectacular.I have expertise with them we have a tendency to square measure a full time industrial studio. I simply stumbled upon your web log and wished to mention that I even have very enjoyed reading your web log posts. Any way i will be subscribing to your feed and that i hope you post again soon.A fantastic presentation. terribly open and informative.You have fantastically conferred your thought during this web log post.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Problem: HP Printer not connecting to my laptop.

    I had an issue while connecting my 2 year old HP printer to my brother's laptop that I had borrowed for starting my own business. I used a quick google search to fix the problem but that did not help me.

    I then decided to get professional help to solve my problem. After having received many quotations from various companies, i decided to go ahead with Online Tech Repair (www.onlinetechrepairs.com).

    Reasons I chose them over the others:
    1) They were extremely friendly and patient with me during my initial discussions and responded promptly to my request.
    2) Their prices were extremely reasonable.
    3) They were ready and willing to walk me through the entire process step by step and were on call with me till i got it fixed.

    How did they do it
    1) They first asked me to state my problem clearly and asked me a few questions. This was done to detect any physical connectivity issues with the printer.
    2) After having answered this, they confirmed that the printer and the laptop were functioning correctly.
    3) They then, asked me if they could access my laptop remotely to troubleshoot the problem and fix it. I agreed.
    4) One of the tech support executives accessed my laptop and started troubleshooting.
    5) I sat back and watched as the tech support executive was navigating my laptop to spot the issue. The issue was fixed.
    6) I was told that it was due to an older version of the driver that had been installed.

    My Experience
    I loved the entire friendly conversation that took place with them. They understood my needs clearly and acted upon the solution immediately. Being a technical noob, i sometimes find it difficult to communicate with tech support teams. It was a very different experience with the guys at Online Tech Repairs. You can check out their website www.onlinetechrepairs.com or call them on 1-914-613-3786.
    Would definitely recommend this service to anyone who needs help fixing their computers.
    Thanks a ton guys. Great Job....!!

    ReplyDelete
  45. VIRUS REMOVAL

    Is Your Computer Sluggish or Plagued With a Virus? – If So you Need Online Tech Repairs
    As a leader in online computer repair, Online Tech Repairs Inc has the experience to deliver professional system optimization and virus removal.Headquartered in Great Neck, New York our certified technicians have been providing online computer repair and virus removal for customers around the world since 2004.
    Our three step system is easy to use; and provides you a safe, unobtrusive, and cost effective alternative to your computer service needs. By using state-of-the-art technology our computer experts can diagnose, and repair your computer system through the internet, no matter where you are.
    Our technician will guide you through the installation of Online Tech Repair Inc secure software. This software allows your dedicated computer expert to see and operate your computer just as if he was in the room with you. That means you don't have to unplug everything and bring it to our shop, or have a stranger tramping through your home.
    From our remote location the Online Tech Repairs.com expert can handle any computer issue you want addressed, like:
    • - System Optimization
    • - How it works Software Installations or Upgrades
    • - How it works Virus Removal
    • - How it works Home Network Set-ups
    Just to name a few.
    If you are unsure of what the problem may be, that is okay. We can run a complete diagnostic on your system and fix the problems we encounter. When we are done our software is removed; leaving you with a safe, secure and properly functioning system. The whole process usually takes less than an hour. You probably couldn't even get your computer to your local repair shop that fast!
    Call us now for a FREE COMPUTER DIAGONISTIC using DISCOUNT CODE (otr214423@gmail.com) on +1-914-613-3786 or chat with us on www.onlinetechrepairs.com.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Hi there, I'm Donna Lee from United States. I found very interesting stuff on your blog. Thanks for sharing.

    We are providing free Apartment Locator Service in Dallas, Houston and Austin, Tx Areas.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks so much for leaving me words! :)