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  THE HOME HUNTING SAGA! - Phew! What an Ordeal!
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Trudging the Streets!
A Guide to Home Hunting

Searching for that Bangkok Apartment Rental is no Fun!

Finding your next apartment, Sukhumvit, Silom, or anywhere in the greater Bangkok area, can be nothing short of a living nightmare. Bangkok apartment or condo hunting in Thailand is a lot easier said than done. Hopefully, now that you've found the MrRoomfinder website, you'll not have to aimlessly trudge the streets as an opportunist home hunter any more. Play with the quick search link below,
or keep reading for tips on home hunting for bangkok real estate.

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Q. What can I expect to pay for a Bangkok Apartment Rental? Hmm! It’s often said that you only get what you pay for! In most cases this is a true statement but not so with the Thai Housing market. High price does not always mean high quality just as low cost doesn’t automatically deeendard accommodation. There are so many options available out there in Greater Bangkok, but the question is how to find these places? I soon came to realise that Bangkok really was in need of a good free & honest Accommodation Finder. An easy to use, no nonsense, interactive website, designed specifically for finding a diverse range of apartments around the Greater Bangkok area. Independent home hunters needed a website that listed homes from as little as 3,000 Thai Baht a month and upwards.

The Home Hunting Saga Begins!

For a lot of people the most stressful aspect of moving on is finding good accommodation. Bangkok is especially hard on the home hunter unfamiliar with the layout of this city. This is especially true in the low to mid end price range of Bangkok apartment rental. It can prove to be an absolute nightmare. There are usually only 2 options available.

Some months ago, a few friends were chatting over dinner. That very common subject was raised by one of group, which went something like this: “I want to move to a new place. Does anyone here know of a nice sukhumvit apartment building?

Option 1 - Word by Mouth!

Word by Mouth!Of course, the rest of the group started to ask obvious questions such as, how much do you want to spend on Bangkok rent? How many rooms are you looking for? What size do you need? Are you looking for a Bangkok luxury condo which includes pools, a gym, sauna restaurant and other fine services? Plus a whole bunch of other questions, answers and suggestions were exchanged.

The outcome was that no one came up with anything suitable. Sure they knew of places but they were either too big or too small. Many were out of budget or too far from his office, otherwise he didn’t like the neighbourhood. Then, just when price and size seemed perfect the building and rooms were a complete letdown. There simply weren’t enough choices offered by just a few mates.

Option 2 - Search yourself! (Unearthing those Bangkok rentals by foot!)

Our buddy had to do what so many others did before him. He trudged around the hot sticky main roads and side streets of Bangkok in a directionless search for his ideal home. He came across plenty of cheap accommodation, Thailand has an abuncance of that, but this guy wanted something with rooms and a view. He haggled with motorcycle taxis, clashed with deranged street dogs, leaped over hazardous pot holes and suffered the relentless heat and awful humidity that this city doles out so cruelly to the lost pedestrian. After an unbearable week of the above, he eventually gave in and settled for a compromise home rather than one he really wanted.

If only our friend had been able to create a Short List of potential Bangkok rentals prior to his search, the whole experience could have been a lot less time consuming and much more productive. He certainly could have used a website like with Mr. Roomfinder back then!

There are Other Options!

When it comes to finding accommodation, Bangkok or elsewhere in Thailand, in the ‘low to lower-mid price range, the Bangkok Real Estate Agents are not really interested. Go into their office and tell them you’re looking for a crash-pad around the 5,000 Baht mark or less and see how helpful they are!

The odds are they won’t assign you a glamorous looking escort for the day who respectfully accompanies you into the back of a luxury limo as she enthusiastically presents you with one studio squat after another! No, if you're looking for cheap accommodation, Thailand real estate agents are not your best bet. To be fair, They're in the business of making money, and there is very little return for them on the time invested for securing 5,000 Baht a month studios. That said, the site's sponsors EasyHomes, do help with finding cheap accommodation in bangkok. I believe they will help find bangkok properties as low as 10,000 THB/Mo. You can contact them here.

However, many of the Bangkok Real Estate Agents do offer an invaluable service to those who can afford to rent the kind of properties they are eager to show. They can also take a lot of the pain and frustration out of Bangkok apartment hunting, especially if you're new in town and just want to get the job done.

Mr. Roomfinder is not a Thailand or Bangkok real estate agent of any description and doesn't claim to be. We're a kind of property portal that brings tenants, private landlords, and Thai real estate agents together in one central place.. We have opened with a database of over 400 Bangkok rentals and each and every one of these places has been contacted to verify the information was correct by the launch of this site.

To summarise then, Home Hunting in Bangkok doesn’t have to be a stressful, traumatic, nerve-racking and sweaty experience. Use Mr. Roomfinder Dot Com to assist in your search from the comfort of a PC or notebook. Add potential places to your Wish List as you go along, and be sure to print off our
Home Hunter’s Check List before you start out.

Remember, the aim of this site is to bring all parties together in one place so that you can tenants can find homes and landlords can find tenants quickly and easily. We are committed to keeping Mr Roomfinder free, updated, and interactive at all times.

Good luck with your search.

Aitch

Update August 2009: Since writing this article, MrRoomfinder has had thousands of Thailand and Bangkok rentals pass through the site, with a current total of over 2,400 vacancies in our database, and more coming in all the time.

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