Buying a House in Romania: Cheap & Nice

As you probably know if you’re a regular here at Romania Experience (if not, welcome and enjoy your stay!), I am trying to buy a house for my family. Houses in Romania are cheap for people living in the West, but the apparently small prices still provide, generally, stumbling blocks for the Romanians. Myself included.

This doesn’t mean that I can’t dream a little bit… and that dreaming gave me the idea for this article. Here are some house that you can buy in Romania for prices that I consider pretty low.

Combine that with the low cost of living and the extremely friendly and nice people (just like me, heh) and maybe you’ll have some reasons to consider moving here. Right?

1. New house with beautiful yard

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This little lady is actually a 2736 sq. feet house built in 2002, with a beautiful garden. Its listing price? $180,000, but all prices can be negotiated down.

2. Indigo House

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Although not as impressive as the first one, this 1883 sq feet house was built in 2012 and is close to the capital city, Bucharest. It is only $95,000 and the owners are willing to negotiate.

3. Another new house

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This is a house that I absolutely love. Even though its the smallest of the pack with just three bedrooms and 1829 sq feet, I love the open space. I would not afford such a house though, despite its price of $94,000 (but the owners would certainly accept a bid under 90k).

4. The rustic feeling

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Maybe you want something bigger with a special design? In Romania, you can have such a house (10 rooms, 3000 sq feet and 6000 sq feet of yard) for just $160,000.

Finally, if you are not extremely picky and would accept to live in an older house – a traditional Romanian house that needs a bit of fixing but is still charming, you could choose the one below that’s just $21,000:

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I came up with this results after a quick search on a single website. If you are a bit patient and search a bit more you can find even better offers. So yes, buying a cheap house in Romania is pretty easy.

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72 thoughts on “Buying a House in Romania: Cheap & Nice”

  1. I’m tempted by that $21k house, though the rustic one is stunning, too.

    C: if my wife and I were considering living abroad for a year in a place like Romania, do you know if it’s possible for Americans to buy property there? And even if so, do you think it’s worth the trouble, or should we simply rent?

    • I did a bit of research and foreign citizens can buy property in Romania without any problems. Personally, I think it would be best to rent first: as friendly and cheap and nice I say Romania is, you might not like it. I can’t think of any obvious reason not to: like crime rates or social insecurity or anything like that, but there might be little things that add up (customer service generally sucks in Romania, you might not be able to find 80% of the brands that you have in the US, if you want good medical care you should go for private clinics – but cheap compared to the US – and so on).

      This is the reason why I say that you should first give it a try and rent. And if you have no desire to stay more than one year, even if you really like it, then I would really say not to buy because it might take very long to sell that property again and very difficult to find tenants to rent it to (especially if it’s a big house).

      The problem with renting is that finding a house (as opposed to an apartment) to rent in Romania is pretty difficult: in the city where I live in for example – an otherwise beautiful city on the Danube river at the Serbian border – there are just 2 houses for rent. And it’s a city with a population of 86,000 people πŸ™‚ The prices are pretty low, though ($340 for a 2 bedroom house in the center of the city and $670 for a house with 2 bedrooms, office space, 2 garage and 2 bathrooms). Both are furnished, and you can check them out here:

      If you want to talk more about this, I would be glad to help you and answer any questions you might have so shoot me an e-mail!

      • Hi C. ,
        My husband and I are planing on moving to Romania, permanently.
        I would really love to get all the advise you can offer, I have seen so many stunning houses, but I have also read online that foreigners may buy a house but not land ? anyways if we could have a chat sometime soon , I would really appreciate it.

        • Hello Noora!

          If you buy an apartment, you solve the problem of not owning the land :)) Jokes aside, if you plan to move here permanently, eventually it will be easier for you to get a house and the land it’s built on. Either way, it’s almost the same thing as owning the place normally because nobody will come to bulldoze your house away.

          If you’d like us to chat more, please use the Contact Me page (at the top of the screen) and I will gladly reply back!


    • I am sure that there are not that many places in the world where you can buy property as cheap as in Romania. However, even though a $700,000 house here in Romania would probably be a little palace, you’s still not be in Hawaii πŸ™‚

    • I have a beautiful country house for sale it has been renovated in 2012 and it comes very cheap at 20000 Euros easy negociable. Starting from 2014 foreigners are allowed to buy land in our country , so if anyone is interesting to have his own farm or to retire in a quiet place, please contact me on my email or leave a reply. I can send you pictures with the house.

        • Hi…..I am looking to buy land in Transylvania, near……… but not in a small village.If it isnt tooo expensive I wud like water ie. A pond, a lake, a river, or a stream.

      • Is house still for sale if so can you email me details (including where it is) and photos inside and out ,land area,etc.


        Tom LOVELOCK.

      • Hi Maria. We are looking to relocate to Romania from Bulgaria. We are a married English couple in our 50s. We are looking for somewhere rural, beautiful but close to links. We are not ‘loaded’! My husband is a craftsman, builder/carpenter so repairs or renovation not a problem. What are your thoughts. Any help and or advice would be much appreciated including photographs and information re location of your own property.
        Thanking you very much in advance.
        Vanessa and Mark

      • Hello Maria,
        Is your house still available for sale? I would like to find out more about this. We are looking for our retirement home. I really appreciate if you can contact me. Thanks.

      • hello Maria,
        Iam looking for a house to buy in Romania. I have a kids 8years old and 15 years old. We are English and German speaking. Can you give a suggestions where is the best place for us, which is near in schools for my kids. Is there a english speakings schools near there?
        But still i need a quite place?

  2. I am interested in a nice area that has cafes and restaurants yet authentic Bulgarian, not really westernised!

    Say two bedroom 2 bathroom less than $20000… is it possible in a safe area?

    • Hi Sylvia. Myself and my husband are currently resident English living in Bulgaria. We’ve been living in the Burgas are for a few years now without any problems within your price range. Thing to do, like anywhere, is rent first and have a good long look and feel for yourself. Hope this is helpful.

  3. I visited Romania twice,im from south Africa my wife is Romanian from alba iulia,we live in Ireland.i would like to buy land in alba valued under 10000euros but cannot find any online,anybody able to help?

    • Hello Lindsay,

      You can check out the website – I just tried a quick search and there are quite a few options under 10,000 Euros. It’s in Romanian, but but since your wife’s Romanian, I don’t think that would be a problem. Good luck with your search!

  4. I am American and my wife is from Alba Iulia. We are planning on doing a modern addition onto a house her family has owned for over 100 years. Budgeted 80k for 200 Sq Meters. She says that will be enough and I am very concerned it won’t be for a nice house. In U.S. I could not build anything for that. I am also concerned that contractors may take advantage of us. They are known for it here in U.S. and I suspect Romanian contractors could be much worse. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

    • Otto, I too believe that you can get a really nice house for 80k. We have recently, but completely renovated a 65 square meters apartment (changed everything from electrical wires to plumbing, walls and bought new furniture) and it ended up costing us around 12K USD.

      Regarding advice, I would strongly suggest to go with a company – most of the people in Romania don’t, and that’s why they get scammed. You go with a company, the prices are a bit higher, but you have the bills and contracts and a sort of a guarantee that things will be as agreed. Also, I would suggest not telling them what your budget is – just tell them what you want to do and ask for a price from them. You will probably be surprised to hear a lower sum than you’d expect (but always have an extra 10k budgeted for unexpected costs). Also, I think it would be ideal if they wouldn’t know that you are an US citizen, so that they don’t inflate the prices.

  5. Hi, i M italian and i moved in Romania from Italy! All it s true! Cheap house and land! But the better way, if i can suggest, is to buy the land and build a new house! I did it! In this way you can see how is Made the house, so, you have not surprise when you move in! Everything is easy and very cheap! If someone is interested i can help you in every step, from finding the land to build the house! I stay close to Constanta (on the black sea) in a very beautiful place close to the Danubio river!! Have a nice day all

    • hi, That’s great buy a land and then build your own house on it.I’m looking a house to live with my family.It have to be easy to rent (e.g,people for holidays) and sell.Any advise on this?

      • Probably the best bet would be one of the larger cities in the country, to make it easier to rent – although don’t get high hopes for most cities when it comes to short term rental as rent is relatively low. You’d have more options to rent if you build in a mountain or beach resort, but living there might have its disadvantages (like fewer people during the off-season, lets shops and activities). Finally, you could try going the “raw Romania” route and try something at a village and rent only to tourists, but that’s the most difficult in my opinion, both from a living there point of view, as well as renting. The sure bet, in my opinion, would be one of the larger cities.

    • We would like to buy land and build a house in Transylvania. Any advice on how to find the land and then manage the building would be a real help.



  6. Hi C,

    Do you have an email address?

    I am moving to Romania next year and it seems you could provide some really good advice.



  7. Hello, I live in America right now and me and my family of 5, plan on moving to romania. I make decent American money and I want to know how is the housing market. Another question I want to know is how do I go about getting a residency for me and my family.

    • Hello Terrance, if you search the website, you will find a few articles on this matter. The latest published article for example deals exactly with this, with advice from somebody who also made the move from the US.

  8. C. the Romanian

    I am non Romanian , I don’t come from a wealthy area
    And I come with a hope to survive, and get a decent roof over my head in a nice area
    I know OLX etc and look constantly . ” many agents ”

    I seek help on the ground level
    From a sensable local, just somone normal.
    Please get in toutch and I hope we could benefit each other
    Thank you.

  9. Hello C. The Romanian,
    I am a non-Eu person, I do not live and work in Romania, but I still would like to buy a flat in Bucharest. Lots of people says I can not buy because I do not have residence permit. Is there any other way to buy it as an individual person.
    Kind regards

    • Hello Ali,

      Normally, you would still be able to purchase an apartment in Romania, even if you don’t have residency here. I am saying “normally” because with non-EU citizens, being able (or not) to purchase property in Romania is based on reciprocal treaties. So if Romanians can buy property in your country, you can too.

      However, even if you buy the apartment, you won’t be owning the land it’s on, just the right to use said land. In the case of an apartment, it’s not a big deal though πŸ™‚

      If this does not apply, the only options you would have would be to either buy an apartment through a company set up in Romania (which can be done fairly cheap) or by gaining residency here.

  10. Me and my wife live in Europe, I live in Italy and my wife who by the way is Romanian lives in Brussels. When we retire in a few years we plan on moving to the Brasov area and building a Log Cabin and turn it into a B&B.
    As long as we have internet and utilities I think Romania will be a great place to live.
    And yes, I have visited Romania several times.

  11. Hi C, can you recommend a good real estate agent who can help us in relocating in Transylvania. I tried to search online but i cannot find a real estate website. Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Abigel,

      Transilvania is a relatively large area and you won’t find estate agents specialized in the entire area. Instead, you should decide on a city or two (or more) and search for agencies in those cities. In Romanian, you can search for “agentie imobiliara” – or you can email me using the contact page and I will help if I can with directions (as I don’t have an agent to recommend).

  12. I plan on visiting Romania in a couple of months. I would like to rent a car at the airport. I have a US Driver’s License. Do you know if I can rent a car with a US license? Thank you

  13. Hy .. im frm pakistan we 4 members mother nd 2 Brothers are planning to move in romania permanently .. hw much does we need to buy a house nd a start a new bussines like a store r anything selling related

    • Usman, it’s really difficult to answer these questions since there are many variables involved here. You might be able to find an apartment starting at 30,000 Euros depending on the city you choose to move to, but it would be safest to have at least 50,000 in mind for an apartment. As for the business, I don’t really know, but I think you’d need at least 10-15,000 Euros to start a shop, pay the rent and stock it up fully.

  14. I live in England want to buy appt and live in romania.Can you explain if I need a residency Visa, I have a 10 year British passport. Also can you suggest agencies that I an talk to English?

    • You don’t need a Visa, but you need to get a residency permit which is valid for one year (and has to be renewed yearly). It’s really easy to get it now as Brexit didn’t happen yet – afterwards, getting the permit might be a bit more difficult if you’d be treated as a non-EU citizen.

      There are many agencies in each city here and probably all of them speak English. Just pick your city and do a google search for “agentie imobiliara”.

  15. Why buy when you can build a 2,000 square foot home of brick for $80,000? We are currently entering grey phase on our house and installing $20k worth of windows and doors. I hope and believe this is the most expensive part. Plumbing, in door heating and all eletric was about 5k. We completed all of the red phase for 40k. Red phase is the foundation, all floors, walls and roof.

    My point is that if you have support from native Romanians you can build a very nice house for about 1/3 the price you would pay in the United States. The big savings comes on labor and red tape. But you MUST have Romanian assistance because if you are American you will pay American pricing and that would easily double my price. So find a place you love and build!

    • $80,000 for such a large house is indeed a really good deal! The windows and door sound a bit pricey, but they’re probably very high quality (and a lot of them). All in all, you did really well with the house – I’m sure you can’t wait for everything to be over and move in.

      A question, too: how long did it take for the house to get from nothing to the current, grey phase?

  16. We started this project 3 summers ago. We took one summer off to let concrete cure and settle and we did a lot on our own. Enough cannot be said for have well connected locals to help. They will also get a much better deal than an American. I am sure cost was cut in half just because a Romanian was building it.

    We used a very good local builder and he said he could complete the project to key in 2 years for 70k Euro. We opted to have him complete Red phase and we are doing the rest on our own as it gives us more flexibility to upgrade windows etc. Not something you do unless you have good local connections.

  17. Which are the best websites to look for houses in the Timisoara area. My girlfriend lives in rented accommodation at the moment and I would like to find a place for us to live in.

  18. Btw, if i was to build a house instead can you explain what are the different stages of build eg red, grey, key (any others)? Thanks for your kind comments C

    • I am not exactly an expert with this terminology, but usually red stage means just building the house, without any finishing touches. Usually, it’s without any plumbing or electrical wiring and in some cases, even the roof is not included.

      The grey stage is basically ready to move in, with all the finishing touches complete, but the house is completely unfurnished (including appliances, electric sockets and such). Usually in this stage, you don’t have flooring included, nor the final paint jobs and anything to personalize the building.

      Key is basically a house that you can move in to. In some cases, this won’t include all furniture – it depends on the offer.


  20. That is not cheap even for Romanians, I bought my house brand new in 2012, 2605 sq ft, $156,000 in Texas, but have to pay 3% property tax year after year, the cost to own a house is high here.

  21. Hello!

    When renting an apartment in a city, such as Timisoara, what are the requirements we will be asked? With this I’m talking about the deposit fee, proof of bance in the bank account, etc. How is it different from just renting a room?


    • I don’t think you will ever be asked proof of balance when renting in Romania. You will generally have to pay a deposit (usually 1 extra month, but it could be 2 or 3) and pay either 100% or 50% of the agent’s fee (which is one month’s rent). Some owners might want to know what you do – like what job you have or how will you support yourself – but it will generally be asked like a casual question during the initial talks (if ever).


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