If you are planning to retire to Romania or simply relocate/move to Romania for a longer period of time, you will surely want to rent a place or even buy your own apartment or house.
However, websites where you can check out such properties available for rent or sale in Romania are few – at least those in English – and those that are available in English usually post inflated prices, specifically created for foreigners who are automatically considered to have more money than native Romanians.
But why pay more for something just because you don’t know where to look? There’s no need to do it, and I am here to give you a quick and hopefully extremely useful helping hand by sharing with you a few websites where you can find the best rent prices in Romania, as well as properties to buy at Romanian rates, not inflated ones for foreigners.
And we’re talking about websites where you can search online through thousands of ads for places to rent/buy. Many of these ads are posted directly by owners simply because in Romania most people prefer to try and rent/sell on their own just to avoid the agent fees.
Plus, all agencies are present on these major websites to increase their chances of making a sale, so you’re still getting access to most offers available. And I believe that it’s at least worth trying first before contacting an agent, at least for getting a general idea of the prices for the property types you’re interested in.
Now, if you’re just moving to Romania and you don’t really know how everything works here, it might be wiser to rent through an agent. If not, at least make sure that you do sign a contract that is also translated in English (and authenticated) so that you are aware of all the clauses and such. Even though Romanians renting out or selling are not usually set on scamming you and most don’t want to sign a contract in order to avoid taxes, you will need one for proof of residency and safety of mind.
So, here are the websites (listed by popularity, in my opinion) where you can start hunting for properties to rent or buy in Romania at Romanian prices. Please have in mind that we’re talking about long term rentals in Romania (6+ months, usually a year-long contract) – even though many of the listed properties would probably accept to rent shorter term for a slightly higher price.
– OLX: this is the best rental property website in Romania and the largest classifieds portal in the country. I’d go as far as saying that if it’s not listed here, it’s not listed anywhere.
– Storia: I believe that this one’s owned by the same company that operates OLX, focused exclusively on the property market. I often see listings from Storia promoted on OLX, but the website might have some exclusive offers as well. It has grown a lot lately and got a huge marketing campaign on TV and all other sources of media, so definitely check it out as well.
– Imobiliare: This one is dedicated exclusively to renting and selling of houses/apartments and is probably the best known dedicated website, with offers mostly from agencies. I would say that the general quality of listings is slightly better here.
– Magazinul de case: another smaller website where you can find properties for rent or sale.
All the websites listed above allow you to search for properties to rent long term in Romania or buy and if the Romanian language is not your main strength, you can always use Google Translator here.
You simply paste the URL (from your browser’s top bar) into the box to the left and choose whatever language you prefer in the box to the right. Then click the link in that box to the right and the whole website will be translated. It won’t be a perfect translation, but enough for you to be able to navigate through the websites and understand most of the text.
To give you an example of what you would save, I checked out some offers in Bucharest on AirBnB and there are just 2 one bedroom apartments available for under 500 Euros per month (a huge price anyway).
On OLX, except for some luxury 1,800 square feet one bedroom apartments that go over 1,000 Euros, you have over 1,000 apartments available for under 250 Euros, many in great or at least decent areas in the city. Of course, we’re talking about long term rentals here, while AirBnb is for short term stays, but still the difference is impressive.
So you now know where to find the cheapest rental options and apartments for sale in Romania. Good luck and have fun!