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Can Foreigners Buy Property in Korea?

Jason Park
Published by: Jason Park
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Yes, with the right connections and enough cash, foreigners can buy property in Korea. This is not an easy process to go through if you are looking to purchase land, but there are some exceptions where this might be possible.

One of these includes owning a company that already has operations in Korea. Another way foreigners can own property in Korea is by signing a contract with Korean citizens for joint ownership or buying from them at market price.

Can You Own Property in Korea?

Yes, buying property in Korea is very common even for foreigners it’s normal for them to buy houses in Korea. Koreans are known for buying houses and they do it at a young age after they get married having their own house is normal for them.

However, these days it’s quite expensive to buy a house and most Koreans, live with their parents and grandparents.

If you’re looking to buy a commercial property, the situation is the same. Just keep in mind that the Korean real estate market is very undeveloped and there are not many commercial properties available.

How Much Does It Cost to Buy a House in Korea?

A house costs more than $500,000 and in recent years it has been increasing even in small cities. It’s likely to increase again in the future because there is a shortage of land and too many people looking to buy real estate.

The prices for buying a house depend on the interest rate increases and how much demand there is for houses at that time.

If you look at Seoul, the houses can easily go up to $1,000,000 for a decent-sized house.

Pros and Cons of Buying a Property in Korea

Of course, there will be many pros and cons to any kind of real estate transaction. In the case of buying a house in Korea, you will benefit from low taxes and security.


  • The crime rate is low
  • Can benefit from low interest rates


  • Can be expensive to maintain
  • The market is hard to predict
  • The Korean legal system can be difficult to understand and foreigners.

How Can Foreigners Get into the Real Estate Market in Korea?

If you’re looking to buy a house or commercial property in Korea, there are some steps that can be followed. The first thing you need to do is set up a corporation and sign a contract with Korean citizens for joint ownership.

You also need to find the right real estate agent. Not all real estate agents are created the same and if you don’t hire someone who knows how to navigate through Korea’s strict laws, buyers may not be able to close on their purchase.

The good news is that there are several options available. If you’re looking for proper guidance, finding an English-speaking agent can go a long way.

What I really like about the Korean houses is that they’re very clean and neat. It’s not like some of the houses in the US where you would find dust everywhere.

The good thing about buying a house is that you can choose what to do with it. You can live there or just rent it out and make money off of it.

One thing I don’t like about Korea is that the property management laws are very strict, so you need to get people who know how to work the Korean market.

I would recommend buying a house in Korea because it can be very rewarding if you get the right agents to help you.

How Expensive Is a House in Seoul?

A house in Seoul can range anywhere from $300.000 up to $1.500.000. The average cost of a single-family home in Seoul is around $450.000 give or take a few thousand dollars a month.

The price of a condo can be very expensive and range from about $100.000 to $300,000 for each unit. There are some condos that can go up to $2.500.000 which might be too expensive for anyone except the wealthier foreigners.

There are many factors that come into play. Think about the location, the size of the house, what kind of neighborhood it’s in, and whether or not you want to rent out.

If you work hard enough, it can be very beneficial to buy real estate even if you’re a foreigner. However, you need to do your homework and make sure that everything is in order so when it comes time to close, you can purchase the property without any problems.

In conclusion, you might have a pretty good experience buying real estate in Korea even if you are a foreigner. Just make sure to talk with the right people.

Is It Cheaper to Live in Korea or the USA?

Generally speaking, It’s cheaper to live in Korea. The main reason is the healthcare system in the USA.

Healthcare in the USA is extremely expensive and there’s no other way to look at it. Even if you’re insured, you still end up paying a lot of money because the insurance companies don’t cover everything.

In Korea, healthcare is free and that’s one less thing to worry about when moving abroad. When I first moved to Korea it wasn’t as expensive as now.

In the last couple of years, real estate prices have gone up significantly. Some people were paying around $1.200.000 for a house on Jeju Island near the water, which was triple what they would have paid just a few years earlier.


All in all, it’s cheaper to live in Korea as a foreigner. However, if you have a family, housing costs can be higher. In the long run, it might be better to take that money and put it into an index fund, but who knows.

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    Jason Park

    Jason has been living in Seoul for over 4 years, and during that time, he has experienced many of the city's hidden stores. He loves to write about his experiences and share them with others. Jason has been quoted and referenced by different major media companies like Mashed, Distractify, ThePrint and TastingTable. In his free time, he likes to watch Korean dramas and learn more about Korean culture.

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