Saturday, November 20, 2010
House Hunt in Akko
Finding a house to rent or buy in Akko can be perplexing for a new Oleh. The rental market is currently pretty-hot, meaning that apartments are often rented within a week of being advertised. Also, the market for buying can be a bit of a jungle, with many sellers asking prices high-above market value, hoping to catch a sucker.
Here are some resources to help with the search, but don't forget to compare prices, read the fine print, and haggle ;)
Yad2 is the most popular site in Israel for posting apartments for rent of for sale. Its a free service and usually has a good selection of places available.
Real Estate Agents
There are a number of agents working out of Akko. Typically, you meet with the agent, tell them what you are looking for, then sign an agreement to pay the commission in the case that you buy/rent an apartment they show you(don't forget to haggle over the commission fee). They they will take you to all the relevant apartments that they have listed.
Dan Trabelsi is the agent for ReMax in Acco. He speaks English and is available to contact via email.
Conveniently located across the street from the Central Bus Station on Derech Haarba, Tivuch Daniel is a professional and popular agent.
Conveniently located across the street from the Central Bus Station on Derech Haarba, Tivuch Anat has a number of agents and a wide-selection of apartments available.
Tivuch Luzon is a small agent, with access to apartments that may not be advertised anywhere else.
Israel Land Fund
One oleh reported buying an apartment in Akko before making aliyah through the Israel Land Fund. This sounds like a convenient option for those who want to buy before they move or for those who have trouble with Hebrew.
Chen Carmi: 054-9219004
Arieh King: 054-5501182 & 054-3331058