Don’t bother trying to find a place to live through the Vietnam News, the communist party’s print media organ and the only local daily in Hanoi. Real estate listings are almost exclusively on-line, so contain your search to the internet and a couple of good housing agents.
The New Hanoian is a local Craigslist-style on-line community website in English, French, Vietnamese and Chinese. There’s a high volume of listings on their real estate page, with lots of daily turnover–this is the place to start to see what’s available at what price range:
Craigslist doesn’t get nearly the traffic of its local counterpart, The New Hanoian, but it does have real estate listings aimed at English-speaking expats:
Real estate agents
A real estate agent will get a month or two of rent from the landlord as a commission for his or her services–there’s no obligation or fee for you as a house-hunter. High-end agents will pick you up at your hotel or temporary residence, and most often their service is impeccable–otherwise, try another one. Most agents represent a broad range of properties across the city, and can be integral to helping you get oriented in the the jumbled chaos that Hanoi may be until you get settled in.
San at Viet Long Housing has gotten rave reviews across the board:
Thuy at Homespec has a reputation for finding her customers the perfect house within one day!
16 Au Co, 3rd floor
Tây Hồ, Hanoi
Phone: 0903 26 26 25
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Thu at Golden-Ant Housing is another reputable agent, with options for a broad range of budgets: