Buying a House in Yemen

Here, I have absolutely no experience. We rent and I have never come across anyone who has bought a house, except for maybe in Damaaj. That’s not to say you can’t buy one here, I just don’t have knowledge of prices and requirements and so forth. If I do come across any helpful information on the subject, insha Allah, I will post it here.

However, based upon my experience of being in  Yemen, in general, I do have a few tips:

1. Come to Yemen first. I would suggest trying to come here first and renting initially so that you can see the different areas. There is new construction going on all the time here and nicer outlying areas with beautiful homes, masha Allah. But things work differently here so its not really like in the states where you can just call a real estate agent and have them find you something, which brings me to my next point:

2. Find a native Yemeni to help you. Take the time to find someone you can trust. The system here is highly corrupt and compared to say the US, may seem quite backwards. There is a lot of baksheesh (bribery) and you might think you are paying a bonafide fee for something and it just landed in someone’s pocket. And there all kinds of loops and hurdles to go through. We’ve experienced that with just paying a phone bill or getting an electric problem fixed. I am not saying this to scare anyone off, but its a reality and you often need a Yemeni, even if you can speak Arabic, because they have been through the rigamarole all their life so they can sometimes take you straight to the place/person you need to be/talk to and possibly help you cut through the red tape.

In the News…

 Here are a few articles from the Yemen Observer, one of Yemen’s English newspapers

Food prices spiraling out of control

Qat: The plague of Yemen

Water scarcity: Yemen’s worrying reality

Curriculum Reform Project to train English language teachers

Socotra nominated for New Seven Wonders

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