Real estate agents
There are many real estate agents that work with an agency and are willing to help you find your property. These agents have offices as well and usually have some type of newsletter that shows you the recently listed properties. Working with an agent is helpful because they will give you a good idea of the current conditions of the market as well as information on the area you are interested in. Also if you don’t speak the language they will help you negotiate with the owner.
Newspapers and magazines
There is an abundance of local newspapers and magazines that provide listings of properties as well as information on pricing, property types, and market trends. Magazines such as The Property Report provide an in-depth look of the real estate market as well as very colorful graphs, diagrams, and pictures of properties for sale.
The Internet is one of the most helpful tools out there. The Internet allows you to use multiple channels and resources to find all kinds of information on properties. You are able to find market information, property information, contact real estate agents and offices, register for property newsletters, magazines etc. You can find everything you need without leaving your home. Some website that exist for helping you find a property in China are Homes Go Fast, and Villable.
Property shows allow you to see multiple properties, sponsored by many different agencies all in one place. There are quite a few that are that are held at different times throughout the year. Some of the more popular ones are Beijing International Property Expo/Summer Expo which occurs from 28th of June to the 1st of July, Shanghai Green Roof and Wall & Building Greening Exhibition which occurs from the 15th to the 17th of August, and the Qingdao Luxury International Property Show which takes place from the 29th of June to 1st of July.