You mentioned in another post you’re Taiwanese yourself. You’re here right now so you should be able to talk to a government office to get info on how to restore your household registration.
Not that I know of. Since you’re Taiwanese, you should look into getting all that documentation settled first so that you have an easier time attaining a mortgage.
People here are going to tell you the mortgage payments are going to be orders of magnitude more than what it costs to rent.
Oh wait. Somebody already did.
This isn’t true. Taiwan, like all other countries, is made up of different districts and areas. Each of these places have their own housing markets and prices. In Taipei, it is extremely high priced. But the further away you get from it, those prices go down. Some mortgages will match their market rental price in some areas. There are places where rent is higher than the mortgage. They tend to be far away from the city centre and you’ll have to decide what is right for you. You might be perfectly happy living away from the city centre and like the lower prices and that’s OK.
For my own house, I picked something that’s suburban and a good balance between cost and transport. I picked something that’s right for me. I probably would not buy in Taipei unless it was a killer deal. The suburbs that surround Taipei are probably the best for rents covering the mortgage if you find yourself needing to leave the area.
Kaohsiung, Taichung function in similar ways too. Depends what you want to do.
While yes, the population is shrinking, they are shrinking faster in many of the counties because people are moving to big cities. It will probably look more like Japan where rural prefectures are cheap as hell while cities continue to grow. Many cheap places can be found there if you’re into smaller cities inside rural counties. Many cheap places there. Market conditions change town to town, city to city, district to district in Taiwan.
I prefer newer places. Anything 2005 or later is going to be fairly good quality.
I don’t like Gongyus built before 2005. They’re strong, but not well taken care of and you will never convince the neighbours to take care of the outside.
High rises are my preference as they have better maintenance.
I’d love to hear more details about what you want, where you wanna buy, budget, etc…