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APARTMENT HUNTING IN SEOUL: $275,000 deposit? No rent??

Good morning from Seoul it feels so good to be back I have a couple things that I need to take care of today. First, my injured foot I’m gonna go get acupuncture because I need to speed up the recovery sys- Process, not system, process because I’m gonna be going to New York soon. And that’s another city that requires a lot of walking So I’m gonna first go get acupuncture and then meet up with my mom in Myeongdong to you buy tickets to watch Spider-man, and then we’re gonna go apartment hunting together we might have to move out of this current apartment if the… If we don’t negotiate properly with the current owner, so we’re looking at other options but it’s really difficult We have been looking online. It’s just a lot different when you go and see the place for yourself so I’m gonna take you guys along with me as I apartment hunt and I’ll probably share details of how much these apartments are because I know a lot of people have questions about living in Korea. So hopefully you find this video helpful, But first let’s get acupuncture So we’re gonna go apartment hunting but first I need to buy tickets to watch spider-man and I’m making my mom watch it with me You okay? Spiderman? Alright, let’s go buy. Got my ticket. I’ll be back later So my mom and I have been using this app called 집방 (house room) this is not sponsored It’s actually a very popular app for looking for housing in Korea and we basically chose an area we wanted to look at and then we called them… And if you don’t want to use the app all you have to do is look for a place that says 부동산 (real estate), and they will actually take you to… Some houses that are open for sale or renting. This is room 1 Nice view Hmm…5,150 So this is the first one. Has a shower. This is what the bathroom looks like So this is the one room officetel This is a little cheaper because there’s only one…room and then Bathroom is the same. So this is the second and the price is right here (points down) So this is the third apartment and this is the price (points down) First is the bathroom and then…here is the…space Room 1 has a closet And then this is the kitchen space And this is room 2 and this is on the third floor So here’s the fourth apartment and here’s the shower toilet and we have a place for…products I love the sink. We have the kitchen, the living room, room 1, and room 2. So this is actually a place you cannot do a monthly rent. This is something that you have to do for… Two years you pay like a large amount and then you don’t have to pay any rent So I think this is about over $200,000. So… A lot to think about today So this is the fifth apartment and this is probably my favorite bathroom because the shower is far away from the toilet I hate when the toilet gets wet, and you’ll know what I mean if you live in Korea Sorry Sorry about that. All right, so this is the bathroom and here we have the kitchen they’re actually going to turn this into a room… and the living room will be right here. And this is the other room Wow…so spacious. I also really like how there’s a lot of closet space and one of these… is actually a fridge Wow I just found out the price of this one and the previous one is around $275,000 And of course the dollar is stronger than the won, so it’s a little less than that But still you won’t be paying rent for two years So I’m really considering like pulling out a loan because I don’t have that much money I love the space Alright we just finished looking at one area. Omma Kim: You’re welcome she actually…came here when I was in Paris and she was like “You have to come see!” but I think it’s a bit too small for me because I do have to film and… I need to have like a separate closet room. So we’re gonna look More but I think apartment hunting we’re gonna end it here today. Thank you! Omma Kim: You’re welcome Let’s go watch Spider-man On our way down and…엄마 (mom) my subscribers think I look like him (points to J-Hope) No, right? Alright, let’s go Let’s go watch Tom Holland Oh my gosh, they have it now. I always get two for front and back for Abe He loves collecting these. Oh my gosh Tom Holland How excited are you? Omma Kim: Very excited No, she’s not she’s sending a picture to Abe No? You have to deliver it to him to Chicago. You have to We ordered the cheese and the onion popcorn and cola Guys spider-man was amazing. Go watch it. We’re gonna go get dinner now. We’re gonna go get 설렁탕 (ox bone soup). It’s actually one of my favorite soups Let’s go Nevermind there’s a long line for 설렁탕 so we’re gonna go to…Kimganae We’re gonna share the 돌솥비빔밥 (stone pot bibimbap) and 갈비만두 (rib dumplings) since we’re not that hungry. We had so much popcorn



Jul 7, 2019, 1:43 am Reply

I don’t know why she adds an extra zero telling people its 275,000. Her mom even said in the video for the first house its 5,000 deposit and 150 per month but she specifically puts 50,000. She even clarified its dollars in the video when it wasn’t correct


Jul 7, 2019, 1:59 am Reply

I always get a mix of cheese & onion popcorn too because of my Korean husband & fam ??? is it common among koreans or it’s just us?

Superrr girl

Jul 7, 2019, 2:42 am Reply

I am shocked at the deposit amount. Why is it so expensive? In my country, the deposit would be 2months+1month (for the first month). So if the rent is 1k, the deposit would only be 3k.


Jul 7, 2019, 2:42 am Reply

Okay, but how the heck does the average Korean person save up $100k for a deposit?

fimel sharfina

Jul 7, 2019, 3:03 am Reply

WOOOOOW THe last food scene was so AMAZING!!!!!


Jul 7, 2019, 3:04 am Reply

I would also use Naver 부동산 and Daum 부동산 on your search, Joan!


Jul 7, 2019, 3:05 am Reply

I'm shock at how much the deposit is for an apartment in Seoul. And I TOTALLY understand and agree about having the shower far away from the toilet. ? I always wish you and your family the best. It's hard sometimes, I know. Good luck with your apt hunting. ?

Lady Soul

Jul 7, 2019, 3:37 am Reply

The whole real estate situation seems crazy in korea ?. For $ 100 000 or $300 000 you can buy your own place in France or at least use it to obtain a bigger loan to buy an appartment or house in the suburbs. Makes me want to learn more about that lol.

Peter Paton

Jul 7, 2019, 3:39 am Reply

Very Good video for the new apartment – those apartments at about 275K were really nice and really not a bad price point – Good luck with the search.


Jul 7, 2019, 3:51 am Reply

omg apartments in Seoul are sooo nice. Please do an apartment tour or moving vlog if possible!


Jul 7, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

I love this, could you do more?? Unless it is too stressful.. then you don't have to. I sincerely enjoy this a lot. I love apartment hunting~~

Lilian Likesfood

Jul 7, 2019, 4:00 am Reply

Wait if you get your deposit back doesn’t it mean you’re living there for free? Confused

a l a s i a

Jul 7, 2019, 4:18 am Reply

ah i love watching apartment hunting videos! they're just so fun and informative to watch!


Jul 7, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

haha those apartments look like the kind my friend designs in korea! I wonder if he made those 😛

lee sumi

Jul 7, 2019, 5:05 am Reply

and your mom looks like suga!

kookie Monster

Jul 7, 2019, 5:12 am Reply

I think people mean If Jhope features were more softer and feminine then you and him look alike and he IS very handsome especially when you get him from a good angle HEHE ?

roseluvtm ____

Jul 7, 2019, 5:25 am Reply

i hate when the toilet gets wet

couldn't agree more


Jul 7, 2019, 5:25 am Reply

im not genius but i wouldn't wear heels if my foot was sprained. and converse are the most uncomfortable to walk on trips.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:41 am Reply

Love seeing your mom in your vlogs ❤️ off tangent question, how hot is it now in Korea? Thinking of going there in 2 weeks ?


Jul 7, 2019, 5:46 am Reply

Very random question: why are the windows in the bedrooms in Korea placed so high on the wall?

Bul Gom

Jul 7, 2019, 5:48 am Reply

Can I ask where you got your acupuncture? And if they could be effective for spraint ankles? ㅠㅠ

Tori Uptown

Jul 7, 2019, 6:02 am Reply

i miss Seoul so much! my favorite city i’ve visited yet. can’t wait to go back soon!

Ashley Chong

Jul 7, 2019, 7:03 am Reply

I miss your monthly favorites vlog! T T ?

Lidia Bota

Jul 7, 2019, 7:45 am Reply

This kind of videos are amazing *-*♥


Jul 7, 2019, 7:52 am Reply

275 grand ?? Wow joanday sure relly rich ….


Jul 7, 2019, 8:09 am Reply

Just wondering how the owner profits when you put down the large deposit, don’t pay any rent and then get the whole deposit back in two year?

Nicola Mangontra

Jul 7, 2019, 8:37 am Reply

korea's housing are so expensive .. i wonder how much korean celebrities pay for their house

Nicole Cristobal

Jul 7, 2019, 9:25 am Reply

What are the chances that a landlord keeps the deposit because you "damaged" something….

soul in seoul

Jul 7, 2019, 9:37 am Reply

I looove apartment hunting, especially in Seoul 😀 ?


Jul 7, 2019, 10:12 am Reply

the food at the end look yummy, what was the yellow thingy there? 8:05

Timor Cohen

Jul 7, 2019, 10:40 am Reply

Everything so small ?


Jul 7, 2019, 11:53 am Reply

Onion popcorn???? ?

Wendy Nguyen

Jul 7, 2019, 12:33 pm Reply

i Think its the nose and checks that are the same for you and j-hope. Maybe even lips hahahaha

Annette Kim

Jul 7, 2019, 1:11 pm Reply

Sorry, where is the accupuncture place? My legs been hurting lately and they say no bones r broken so i've been searching for a good accupuncture place in Seoul! And those houses look bomb the 전세 method in korea are so beneficial when you move out but so expensive for people in their early 20s just starting to move out

Annette Kim

Jul 7, 2019, 1:15 pm Reply

Aww missing abe ?


Jul 7, 2019, 1:32 pm Reply

Yay a bit of BTS! U dont look like JHope at all!! ???

Christine Khamo

Jul 7, 2019, 3:22 pm Reply

This was so informational because I want to live in Seoul. Hopefully I get to come next year. ??
Hope your ankle gets better! ?

Emily D.

Jul 7, 2019, 4:37 pm Reply

High key love watching apartment hunting but maybe that’s just the HGTV guru inside me peaking out


Jul 7, 2019, 5:10 pm Reply

For the apts that she mentioned you pay the large deposit and don't pay rent then get your deposit back, how are the landlords supposed to make money then?

Nav G

Jul 7, 2019, 5:52 pm Reply

Is there a guarantee that you get your deposit back? Has there been issue with people not getting deposit back?

Nikuji Dpaco

Jul 7, 2019, 6:01 pm Reply

we love you mom!!!!

Alfie D.

Jul 7, 2019, 7:11 pm Reply

Idk why but whenever Joan were vlogging in front of the apartments' bathrooms my brain goes "This is my voice one day on apartment hunting."


Jul 7, 2019, 7:53 pm Reply

Thank you for sharing! I love how REAL you are when it comes to these things. <3

Mariana Marques

Jul 7, 2019, 9:37 pm Reply

I literally clicked on this video to show my sister how much you look like Hobi, and then you mention it hahahahaha

taco toosdays

Jul 7, 2019, 10:22 pm Reply

Tom has a gf!!!!

Yoyoamg Amg

Jul 7, 2019, 12:18 am Reply

Why not buy?


Jul 7, 2019, 1:08 am Reply

That 275k is still insane, it would mean your rent was 11-12k a month for two years.

Edna Alvarez

Jul 7, 2019, 1:38 am Reply

That sign means satin.


Jul 7, 2019, 1:44 am Reply

The relationship you and your mum have together is so wholesome ? Reminds me of mine and my mums. Literally the most cherished time I have is with her ?

It's crazy how you pay the full amount outright for an apartment, pay no rent, then get your money back after tenancy. That's like….really good but also not so good! ??

P.S. hope your foot gets better soon! Hopefully the acupuncture helped

Jojo Jo

Jul 7, 2019, 2:47 am Reply

Hiii Joan!! ?? How old is yr mom?? She looks sooooo young…. Looks like yr sister.

Eden Sam

Jul 7, 2019, 4:02 am Reply

I’m surprised you guys are renting ?!
I thought your family owns a house or apartment already in Korea ?!

Lex A

Jul 7, 2019, 4:04 am Reply

I love watching your videos and thank you for keeping us updated, I love taking these daily little trips with you lol and I can’t wait to move to Seoul. The other thing is I’m curious as to what area these apartments are in cause they seem way too small for that amount of money. And I’ve seen way bigger spaces for way less deposits, so maybe it’s the area.

Tiel Noembreux

Jul 7, 2019, 4:32 am Reply

What a great compliment that you look like J-Hope


Jul 7, 2019, 4:59 am Reply

Thank you for bringing back JoanDay!! I love seeing Seoul through a local's perspective.


Jul 7, 2019, 5:28 am Reply

Wait, so you pay $275k but you get it all back after 2years? So you get to live there for free?!


Jul 7, 2019, 6:45 am Reply

Looking for apartment in Seoul is hard. Especially when you’re broke student. I just moved into my apartment 5 days ago

Cheryl Medeiros

Jul 7, 2019, 6:55 am Reply

That's USD?
Cool, flavored popcorn!

Sarah Dervishaj

Jul 7, 2019, 1:36 pm Reply

God the apartments in Munich are so overpriced and ugly in comparison ??

Helen Fanai

Jul 7, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply


Astrid Ramirez

Jul 7, 2019, 3:01 pm Reply

lmao so people said you look like hoseok??? it never come to my mind (his my eternal bias)
btw, the price wow ;; hope you can find the best !! i think ppl is afortunated when they have their own livings

Valerie Pazora

Jul 7, 2019, 3:26 pm Reply

For the amount of the deposits you can buy and own an entire house with 4 bedrooms and 2 or 3 baths in Texas. It's crazy how expensive those small apartments are!


Jul 7, 2019, 2:24 am Reply

한국에서는 아파트라고 안하고 오피스텔이라고 하죠.


Jul 7, 2019, 4:10 am Reply

us dollars?


Jul 7, 2019, 4:55 am Reply

Super happy to see your vlog! I recently got all issues sorted out with student exchange and is definitely going in late August in Seoul so I am super excited! Also sick at the moment so your vlog has been super light-hearted and fun to watch <3

Wonder Queen 陳真善美

Jul 7, 2019, 8:54 am Reply

Can't wait to see ur new house

Jhope’s Hamburger and sprite

Jul 7, 2019, 10:44 am Reply

I still need to go watch Spider-Man omg ?


Jul 7, 2019, 2:04 pm Reply

275,000 dollars? buying a house costs this much in here. I'm in shock. Renting a house for two years, is like buying a house in here for life


Jul 7, 2019, 3:16 pm Reply

In Argentina you can BUY a house for $200.000 ?

Shaffron Shenton

Jul 7, 2019, 5:57 pm Reply

How do normal people have that much saved for a deposit?? Confused

Della Astiliana

Jul 7, 2019, 7:17 pm Reply

I love all of your bags.. Would u mind making a bag collection video? I'd love it ???

Veronica Perria

Jul 7, 2019, 8:52 pm Reply

When I saw Joan for the first time I immediately thought “omg she really looks like J-hope” ahahahah ? How can’t you see it ? You guys are twins ????

Sarah Kirkpatrick

Jul 7, 2019, 11:16 pm Reply

they are tiny!

Celia Martín-Consuegra

Jul 7, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

"Let's go watch Tom Holland~"
"Oh my gosh Tom Holland~"

Joan represents the moment, the fandom ??

Nunik Rahmasari

Jul 7, 2019, 1:53 pm Reply


James Wisrik

Jul 7, 2019, 1:59 pm Reply


Anahi Hoo

Jul 7, 2019, 7:55 pm Reply

joan!!! so late but will you be coming to kcon LA?


Jul 7, 2019, 9:41 pm Reply

275.000 USD = 3억2.326만2.500원 KRW. south korean won conversion
(1억 – hundred million won )


Jul 7, 2019, 3:24 am Reply

That's absolutely ridiculous! How can they charge that much deposit? Can't believe that's how it works there when people make deposits and get scammed left and right. You could BUY the apartment with that money and sell it when you move out.

Jade Kathleen

Jul 7, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

I'm just curious. For someone living in a different city/county. How does the, pay one time fee and don't pay monthly rent works? Like how do the land owners make money on that and how about the utilities?

Edgar Llama

Jul 7, 2019, 4:58 am Reply

the bathroom set ups in korea seem so inconvenient.


Jul 7, 2019, 9:10 am Reply

Loving the chill vibe ?

cake fudge

Jul 7, 2019, 4:59 pm Reply

do you mean American Dollars?

Cate jud

Jul 7, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

Is it facing South or North? If you like sun in your house, the apt. should face south! Just a tip.


Jul 7, 2019, 7:45 pm Reply

aaaaa i got so excited seeing the bts mediheal promos on the subway

Mikaela Rewerts

Jul 7, 2019, 5:20 am Reply

I love your videos Joan! They make me so happy when i watch! ??

destiny nguyen

Jul 7, 2019, 10:44 am Reply

In my head I was like "omg that apartment is so tiny" (compared to americas) and then Joan was like "wow so spacious" I-

mikki co

Jul 7, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

6:34 방탄 왔어!?

dkd da

Jul 7, 2019, 7:49 am Reply

This cant be america dollar, who put a deposit down to rent an apartment of 50k american dollar?

Virtual IT Boy

Jul 7, 2019, 8:47 pm Reply

As a person who is thinking about moving to korea. The 300.000 dollars is something you borrow from the bank and then put it in the house? but I assume your bank want something to assure you actually have something to back up the value of the house? How do you do that? And you said you don't pay rent for 2 years, but then how much rent do you spend after 2 years?


Jul 7, 2019, 10:22 am Reply

that system is so good for apartment owners, they get ROI on the first tenant

Sym Sym

Jul 7, 2019, 5:23 pm Reply

Nice flat

crazy Pikachu crcr

Jul 7, 2019, 12:01 pm Reply


Flores Cost

Jul 7, 2019, 5:32 pm Reply

Why are Asian girls trying to look like western women.

Mike Dee

Aug 8, 2019, 5:01 pm Reply

Korean needs modern apartments, do you agree?

Patti Kim

Aug 8, 2019, 2:20 am Reply

So to rent in Korea you need to have that much cash saved up to pay the deposit? How do people just have $100K-$300K laying around? Many don’t even have that for a down payment for a house in the US. And if you took the $300K but no monthly rent option, after 2 yrs, you get all that money back? Such an odd system but very interesting how things work. I’ve always wondered. Thanks for sharing.

Carmen Huang

Aug 8, 2019, 7:22 am Reply

when joan said the apartment was spacious got me shook i thought it was soooo tiny


Aug 8, 2019, 2:45 pm Reply

Joan! my army friend told me that I look like jhope too and then the other time, one of my friend which is also a subscriber to your channel told me I look like you! ✨? i’m honored cuz you are beautiful 🙂

Shar J

Aug 8, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

US dollars?! ? I thought housing is cheaper in Korea

Connie Gogo

Aug 8, 2019, 8:12 am Reply

wow your moms skin looks great

Stan A.C.E

Aug 8, 2019, 6:07 am Reply

that much for a deposit??? and the place isnt even yours??? omg how much is it to buy a house then??? my dad's whole four bedroom house cost about that much

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