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Real Estate in Potsdam, Germany

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats and retirees talk about real estate in Potsdam, Germany? How do you find a home in Potsdam? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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How do I find a place to live in Potsdam?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Finding a place to live in Potsdam, involves several steps. First, you need to determine your budget and the type of accommodation you're looking for. This could range from a single room in a shared apartment to a full house, depending on your needs and financial situation. Next, start your search online. Websites like ImmobilienScout24, WG-Gesucht, and Immowelt are popular platforms for finding housing in Germany. These sites allow you to filter by price, location, size, and other features. You can also look at local newspapers and bulletin boards in supermarkets or universities for housing ads. If you're moving to Potsdam for work or study, check if your employer or university offers any assistance with finding housing. Some institutions have partnerships with local landlords or housing agencies and can help you secure a place to live. Consider hiring a real estate agent to help with your search. While this will incur additional costs, an agent can save you time and stress by finding properties that meet your criteria and arranging viewings on your behalf. They can also help with the application process and negotiating the lease. Once you've found a potential place, arrange a viewing to inspect the property. Check the condition of the property, ask about utilities and additional costs, and get a feel for the neighborhood. If you're satisfied with the property, you'll need to submit an application to the landlord or property manager. This usually involves providing proof of income, a copy of your ID, and sometimes a credit check. After your application is accepted, you'll sign a lease agreement. Make sure to read this carefully and understand all the terms before signing. You'll also need to pay a security deposit, which is typically one to three months' rent. Finally, register your new address with the local authorities. In Germany, you're legally required to register your residence within two weeks of moving in. You can do this at the local Bürgeramt (Citizens' Office). Remember, finding a place to live can take time, so start your search well in advance of your move. Be patient, persistent, and flexible in your search, and you'll eventually find a place to call home in Potsdam," said one expat in Potsdam.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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