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Should I buy or rent a home in Germany?

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If you have not spent a lot of time in Germany, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision...

"When considering buying vs. renting a home in Germany, the decision comes down to personal preferences and financial abilities. The deciding factors may include lifestyle preferences, the length of stay in Germany, the availability of sufficient funds for a down payment, and the ability to cover ongoing maintenance costs. Purchasing a home in Germany can be rewarding in terms of wealth creation, lifestyle, and pride of ownership, but it requires considerable financial commitment. Alternatively, renting a home can provide the flexibility of continued mobility, the freedom from ongoing maintenance costs and the ease of relocating when necessary. Ultimately, the decision between buying and renting should be made carefully and the factors should be weighed to determine the best option depending on individual circumstances," remarked another expat who made the move to Germany.

"We did buy an old house in East Germany, Nordhausen, and we got very ripped off when trying to sell it. We had to practically give it away in order to get rid of it. It needed too much work and did not like the locality. It's easy to pick up a cheap house in East Germany, but then you must do a lot of work on it and as I said, selling it again is a no go," explained one expat living in Eifel , Germany.

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