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What do I need to know when buying property in Germany?

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When we asked expats what advice they would give a foreigner before buying a property in Germany, they said...

"1. Make sure you have a basic understanding of German law and regulations related to the real estate market. 2. Obtain legal advice from an experienced lawyer in Germany who is familiar with real estate transactions. 3. Consider the location and nature of the property; considering the environment, accessibility and current value of the property. 4. It may be necessary to provide a down payment (Kaution) of up to three months’ rent when leasing a property in Germany. 5. Make sure that you review the terms and conditions of your German contract (Mietvertrag) carefully before signing. 6. Be aware of the cost of taxes and other fees associated with purchasing property in Germany. 7. Research mortgage options, as German mortgages are different from those in many other countries. 8. Ensure that you the complete the necessary steps for acquiring the required permits to construct any additional amenities you may require for the property," explained one expat living in Germany.

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