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There are tons of information online how to find decent accommodation for yourself. We provide you here a list of most common online platforms where you can look for accommodation for your relocation. If you are one of our community members, we can find you accommodation when you provide us what you are looking for.

Keep in mind that in cities like Düsseldorf or Berlin searching for a flat will be difficult, since demand is currently always higher than the supply. We have experience in flat hunting in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. Unfortunately, to really be able to find accommodation you have to be flexible and usually land lords want to see you in person.

When you go flat hunting, ideally bring the following with you:

  • Salary proof of the last 3 months
  • A negative Schufa
  • Some background story about you. (I send in my CV when I could which was very much welcomed)

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Depending on the city you want to live in the cost for rent is very much different. For example in Hamburg you can easily pay over 30€ per square meter. You will find a lot of information about the so called “Ortsübliche Vergleichsmiete”. That’s the comparable rent for the area of the city you want to live in.

For Mülheim an der Ruhr for example they released a “Mietpreisspiegel” which enables you to compare the rent and costs.

For example in Mülheim an der Ruhr (Heissen area), a city between Düsseldorf and Essen, a flat with 2,5 rooms with 65 square meter cost around EUR 600-700 (incl.utilities) per month.

Currently, with the low interest rates the demand for real estate is relatively high. In the outside area of large cities you will be still able to find flats or houses worth buying. Due to the lack of supply in the cities it can be more difficult to find a decent flat or house to buy. Prices are rising though so it still could be worth for you to think about it.

Usually it is straight forward if you want to buy a flat or house:

  1. Get an expose of the flat or house you want to buy.
  2. Ask a bank or financial consultant to create a loan plan for your object.
  3. Talk to the owner or seller and make an appointment to inspect the object.
  4. If you have to approval of a loan and the seller and you agreed, you can make an appointment with  a notary.
  5. The contract will be done with the notary.

Of course this sound easier than it is. I mean you are not buying vegetables at an ALDI Store. So it is important that you look into the details of the financials and it is certainly good to have an expert with  you when you go to inspect the property.

Let us know when you need support to find experts or want us to support you with the paper work.  Our experience might help you to avoid obstacles.

Apart from the cost for the flat or house you will have additional cost and taxes. The following gives you an idea what cost you will need to expect.

  1. Real Estate transfer tax (4%-8%)
  2. Notary cost (1%-2%)
  3. Land register cost (~0,5%)
  4. Realtor commission (4%-8%)
  5. Real estate expert advisory

This only gives you an idea about what costs you can expect. The exact costs highly depend on the area and state you want to buy.