Real estate sites allow for an easy guide based on individual or family needs in terms of location, size, price, and amenities. Although there’s usually a fee incurred when using an agent, it proves to be the most helpful and reliable way to secure the perfect home when moving abroad.
Finding English websites for German real estate is a rather difficult task. To make this process easier, consider using a web browser with a translation feature. Apart from the realtor fees, it may be a wise option to get information from a professional. Germans love to test their English speaking skills, and so, finding a realtor who wouldn’t mind conducting viewings in English shouldn’t be too difficult.
Some of the most popular real estate sites in Germany include:
Take advantage of the local newspapers and magazines. This is a great way to find apartments that are privately rented and therefore do not carry the heavy price of commission for real estate agents. Websites such as kleinanzeigen.ebay.de is also a great option. It is to German what Gumtree is to the UK and Craigslist to the United States.
On kleinanzeigen you may be able to find short term rentals as well as unfurnished apartments.
Securing a rental in Germany is slightly different than most countries in that it not only requires first month’s rent,but a deposit upwards of three times that as well! Furthermore,negotiations and contracts can be tricky to understand in a language that is not your mother tongue.
Renting an apartment or flat in Germany can be easy, but as with any financial transaction, be sure to go in with your eyes open. Although illegal in Germany, many landlords combine deposits with their personal funds, leaving an opportunity for renters to lose money when the lease is up. You should always pay special attention to all leases signed and checks handed over. Also, be sure to request a receipt for your security deposit once you’ve transferred the money to your landlord.