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Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors

This may surprise anyone living in the US but smoke detectors (rauchwarnmelder) were not that common in Germany until very recently. Over the last 10 years, the building code has been updated in to require smoke detectors in new buildings.  And then only in the last few years was the law was updated to make…

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Replicate a model that works

Replicate a model that works

The smart property investor is one who doesn’t try and re-invent the wheel. I do realize this is a bit more difficult to do in Germany. If I was investing in property in America there are loads of books courses, people I can reach out. But if I want to invest in a property in…

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Invest in the fundamentals part 1

Invest in the fundamentals part 1

Where to Invest One of the first issues a new property investor might face is what city to invest in. If you’re a typical a property investor looking to buy a house in Germany you’ll probably be thinking Berlin. Before you begin your property search you need to first address the issue of the fundamentals….

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Kapitalanlage or Investment Properties Germany

Kapitalanlage or Investment Properties Germany

The German real estate market very attractive for investors looking for real estate exposure and low-risk yield. It is particularly well suited to absentee landlords as most properties are condominium style units, where the property is managed professionally. Rather unusual is the fact that the costs are generally passed on to the tenants. This guide…

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Mietpreisbremse | Putting the Brakes On

Mietpreisbremse | Putting the Brakes On

Part 1: What is the Rent Brake   The ‘rent brake’ is a literal translation of the German term Mietpreisbremse, referring to the rent control legislation introduced in 2015 in response to escalating rents in Germany’s major cities.   What is the Mietpreisbremse, and what does it do? Under federal legislation, individual states can designate…

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Nebenkosten | The Devil is in the Details

Nebenkosten | The Devil is in the Details

What is Nebenkosten Does Nebenkosten include heat Kalt vs Warm rent Places in Germany are rented “Cold” (Kaltmiete) and “Warm” (Warmmiete).  Kaltmiete is simply the cost or rent while Warmmiete means the rent plus Nebenkosten (NK). This is more than just utilities. It includes things like waste disposal, property tax, chimney-sweeping. Generally speaking it covers…

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