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Engel & Völkers Germany as a competent partner for the purchase of your dream home

Despite the growing prices for houses and apartments, the residential real estate market in Germany is booming. This is partly due to the strong economy, which many people benefit from financially, on the other hand, the low interest rates, which compensate for the sometimes high price hikes of real estate. However, some regions and cities are much more popular than others for buying a home or apartment. This is due to numerous factors including economic opportunities, security, infrastructure, cultural and recreational opportunities, and so forth. Among the top cities for the purchase of a property one can find Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. Engel & Völkers Germany is represented at all mentioned locations and also in the remaining eleven states of Germany. What does that mean for you? If you are interested in buying a house in Germany, the comprehensive presence of the estate agents of Engel & Völkers Germany is the ideal starting point. With our many years of experience and specialization in premium real estate, detailed market knowledge and access to the most beautiful real estate in Germany, we are well prepared for the needs of our discerning clients. In an annual market report, Engel & Völkers Germany presents a comprehensive analysis of the German residential real estate market. It examines 55 stores that cover all German metropolitan areas, numerous major cities and particularly high-purchasing locations. Which area you are interested in: The estate agents of Engel & Völkers can offer you exclusive houses and apartments for sale in almost all regions. You are welcome to take a look at this year's residential real estate market report.

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The location as a showpiece

You want to buy an apartment or a house, but do not know exactly where? Whether you want to use a property as a primary or secondary residence or as a capital investment for your retirement fund: the location is relevant. Does the city where your new home is located promise a high quality of life and security? What is the infrastructure like? What reputation does the city enjoy in the rest of Germany?

It's also worth thinking in advance about where your potential property should be located - near the water, surrounded by green spaces or in the middle of the trendy and lively city center. As everywhere else in the world, the proximity to water also determines the price in Germany. Thus, Germany's largest North Sea island Sylt achieves top market prices. Here, the analysis of Engel & Völkers Germany for the most expensive properties in a prime location yielded EUR 20,000 per sqm in the first quarter of 2018. The initial position is also similar at Lake Starnberg, Tegernsee and Lake Constance.

But also big cities offer top real estate

Berlin, for example, is one of the most popular cities in Germany for the purchase of an apartment due to its strong economic growth and the prevailing international atmosphere. If you prefer to travel to the south of the country, then Munich, as the leader in almost all rankings, will certainly be considered for the purchase of a house. But other regions are worth a second look, such as Würzburg. The market assessment of Engel & Völkers real estate brokers, based on many years of expertise, revealed the following: With the oldest university in Bavaria and a large number of medium-sized companies, Würzburg is an important business and science location. Moreover, the attractive location, surrounded by vineyards, offers a high quality of life and living. As in most major German cities, the supply of high-quality houses and apartments is rare and falls short of the high demand of potential buyers. As a result, more than two-thirds of real estate brokered by Engel & Völkers Germany does not even come to the open market, but is directly and exclusively offered for sale to our customers within our network. The purchase of real estate in Germany is therefore a challenge. Consequently, relying on a partner like Engel & Völkers Germany, brings the necessary level of professionalism to succeed in the purchase/resale of your property with their 40 years of experience in the upmarket real estate sector. Convince yourself: Click here to find the houses and apartments that Engel & Völkers Germany currently offers for sale.

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Engel & Völkers - Real estate in Germany

Real estate investing in Germany, whether it's for private or commercial use, can be a highly rewarding venture. We've been operating in the this real estate market for over 30 years, and have offered commercial brokerage services since 1988. Our specialist shops are staffed by advisors that are always on hand to help you find the perfect space, be it for business or personal investment. If you’re seeking real estate in Germany, then read on for valuable insight.

Property for sale in Germany

The residential real estate market in Germany, particularly the premium side, is currently performing very well. We only deal with high-end properties, and are perfectly placed to help you find your dream house for sale in Germany. The commercial sector is well suited for rental investments in particular, with office properties in high demand. If you're looking for a strong return on investment when you sell property in Germany, our teams can ensure you locate the right retail, office or industrial space for your portfolio.

Residential properties in Germany

The cities dominate the German residential markets. Berlin remains one of the highest-value areas, as does Munich. However, you'll find plenty of premium houses for sale in Germany out in the countryside too. If you're considering real estate investing, then high-end properties will offer you the greatest returns, especially in the current climate. We ensure that our portfolio contains only the very best property for sale in Germany, so you don't have to spend time sorting through lengthy lists of low-value prospects.

1) Buying and selling apartments

Choosing to buy an apartment in Germany, especially in a city, can be a solid investment. Whether you're planning on selling an apartment, living there yourself or renting, now is a great time for the German property market in general. Large exclusive residential complexes are of particularly high value at the moment,and lowering interest rates make this a good time to purchase a residential property too. Berlin is currently a great location for apartment sellers and renters; particularly Berlin-Mitte and Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where apartments are garnering high prices.

2) Buying and selling houses

Looking to buya house in Germany? Luxury homes are always in demand, especially in urban areas. Earlier this year, we reported that Munich saw the largest increase in value for detached and semi-detached properties inthe Oberföhring district. Stuttgart is also a prime location for upscale property. Our studies found that the sale value of mansions in this area rose dramatically last year. High-end houses are an excellent way to get an impressive return on investment given the current market trends. 

3) Urban and rural properties

One thing to consider if you're looking at investing in real estate in Germany is whether to opt for a rural or urban location. While markets certainly make the most movement in cities and the surrounding areas, there are superb investments to be found in rural locales as well. The current rise in housing prices in urban centres makes it a much better climate for sellers. This is causing an investor trend of moving to second tier cities and more rural areas. Slightly more remote properties are likely to only increase in value as the urban markets stabilise.

Commercial properties in Germany

We apply the same approach to our commercial portfolios in Germany as well. Current trends indicate that it's a great time to invest in a commercial German property, and demand for smaller retail and office spaces is set to increase. This means long-term rental demand is also on the rise. Commercial property investment requires different skills and approaches to residential lettings, which is why our agents know their local markets, be they in Germany or abroad. Ongoing training and analysis ensures our teams can help you with consultation and brokerage as well as buying and selling.

1) Industrial and logistics

As online retail and startups continue to take more of a share of the retail market overall, the demand for storage and logistic space also continues to grow. This means that warehouse space,especially if it's well connected to transport networks, is in demand. If you have an existing facility you wish to sell, then now is a good time. Our experienced team can take you through all the necessary steps. Conversely, if you're looking to buy commercial space as an online retailer or small company, we can help you find the right option for your business. 

2) Office

Also related to the startup boom and increase in online retail is the accompanying demand for office space. Location, however, is growing in importance. Smaller businesses and their employees are more focused than ever on the whereabouts of their workplace, as well as what amenities and cultural locations are within reach. Affluent regions are increasingly becoming the focus of investors for this reason, as well as the fact such areas tend to have lower competition intensity. 

3) Retail properties

Traditional retail properties like shops and outlets are less of a secure investment in the current climate. While online retailers are driving demand for smaller, better-placed offices and logistical space, this is having a backlash on the demand for conventional retail properties in Germany. That said, an increase in sales of retail space is expected according to some sources, which means it's a potentially good climate if you're considering selling yours in order to diversify your investments or alter your existing portfolio.


At Engel &Völkers we pride ourselves on being able to offer transparent, concise and expert advice on real estate in Germany. Have a look at our property insights for inspiration and tips, or contactus today.