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Engel & Völkers: Germany's market leader competently advises you on buying real estate

Welcome to your estate agent for the best locations in Germany. Have you decided to buy a villa, apartment or apartment in Germany and are still looking for an experienced real estate agent with a corresponding selection of high quality real estate? Then you have found the right contact person. As the German market leader for upscale real estate with 40+ years of experience in successful purchase and sale of properties, our agents at Engel & Völkers Germany have made a name for themselves worldwide. Our real estate agents are trained at the company's own academy and continually update their technical and market knowledge. Thanks to our global network of partners, we are now present in more than 30 countries across four continents. In Germany alone, the number of Engel & Völkers Deutschland residential real estate shops is around 270, divided into all 16 federal states, each with up to 45 shops. Thus, our real estate agents throughout Germany are present for you nationwide. We are proud to offer our clients a comprehensive service with highly trained real estate agents near their home. This way, we make your project of buying a villa, apartment or flat in Germany as uncomplicated and convenient as possible. Take a look at the Engel & Völkers portfolio with a wide selection of exclusive villas, apartments and flats. Your dream home may already be here.

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New or old building: Which type of property does appeal to you?

The decision for an old building or new building is one of the most fundamental questions that home buyers will face initially. It may be helpful to have a list that summarizes what points are non-negotiable, where there is scope, and what is of little interest to you. Our estate agents from Engel & Völkers Germany have listed some advantages of the two types of real estate to help you make the purchase decision for your villa, apartment or flat. As a rule, new buildings have a high level of energy efficiency which, over time, reduces the additional costs, contains state-of-the-art equipment and a good building fabric. They also often have good thermal insulation and ventilation. Not to be underestimated are also the low repair costs for the next decades. In contrast, villas, apartments and flats in the old building style come with other advantages, as our real estate agents of Engel & Völkers know. For example, old buildings are usually centrally located in established residential areas, while new buildings are predominantly located somewhat on the outskirts. In addition, old buildings are characterized by light-flooded rooms due to generous room and window heights and attractive exterior facades with ornamental or stucco decorations. The massive walls also provide effective heat protection. As you can see, both new and old buildings offer different positive aspects. If you would like more detailed information, please do not hesitate to contact our estate agents from Engel & Völkers Germany.

Checklist for buying real estate: What you should consider in advance

The purchase of a villa, apartment or flat is complex and can sometimes take a long time, because in this important decision you don't want to settle for the second best. Nevertheless, it helps to visualize some basic factors in advance. The following checklist by Engel & Völkers Deutschland should help you keep an eye on your goal. Setting a budget makes it less likely that you will financially accept or underestimate your financial strength. Your lifestyle and plans for the future are also important in your property search. If you expect to start a family in the near future, additional rooms or space for growing should be included when looking for a villa, apartment, or flat for sale. Which criteria are particularly important to you? Does your property need to have a garden or private parking or be well connected to the transport network? Good preparation saves a lot of time and makes finding the right property easier. Let our real estate agents from Engel & Völkers Germany advise you individually. In one of our Engel & Völkers residential real estate shops in your area, our real estate agents will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the purchase of a villa, apartment or flat in Germany.

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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.