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How to choose real estate in Germany?

In this article, I would like to share with you my experience in searching for real estate in Germany, which I got when choosing housing in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Today I will talk about some features of this process.

In general, today there are many ways to find suitable for you both in price and in terms of meter housing in Germany. And of course, nowadays, searches are mostly done on the Internet. There are a large number of sites on which you can choose an apartment or a house, both for purchase and for rent. For example, the most popular among residents of Germany are immobilienscout24.de or immobilien.de. Offers there are placed not only by the owners themselves and the realtors working for them, but also by management companies. The advantage of the above sites is that real estate is rented or sold there without extra charges from third parties. But there is one significant minus – these sites are completely in German, which, of course, can complicate the process of working with them.

If you want to buy real estate in Germany, then you can pick up an object on one of the Russian-speaking real estate portals, especially if you are not very strong in German.

If you do not plan to stay in Germany for a long period, then you can easily use the services of the world-famous Airbnb service. Here, the process of rental housing is extremely simple and fast, and communication with the host, as a rule, is carried out in English. Some apartments and houses here can also be rented for a longer time, for example, for a month or two. Of course, if you take care of this in advance and begin the search for housing a few months before the proposed trip. This option is suitable not only for tourists, but also for those who still plan to stay in the country for more than a few months, but first want to settle in and study the real estate market in more detail before concluding a long-term contract with the landlord.

If you are going to Germany to study, then the most obvious option for you is a place in a hostel (WG, short for Wohngemeinschaft). Here the hostels are in excellent condition and, if available, you can even rent a separate apartment. I would like to note right away that even if you are still not sure that you will be accepted to this or that university, it is better to get in the queue for the hostel as soon as possible (possibly even immediately after sending the documents to the university). For this, universities have separate sites on which you can register. There are a lot of people who want to be able to rent this type of housing. Universities usually notify you whether they accepted you or not, shortly before the start of the winter or summer semester, which, taking into account the huge number of documents for obtaining a student visa, complicates the life of applicants. Therefore, my advice to you is that the sooner you take care of housing, the easier and calmer you will be in the future.

How to choose real estate in Germany?
WG Student Dormitory Room

To summarize, I would like to list three main points that you will have to take into account when searching for housing.

Firstly, in Germany you can rent an apartment or house either directly from the owner of this real estate or through his realtor, or through a company that is engaged in the construction of entire residential complexes intended exclusively for rental (i.e., buy apartments in such complexes impossible).
Secondly, many homeowners prefer to conclude long-term contracts, according to which you will need to rent a house for one year or longer. In this regard, the advantage of companies is that many of them provide you with an unlimited time contract.
And thirdly, you must remember that even for renting real estate in Germany you will need to provide an impressive amount of documents and pass the selection among other applicants.

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