Properties for Sale in Berlin from your Real Estate Expert

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Hi! I'm Alex, and I'm here to help you find your ideal property in Berlin. I can assit with property search, legal advice, due diligence, bank account opening, financing your purchase, refurbishment, furnishing, property management and tax structuring.

Realty-Germany isn't a mere search agent, nor a traditional real estate agency. We aggregate offers from local agencies, choose the best ones for investment, and provide all the support necessary for purchases. This way, you don't need to waste time dealing with multiple agents and middlemen — I'm the only person you need for the whole market.

My services are free of charge to buyers as I get a commission from the real estate agency, whose prices will be the same if you were to contact them directly.
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Things you need to know about Berlin
Districts, buying process, mortgage, taxes
Berlin's economy is booming. Its GDP grew by 4.6% in 2016, outperforming the national average by 1.3 percentage points. The city's population is growing by more than 1% annually, largely due to millennials attracted to the city's for its vibrant culture, and for employment. Berlin is home to regional offices of corporations such as Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce and BMW. It is also an international start-up centre – a new company registered there every 20 hours.

Real estate prices are constantly rising
• The average residential property price in Berlin more than doubled to €4,136/m² between 2011 and 2016.
• The average residential rental rate in Berlin grew by 70% in the same period to €11.24/m² per month.
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Buying and registering property in Berlin
Choosing a property
  • The buyer decides on the purpose of the purchase, property type, and budget.
  • The buyer signs a brokerage agreement with an agent – this obliges the buyer to pay the agent's fee, which is typically 3% to 7% of the property value, including VAT.
  • The buyer decides on a property.
The buyer's presence is only required for two procedures: opening a bank account and registering a legal entity. For the other stages of choosing and buying a property, power of attorney can be given to a representative in Berlin.
Reserving the property
  • The buyer signs a reservation agreement with the agent and pays a 10% downpayment.
  • The buyer opens a current account with a German bank to pay for the purchase (this account can be used later to pay taxes, utility bills, compensate for accounting services and to receive rent).
To open a bank account, banks require the applicant's CV, passport and documents proving the legal origin of funds. The Know Your Customer (KYC) regulation obliges banks to perform customer due diligence. Opening a bank account usually takes five to seven days, though in some cases KYC takes several weeks to complete.
Preparatory actions
  • The buyer orders a due diligence report, which may include a technical audit, legal review, tax analysis and transaction risk assessment. This takes about 1 month and costs 0.5% to1.5% of the property price.
  • The buyer applies for a mortgage if necessary.
Non-residents can get 40% to 70% LTV loans at 1.5% to 2% per annum. The average loan term is 15 to 20 years. Mortgage costs comprise about 1% of the loan amount, and are paid by the buyer upon the issuance of a loan.
Signing the agreement
  • The buyer hires a notary, who draws up the sales agreement and negotiates details of the transaction.
  • The buyer and seller sign the sales agreement in the presence of a notary.
Registering and paying for the transaction
  • The buyer pays the remaining property costs and receive the keys.
  • The buyer pays a transfer tax, which is 10% to 15% of the property value.
    Mortgages
    Germany has of one of the lowest mortgage rates in Europe. Both residents and non-residents are allowed to take out a mortgage loan. The process takes about one month and typically costs about 1% of the total loan amount.
    Basic documents you need to get a mortgage loan in Germany

    • Passport copy
    • Completed questionnaire
    • Income statement
    • Real estate documents containing basic property information and photos
    • Rental agreement (if a property is rented out)
    • Extract from the Land Register (issued no less than six weeks in advance);
    • Confirmation of equity available
    • Independent certified appraisal of the property (an extra quality guarantee for the client, it costs €1,000 to €2,000 on average)
    All documents should be in German and notarised.
    Taxes
    Purchase
    A real estate purchase tax (Grunderwerbsteuer) of 6% is levied on the property value, and 19% VAT applies to agent and notary fees.
    Ownership
    Real estate tax (Grundsteuer) typically ranges from €600 to €1,200 per annum, depending on property type, location, land plot size and time of construction.
    Lease
    Personal income tax (Einkommensteuer) for individuals is calculated based on the owner's income value at a progressive rate from 14.77% to 47.475%, and includes a solidarity surcharge (Solidaritätszuschlag)*.

    Corporate tax (Körperschaftssteuer) for legal entities is fixed at 15.825%, including a solidarity surcharge.

    The income tax is levied on the margin between all the profits generated and all the expenses incurred (include purchase costs, utility bills, management company fee, property tax, loan interest, land tax and building depreciation expenses (2% to 3% of the building's value per annum).
    Sale
    The capital gains tax (Kapitalertragsteuer) rate is the same as for income tax. The tax base is calculated by deducting purchase and depreciation expenses from the proceeds of the sale.

    Individuals do not need to pay capital gains tax given if 10 years have passed since the initial purchase of the property, or if the property has been used only as a personal residence for at least three years before the sale.
    Donation and inheritance
    Inheritance and gift tax (Erbschaftsteuer und Schenkungsteuer) is payable by the property recipient. The tax rate ranges from 7% to 50% depending on the degree of relation and the property's value.
    Spacious apartment with panoramic windows and a large terrace in a new building overlooking the park, in Berlin
    Total area: 149 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
    918,000
    The modern complex includes 92 apartments of different layouts (from 2 to 5 rooms) with areas from 41 to 187 m², 8 three-level townhouses with areas from 140 to 178 m², 2 spacious commercial premises (with an office, a warehouse, a kitchen) with areas of 230 and 267 m², a large underground parking. There are cafes and a children's playground nearby. The interior of the apartments is made of high quality materials. Each flat has a balcony, apartments on the ground floors — private gardens, on the top floors – roof terraces. In addition, the complex has flats fully equipped for people with disabilities (extended doorways, barrier free).

    Completion of construction — Q1 2020.

    Types of apartments:

    • 1-bedroom apartments from 42 to 78 m² cost from 230 to 559 thousand euro
    • 2-bedroom apartments from 83 to 99 m² cost from 448 to 739 thousand euro
    • 3 and 4 bedroom apartments from 109 to 149 m² cost from 544 to 1042 thousand euro
    Interior

    The apartment includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an entrance hall, a large terrace, a living/dining room with an open plan kitchen.

    Equipment

    • panoramic windows
    • parquet floors with heating
    • ceiling height 2.80 m
    • video intercom
    Location and nearby objects

    The residential complex is located next to the park (30 hectares), at the junction of 3 popular districts — Kreuzberg, Tiergarten and Schöneberg. There is everything necessary for daily life in the immediate vicinity: restaurants, cafes, shops, bakeries, sports facilities, banks, a post office, educational institutions, cinemas, galleries, museums.

    Duplex penthouse with 2 terraces and views of the forest, next to the pond, district Dahlem, Berlin
    Total area: 143 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
    1,095,000
    For sale two-level penthouse with designer renovation. For a fee you can buy two parking spaces with direct access by elevator. The apartment has views of the forest and pond.

    Interior
    The penthouse has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large living room with an open kitchen and an island, 2 terraces.

    Equipment
    • fully equipped kitchen
    • safety system
    • parquet floor with heating
    • panoramic windows
    • LED-lighting
    • heated towel rails in bathrooms
    Location and nearby objects
    Dahlem is located in the southwest of Berlin between the districts of Zehlendorf and Steglitz. It has always been one of the most exclusive districts of capital. Here mostly located villas, small parks, museums and many embassies.

    Near the house are located a large pond Funf Morgen, a shopping center with shops, cafes, pharmacy, bank. Only a few minutes walk to the sports center, the school of taekwondo, kindergarten and school. In 300 m there is a metro station and bus stop.
    Penthouse with a terrace, in a new residence with a garden and a parking, in Wilmersdorf district, Berlin, Germany
    Total area: 124 m²
    899,000
    We offer 11 apartments with two or three bedrooms of 70,52 m² — 126,57 m² in the value of 388,000 — 899,000 EUR.

    The complex includes two building (new and restored), a garden, an underground parking.

    Equipment
    • panoramic windows,
    • shutters,
    • parquet flooring,
    • underfloor heating,
    • oil finish,
    • equipped bathrooms.

    Location and nearby objects

    The property is located in the heart of West Berlin, in Wilmersdorf district. There are famous streets like Kantstraße, Friedrichstraße, Grunewald and Kurfürstendamm with designer boutiques, KaDeWe department store, restaurants, cafés and hotels within easy walking distance. You can relax in the green and quiet Rudolph-Wilde-Park or the adjacent Volkspark Wilmersdorf. All important districts and business centers of the city, like Potsdamer Platz or Friedrichstrasse are easily accessible by metro (station Hohenzollernplatz).
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