How To Germany - Buying a House or Apartment in Germany (2023)

Updated - May 2019

For those who plan to stay in Germany longer than a few years, purchasing a house or apartment may be an option to consider.

So many professional expats are calling Germany home these days and with long term mortgage rates at extreme lows and rental prices increasing in many areas it is little wonder that many are looking at the option of buying an apartment or house.

The following are meant as guidelines only. We would always recommend consulting with a real estate agent (Immobilienmakler), attorney (Rechtsanwalt) and/or tax consultant (Steuerberater).

  • The current situation
  • What's it going to cost?
  • How to find a house or apartment
  • Notary duties and responsibilities
  • The contract
  • Financing your purchase

The current situation

Basically, this is a good time to purchase a house or apartment. Especially as long term interest rates (ECB) look set to stay very low for some time to come.

There is a dichotomy of property pricing between more rural and small town locations compared to the major cities such as Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hamburg. Many of the larger towns have also seen a significant price increase, both for rentals and purchasing prices.

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Purchasing prices in Germany remain moderate overall in comparison to many other economic hotspots.

Unlike many other countries, Germans tend to buy property for life. They don't often see the more typical, Anglo-Saxon practice of buying now and continuously upgrading. This explains why there are fewer real-estate market price fluctuations, though the demand for choice locations remains high. It is generally wise to invest in properties in better areas. Location, location, location is still a key mantra when looking to purchase in Germany. A good infrastructure of transport, schooling and business desirability often pay dividends in the long run.

The percentage of Germans owning their homes is surprisingly low compared with elsewhere. At about 52% percent, it is the lowest in the entire European Union. However, this has grown from about 46% in 2014. This significant growth rate is expected to continue in key locations. As in other countries, the ratio differs according to income levels. The more affluent people are the more likely it is that they will own their own property.

It could be that extensive expatriate home purchases could cause this rate to rise further. There are no legal restrictions on non-Germans owning property, and many expats have significantly higher income levels and housing aspirations. This, coupled with an inability for the ECB to increase deposit rates at this time, is causing capital flows to seek property investment as a way forward in many markets. The only bar to foreign ownership of property might lie in the financial institutions that offer mortgages.

See our article on Mortgages in Germany for more on this topic.

What's it going to cost?

Before going into the typical cost of German homes, it must be taken into consideration that homes in Germany, and all other European countries, tend to be smaller than those built in North America. The more than 82 million people in Germany live on a land surface only 1/35th that of the U.S., which has a population of about 327 million. That means that Germany has only 1/9th as much living space. And much of that land is heavily developed. So prices are much higher. It should also be noted that properties in Germany are, for the most part, very well built using quality materials while adhering to strict building codes. Most properties are built with masonry as the primary material, inside and outside.

Prices of homes and apartments vary widely throughout Germany. And can also vary widely within each Federal State. In the countryside prices tend to be much lower. Some German States have lower average prices than others. Houses and apartments in many larger cities are expensive as well as those in the metropolitan areas that surround these cities. The former East Germany generally is cheaper than the former West for the same size house or apartment in a similar demographic area. (Berlin is an exception to this generalization.)

Many of the real estate websites in Germany have some sort of analysis and breakdown of regional (and sometimes city) prices for homes and apartments. These prices are normally based on the listings on their particular website. They track the prices of their listings over time so potential buyers can get a feel for market movements.

It's well recognized that the prices of houses and apartments in Germany over the last 10 years have increased more steeply when compared to previous decades. The average price for both houses and apartments throughout Germany has gone up and certain metropolitan areas have seen very substantial increases since 2011.

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According to the website, in 2011 the average price per square meter for a 60 square meter apartment in Germany was about €1,520. In 2018 the price was about €2,830. A 60 square meter apartment in Munich has risen from about €3,700 per square meter to just over €7,750 from 2011-2018.

As far as houses are concerned the average price for a 150 square meter house in Germany rose from just over €1,700 per square meter in 2011 to just over €2,080 in 2018. In Munich the price for a 150 square meter house went from about €4,130 per square meter in 2011 to about €7,226 per square meter in 2018

Also, according to the website, the city-state of Bremen is one of the least expensive of the larger cities. A 150 sq. meter house would cost about €2,300 per sq. meter. At the other end of the scale the Bavarian capital of Munich is far and away the most expensive. The same house could possibly cost an overwhelming €7,227 per sq. meter! A smaller house in Munich (around 100 sq. meters) would cost about €7,793 per sq. meter. Other cities with high prices for the 150 sq. meter house include: Frankfurt – about €4,485 per sq. meter; Hamburg, about €4.280 per sq. meter; Berlin - €3,235 per sq. meter; Köln – about €4,264 per sq. meter. Key locations in some of the major cities can now significantly exceed €10,000 per sq. meter.

How to find a house or apartment

As in every country there are certain procedures for finding an apartment or house and closing the sale. It makes little sense in Germany to look for a "For Sale" sign in front of the house. This is not a common way of offering property. Many offers are published in newspapers. In the last few years various websites have sprung up that provide extensive listings on apartments and houses for sale as well as rental units. These websites also have extensive information on financing and other topics related to buying and renting property.

Some ads state that the property is von privat, which means that no real estate agent is involved. Most offers, though, are made through such agents (Immobilienmakler). A potential buyer should carefully research the property when buying a house in Germany. Many of the "inexpensive" homes advertised may require renovation investments well beyond the purchase price.

Another "warning signal" can be: grosszügige Räume, meaning "large rooms" or "very spacious." What that really means is "very expensive to heat." And watch out for the property that is für Schnellentschlossene (for quick decision-makers). That probably means the home has been on the market for a long time and may not be very desirable.

House-hunting is time consuming. In most cases newspaper ads don't give addresses, meaning you must make an appointment with a go-between or agent. Many website listings however include full addresses as well as maps.

As a buyer, it is generally advised not to sign an "exclusivity contract" with any one agent. You may wish to peruse a wider range of offers from several agents. And ask the agent at the outset who is paying his commission and what the percentage is.

Currently except with rental contracts, there is no law regulating commissions. This may change in the near future. It can be negotiated, and in most cases can be between 3 and 7 percent of the purchase price. In some cases the buyer pays the commission in full, in many others it's split between buyer and seller and in some instances agents receive their commission exclusively from the seller.

An agent may submit an invoice only when he has clearly arranged a notary contract between buyer and seller and this contract has been completed. An estate agent should provide a potential buyer at a viewing or upon request with the full address and name of the seller as well as the necessary information on the property including the energy efficiency certification, blueprint, square meterage, partition deed, protocols of owners meetings and annual costs (where applicable).

If a potential buyer gets an offer from one agent for a house that another agent has already offered, it is advisable to tell the second agent immediately. Otherwise the customer may wind up paying a double commission.

Once a property has been purchased there will be additional (closing) costs. These can vary from 5% to 15.4% of the purchase price, depending on location and estate agent fees.

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Interpreter fees would be extra and should be discussed with the notary. German notaries are obliged that you can either understand the reading of the German purchase contract or have a suitable interpreter with you at the signing.

Once the buyer and seller have agreed on a purchase price, the property sales contract must be signed in the presence of a notary. This is to the advantage of both parties, and particularly the buyer, since it provides assurance that the entire transaction is carried out in accordance with the law. The notary fee, of about 2% of the purchase price, covers preparation of the contract, negotiations, the signing ceremony and entry in the land register.

Notary duties and responsibilities

The notary is legally bound to act as an impartial middleman between buyer and seller. He or she checks the land register to see whether the property can be sold at all; and if it can be, whether there are any restrictions on its use. The contract spells out the obligations of each party and the measures to be taken in the event of default. Once it is signed, the notary registers the change of ownership with the municipal government and enters the property in the land register.

It isn't widely known that the buyer may choose his or her own notary, and it is recommended that expatriates exercise this option, choosing a notary who speaks English.

Always ask for a copy of the purchase contract before going to the notary, reviewing it carefully and having it translated if necessary. Prepare any questions you have in advance, don't hesitate to ask them and allow sufficient time for getting full answers. It is advisable that, if a mortgage is required for the purchase, that this is fully agreed before signing at a notary. It is not the notary’s responsibility to know if you have adequate financing.

At the actual signing ceremony the notary reads the contract of sale verbatim and is required to be certain that both parties fully understand its content. All parties may ask questions and interrupt the proceedings if a clause isn't completely understood.

Normally all parties must be present at the signing, however a proxy can be appointed by either party. If this is the case then it should be discussed and agreed with the notary in advance, as further (identification) procedures will be required.

The contract

Among the most important things a contract must show are:

  • Whether the names and addresses of the parties and the details of the property are correctly noted. This is crucial as an error, especially in the property details, could at least partially invalidate the contract.
  • The agreed upon purchase price and terms and conditions of payment.
  • Stipulations as to what happens in the event either party fails to live up to the terms of the contract.

The parties have complete freedom to decide on payment terms. In many cases the buyer has to obtain financing. Therefore the seller agrees to a priority notice in the land register that protects the buyer from other, unexpected sales activities on the part of the seller, such as trying to sell the property to somebody else for a better price.

The land register is located at the district courthouse and is the central document for a piece of property, with all necessary information on its ownership. An actual change in ownership can occur only when an entry has been made in this land register, and only when previous mortgages have been taken care of and the tax office has certified that the seller has no property taxes outstanding.

Sometimes the purchase price is first paid into an account maintained by the notary (Notaranderkonto) and transferred to the seller only with the land register entry is complete.

The notary is not responsible for the correctness of the owner's property description. This is the buyer's due diligence.

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The seller isn't obliged to point out any major defects that should have been obvious to the buyer, though he should be required to describe any hidden defects.

A copy of the most current land register entries can be obtained on application to the district court. However, only persons with a legitimate need to know, such as the owner or the notary, are eligible to make this application.

The register also spells out the rights of any third parties; those, for example, of tenants. Such tenants can't bar the sale of the property, but the new owner is bound by any lease arrangements to which the previous owner agreed. Hence, the new owner can't evict a tenant before the lease expires.

Financing your house or apartment

It is highly recommendable, should a mortgage be required, to shop around for rates and not to just accept the first offer from your bank. Of course a buyer should not commit to financial plans that are beyond their resources. It is often recommended having at least 20 percent of the total cost for a down payment.

Recent EU wide regulations for the banking industry are requiring bankers to take a closer look at home buyers from Germany as well as other countries and those whose earnings may be in some other currency than the euro. Stricter terms for mortgages may result from the enhanced scrutiny.

Interest rates for mortgages are presently below the long time average, ranging (according to most sources) between 0.61 percent and 2.87 percent, depending to some degree on the duration of the financing plan and down payment. Most mortgages are for 10 or 20 years but could be up to 25 years or as low as 5 years. (Figures as of April 2019).

Prognoses by banks and other parties see long term stability in interest rates, perhaps with slight up or down fluctuations. It is possible to decrease the total amount of interest paid by integrating a "Sondertilgung" (option for additional annual repayment) into your mortgage. This is normally 5 to 10% of the original mortgage amount. The greater this payment is, the less will be the interest costs in the long run.

As mentioned before, financing is a matter that requires individual, specialized advice. Getting professional advice from a bank specialist and/or a tax consultant is highly recommended.

The purchase or construction of housing for your own use can, under certain circumstances, be subsidized by the government in Germany via KFW-loans and other state/regional supported programs. There may also be some tax advantages involved. Here it is especially important to get personalized counsel from a mortgage advisor, bank or tax consultant.

Of course there are further regulations covering many more details. It is therefore advisable to check each individual situation with an appropriate advisor.

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(Video) Tips for finding an apartment in Germany


Can I buy a house in Germany as a foreigner? ›

Unlike in other countries, such as Denmark and Switzerland, there are no restrictions to foreigners to purchase real estate in Germany. Currently, many foreign purchasers acquire properties in large German cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich.

Is it easy to buy apartment in Germany? ›

The good news is that there are no restrictions on expats buying a property in Germany – you'll just need a high enough income and be able to qualify for a German mortgage.

How much does it cost to buy an apartment in Germany? ›

What is the price of housing in Germany? Purchasing a property is not nearly as common in Germany as it is in the US, France, or the UK. The average price for property in the city center of a German town or city is around €5,430 per square meter, rising to €6,995 per square meter in Berlin and €11,759 in Munich.

Is it better to rent or buy a house in Germany? ›

There is ample evidence that buying a house leads to greater wealth, especially in Germany 1. Those that own their own home in Germany are far better off.

Can I live in Germany without a job? ›

Happily, the simple answer is YES — it's definitely possible. The more realistic answer, however, is that it's highly dependent on a number of factors: Your ability to learn German quickly, you skillset, and — perhaps most crucially — your own self confidence and drive.

Can I live in Germany permanently? ›

A residence visa is required if you intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days for work or study or if you intend to move to Germany permanently.

How much money do I need to start living in Germany? ›

On average, to cover your living expenses in Germany you will need around 934 euros per month (around $906 US dollars) or 11,208 euros per year (around $10,876 US dollars). The prices for food, accommodation, bills, clothes and entertainment are basically in line with the EU average.

Why do Germans rent and not buy houses? ›

This government-built, high-quality supply of social housing laid the foundations for Germany's preference for renting over buying. Couple this with a lack of subsidies for homeowners, rent stability, and consistently high house prices, and Germany's historical propensity for renting over buying becomes clear.

What is the easiest way to live in Germany? ›

Find A Job Or Get Enrolled At A German University

The easiest and most hassle-free way to prepare for your move to Germany is to find a job or get accepted to a university beforehand. Depending on your nationality, this is the only way for you to move and legally stay in Germany.

Is it difficult to buy property in Germany? ›

The housing market in Germany is very competitive; however, it is not impossible to find and buy a house in Germany as a foreigner. When you set your mind to it, you will be able to find and buy the house you want, even in Germany. Most likely you won't be a new house owner within a month though.

Why are houses in Germany so cheap? ›

We show that a significant part of the low homeownership rate in Germany relative to other countries can be explained by the relatively high real-estate transfer tax, the absence of mortgage interest payments tax-deductibility for owner-occupiers and the existence of a social housing sector.

Is it worth it to buy a house in Germany? ›

Good and stable investment

For self-living property, you can sell it without paying the 25% capital gain tax. If you sell your investment property after you own it for 10 years, you also do not have to pay the capital gain tax. This makes buying a house in Germany an attractive long term investment.

Is moving to Germany a good idea? ›

All in all, Germany is a country where you can find both the fast city life or the quiet sub-urban experience, all from a position of safety, security and stability. In short, the country's safety, highly developed infrastructure and robust economy allow Germany to offer you a very stable reason to move to the country.

How long does it take to buy a house in Germany? ›

You only become the lawful owner after you have been entered into the German land registry ("Grundbuch"). This process can take quite long and usually takes anywhere between 8 and 16 weeks after signing the purchase contract at the notary.

What is the easiest job to get in Germany? ›

If you are looking for a job opportunity here, then the easiest jobs you can find in Germany are the ones that are in demand.
Top job openings in Germany:
  • Nurses.
  • Business managers.
  • Account managers.
  • Production assistants.
  • Sales managers, representatives.
  • Product managers.
  • Architects.
  • Civil engineers.
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Is finding a job easy in Germany? ›

1- Is it easy to get a job in Germany? With a huge range of professional opportunities and roles throughout Germany, securing a job isn't as hard as it may be in other countries around the world.

What is the good salary in Germany? ›

According to the StepStone Salary Report 2021 (Stepstone Gehaltsreport 2021), the average gross salary in Germany amounts to €56,985. But most Germans consider a salary ranging between €64,253 and €81,503 a good salary.

How long can you live in Germany without a citizenship? ›

Think of a “travel visa” as an entry permit for a limited time as a tourist or business person. Only if you want to stay longer than 90 days in Germany, are you required to apply for a RESIDENCE PERMIT.

Can I live in Germany without speaking German? ›

Can you live in Germany without knowing German? It is just about possible to live in Germany without knowing much German. But in order to find employment and to fully integrate into society, you will need to be able to speak and read German to a good standard, especially if you live outside the major cities.

Is moving to Germany easy? ›

It is not difficult to move to Germany from the US if you have a valid reason, such as a job offer, a letter of acceptance from a German university, or wishing to join your partner. However, generally speaking, everyone outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland needs a solid reason to receive a German residence permit.

Which is the cheapest city to live in Germany? ›

Despite being the capital, Berlin is one of Germany's cheapest cities. Rental prices vary massively, but as a rule of thumb, the west remains much more expensive than the east. You can rent a one-bed flat in Berlin for €00 upwards.

How much is low salary in Germany? ›

The minimum wages are revised in Germany from 01 October 2022. The minimum wage has increased from €10.45 to €12.00 per hour. Note: This minimum wage increase might not reflect the inflationary trends.

Is it cheaper to live in Germany or USA? ›

The average cost of living in Germany ($1325) is 37% less expensive than in the United States ($2112).
Germany vs United States - Cost of Living Comparison.
GermanyUnited States
🏘️ Family rent$1340$2220
🍽️ Food expenses$370$543
🚐 Transport expenses$114$98.8
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Do Germans get free housing? ›

As part of its social benefits, the Federal Government offers residents, regardless of nationality, housing assistance in adequate and affordable dwellings. Even during pre-unification Germany, housing assistance catered more on salaried residents and lower-middle income households.

Does buying a house in Germany gives you residency? ›

Technically, you cannot get German citizenship or permanent residency simply by investing in real estate. However, if you can live in Germany relying solely on your own funds, then you may be granted a temporary residence permit if you purchase real estate.

What happens if you don't pay rent in Germany? ›

You're behind on your rental payments: a German landlord can ask the court for eviction if your rental arrears amount up to 2 months of rent or more. Even if you're making partial payments, if you're behind more than the sum of 2 months rent, the landlord can push for eviction.

Where do most foreigners live in Germany? ›

Where do most expats live in Germany?
  • Heidelberg. Although Heidelberg has only approximately 150,000 residents, it is a university town. ...
  • Berlin. Berlin is, of course, the number one place to find expats in Germany. ...
  • Hamburg. ...
  • Munich. ...
  • Frankfurt.
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Which city is the best to live in Germany as a foreigner? ›

As a matter of fact, Munich is considered the top German city for quality of life among expats: with its southern climate and medical care, the city takes first place and gives expats all reasons to move to Munich.

How do I start life in Germany? ›

10 things to do during your first week in Germany
  1. Find your new German home. Okay, so you've touched down on German soil… ...
  2. Register with the local authorities. ...
  3. Sign up for health insurance. ...
  4. Open a German bank account. ...
  5. Get a German SIM card. ...
  6. Find a job. ...
  7. Sort out your transport. ...
  8. Get your new home connected.

How much home loan can I get in Germany? ›

Mortgage lenders in Germany allow you to borrow up to 100% of the property value (although you will have to cover some other costs of buying a house, such as purchase fees, with your own equity). While some German banks will be willing to finance the full amount, loans of around 80% are more common.

Is it cheaper to build or buy a house in Germany? ›

Building your own house in Germany means saving on the purchase costs: If you build a new house, the additional purchase costs are significantly lower than for an existing property or the purchase of a finished new build.

Can you buy a house in Germany if you are not German? ›

The first thing to clear up, which will come as a relief to those who don't hold German citizenship, is that there are no restrictions on foreigners buying property in Germany. That applies regardless of whether you are resident in the country or not.

Is rent cheap in Germany? ›

In general, average rental prices in Germany are reasonable and are around 5% lower than in the UK, for example. The average rent in Germany is about 1,300 EUR (1,400 USD), taking into account all types of rental properties, whether it's a furnished or unfurnished flat or house.

How do I find a house in Germany? ›

The three most popular ways to find flats and houses to rent are directly through the owner, through agencies or through housing associations.
Some of the most useful websites for finding houses and apartments to rent are:
  1. Scout 24.
  3. Deutsche Wohnen.

What is the average price of a house in Germany? ›

The average sales price of single-family and duplex homes in the biggest cities in Germany varied between approximately 5,413 euros and 10,349 euros per square meter in the first quarter of 2022.

Is it stressful to live in Germany? ›

Living in Germany is more stressful than it was a year ago for most people, a report released on Wednesday revealed. Germans are feeling increasingly stressed and are struggling to find a healthy balance in their lives, the study by health insurance company Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) said.

Is Germany cheap to live? ›

Depending on your point of view and where you live now, Germany can be seen as either very expensive or very affordable. In contrast to many European countries, Germany is not very expensive.

What is a good salary to survive in Germany? ›

60.000 euros a year in Germany is considered a good gross salary as it is well above the average salary of 47.700 euros a year for the whole country. Most Germans who earn 60.000 euros or more are very happy with their salary.

What benefits do Germans get? ›

Statutory employee benefits in Germany
  • Leave entitlements. ...
  • Sick leave. ...
  • Minimum wage. ...
  • Overtime. ...
  • Maternity leave and parental benefits. ...
  • Caregiver benefits. ...
  • Pension plans and insurance. ...
  • Competitive salaries.

Which is the best city to live in Germany? ›

Best places to live in Germany
  • Munich. The capital of Germany's largest state, Bavaria, the southern German city of Munich, is often seen as the pinnacle of German culture and the German international identity. ...
  • Berlin. ...
  • Frankfurt. ...
  • Cologne. ...
  • Hamburg. ...
  • Dusseldorf. ...
  • Bonn. ...
  • Stuttgart.
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Can you survive in Germany with English? ›

There's no doubt that you can survive in Germany without knowing German. Every German usually studies English from the age of 5 and especially the younger generation watches British or American series.

Which is better living in Germany or USA? ›

But if you wish to do a comparison of USA vs Germany, then the USA is better in this aspect. It is mainly because the USA has a higher average payscale as compared to Germany and therefore better living conditions. Also, the tax rate is higher in Germany than the USA.

Are Germans friendly? ›

Germany is known around the globe for excelling at a variety of things. Germans themselves are known as friendly and welcoming people, even if everyone thinks we have a nonexistent sense of humor.

How much is apartment in Germany? ›

Average cost of rent in Germany in 2022. What is this? In 2022, the German national average rent price per square meter is 9,82 EUR, where the total average rent is 700 EUR for a one-bedroom apartment. Depending on the location, a one-bedroom flat averages 1,000 EUR per month in the city center and 700 EUR – outside.

Can you buy a house in Germany without citizenship? ›

There is no restriction on foreigners buying property in Germany, no matter whether they live in Germany or elsewhere. You can, therefore, buy property as a non-resident with the expressed purpose of renting it out, or you can choose to rent out your own home if you move away from Germany.

Can you get German citizenship by buying property? ›

Yes, if you invest/set up a business in Germany, you and your immediate family members can apply for German visas. After a few years, you can all apply for permanent residence or German citizenship as well.

How much does it cost to buy a house in Germany? ›

The average purchasing price of a house in Germany is around 320,000 EUR. On average, people spend about 354,000 EUR on buying a home. The average price per square meter for an apartment in Germany is 3,065 EUR in 2021 across the country. What is this?

What is the fastest way to get German citizenship? ›

Applying after three years

Put simply, one of the easiest ways to get fast-track citizenship is to marry a German citizen. In this case, you can apply for citizenship after just three years of legal residence in the country.

What is the fastest way to become a German citizen? ›

One of the fastest ways to get German citizenship through marriage to a German national. In that case, you can apply for citizenship after three years. Otherwise, you can shorten the usual 8 year citizenship by naturalization pathway by reaching B2 level in German (6 years) or taking an integration course (7 years).

How can I become a 5 year German citizen? ›

To be eligible for naturalization, a person has to have lived legally in Germany for at least eight years and possess the appropriate residence permit. Foreigners who have successfully completed an integration course are eligible for naturalization after seven years.

How much is rent in Germany? ›

On average, to cover your living expenses in Germany you will need around 934 euros per month (around $906 US dollars) or 11,208 euros per year (around $10,876 US dollars).
Which region has the highest cost of living in Germany?
Munich1,094.30€ -1
Berlin795.90€ – 4
Hamburg838.94€ – 3
Frankfurt868.91€ – 2
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How much is house tax in Germany? ›

The assessed standard value is multiplied by the basic federal rate to determine the tax assessment amount. The basic federal rate is uniform throughout Germany and amounts to 2.6 - 6 per mille (West Germany) or 5 - 10 per mille (East Germany) of the assessed value.


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