Moving & relocation to Germany

Leasing an Apartment in Germany

With the constant growth experienced by Germany, it manages to keep up by providing its new professional residents with online access to rental properties.  

Real estate sites allow for an easy guide based on individual or family needs in terms of location, size, price, and amenities. Although there’s usually a fee incurred when using an agent, it proves to be the most helpful and reliable way to secure the perfect home when moving abroad.  

 

 

Finding English websites for German real estate is a rather difficult task. To make this process easier, consider using a web browser with a translation feature. Apart from the realtor fees, it may be a wise option to get information from a professional. Germans love to test their English speaking skills, and so, finding a realtor who wouldn't mind conducting viewings in English shouldn't be too difficult.

 

Some of the most popular real estate sites in Germany include:

www.meinestadt.de

http://www.immobilienscout24.de

http://www.kalaydo.de

http://www.immowelt.de

 

Take advantage of the local newspapers and magazines. This is a great way to find apartments that are privately rented and therefore do not carry the heavy price of commission for real estate agents. Websites such as kleinanzeigen.ebay.de is also a great option. It is to German what Gumtree is to the UK and Craigslist to the United States.

On kleinanzeigen you may be able to find short term rentals as well as unfurnished apartments. 

Securing a rental in Germany is slightly different than most countries in that it not only requires first month’s rent,but a deposit upwards of three times that as well!  Furthermore,negotiations and contracts can be tricky to understand in a language that is not your mother tongue.  

Renting an apartment or flat in Germany can be easy, but as with any financial transaction, be sure to go in with your eyes open. Although illegal in Germany, many landlords combine deposits with their personal funds, leaving an opportunity for renters to lose money when the lease is up. You should always pay special attention to all leases signed and checks handed over. Also, be sure to request a receipt for your security deposit once you've transferred the money to your landlord.[...]

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Great Living in Stuttgart

Stuttgart, a Swabian metropolis, is the economic hub of southern Germany.  Expatriates from all over the world work and live here, taking advantage of its ideal real estate developments.  With the booming motor industry, surrounding military bases, and trending neighborhoods, rental prices are increasing quickly.

Depending on what you’re looking for in your environment, there are plenty of choices for Stuttgart neighborhoods.  

 

Here are our top four locations for expats:

·     Vaihingen is home to many American families, specifically military, due to the close proximity of the bases.  

 

 

·     Stuttgart West is a great option for those who want to live within close proximity to the city centre. With easy access to public translation, shops, restaurants and cafes within close proximity, there is nothing too far when living in Stuttgart West.

·     Killesberg and Weinsteigeare located in close proximity to city center  Stuttgart and offer a fantastic view.

·     Those who are looking for a less crowded, more scenic neighborhood should look into Fellbach, which is about 20 minutes from the city center.

As more people relocate to Stuttgart, the rental prices continue to rise, and landlords are beginning to take advantage of non-native speaking expatriates.  It’s important to go into any lease agreement understanding your end of the bargain fully.  

Be sure to take advantage of reputable leasing agents and impartial representatives who speak your language and can help you find the best deals in the best locations.[...]

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Germany Welcomes Expats

The expat in Germany - an endangered species? 

Are you an expat relocating to Germany with family in tow? You may belong to an endangered species. Multinational companies are decreasing the members of their work source that they send abroad and are consequently leaning more towards local hires.  In addition, those who get relocated often stay shorter periods and on a project basis. In such circumstances, companies increasingly ask that their employees leave their families alone.  

 

 

Germany, home to over 250,000 expatriates, has traditionally been the European leader in foreign expats. An expatriate is loosely defined as “a person who lives outside their native country”. According to this definition, the expatriate population makes up less than % of Germany's total population.

The rate of expatriates entering Germany highly exceeds the number of German citizens leaving as expats to work in other countries. Statistics show a net outflow of German expats. This number includes not only those working in other countries, but  also citizens who are no longer registered in the country. Included in this net outflow, are those who leave for tax reasons as well as others who leave for reasons unrelated to the work force.

Germany's population of foreign workers has grown exponentially since the 990's. Tech companies are responsible for many of the expat jobs; while in the early part of the 2st century,software development projects, a part of government initiatives were largely responsible for increases in the expat population.

In attempts to cut back on their costs, companies have decreased the number of mid-level employees being sent abroad. This, however, does not mean that companies are trying to eliminate sending their employees to a foreign company. In fact, it is quite the opposite, companies do realize the importance of international experience for their employees. Though some expat packages may not have as many perks as they did in previous years, employers still aim to ensure that their employees and their employees' families make a good transition and settle in well when overseas.

 

Expat Package Perks: 

·     Immigration and paper work are taken care of by the company.

·     Many companies stand the cost of housing for their expat employees.

·     Insurance and taxes are usual taken care of by the company.

 

Continued success in industrial, technological, and medical fields are providing a vibrant job market and encouraging relocation of foreign professionals.  The opportunities in Germany are just beginning to flourish along with the country’s increased confidence and success.  From the U.S. to South Africa, professionals are flocking to Germany to capitalize on their specialties.

Unable to keep up with the housing demand, renters are finding it increasingly difficult to find furnished houses and apartments. Many are adopting the growing trend of simply renting furniture and appliances from reputable firms, after taking advantage of leasing agents to represent them in their housing searches.

 

What strategies have you used and found successful?  Join the conversation![...]

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Finding and Furnishing Your Apartment in Germany

A checklist for apartment seekers! 

Looking for an apartment in Germany? Finding the perfect place to call home can be a strenuous task. This is without a doubt even tougher when that home you're looking for is in a foreign country. With these wonderful tips, you'll be able to relieve some of the weight from your shoulders and make your transition a much easier one.

You’re no doubt going to experience a certain amount of trouble trying to find the perfect place to live in another country,but hopefully our tips can make your transition easier.

 

We suggest beginning with a list of wants and needs.

·        Determine what you’re looking for in your neighborhood and its surroundings, as well as your house or apartment, and its size and amenities.  

·     Come up with a price point—It’s okay to be a little flexible, but stick within your budget.  

·     Next, use a relocationagency or two.  

·     Send them your specifications and let them do the searching for you. Although a fee is incurred when using one of these services, they save you from the time and hassle of navigating your way through a foreign real-estate market, proving to be invaluable.  

·     If you’d like to save money in that department, you can check out some online rental listings—Although keep in mind that they may not always be reliable. Immobilienscout24.de andimmowelt.de are the largest online marketplaces for real estate rentals.

One big problem that many people have when relocating to another country is figuring out how to fill their new home with furniture and appliances. Fully furnished apartments in Germany are difficult to come by, leaving expatriates with fewer options. Don’t overlook the convenience of arranging for short- or long-term furniture rental packages.[...]

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Exploring and Living in Hanover

Top three locations to check out when you move to Hanover

Lower Saxony's resplendent capital, Hanover, is complemented with numerous green areas, parks and of course, the river Leinewhich flows calmly through the city. With mostly new buildings, due to the after effects of World War II, Hanover has a more modern look to it, with newer buildings even in the Altstadt. 

Equipped with a strong sense of culture and recreational facilities, expats can both learn the way of life in Hanover as well as take the time out to relax and enjoy the wonderful amenities.

 

 

Over the past few years Hanover has become a prime location for relocating expatriates. 

Relocating to another country is difficult in and of itself, so why bother spending more time adjusting to your new home than necessary? Save yourself time and money by finding the perfect house or apartment in the perfect location, and leave the rest such as furnishings and utility installations to professionals.

 

While you’re getting acquainted with Hanover, don’t forget to check out our top three choices:

·     Herrenhausen Gardens are a combination of greens and museum—Perfect for the outdoorsy and art lovers.

·     Opernhaus—Exactly how it sounds, an Opera House built in the 840s commanding unique architectural presence

·     Marktplaz—Or The Marketplace.  A great spot for more gothic, mid-9th century architecture.

 

Those in the market for somewhere to live are not only faced with finding the perfect location, but finding one that’s move-in ready as well.

 

Do you have your own recommendations?  Join the conversation![...]

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Best Strategy for Furnishing Your Home in Germany

Surprising facts about apartments in Germany

When people move to Germany, they will find some surprising facts about apartments in Germany.

Finding a furnished apartment in Germany is more often than not, a rather difficult task, as opposed to other popular expatriate locations such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, where furnished apartments are rather popular. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Germans just don't tend to move around as much, and when they do change residence, they usually bring all their furniture along with them. 

As the number of expats in Germany increases, so does the demand for safe, affordable housing.  Moving to a whole new country can be rather scary in itself. In addition to having to learn the language, and get used to the new society on a whole, expats want to feel safe while doing so. A part of this safety involves living in a more high-end neighborhood where one is able to feel a sense of security while growing familiar with the German culture.  However, prices for these homes are skyrocketing in German expat destinations such as Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg or Leipzig and the construction industry isn’t quite able to keep up in those cities.

 

 

Thing you didn't know about renting in Germany:

·     Furnished apartments are few and far between. There really just aren't that many of them.

·     Germans may get preference.Because of the tendency of Germans to live in the same residence for year and years to come, landlords may prefer to rent to German residents as opposed to expats regardless of their ability to pay higher prices. 

·     Perhaps you've never really considered your kitchen a part of your furniture. Moving to Germany will change your vision on what furniture really entails, as unfurnished apartments often come without a fitted kitchen in place.

·     Boarding houses may be exceedingly costly.

 

Regardless of the high costs associated with boarding houses, it is a promising second option for expats looking to rent a living space in Germany. Some boarding houses run similar to bed and breakfasts where a meal is provided for the residents. These accommodations are often rented out by landlords for either a short-term stay or a longer period of time, weeks, months or even years. Boarding houses usually come furnished and thus diminishes the task of having to self furnish.

However, if you are looking to call Germany your home for a year or more, then looking into an accommodation where you have the flexibility to decorate as you please and add your own personal touch to, then boarding houses may not be your best option.

Expats often purchase furniture in their home country or have their existing furniture shipped to Germany. This can be a time consuming process and one that is more on the expensive side. It may, however,be cheaper than purchasing high quality furniture that suits your style in Germany. A great way to be comfortable and not have to live in an empty apartment is to rent your furniture for the duration it takes for your shipping to arrive.

 

If you’re planning to ship your own furniture from home to Germany, you can give yourself a bit of insurance and peace of mind by arranging for short-term furniture and appliance rentals while waiting for your own to arrive.  Or, you may decide that it makes the best sense to leave your own furniture at home, and simply rent high quality items for your home or apartment in Germany as needed.  Either way, you’ve got your bases covered.

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