Real Estate Broker and Property Developer Ordinance (MaBV): Protection for Real Estate Buyers

Broker and developer regulation – You are not satisfied with the advice of your broker or there are problems with the work of your developer? This situation may be very nerve-wracking and annoying for you. In this article you will learn everything about your rights as a real estate buyer and how the MaBV protects […]

Buying your first condominium – criteria, purchase price & capital investment – 11 point checklist

Buying your first condo – The property for first-timers. Want to buy a condo as your first property, but don’t know where to start? Here we’ve created a checklist of 11 items for you to determine the basics and criteria of your property search. Whether determining the maximum purchase price, the question of owner-occupancy or […]

Purchase contract of your first apartment: Documents for the notary appointment – What do I need?

Purchase contract – Your dream property has been found! After a detailed assessment of the situation, a commercial check and a technical check, you can now draw up the draft purchase contract for the notary appointment and to complete your bank documents. But what does such a purchase contract actually consist of? You can learn […]

Documents for the bank: financing your first property

Documents for the bank – You have found the perfect apartment? Great, now it’s down to the nitty-gritty – the financing, with the self-disclosure and all documents for the bank. Here, the completeness, neatness and seriousness is particularly important. What else you need for your financing and what you should pay attention to, you can […]

Brokerage costs: Apartment hunting made easy! – How much does a real estate agent cost?

Brokerage costs – You want to buy your first property, such as a condominium, and want to hire a broker? Good idea, but before you should know that a broker costs quite a bit of money, whereby a distinction is made between private and commercial sales. How much that is, as a percentage of the […]

Valuation by year of construction of a property: Does age matter?

Valuation by year of construction – A property valuation is especially important when buying your first apartment. This includes the valuation by year of construction of your house or the building in which your condo is located. So what is the age limit of a building? You can find the answer in this article on […]

Property tax on real estate: annual cost of your first apartment

Property tax for real estate – If you own a property or are the owner of an apartment, you have to pay property tax. Depending on where you bought your first own apartment or property, the property tax differs by state or municipality. But how much property tax do I have to pay in the […]

Real estate transfer tax: cost of the first apartment – calculation

Real estate transfer tax – You have found your dream apartment at a dream price? Well, nevertheless, the purchase price is accompanied by ancillary costs, which include, among other things, the land transfer tax. But how high is the land transfer tax, which I must pay additionally, once with the purchase of the first own […]

Technical check: Real estate valuation made easy! – The checklist

Technical audit – You have already subjected your property to a commercial audit? Great, then let’s move on to the technical inspection. This is not about the price, but about the condition of your apartment, single or multi-family house. Here you can find out everything you need to know about the inspection of your own […]

Operating costs in the house: saving on utility costs – list of key points.

Operating costs – You want to buy an apartment, but the operating costs are too high for you? There is a solution! The operating costs of a property, such as a condominium, can be apportioned to the tenant. But which of these operating costs can be apportioned and what do you have to pay yourself […]

Cologne Kreuzfeld: A new district “WoodHood” is being created! Apartments incl. climate protection

Kreuzfeld Cologne – In the north of Cologne, in the district of Chorweiler, a new district is to be created. For those who want to buy your first apartment, perhaps a consideration! Because, when ensteht already times a completely new district? Cologne Kreuzfeld, also called WoodHood is the winner of an urban development project of […]

Commercial audit: recognizing and evaluating criteria of a property

Commercial check – You have determined your maximum purchase price and are now faced with the commercial check, so that the previously determined and determined budget is adhered to. This audit is particularly important for the purchase of the first property such as apartment or house, that with it unnecessary costs and mistakes are avoided […]

Equity: tips for owner-occupation and capital investment of your first apartment

Equity – Regardless of whether it is for personal use or as a capital investment, the first thing to think about for any type of real estate is the financing. Here, equity is an important topic, from the use of equity to the difference through tax deductibility of the loan interest. The big question here […]

Social binding & post-binding: favorable housing and limited rent

Social binding – Before the housing search of your first condominium one should know everything about the topic social binding in the housing. Here you will learn all the pros and cons and what you need to know about everything from low-interest loans by public authorities for social housing, to obligations, to the grace period. […]

Leasehold: Tips for capital investors – advantages and disadvantages

Leasehold – When dealing with the subject of leasehold for the first time, many questions arise. What is a ground lease and does it make sense? Also one wants to know whether one can deduct the costs of the ground lease, the ground rent from the tax? All your questions will be answered here. Learn […]

Year of construction and condition of real estate: defects, damage & Co. – checklist

Year of construction and condition of real estate – You want to invest in an old building? Then you need to consider a few things before buying. Old properties bring some advantages, but also disadvantages. We have compiled a brief overview of all the facts of the different construction years in comparison. Old properties: Aging […]