Compared to other large cities in Germany, for example Munich, Frankfurt, and Hamburg, real estate prices in Berlin are still considerably low, and significantly below the level of other European capitals such as London and Paris. According to estimates by real estate experts, real estate prices in Berlin will substantially increase in the near future based on the fact that Berlin has become the most attractive capital in Europe and the demand for real estate has been growing continuously.
Potential for appreciation value
The German Government has been investing many efforts to turn Berlin into the ‘Capital of Europe’. The government’s financial support to enhance public development and infrastructure is the highest compared to other European capitals. Lately, construction of a new ultra-modern city airport has started. Urban development is progressing at high speed. Neighborhoods which were previously considered less developed are blooming and becoming more and more popular. Increase in demand for living space and insufficient new construction to match the demand will lead to future rise in prices. Already now analysts predict a shortage of 50.000 new units for 2015.
The German legislative authorities for real estate property have created a safe environment for real estate investors, not only during the acquisition process but also in respect of management and administration of the property. Professional management companies care for the administration and maintenance of the property’s public areas and if requested, take over the administration of individual apartments. As regulated by law, to date every residential building in Germany is administrated by professional property management, which ensures a safe investment environment for both, the foreign and German investor.
Favorable financing options
The German banking system has also faith in German real estate. Presently, the Israeli investor has the possibility to take up a mortgage in Germany and obtain favorable financing options. The process will be handled by a broker who will file the application , handle all necessary documentation and see you through the process until all funds have been transferred to the seller. Funding of up to 50% of the property value can usually be obtained for the purchase of apartments and even beyond that for the acquisition of buildings.
For the last years, Germany has been the strongest economy in Europe offering highly attractive investment opportunities to investors from all over the globe. Germany, in particular Berlin and Munich, hold a preferred position for investors looking to invest in real estate, not alone due to its advanced industry, but also based on the fact that it offers a great variety of export markets, and competent and professional workforce. The speedy urban development of Berlin and its continuously increasing numbers of inhabitants, together with the highest investments ever in a European capital by the Federal Government just contribute to the attractiveness of Berlin and strengthen its position as ‘The Paradise for real estate investors’