Purchase Procedure

How to buy property in Germany:

Any foreign person can buy German residential and commercial estates without any restrictions. However, to confirm the legitimacy of the purchase, a person will need to provide an extract from the Chamber of Commerce. The whole procedure of buying a property in Germany is simple but takes about 2-3 months.

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One-time costs for the purchase of real estate:

Notary services and fees of land cadaster bodies: 0.5 - 1% of the value of the property

Tax on the acquisition of real estate: 3.5 - 6.5% of the value of the property

Stamp duty for property registration in the land cadaster: 0.5% of the value of the property (usually already included in the cost of notarial services)

Extract from the land cadaster: 34.80 - 44.80 € (depending on the timing of implementation)

Cost of attorney services: from 1% of the cost of the property

Cost of the realtor services: €3,900 or 3.57 - 7.14% including VAT (depending on the rates in a particular federal land)

The tax rate for the acquisition of real estate in Germany:

Federal land / rate amount:

Schleswig-Holstein
6.5%
Hamburg
4.5%
Bremen
5%
Lower Saxony
5%
North Rhine-Westphalia
5%
Hessen
6%
Rhineland-Palatinate
5%
Saar
6.5%
Baden-Württemberg
5%
Mecklenburg-Western
Pomerania
5%
Berlin
6%
Saxony-Anhalt
5%
Brandenburg
6.5%
Saxony
3.5%
Thuringia
6.5%
Bayern
3.5%

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