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  • Location Wiesbaden
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  1. Just report them to immobilienscout24  / ebay as fake scams and they will shut them down.   https://blog.immobilienscout24.de/vorsicht-betrug-so-erkennen-sie-gefaelschte-immobilieninserate/
  2. US Citizens travelling to the EU starting 2021

        Not just US citizens, but those from:   Albania Andorra Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Australia Bahamas Barbados Bosnia and Herzegovina Brazil Brunei Canada Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominica El Salvador Georgia Grenada Guatemala Honduras Hong Kong S.A.R Israel Japan Kiribati Macao S.A.R Malaysia Marshall Islands Mauritius Mexico Micronesia Moldova Monaco Montenegro Nauru New Zealand Nicaragua North Macedonia Palau Panama Paraguay Peru   Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent Samoa Serbia Seychelles Singapore Solomon Islands South Korea Taiwan  Timor Leste Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tuvalu Ukraine United Arab Emirates United States of America Uruguay Vanuatu Venezuela   With maybe UK to be added to the list (depending on negotiations)  
  3. Equity Release Scheme

    I happened to come across an interesting offer a few months ago.  Somebody was selling their home for a discounted rate but would remain as tenants and pay rent.   I don't know if they managed to do this, but if I was an investor then it seemed like a good deal to me. So it seems that there are people for offer this independently, although it was done via an Immobilien agency.  So you could look into this.
  4. Germany the most innovative nation?

    I don't read much into it.  Change the criteria and you have a different winner.   In one of those studies done which "proves" something, but in reality says nothing.
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    Sorry @Wulfrun, but you are wrong with the passport.  Here is the updated one.    
  6. Climate change

      No it is not as good as face-to-face.  But surely better than spending xx days on a boat with limited facilities and makes an even greater point.      
  7. Are you aware of BORIS?   No, not that one, this one: https://hvbg.hessen.de/immobilienwerte/boris-hessen   It is the "land reference value information system " for Hessen.  In also lins to the GEO portal page which has a BORIS overlay, here: http://www.geoportal.hessen.de/portal/karten.html?WMC=39     This shows a map of Hessen and when you zoom in (or search for an address) you can see the land value for that area.  Which depends on its designated use type.     This is the official value of the land according to the state.  This is NOT the Commerical value of the land!  But, I believe that if you are "forced" to sell the land that this is price which the local authority would offer you.  And it is also the value which you should use in some cases (such as Bauueberhangrente).    
  8. Climate change

    Actually the best thing would be to stay and home and use Skype!
  9. Brexit: The fallout

      Yes, but what other pointless statements are they going to post:     When the UK leaves the EU, Wales will still remain part of the United Kingdom. When the UK leaves the EU, vehicles will still continue to drive on the left side of the road. When the UK leaves the EU, the average IQ of the Brexit voter will remain below 80.    
  10. Taking wife's surname after surrendering nationality

    You can change your name easily when you get married.  So you should have done it then!   There are methods for changing your name when you are nationalised as German, but there are rules and you can't just choose what you want. https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/englisch_bgbeg/englisch_bgbeg.html    
  11. According to:   https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/01/22/germany_windows_7_support_bill/     German authorities are waking up to a Windows 7 headache, with approximately €800,000 required in order to keep the elderly software supported a little longer. First reported by German publication Handelsblatt, at least 33,000 PCs were still running the venerable operating system, which has come to the end of free security updates. ... Extended Security Updates (ESU) available either to volume licensees or via Cloud Service Providers will ensure the lights stay on for up to three years for an increasing fee (one CSP spoken to by The Register reckoned prices would start at around the £42/device mark depending on the deal struck).  
  12. Brexit: The fallout

        What kind of statement is this?  (Not blaming your @Wulfrun you are just the messenger)   Brits have always need a passport to travel to everywhere in the EU because they don't have ID cards (except for RoI with whom we have a common travel area). So who would believe that this would change after EU exit?     Of course in the other direction (EU citizens travelling to UK), the UK have said that they will no longer accept ID cards and require travellers to have passports in the future.    
  13. Cholesterol values - question for the Doctors

      Have you considered some products that help to lower cholesterol?   You can get replacement products for butter, cooking oil etc. which could help.  As well as Benecol Jogurt drinks. These might help to keep the levels down.   But in the end, if the doctor hasn't said that you need to change your lifestyle and diet, and so long as you are aware of the issue and monitor it and it stays manageable, then you should be OK.     BTW:  It might have been helpful to mention that you already spoke to the doctor and were looking for others opinions!
  14. UK rental income on German tax returns (post-Brexit)

    Due to the transition agreement, then although the UK formally leaves the EU on 31st January nothing will change until at least 1st January 2021. This means that the German tax year 2020 will stay the same.   Taxation agreements between countries are normally negotiated individually and have nothing to do with EU membership.  So I would expect that the taxation agreement between Germany and the UK remains the same and would not be part of the negotiations (at least initially). Such agreements do get amended overtime, so it might change in the future, but this would not necessarily have to do with EU membership.  Germany wants to make sure that you do pay tax but that the agreements are fair.  If the UK changes the tax rules significantly, then I expect Germany to react.  But these agreements take a long time to negotiate and require agreement from both sides.     As for tax advisor, then @PandaMunich is very well regarded on here, and she knows not just a lot about German taxation but also about the taxation agreements between Germany and other countries such as the UK and how things are applied in detail.  
  15. Brexit: The fallout

      Is is not written as plainly as the HIGNFY post, but that is basically what is being stated:   https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/business/boris-johnson-looking-to-protect-uk-based-car-manufacturers-from-brexit-976783.html   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/22/north-backed-brexit-feel-costs-tory-mps