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  1. Different levels of monument protection?

    We're looking into buying a monument protected fachwerkhous. The Makler tells us the house is only monument protected for the façade, and not for the interior. I'd like to research this a bit more - to better understand what can, and cannot be done without permissions based on different levels of monument protection.    Can someone point me towards the right terms, and perhaps some websites detailing the differences legally?
  2. As I understand it the IVD suggests a budget of €4 per square meter per month for the maintenance of a house. Are Fachwerkhauses significantly more expensive to maintain, presuming there is no need for major renovations. Lets assume the house is old (built in the 1800's) but has been fully renovated in the last 20 years. 
  3. We're looking into buying a home which has a "hausegeld" monthly fee listed. This is not a condominium or apartment, but a free-standing single family home. I understand the concept of hausgeld with an apartment, or privately owned condominium - but not entirely sure how it applies to a single family dwelling.    Most importantly, are these fees usually associated with the German equivalent of a "Homeowner's association" - and, if so, what powers do the HOA have here in Germany. I ask, because I've owned homes in the U.S. with HOAs, and some of them get quite tyrannical. I'd like to search for information about the HOA and it's conditions and obligations (or management/board of the hausgeld-paid services) for the village ... but I don't know the terms for which I should be searching.    Thanks!
  4. Hi, I'm looking for a property management service in Berlin that can take care of a rented flat. I would hope that they could take care of everything: repairs, checking documents from the Hausverwaltung,  deal with tenants and obviously speak English. Is there such a thing? Anyone reliable?   Thanks in advance
  5. My wife and I are new to buying a home in Germany, but are familiar with the process in the U.S. We have made an offer on a home, but have not yet heard a response. In the U.S. I would expect to hear an acceptance, refusal, or (at least) a counter offer within the first week. I do know things here in Germany don't move quite as fast as the U.S.    How long is a reasonable time to hear back on an offer in Germany, and how should we interpret delays in hearing back?  
  6. We are looking at a specific house available for sale. If the seller or seller's agent has a Verkehrswert, are the obligated to give us a copy upon our request? if not, what are the odds of them giving us a copy?
  7. How to value a house for purchase?

    We're looking at buying a home here in Germany. We're getting a feel for some of the ins and outs. One question I still have is how to estimate the value of a home based in an area.    My question is - am I understanding all of the following correctly?    I've found two items that seem to be the majority of the valuation... The land price. For example, there is the Bodenrichtwerte (Standard land values.) So, for instance, if a house had a Grundstuck of 600 m2, and a std. land value of €290, the land cost would be a simple calculation of 600*290 =  €174,000 (correct?) Next is the house value, based on meters squared (m2.) I.e. if an area had a home value of €2000/m2, then a 100m2 house would be worth €200,000 To get the "sales price" you just add them together, and get roughly $374,000   IN this, I assume the house cost per m2 is for a house in average condition (true?) If it were just newly refurbished, the price would be higher (but by how much higher?) If the house needed a lot of refurbishment, the price per m2 would be lower (but, ,again, by how much?)   Would it be reasonable just to make an offer like...  "You list the house at €400,000; the the land and house/m2 value adds up to €374,000, and it needs at least €20,000 in repair. So, our offer is €354,000." ...or would we be cutting our own throats?
  8. As many at Toytown now know, my wife and I are looking at houses. I'm familiar with house construction in the U.S. (although I am NOT a construction worker of civil engineer) however, an "ancient" house in the U.S. is anything built before 1950  We are looking at a beautiful house, which was "fully refurbished" in 2011  - however, was originally built in 1759! We've toured the house and - at least what can be seen - looks to be in great shape.    In 2011 "all water, sewage, heating and Power lines as well as the windows were renewed" according to the expose. The roof is a Gable roof, redone "in the 1990s", using ceramic tiles (as is common here in Germany.) The house itself is a truss design (Bauart Fachwerk) with brick and wood beams.     We will, of course, be getting an inspection done, but I'm curious about a few things... 1. What should I be sure the inspector looks at, regarding a house this age? 2. If the roof was "re-done" in the 1990s (30 years ago now) how soon will it need to be "redone again?" (I.e. what is the lifespan of a roof of this type?) 3. Are there any issues with the wooden beam construction I should be wary of? 4. What are the "gotchyas" when buying a house this old? I.e. unexpected surprises/expenses? 
  9. My wife and I are looking for a house to buy. It is a strong seller's market - meaning houses are sometimes going from first listing to sold within 2 weeks.   We can't decide on an appropriate bid price for a house until the house has had an inspection. However, getting an appointment takes around 2 weeks, after we find the house. In this time, the house can be gone.    My thought is that we offer a bid amount - based on the assumption the house has no major structural problems - but make the bid contingent on the inspection. If, after the inspection, the house DOES have major problems, then we would cancel the original bid, and make an altered bid. I.e. If the house comes back with only minor issues (say a maximum of €5000 structural repair needed) then the bid stands. But if it comes back with anything more, we would alter the bid to reflect this new information. We would want to do this completely up-front; discussing in advance with the selling agent that our bid is contingent on the inspection.     So my question are:  - Is there any existing legal basis for this (or legal basis that this cannot be done?) I.e. what are the legal obligations of "making an offer on a house?"   - Is this contrary to the traditions of German real estate? Is there perhaps already a protocol for doing something like this?
  10. I'm an expat from the U.S. and we're shopping to buy a house here in Germany. I've purchased homes in the U.S. but the systems and culture are very different here.    In the U.S., it's pretty rare to get a full-asking-price offer on a home. If the seller lists the home at 400,000K (as an example) the buyer will estimate how much refurbishment will need to be done (including minor thing like painting, etc.,) compare the actual sales prices of other houses in the neighborhood, compare how long the house has been on the market, etc.    It's not uncommon to start with an offer 5-10% below asking price and, if this offer is refused, make a higher counter offer. However, even in a competitive or buyers market, offering too low initially can sour any further negotiations with the seller, especially if the seller is a private individual (not going through a realtor.)    Not knowing the cultural, legal, and sales landscape - how much should one's initial offer on a house be, and how much room is there for negotiation? 
  11. We're looking for a house to purchase. I notice that sites like Immobilienscout24 show how the price offer fits within a "range for similar houses" - BUT, this price is based on other listing prices, not on actual sales prices.    Is there a site where one can find house descriptions with their actual final sales price, so one can do a comparison of how the listing prices versus actual sales price rates for a neighborhood? 
  12. We're looking at houses. One of the homes is gorgeous, but the kitchen is a large container addition (not a permanent construction to the house.) I've never owned or lived in a place with a container extension, and I'm concerned about how long they last, how difficult is the upkeep, and what happens when it "wears out" (I.e. How expensive is it to haul off, and replace?)   The container is approximately 4.5 x 4.5 meter square and is between 10 and 15 years old.   Images of container: