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Find a Home in Berlin

Berlin is a gorgeous German city in the heart of Europe, with a rich history and culture that both the locals and those looking to relocate somewhere new absolutely love. For the lover of great culture, the historian, or those of you just looking to experience a different kind of city life in the capital of Germany, Berlin is a brilliant choice. At the moment, the property market in Germany for expats isn't too competitive, but there are still some things you'll need to know.


Berlin is a gorgeous German city in the heart of Europe, with a rich history and culture that both the locals and those looking to relocate somewhere new absolutely love. For the lover of great culture, the historian, or those of you just looking to experience a different kind of city life in the capital of Germany, Berlin is a brilliant choice. At the moment, the property market in Germany for expats isn’t too competitive, but there are still some things you’ll need to know.

Finding a home in Berlin

Whether you’re looking to rent, or to buy a home in Berlin, there are things you’ll need to be aware of to ensure you have the best chance of securing a home that you truly love, whether that’s long term, or simply for the short term. Berlin is currently in the midst of a Real Estate boom, with prices on the rise to buy property, and 40,000 new people moving into the city every year but how can you ensure you secure a great property in Berlin?

Renting in Berlin

If you’re not looking to stay long-term, or simply don’t want the expense of buying your own home, then renting in Berlin is very much a possibility. There are three main kinds of rental to look out for when looking to rent a house or flat in Berlin.

Mieten – A straight up rental, with a direct contract between yourself and the property Landlord. This gives you many rights, but also a large amount of responsibility for the property.

Untermieten – A sub-let. In this case, you’re subletting from the tenant of the property, who has the contract with the Landlord. This gives you fewer rights, fewer responsibilities and an easy place to stay. An untermieten should only be a short-term solution.

Wohngemeinschaft – Effectively a house, or flatshare. In this situation, you’re renting a room in a larger property where others are also renting rooms. This solution is good for students or young professionals living alone, but like the untermieten, should only really be used as a short-term housing solution.

Buying property in Berlin

Berlin is in the midst of a Real Estate boom, meaning that property prices are on the up, and more and more people are flocking to the city every year to get a piece of the cultural life that Berlin has to offer.

What does this mean for those wanting to buy a home in the city? Well, move quickly. At the moment there are still properties in sought after areas that are relatively affordable, but experts don’t see this being the case for too much longer. If you would like to make the move to Berlin and make it a permanent one, then head off as soon as you can, do plenty of research and make good connections.

Real estate, redefined

No matter where in the world you would like your new home to be, we at Domobase can help. We connect you with the very best Real Estate Agents and Landlords, and all you need to do is link your social media profile or tell us a few details and we’ll have someone get in touch as soon as possible.


Charlotte is the content creator for Domobase, a freelance content marketer and creative fiction writer. When not scribbling away, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.