Top 5 topics on real estate investing in Germany

This week, we want to share with you the top five topics on real estate investing in Germany from our community.

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1. Can a foreigner buy property in Germany?
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2. Can a non-EU citizen buy property in Germany?
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3. Is this the right time to buy property in Germany?
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4. How much does a property manager charge for an apartment Munich [Germany]?
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5. What’s the leasing term like for residential units in Munich [Germany]?
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3 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

Before you start looking into specific real estate investments, you must understand some key factors that might affect your decision.  So, we think it would be a great idea to give you a quick reminder before starting your search. 

The Economy
The real estate market is closely linked with the economic cycle. Even if the property is sound, your investment (at least on a mark-to-market basis) might be dragged by economic factors. During the economic downturn, there tend to be some negative effects, such as the unemployment rate rises, and consumption level decreases. These combined might cause risks to your investment.

Government Policies
Government policies affect the economy and influence (both local and foreign) investors’ sentiment. During political instability, people might delay their purchases or sales to wait for the certainty of the directions and the policy implications. Tax credits, deductions, and subsidies are some of the ways that policy may affect your investment.

Supply and demand
Population demographics affect how real estate is priced and what type of properties are in demand. Additionally, social and cultural aspects might affect different markets in certain areas. Being aware of these trends can help you to think about your investment strategy.

All these factors are intertwined and it’s all about timing. Understanding the connection can help you to conduct a better evaluation of potential investments. If you are uncertain about what you want, speak to real estate experts! They can deliver the knowledge and insights you need to fast track your search. 

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6 New Forum Features To Help You Navigate

We want to share with you a quick update with some recent improvements we’ve made. Also, we want to take a chance to give our sincere thanks to our community for the many feedback, suggestions, and support. We are constantly making our platform easier for you to gain better real estate insights and knowledge.

  1. Expert badge. Allowing you to spot the real estate experts easily, we have added a badge next to their username. The expert badge is only for the experts that we approve of.
  2. Popular tags. You’ll notice that there is a list of popular tags on the top right corner. That’s so you can find the most popular topics in our community. By clicking on the tags, you can find the relevant topics instantly.
  3. Suggested topics. Beneath the popular tags section, we have added a suggested topic section to show other posts you might be interested in.
  4. Events page. You can find upcoming experts’ exhibitions, conferences, and networking events through the Events page.
  5. Post voting. Letting the community knows what you think of the posts! When you find a post useful or relevant, you can upvote it. If you think a post is not useful or off-topic, you can downvote it.
  6. Search bar. You’ll see the search bar at the top right corner. It is a simple and fast way to know if there are any relevant topic you might be interested in. If not, start at a post and get a conversation going!

For more, you can check our forum: https://forum.denzity.io/category/2/mainboard-ask-us-anything

4 Things You Should Let Your Agent/Broker Know

Many real estate investors don’t know what they want and aren’t able to articulate their needs with the agent/broker. The key here is forming a trust so that your agent/broker is clear on your needs & preferences. Make sure you have the systems in mind before engaging with an agent/broker, too.

  1. What is your expectation? Start with managing each other’s expectations to avoid wasting time and effort. If you have a maximum amount you want to spend, or will not consider a certain area, or you have a definite timeline, you should articulate clearly.
  2. What are your past or current property investments? You can tell a lot through evaluating your past and existing real estate investments. It can give your agent/broker a better understanding of your investment appetite.
  3. What is the purpose of the purchase? Are you planning to move into the property? Is it strictly an investment? Is it for your future children when they move there for school? This would affect a lot on what types of properties your agent/broker would suggest.
  4. How long are you planning to keep the property until you sell? Similar to the previous point, the expected investment holding period affects the strategy of property investment.

If you are clear on these details at the initial stage, you are more likely to find the property of your dreams without wasting your precious time and effort.

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PropTech: Past, Present, and Future.

PropTech: Past, Present, & Future

It’s no secret that real estate is one of the largest industries in the world, yet it is one of the last to adopt the technology. It is no surprise that a large number of startups have spawned to tackle this industry. Beyond headline-grabbing companies like Compass, Opendoor, and Airbnb, critical problems remain in our industry that entrepreneurs are yet to solve.

Since the 1980s, there have been three major waves in PropTech (Property Tech).

Early PropTech from 1980 to 2000: With the introduction of basic solutions such as Excel, real estate companies began to implement enterprise software solutions in their workflow to drive more quantitative approaches to their investments and portfolio management (such as Yardi, CoStar, and Loopnet). These solutions tend to be closed-form while requiring heavy customization.

PropTech 1.0 from 2001 to 2007: With the increasing demand to seek information, real estate online aggregators emerge (such as Redfin, Zillow, and Trulia). Like other social media and e-commerce portals, these online aggregators allow users to find incumbent information by leveraging their cross-sided network effects.

PropTech 2.0 from 2008 to 2019: As consumer-preferred access over ownership (the shared economy movement), companies (such as Airbnb, Opendoor, and PurpleBricks) are focused on improving user experience and participation. 

PropTech 3.0 from present to beyond: According to CB Insights, venture funding in PropTech from 2008 to 2018 has increased from USD 20 Million to more than USD 4 Billion. The increasing interest in PropTech has grown considerably as many pain points still exist.

We at Denzity believe the fragmented and inefficient process in real estate transactions need to be addressed and solved. Firstly, as investors have access to limited information and data set, they still rely on their intuitions when making an investment. Secondly, there is a lack of investment options that investors can access. Therefore, we want to introduce solutions to digitize workflows and elevate the transparency so that better investment decisions can be made.

Denzity Forum is one of the solutions that seek to solve a real estate investor’s pain point on understanding how to carry out the due diligence process properly before investing in a real estate project. The forum is always improving, and we always challenge ourselves to make it as easy to use as possible.

You can sign up to the forum here: https://forum.denzity.io/

Thanks for staying tuned and speak to you soon.

Darren

Co-Founder, Denzity