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The traffic light and future housing policy

After we had speculated in our last newsletter in September before the federal election about which building and housing policy ambitions would be implemented by the parties or the conceivable coalitions, we now know a little more. But really only a little, although for the sake of fairness it must be said that coalition agreements per se are rather nebulous ...

The madness has a name: GDPR

In February of this year the following little story happened: We received an official letter from a representative of the LDI NRW (State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information North Rhine-Westphalia). A Mr. Pascal G. had contacted the authority and complained that he had received an unsolicited newsletter from us on November 07.11, 2019. Newsletter in the double opt-in procedure - secure ...

KRAFT Immobilien informs: Renovating apartment buildings with a WEG

In many apartment buildings, meaningful renovation measures are often delayed. Money is usually not the problem at all, but rather many different interests in the household. But those who are well prepared and actively approach the house community have a good chance of convincing them to renovate. Professional property managers know the problem: When it comes to renovation, it often becomes ...

Current m² prices for houses in Bonn and the Rhein-Sieg district

The market reports on real estate, which are mostly published annually, have the disadvantage of working with older data that do not reflect the current status. For this reason, we examined the results of the largest real estate databases for over a month and examined the current offers with regard to the m² prices called up. For city districts, selected districts and communities in Bonn and the ...

On the federal election - an overview of the party programs for renting accommodation

In Germany there are around 4 million private landlords who rent around 60% of the available living space and make up around 5% of the total German population. For most private landlords, renting is just an extra income or a security for old age. 45% achieved net income from 0 to 4.999 €, only 19% were the ...

Berlin and the nationwide rent cap

Who would not have seen this coming, the Constitutional Court actually overturned the Berlin rent cap in the spring. Although the highest court ruled only formally because the Senate was not responsible, it can be assumed that the experiment might be successful in terms of content. The reactions were to be expected: “Shame”, “Scandal” resounded from the Berlin town halls. Fun…

You should avoid these mistakes when buying a property

In times of low interest rates, many families will want their own property. Low interest rates are tempting, but are currently associated with a significant shortage of supply and high and sometimes excessive sales prices are being called for the few available properties. How do I proceed when purchasing real estate, what must be considered, which pitfalls apply ...

Divorce and Real Estate - A Brief Overview

Divorce is usually accompanied by strong emotions, especially when there are children. But the distribution of property, especially if there is a shared property, almost always means an enormous effort. As you may already know, the division of real estate is particularly complicated because real estate is immovable, as its name suggests….

Does the new Bonn rent index have an impact on the rental of furnished apartments?

On September 01st, the new rent index of the city of Bonn came into force. A slight increase in the m² prices compared to the last list from 2018 has been determined. Many competent people have thought about it, the city, representatives of the tenants' association, from Haus & Grund, scientifically supported by the Institut Wohnen und Umwelt (IWU) in Darmstadt. 10.000 apartments ...

Only half of the real estate agents in Bonn pass the VAT cut on to their customers - but there is an even bigger annoyance….

We were interested in how the real estate brokers in Bonn deal with the VAT reduction when it comes to brokerage fees. We also used Cologne offers for comparison. On November 01st, four months after the introduction of the VAT reduction, we therefore took a closer look at the offers for single and two-family houses in the large real estate databases. Around 50% of brokers in ...