How to “grow” the value of my property

Does money really grows on trees? Of course trees are important but could they bring up the value of my property?

It is true that trees come with natural and financial benefits. A tree in front of my home with some well kept landscaping can definitely increase the value of my property. If placed in the right spot to provide shade on my house I can even save on my annual air-conditioning costs.

Did you know that looking at trees reduces stress?

That is also true for possible buyers. They might even imagine themselves hanging up a hammock or a swing for the kids on that tree…

Of course I have to choose the right tree for my property. The soil has to be right for my tree. Also, the proper distance to the house has to be decided, especially if I’m looking at a tree that grows very tall.

Why not plant a tree that is known for its valuable wood?

Like that, whenever I may decide to cut it, it gives me a little extra. If you are from Europe, the first tree that comes to your mind may be the good old fashion oak tree. But they might be a few other gems that could be considered.

I recently stumbled upon the wild service tree (Sorbus torminalis). Apparently it is one of the most valuable hardwoods in Europe. I was surprised as I never heard about it. After making some research I found out that it was named the most beautiful wood in the world at the Paris World Fair in 1900. The wood is as strong as from an oak but lighter in color and more expensive.

If I would have more space in front of my house I would definitely plant one of these.

 

Where are the cheapest houses in the world? Find cheap houses for sale.

On which website can one find the cheapest houses for sale in the world? We asked ourselves that very question. For those who are eager to get on the property ladder but only have a small budget searching for bargains can be frustrating specially if they are abroad.

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Germany needs 400,000 homes every year. Demand is increasing due to high immigration

According to a study carried out by the “Pestel Institute” 400,000 new units will be needed every year until 2020.

People need homes. So after looking at the population development it is a logical step to study the housing markets as well. Continue reading Germany needs 400,000 homes every year. Demand is increasing due to high immigration

How to buy a property in Germany? The buying procedure if you want to purchase real estate in Germany.

Once you found the property you want to buy the actual buying procedure is simple and relatively risk free because the whole process is handled by a German notary.

So the first step would be to find a notary in Germany, preferably one who speaks English if you don’t speak any German. He is acting as an impartial middleman between both parties. Continue reading How to buy a property in Germany? The buying procedure if you want to purchase real estate in Germany.

Are foreigners allowed to buy real estate in Germany? Can Non-EU Citizens buy property in Germany?

The short answer is: YES. Foreign citizens are not subject to restrictions on their rights to purchase real estate in Germany. Even for non-EU-residents are no restrictions buying a property in Germany, everybody with money can get their own house in Germany! Continue reading Are foreigners allowed to buy real estate in Germany? Can Non-EU Citizens buy property in Germany?

Property prices in Germany increased significantly

According to the vdp (Association of German Pfandbrief Banks)the prices for German residential and commercial properties continued to rise in 2015. The vdp property price index rose in comparison to the prior-year by 5% marking another peak.  Continue reading Property prices in Germany increased significantly