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MrFancypants Forum Admin

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#1 4 years ago

on Sunday. Is it just Germany, or are real estate brokers annoying as hell everywhere? They charge a lot of money (2.5 times monthly rent) for basically opening the door and telling you "This is the flat. It has rooms and stuff. Now gimme your money!".




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#2 4 years ago

Same in US. The only real purpose they serve is facilitating the actual buying and selling, because no one wants to deal with that shit directly.




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#3 4 years ago

I ate a real estate broker once.

He tasted like bricks.




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#4 4 years ago

Move to Sweden. Bring Zippy so I can watch you debate over which German region is superior.

Mach mich froh.


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#5 4 years ago

Mr. Matt;5738575I ate a real estate broker once.

He tasted like bricks.

really cuz mine tasted like Ranch Chicken...with a hint of Iron (blood)


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#6 4 years ago

They do more than that, like Toph said, the paperwork that I don't want to do, but they are annoying. When we bought our house though, because our friend is a licensed real estate agent, it was easy.


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#7 4 years ago

Maybe if you buy a house, in my case (renting a flat) the paperwork is limited to a rental agreement which they download from some organization for real estate owners. Then they set up a date where a crowd of people can look at the flat and they pick the one with the best credit rating.

Flats are rare and expensive enough as it is in major German cities. Then these people come along and drive up the prices.




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#8 4 years ago

Sounds like a racket. Apartments are plentiful enough were you don't need real estate agents here. I imagine there are building regulations, historical preservation or something at work that keeps housing artificially scarce?


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#9 4 years ago

It is mostly just an inflated market. Back when the financial crisis started people thought investing into real estate might be a good idea. And then they didn't stop.

It is getting so bad that politicians (conservatives included) are advocating price regulation for rents. Well they did before the elections and now they are dragging their feet, unsurprisingly.




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#10 4 years ago

I've never heard of anyone using an agent for an apartment. You just go on the internet then spend a day or two driving around looking at them.

edit: of course i've been ninja'd, yeah I know nothing about Germany's rental market. We had a real estate boom here a while back. It mostly died with the recession. Abandoned developments everywhere. Half the houses are being rented rather than bought, which seems to have helped keep apartment availability up and prices down.