Homeownership in Germany
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Homeownership in Germany

Homeownership in Germany is lower overall than in most other developed countries. In 2017, Germany's homeownership rate was 51%.[1] At the end of World War II, 2.25 million homes were destroyed with another two million damaged, reducing overall housing stocks by 20 percent. In 1949, West Germany enacted its first housing law and by 1961 had reduced its housing shortage from 5.5 million units to only 658,000. The mortgage market remained weak with banks requiring large downpayments from borrowers.[2]

Germany has comparatively low rental rates and a high proportion of rent controlled units. The German government does not deduct mortgage interest payments from taxes.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Home ownership rate in selected European countries in 2017". Statista. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Palmer, Jon (March 19, 2011). "Brits buy homes, the Germans rent - which of us has got it right? | Money". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Phillips, Matt (January 24, 2014). "Most Germans don't buy their homes, they rent. Here's why". Quartz. Retrieved 2019.



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