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How to search for a rental property in Germany

A Guide for PCS Families in the Kaiserslautern Military Community

Introduction

Moving to a new country can be daunting, especially when it comes to finding a place to live. This guide provides valuable insights into the local platforms used for finding properties.

 

1. Our Facebook Group

Our Facebook Group

Pros:

  • Priority Access to Properties: We offer priority access to Long-Term Rental properties (LTR) that we represent, giving our clients the first choice of potential rental options.
  • Comprehensive Move-In Guidance: Our team provides thorough guidance throughout the entire move-in process, from initial viewing to finalizing the lease and performing your move-in inspection.
  • Real-Time Updates: We regularly add new properties and respond to inquiries asap.

     

Cons:

  • Limited Scope: The rental market in Germany restricts realtors to properties with which they have existing landlord agreements. This can vary from just a few options at times to a larger selection at others. If properties we represent do not align with your family’s needs, you would have to search other rental platforms.
  • Must have a FB application account to view.

 

2. Bookoo App.

Pros:

  • User-Friendly: Easy to navigate with a good variety of listings.
  • Localized: Offers a closer look at what’s available near your base

Cons:

  • Mixed Quality: Listings can vary greatly in terms of details and reliability.
  • Limited filtering tools.
  • Application is not strictly real estate focused.

 

3. Other Facebook Groups

Pros:

  • Variety: Access to a broader range of listings and local groups.

Cons:

  • Overwhelming: The sheer number of posts can be hard to sift through.
  • Inconsistency: Group rules and posting quality may vary.
  • Must have a FB application account to view.

 

4. Homes.mil

Pros:

  • Official Resource: Directly affiliated with the military, offering a layer of trust.
  • Comprehensive: Includes a wide range of verified listings that all must be housing approved.

Cons:

  • Less Personal: May lack the community feel of social groups.
  • Navigation: The interface can be less intuitive than other platforms.
  • Often older posts are not removed.
  • Occasionally, landlords and realtors may be challenging to contact through this platform.

 

5. Ahrn.com

Pros:

  • Specialized: Specifically designed for military housing needs.
  • Extensive Listings: Offers a wide range of options with detailed information.

Cons:

  • Registration Required: Requires an account to access full details.
  • Often older posts are not removed.
  • Occasionally, landlords and realtors may be challenging to contact through this platform.

 

Conclusion

Each platform offers its unique advantages and challenges. We always recommend that you search all platforms in order to gain a better understanding of the local real estate market and have full access to all properties that become available.