Why Germans rent

Now that I’m finally moving towards buying a home instead of being a serial-renter, it’s interesting to read some opinions on benefits of buying over renting. When you own a home, it’s harder to move, therefore harder to move jobs. It’s better to diversify your investments. A house is expensive. Your house will appreciate less than the stock market. In short, the only reason to buy a house is if you want to own a house.

When reading articles like these, most people mention Germany, where only 41% of people are home owners (compared to 69% in the USA, 70% in Australia and 81% in Ireland). Germany is one of the wealthiest countries on earth, and the people are happy to rent – why shouldn’t we?

Turns out, Germany’s rental-heavy real-estate market goes all the way back to a bit of extremely unpleasant business in the late 1930s and 1940s.



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