Cheapest Places To Buy Property in Germany 

An increase in rent prices in Germany has led to soaring demand for owning properties. More people are coming out to evaluate their ability to own a home or venture into the real estate market. The gap in housing creates a constant demand for properties and so the increase in home prices. 

Some of the cheapest regions and cities to buy a property in Germany include:

  • Saxony
  • Saxony-Anhalt
  • Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Hesse
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Leipzig
  • Kaiserslautern
  • Lüneburg

Owning a house in Germany is a noble investment considering the gap between the high demand and low housing supply that has been consistent in the German real estate market. This article explores the cheapest places in the country where you can buy a property and what makes the area attractive for investors. Don’t miss our article about the best places to buy a home in Germany.

Where is the cheapest place to buy a house in Germany?

The cheapest place to buy a house in Germany may vary depending on several aspects. Some cities have their house prices through the roof. For instance, when looking for cheap and affordable properties, Munich and Frankfurt aren’t among those since homes in these areas are expensive.

Read more about house prices in Germany in our guide.

House prices in Germany have been rising over the years, with a 12% increase as of March 2022. Below is a graph showing the growth trend over the last three years.

Source: ceicdata.com

On average, a family home in Germany costs between 300,000 EUR and 350,000 EUR. The average price per square meter stood at 3,000 EUR in 2021. 

Regions with cheaper real estate prices where someone earning average income can afford include:

  • Saxony
  • Saxony-Anhalt
  • Saarland
  • North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Rhineland- Palatinate
  • Hesse
  • Lower Saxony

Here are median prices per square meter for different types of properties among all German states:

StateMedian price for apartments EUR/m²   Median price for family houses EUR/m²
Baden-Württemberg3.9073.681
Bavaria4.8583.994
Berlin4.8785.600
Brandenburg2.7732.804
Bremen3.0702.960
Hamburg6.7136.185
Hesse3.7733.062
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania2.5591.924
Lower Saxony2.7752.323
North Rhine-Westphalia2.8572.952
Rhineland-Palatinate2.7622.262
Saarland1.9671.586
Saxony1.8011.751
Saxony-Anhalt1.6351.363
Schleswig-Holstein3.8203.272
Thuringia1.8041.386
Source: immowelt.de

Most of these areas fall within rural Germany as prices seem less competitive than in big cities.

Some regions within the big cities in Germany also offer relatively cheap houses where one can qualify for a mortgage even as an average earner. These areas include:

  • Duisburg
  • Mönchengladbach
  • Magdeburg
  • Bremerhaven

Extensively the regions in Germany where house prices are relatively low for a property measuring between 60 and 80 meters squared include:

1. Saxony

Being among the populated regions in Germany, Saxony has relatively affordable home prices. For example, in 2021 price per square meter in the region was going for 1,500 EUR, which is considered very reasonable.

On average, the size of an apartment in Saxony is between 70 m² and 80 m². This means an apartment measuring approximately 73 m² could go for 105,000 EUR. 

Owning a house or apartment in Saxony would guarantee good returns in the long run if you intend to rent it out, as the rent prices have consistently adjusted upwards in the last couple of years, given the low number of new constructions in the region.

The price range applies in the extensive Saxony region including cities such as:

  • Chemnitz
  • Leipzig
  • Plauen
  • Zwickau
  • Bautzen

These areas are all populous, meaning buying a house here won’t leave you feeling like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Nonetheless, buying real estate in Saxony involves some risks too. The population growth is lower than in other German regions; many people move out. This makes it more challenging to rent out your future home.

2. Rhineland-Palatinate

Rhineland is Germany’s seventh most populous state and borders three countries, including Belgium, France, and Luxembourg.  

Where a state is located within the country is critical as the different regions have varying price ranges.

In Rhineland-Palatinate, a stand-alone house measuring approximately 120 m² goes for between 400,000 EUR and 470,000 EUR.

Cities in Rhineland include:

  • Mainz
  • Koblenz
  • Trier
  • Kaiserslautern
  • Speyer
  • Worms

Although the state has extensive forest coverage, housing prices are affordable compared to other regions in the country that are less populous but have expensive house prices.

3. Saxony-Anhalt

Saxony-Anhalt is an Eastern Central state neighboring Saxony, Thuringia, and Lower Saxony. Although it’s a vast state, it has a low population of around two million citizens, with approximately a hundred thousand being foreigners. 

The home value in the region is cheap compared to the surrounding states such as Brandenburg.

Apartments and houses range measuring between 84 and 93 m², go from 50,000 EUR to 170,000 EUR.

These prices apply to the wide area of Saxony-Anhalt, including:

  • Magdeburg
  • Halle
  • Dessau
  • Osterwieck

Due to its rich cultural heritage owning a property in Saxony-Anhalt is noble as the region contours its trajectory trend economically and in population, which are the two main aspects to consider when acquiring real estate.

Don’t forget to check out this guide on best places to buy a house or apartment in Germany.

Cheapest cities to buy a house in Germany

The pricing of housing in Germany involves many factors. Hence, to understand the value of the real estate, you need to compare all the aspects that contribute to the final price. Some of the critical elements that affect house prices in different parts of Germany include:

  • Size
  • Region and city
  • Neighboring cities
  • Age of the property
  • Economy of the region

For example, properties cost the most in the most economically prosperous city in Germany – Munich.

When comparing different houses, the size is vital as it influences the home price in other regions of the country.

According to the Global Property Guide, different sizes and ages of the houses responded differently to the prevailing market trends in 2021 before inflation adjustments. For instance:

  • Apartment prices in Munich rose by 11% 
  • New homes prices rose by 7.5%
  • Existing home prices rose by 15%

If you intend to rent out your property, you need to evaluate how fast you would be able to recover the principal amount and start making earnings on the same.

Below we look at the real estate prices across different towns in Germany and the prevailing rent rates to help you evaluate the viability of the idea of renting it out. 

Among the places that offer cheap prices for existing houses include:

  • Pforzheim
  • Kaiserslautern
  • Lüneburg
  • Leipzig

Pforzheim

The city is located in Baden-Wurttemberg in the South West part of the country. It’s known for jewelry and watchmaking as major activities leading to the Golden City nickname. 

The average cost of an apartment in Pforzheim measuring between 93 m² and 140 m² costs between 400,000 EUR and 450,000 EUR. 

Rent prices in the city for a one-bedroom apartment within the city center measuring 40 m² costs 650 EUR. A three-bedroom within the city measuring 80m² rents at approximately 2,000 EUR.

As of 2021, the city had a population of 125,000, expected to rise by a percent in 2022.

Pforzheim’s average salary rate stood at 1,835 EUR net in 2021, with most of the population working in the industrial, tourism, information technology, and finance sectors. Below is a look at salaries in the different fields.

Kaiserslautern

The city is located in Rhineland-palatinate in the Southwest part of Germany. Population in the city stood at 96,900 by the end of 2021.

Properties in the region cost an average of 1,500 EUR per square meter for an apartment within the city center, while those located in the suburbs average 1,450 EUR per square meter. If you’re lucky, you can get a small apartment within the city for 93,000 EUR. 

If you plan on renting out the house, here’s a breakdown of the rent prices within this area 

Source: costofliving.com

Rental housing in the city is always in high demand as it’s a safe region, so people are always shifting to the area. 

Source: costofliving.site

The average cost of living in the city is 1,350 EUR, which is considered affordable compared to the average salaries offered in the region. Furthermore, Kaiserslautern has well-established big hospitals that offer many potential jobs.

Yet, the city isn’t populous; people who love quiet and ambiance are always looking for properties to rent.

The city’s salary average at 1,700 EUR, while the minimum salary rates for most workers fall at the 1,500 EUR mark. This makes it possible for most people to live above the average mark as they are well remunerated.

Lüneburg

Lüneburg is a town in Lower Saxony in the North- Central part of Germany.  The city is home to approximately 77,000 people as of 2021.

The town is a powerhouse when it comes to salt production in entire Northern Europe. This helped the town’s rapid growth, making it a regional trade hub.

Its proximity to Hamburg has also contributed to the town’s rapid growth. Besides, house prices in Lüneburg are low considering its ideal location, the town’s growth rate, and thriving economy.

On average, an apartment in the suburb area of the town goes for 3,500 EUR per square meter. Within the town, the rate is a bit higher as it averages at 4,800 EUR per square meter.

Owning a property to rent out in the town is a good idea as the rates are friendly, which means you’ll recoup your money fast. 

In the city center, a one-bedroom apartment measuring 40 m² rents for around 700 EUR while a three-bedroom measuring 80 m² rents at 1,500 EUR.

As you move out of the town center to the suburbs, the rent prices fall to 500 EUR for a one bedroom and 1,200 EUR for a three-bedroom.

Workers living and working in Lüneburg earn an average salary of 2,500 EUR after tax which is considered a good figure as the cost of living in the city is around 1,000 EUR for a single. This means a person earning the average salary can afford rent and pay for other utilities comfortably.

Leipzig

The city in the Saxony state in Germany has a large population that stood slightly above the 600,000 mark in 2021.

Demand for housing has always been high in the city as more people shift to the area. This has resulted from the city’s vibrant economy as more industries and businesses are set up. 

The common economic activities in the region fall under the energy sector and the automotive, the two primary industries in the area. The tourism industry is also on a trajectory trend as more people visit the city to experience the rich cultural heritage showcased in the museums and art galleries through art and graphics.

Education is also key in the region as it hosts some of the oldest institutions, such as the University of Leipzig, which dates back to 1409.

Property prices in Leipzig are considered affordable, given that an apartment measuring around 70m² costs approximately 110,000 EUR. This is cheap compared to other cities in the country where the same size goes for over 300,000 EUR.

Rent prices in Leipzig have been steadily increasing; on average, the price stands at 9 EUR/m² for an apartment measuring 30m². A unit measuring 60m² rents at 8 EUR/m².

The cost of living in the city is considered lower than in other cities in the country. With an income of 1,000 EUR, you can afford a decent life in the city, paying all your bills and even saving some.

Anna

Anna is an enthusiastic expatriate with experience of living in Germany, Austria and Greece. She shares her passion for living abroad on this website.

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