Berlin property prices & real estate market trends
Interested in learning more about Berlin property prices and real estate market trends in the German capital? You are at the right place! Here you can find out all information you need about house prices development in Berlin:
- Key information for understanding house prices per area
- Berlin real estate market development in the last years
- Real estate prices in Berlin’s central neighborhoods in 2021
Why to have an update real estate prices in Berlin?
Berlin real estate market represents today a major market in Germany, Europe and is screened by private and professional investors worldwide.
Whether you are a landlord or an interested buyer, having a regular update about market trends and development real estate prices in Berlin is quite useful to:
- Have a market value update of your property: if you own a property or several in the city, having an update about house prices trends in Berlin is a valuable information that could help following the value development of your property.
- Take the right decision for selling: by following Berlin property market trends, you might cease the right window for selling. It allows you to take profit from price increase during positive cycles and to avoid market downturns at the right time.
- Invest in a property: if you intend to invest in a property in Berlin, getting a detailed idea about Berlin real estate prices, areas and apartment prices will make taking the right decisions for your investment in terms of property type, area, budget…
- Buy your home in the city: if you already rent a flat (or plan to move), the knowledge of apartment prices in Berlin will be useful to take the decision to continue renting or to buy your own home. This would be also useful to set-up your search criteria and to have a precise idea about your purchase budget.
Berlin property prices in 2021
The COVID-19 sanitary situation affected negatively all major property markets in Germany and Europe in 2020. However, since end 2020, the real estate markets became much more active. We believe, that this is related not only to low interest rates but also to the development of remote office in most companies. The rising importance of home office comfort generated a strong demand in several markets.
Berlin property market became back strong in 2021. Despite the absence of market statistics, the prices has clearly increased significantly, especially when it comes to vacant self-use apartments as well as new-build properties.
The Berlin property price graph shows an estimate of current prices by property category.
Berlin real estate prices development
The property market in Berlin is strongly developing since some years. The property price graph shows an increase of ca. 10% per year over the period 2016 to 2019. However, Berlin real estate prices remains the lowest among all major cities in Europe and Germany.
Compared to other housing markets in Germany, house prices in Berlin are 2 to 3 times less expensive than in most large cities in Germany and Europe such as Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt, London or Paris. With the economic boom of the city, the catch-up of Berlin real estate market compared to other European capitals continues with double-digit growth sustained by tremendous residential housing demand.
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Berlin property market background
In recent years, the capital of Germany has experienced a growing popularity among foreign investors, both private and institutional. As a result, the volume of real estate investments has increased threshold to reach the rate of 10 billion euros per year (against 3 billion in 2014). Moreover, the German capital is currently ranked first among all major cities and capitals in terms of quality of real estate investment, particularly in terms of profitability and the prospects of capital appreciation and profit on resale. In the same ranking, there is Lisbon in the 7th place, Copenhagen in the 6th, Barcelona in the 16th places followed by Paris in the 17th place while London ranks only 27th out of 30 ranked cities, particularly in view of the economic and monetary risks related to the process of Brexit. For historical reasons, the city has a particularly low residential home ownership rate with less than 20% of owners (compared to 55% national average in Germany) which leaves a very significant margin of the long-term development of the real estate market in Berlin. The high occupancy rate (about 98%) and the strong population growth (more than 50,000 people a year), support the demand for housing and are important factors of rapid growth of real estate prices in Berlin.
Property market difference in central Berlin districts
The most popular and expensive areas of the capital of Germany are the most international districts such as Mitte Prenzlauer Berg . They are experiencing an important scarcity in terms of housing supply (vacant flats for sale and for rent). Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg district has prices that are generally 10-20% lower depending on the location. City areas such as Charlottenburg, Wilmersdorf and Schöneberg, which are more residential, have real estate prices around 10% lower than Mitte. In the districts of Wedding, Moabit, and Steglitz, property prices remain more affordable with ca. 20-25% discount . It should be noted that the district of Neukölln is currently the most dynamic of the whole city and has a very promising potential for investment with prices of approximately 25% cheaper than Prenzlauer Berg for example.
These figures are of course general and vary significantly depending on the micro-location of the property in the neighborhood. In this sense, an apartment located in the best locations of Prenzlauer Berg can far exceed an average location in Mitte. Similarly, a flat in the highly sought-after Schillerkiez in Neukölln will be more expensive and sold faster than a flat located next to Charlottenburg Castle.
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Berlin property prices by area
The median residential property price in Berlin was around 4975 euros per square meter (ca. 462 € per square foot) by early 2021. The real estate prices in Berlin registered a 7,4% increase in 2020 despite the COVID-19 situation. The reflects the strong dynamic of Berlin real estate market and the strong investment potential in the capital of Germany.
However, the median house price represents only an overall average and embeds important disparities of pricing between vacnat, tenanted and newly-built properties. In fact, the average price combines all types of property standings from basic standing properties to luxury real estate, different type of houses, micro-locations, floors, amenities…..However, the most important disparity in Berlin house prices is between vacant and long term tenanted apartments that are sold at discount that can reach 35%. This difference is due to the imbalance between an extraordinarily strong demand (driven by the demographic and due to the economic development of the city) and a quite limited supply of vacant homes (either for rent or for sale). In this way, the tight supply of vacant homes generated a record occupancy rate (either rented-out or owner-occupied flats) of more than 98% in 2021. This is a main key to understand the residential property market pricing in the capital of Germany!
Property prices in Berlin Mitte
In 2021, house prices in Mitte start at ca. 7000€/m2 for vacant flats in period buildings. For historical reasons and the construction of the cold war wall, there are very few offers of properties for sale in period buildings in Mitte. However, home buyers have more choice in the new buildings with prices starting at 9000€/m2. It should be noted that Mitte has a special status with a concentration of international demand on this most central district of the capital of Germany. Real estate prices in Mitte for already tenanted period homes start around 5500€/m2.
Property prices in Prenzlauer Berg
Currently the most sought after area in East-Berlin, property prices in Prenzlauer Berg start at ca. 6000 € / m2 for buying a ready to move apartment. A one bedroom apartment in good condition in an Altbau in Prenzauer Berg currently costs around € 350,000 (depending on condition, floor, amenities…). The most popular areas are around Helmholtzplatz, Stargarder strasse, Kollwitzplatz and Kastanienallee and prices per square meter are instead from 6,500 euros. In the few new programs under construction, prices start around € 7,500 / m2. For an apartment sold occupied with a regulated rent (in period houses), the real estate prices in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg start around 4000 euros per square meter
Property prices in Friedrichshain
Real estate prices in Berlin Friedrichshain start around 5500 € / m2 in for a vacant apartment in a period house. For buyers looking for a scent of history, it is possible to acquire an apartment on the Stalinist-style Karl-Marx Allee (reputed to be very solid and listed buildings) for a slightly higher price point. There are some new programs with prices starting at € 8,000 per m2 but which can exceed € 10,000 per m2 on the river banks near the Mercedes-Benz Arena. For a purchase of a period rented apartment, house prices in Berlin Friedrichshain start around 3700 euros per m2.
Property prices in Kreuzberg
House prices in Berlin Kreuzberg in period buildings start around 5700 € / m2 and are increasing strongly because of the scarcity of housing supply and the classification of some areas especially around the Markthalle 9, the Begmannkiez and Wranglerkiez where prices are rather around 6000 € / m2 for a vacant apartment (ca. 330.000€ for one bedroom vacant flat). For an investment (rented-out apartment) in Kreuzberg, the purchase price would be around 3800 euros per m2.
Property prices in Neukölln
Vacant house prices in Berlin Neukölln in period buildings start around 5300 € / m2. The neighborhood is undergoing a deep transformation and a strong demand, particularly from home buyers from Nordic countries, Brits and also French nationals. The most requested areas are located in the Schilletkiez, near the docks and around the Richardplatz. For a property investment (rented-out apartment with a reduced yield), the price per sqm would be around 3300 euros.
Property prices in Berlin Schöneberg
This central neighborhood between East and West also has a scarcity of properties for sale and prices start around 5500 € / m2. The best areas are around Akazienstr. and Winterfeldplatz. There are some new projects near the Diplomatic Quarter with prices starting from 8000 € per m2. For period houses, tenanted house prices in Berlin Schöneberg would rather start around 3800 euros per m2.
Property prices in Berlin Charlottenburg
House prices in Berlin Charlottenburg, a very coveted neighborhood, start from 5500 euros per sqm for vacant flats in sixties buildings in the north of Charlottenburg. Vacant apartments prices in well-maintained period buildings start at 6000 € / m2. The most sought-after areas are around Savignyplatz, Kurfürstendamm and Oliverplatz where a one bedroom apartment is still affordable at ca. 6800 euros per sqm. For a property investment, the prices of the apartments start at around 4000 € / m2.
Property prices in Berlin Wilmersdorf
House prices in Berlin Wilmersdorf differ significantly according to the location. Grünewald and the area around Roseneck are relatively expensive with prices starting around 6000 € per sqm. In other locations, such as the Fehrbelliner Platz, prices start around 5500 € per sqm for vacant apartments. The prices of rented-out apartments start at around 3800 € per sqm.
Property prices in Berlin Steglitz
A quite and family sought-after neighborhood, house prices in Berlin Steglitz start at around 4200 euros per sqm for vacant flats and have a good potential given the development of the neighborhood around Schloßstrasse. For tenanted properties with regulated rentals, house prices in Berlin Steglitz start around 3000€/m2.
Property prices in Berlin Wedding
The real estate prices for vacant apartments in Wedding start around 5000 per m2 for period building and the neighborhood offers a good rental investment because of its proximity to Mitte and its huge development potential. For tenanted properties with controlled rent apartment prices in Berlin Wedding start around 3600 euros per sqm.
Property prices in Berlin Moabit
House prices in Moabit start around 5000 euros per sqm for vacant apartments. The most demanded areas are around Kaiserin-Augusta Ufer, Stephankiez and Huttenkiez. The district offers a good investment option because of its proximity both to Mitte and Charlottenburg. For tenanted properties with controlled rents, apartment prices in Berlin Moabit start around 3600 euros per sqm. The prices would vary according to the monthly rent and the tenant profile.
For investors: how to wisely invest in Berlin real estate market?
Tenanted apartment prices in Berlin might represent a discount of up to 35% compared to the price for similar vacant properties on the market. This is due particularly to the sharp shortage of vacant homes and the quite high demand of residential housing.
For investors looking for a buy-to-let investment with a significant capital growth, it would be a good idea to buy an apartment that is already tenanted.
Example: Let we consider a one-bedroom vacant apartment in Prenzlauer Berg or Kreuzberg that is listed for sale at. 350.000€.
The same apartment but already tenanted, would be rather listed around 230.000€.
This means that by buying a tenanted fat, you have already the guarantee of ca. 50% capital gain, if you resell in a vacant status!
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Note and disclaimer: The above-displayed Berlin price map, berlin property prices graph and all the information about prices of properties are not contractual neither binding. It’s subjective information that reflects our estimates of house prices in Berlin. We do not accept any liability for the accuracy or completeness of any information. Error and outdated information can be expected. Please note that every area has important disparities in property market pricing. In this view, within a single area, apartment prices in Berlin can vary significantly based on criteria such as the status (vacant or tenanted), the yield, the year of construction and the micro location for which home buyers give a high importance.