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Foreign real estate:

The dream of a second home abroad

When it gets cold, wet and uncomfortable in Germany, many people dream of a place in the sun and a second home in warmer climes. Whether it’s a relaxing oasis for vacationing, a place for the golden years, or an additional source of income, foreign real estate in warm countries like Spain and Portugal is beloved for different reasons. A house on the coast or a flat in a wonderful city like Miami, Vancouver, London, Vienna or Barcelona; that is indeed something special. More than three-fourths of Germans dream of a luxurious second home. Second homes in the Alpine countries of Austria Switzerland are also trending. Whether the property abroad is only used once a year for a short time or many times for longer periods, there are always upkeep costs. And not just maintenance – local taxes and fees should also be looked into beforehand. Only those who carefully plan the purchase of foreign real estate with the help of experts will enjoy their second home in the long term.

International real estate agent for foreign real estate

There are currently prime opportunities for anyone who wishes to acquire foreign real estate. In some parts of Southern Europe – and especially in Spain – relatively low priced items of property and gems can still be found. And thanks to the current low interest rates on real-estate credit, foreign real estate has become affordable for many.

But watch out, buying in foreign countries is often fraught with pitfalls. It is extremely important to be able to rely on a realtor with both a worldwide network of subsidiaries and deep-seated local market knowledge because purchase prices often vary significantly from region to region. To find your dream property, turn to our team at Sotheby´s International Realty Cologne. In our unique international network, with over 800 subsidiaries worldwide, we rely on the competent partners who are intimately familiar with local markets and will search out the appropriate domicile for you from our extensive portfolio of foreign real estate. We provide comprehensive consulting and will show you foreign real estate with an exciting touch. There might even be a recommendation in there you haven’t thought of.

And when you are ready to separate from your foreign real estate, we are the right partners for you. Our 360-degree marketing offers sellers comprehensive services, ranging from professional appraisal of foreign real estate, preparation of informative property brochures and advertising in many international and national media to organizing viewings and preparing sales contracts. Together with our partners abroad we handle the sale and ensure smooth sailing. If needed, we will also search for a suitable notary public and interpreter for you.

Whether you are buying or selling foreign real estate, come talk to us:


Tobias Schulze


Dipl. -Kfm. Harald Kaster



Cologne Sotheby’s International Realty

50677 KÖLN

phone: +49 221 7880 55 20
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