Surveys results of Germany: Home Life

The poll shows that 41% of the German population owns the property they live in. 33% of owners live in an owned house whilst 8% live in an owned apartment. For tenants this appears the other way round. Of the 59% of Germans who rent their home almost half lives in a rented apartment and under 12% in a rented house.
On average, Germans have moved four times in their live, which tallies with the European average.

Homeowners and tenants in Germany

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83% of Germans dream of owning their home.
The majority of Germans dream of an owned home

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Whereas most of the people living in an owned house are female aged between 50 and 59, the majority of tenants are male between 40 and 49. Moreover, the largest share of owners lives in a town whilst most of the tenants live in a city.
Typical profile of a homeowner in Germany

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In Germany the spending potential on housing is slightly higher than the current spendings are. Germans claim to spend an average of 35% of their net income on housing, however, they would be prepared to spend up to 40%.
Income spent on housing Germany

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Potential income spent on housing Germany

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Only 28% of Germans feel that living in Germany is rather expensive, which is significantly lower than the European average that accounts for 43%. However, most of the people estimate that the cost of living is growing.

Living is rather expensive Germany

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Living is getting ever more expensive Germany

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Living is getting ever more expensive Germany (rented vs owned)

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With 20% the share of Germans living in a single household is a little higher than the European average.

Who people share their home with Germany

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Who people share their home with Germany (residence)

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From all the surveyed countries in Europe Germany has the lowest number of people owning a second home. Only 5.4% have a secondary residence, which is equally used for work and holiday purposes. Most second homes are located in a town in Germany.
Purposes of secondary residences Germany

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Location of secondary residences Germany

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The ideal size for a home in the eyes of Germans is 116 square meters.
Size of ideal living space in Germany

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Their top features of an ideal property are:
Top five living criteria in Germany

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Surveys results of Germany: Home Life