Whether inheritance tax, housing benefit or depreciation rules for real estate – the federal government initiated some reforms for real estate users in 2023. Both tenants and owners have to adapt to new conditions.
For some households, this may be cause for celebration. For example, the housing allowance will not only be raised, but also distributed more generously. In the future, more tenants will be entitled to this support. “However, whether you are entitled to receive housing benefit depends on a fairly complex calculation,” says Handelsblatt real estate editor Carsten Herz in an interview with host Lena Jesberg.
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All in all, however, his conclusion is rather to the disadvantage of many real estate users: “It’s getting uncomfortable on the German housing market.” The reason for this are higher costs – especially for owners. In the current episode of Handelsblatt Today, Herz summarizes the most important reforms in the real estate market.
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In addition: The new study by the German Economic Institute (IW) also shows that the real estate market is becoming uncomfortable. Roughly summarized, this shows that the dream of a single-family home is becoming ever more distant, even for high earners. However, the IW also provides suggested solutions. Berlin correspondent Heike Anger reveals what they look like in the podcast.
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