Properties for Sale and Rent in Bonn
A real estate agent (Immobilienmakler) can assist you in finding a place to live. Agents usually charge fees of 2-3 months' rent. It is important to understand the agent's conditions before signing a contract. It is common practice for a contract to be drawn up between client and agent authorising the latter to collect this amount if housing is found through his/her help.
The local newspapers (such as the "General-Anzeiger Bonn"), especially the Saturday-Sunday and Wednesday editions are a good source for housing put on the market directly by the owner. Available apartments and houses may also be found online with the local newspapers or Germany-wide at www.immobilienscout24.de or www.immowelt.de.
Housing and rents
The level of rents and property prices in Bonn and the surrounding area is roughly average for Germany as a whole although, by international comparison, the prices are very moderate, as an international rent comparison conducted by the United Nations found.
Kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways are not counted in the number of rooms, so a two- bedroom apartment with living room and dining room, for example, is called a four-room apartment. Those planning to rent housing should also be aware that, in most cases, the apartment will not include furniture of any kind, such as kitchen cabinets or walk-in closets. Additional expenses (utilities) include the charges for water, wastewater, heating, and waste collection.