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Germany’s housing market is hot. Is it overheating?

Posted on 07 January 2013

Few Western countries are as conservative about home ownership as Germany, where less than half the country’s citizens own property. German banks have tough lending rules. Would-be buyers are usually asked to provide hefty down payments to secure mortgages, meaning few Germans even think about buying a home until they are settled and financially secure.
But the European debt crisis appears to be changing the traditions around home ownership. The resulting surge in homebuying, some officials warn, is driving prices too high and threatens the nation’s economy………………………………………..Full Article: Source


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