Foreign heirships and properties in Berlin

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You have an inherited property in Berlin. What to do?

The key to this situation is professional, sound and fair advice for all parties involved. 

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    Solutions for every kind of challenge
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  • Win-win situations 
    No loses among heirs
Peter Guthmann

Trust among heirs and in the family is the primary goal in inheritances. If you have inherited a property, we will help you with security and serenity. We show ways that do not mean loss, but added value. First questions are answered in the FAQ below.

Peter Guthmann, Director

Our services in detail - tailor-made for you.

Effective, well-founded and with a steady hand. We protect the interests of all parties involved.

All in the same boat.

But not every community of heirs will last forever. The interests often diverge. Sell, share or hold? We advise cautiously and in the interest of all parties involved. There are solutions for every conflict situation, which we point out.

Clear perspectives

We reveal all options and give precise estimates for a partial or total sale, for a division and redistribution. Our sensitive advice creates trust among the parties involved. We analyse conclusively and precisely.

14 years of experience

Benefit from our experience, consistency and excellent reputation. We have been working successfully on the Berlin real estate market since 2006. We do not provide legal advice, but are happy to refer you to competent experts.

Family assets and communities of heirs

Turning the rupture into a new start.

For many heirs, the question of how, when and under what conditions to sell an inherited property arises at some point. But what if not all heirs seek the exit? If the fronts between heirs harden, disputes threaten to end in court and cost friendships, nerves and money. We help you to locate and solve friction points. We develop individual answers to the urgent questions of all parties involved. 

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Aus Vergangenem Zukunft schöpfen

Eine Immobilie zu erben, heißt Verantwortung zu übernehmen. Das will und kann nicht jeder. Hinzu kommt, dass die Immobilienpreise in Berlin nie so hoch waren wie jetzt. Für Erben kann es sich also anbieten, die Immobilie zu verkaufen. Auch wenn ein Verkauf emotional schwierig sein kann: Noch schmerzhafter ist es, wenn die Erben sich unter dem Druck des Nachlasses zerstreiten. Wir können nicht alle Konfliktbereiche lösen. Aber wir können Ihnen Wege zeigen, Zahlen nennen und Abläufe erklären. Wir schaffen die Grundlage für eine Einigung.

Frequently asked questions

We inherited a house. Do we have to pay taxes?

Your tax advisor is certainly the best address for tax matters. In principle, inherited real estate is treated as other inherited assets.  The fact that your property is subject to inheritance tax does not necessarily mean that taxes will also be due. For the next of kin, allowances apply which are deducted from the determined value of the property. For first-order heirs, the allowances are currently EUR 500,000 for spouses, EUR 400,000 for each child and between 200,000 and 400,000 for grandchildren, depending on the situation. After the deductions, different tax rates apply to the surplus assets. Currently, this is 7 percent to the first 75,000 euros, 11 percent to the value of 75,000 to 300,000 euros and 15 percent to the value of 300,000 to 600,000 euros. We would be pleased to inform you in a personal conversation.

Please note: Our advice does not replace tax advice by a tax consultant. 

I inherited a property. How much is this costing me?

Inheriting a property can bring income, but also costs. There are completely different areas. If you have inherited your parents' house, it is primarily a matter of running costs for the house and the fees that arise in the course of the settlement of the inheritance. You will have to reckon with costs for the certificate of inheritance, which depend on the value of the property. There are also fees for the land registry cleanup, which are waived if you carry out the transfer within 2 years. If you have inherited a rented property, you as the new owner are responsible for the management costs and for existing obligations. If the property is managed by a property manager, you should be instructed about the economic situation. We will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. 

I didn't inherit alone. What do we do now?

If there is more than one heir, the heirs automatically form a community of heirs. The community of heirs is regulated in the German Civil Code (BGB) as a legal form. Communities of heirs often exist without conflict over long periods of time. If a co-heir, no matter how large his or her share in the inheritance is, demands dissolution, a settlement of the inheritance occurs. It is usually the wish of an heir to commercially exploit the property or his share of the inherited object. Moreover, if the heirs do not agree on the total value and the corresponding shares, there are often disputes that need to be settled in court. We clarify the market value of the inherited property at every stage of the dispute and also before a dispute. Often a division according to WEG can bring the solution. In this case, a divisible property is divided into residential property (flats). The heirs, who then each become owners in a community, can then decide freely and individually what to do with the respective co-ownership shares. Of course, there is always the possibility of global sales. This means that the property is sold as a whole and the proceeds are shared.

Convert an inherited apartment building into a Condominium. Can you do that?

After division of the property, the "new" owners are free to dispose of their property. However, there is a lot to consider for heirs. Are there any outstanding claims? When allocating apartments resulting from a division, existing mortgages often have to be replaced.

Customer satisfaction does not come by itself. We have to earn it.

Since 2006 the other type of broker. Informing, advising, transparent and successful. On your behalf. 

We are very gratefull to them and would definitely recommend them to anybody dealing with real estate in Berlin

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It was a pleasure working with Phil.

Mr. Werner W., Südafrika

I recommend the company without reservation.

Thomas S., Berlin

Lovely experience with the Guthmann & Guthmann

Mr. Dr. F. I., Neapel, Italien

His service, English, knowledge and professionalism are all first class

Robert M. & Adriana P. M., USA

I strongly recommend working with Guthmann & Guthmann

Frederic L., Singapore

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Guthmann Estate GmbH

Blücherstraße 22
Aufgang 1
10961 Berlin
Germany

Telephone: +49 30 69004240
E-Mail: info@guthmann.estate