Buying an Apartment in Berlin


Red Tape Translation just finished an interesting project, interpreting for a meeting with a foreign investor and a real estate developer in Berlin.  

The potential for growth within the real estate market in Berlin is major, and investors are flocking to the city to make the most of wonderful acquisition opportunities in popular metro areas of Berlin. Not only in the thriving centre but also beyond the city ring in leafy residential quarters, there are some very special investment opportunities: apartments in wonderful old buildings that are being refurbished, as well as brand new modern style housing complexes.

If you’re buying a new or refurbished property in Berlin, you may be included in the design process, working in collaboration with the construction developer. While some apartment features might be standard, there are also plenty of decisions to be made about the details within your Berlin apartment, such as:

  • Room division measurements and properties
  • Light fixtures
  • Door and window fittings
  • Flooring materials: wood planks, parquet flooring, tiles, or carpet
  • Bathroom tiles, fittings, and accessories
  • Kitchen setup
  • Electricity solutions


The developer might set up appointments for you with specialized service providers and vendors to help you customize your Berlin apartment, and there will be plenty to talk about with the development team regarding the floor plans. If you need a friendly face to help you communicate in German while you’re in Berlin, talk to Red Tape Translation.

Based in Berlin, Germany, Kathleen Parker is an interpreter and translator who founded Red Tape Translation to work with English speakers living in Berlin. Kathleen’s clients are predominantly British, Australian, Canadian, and American: Berlin residents who need help with German while getting settled in at the beginning of their Berlin adventures.