Real estate size: Optimal living space for owner-occupiers and capital investors – Experience & tips

How big do you want your property to be? – One-bedroom apartment or maisonette? Micro apartment or shared apartment with roommates? The type of investment you choose and your personal goals will determine the size of the living space. Find out here which size of apartment is best suited for owner-occupiers and capital investors, what role the room layout plays and why the location of the property is also important.

Living space for investors: Small apartments in A and B locations

As an investor, it is not only important to you to achieve a high rental return and avoid vacancies, but also to rent out your property quickly and easily. Therefore, you should select an optimal living space for this purpose.

Most important: High rental yield, no vacancy & fast leasing

Important: When buying a property as an investment, pay attention to the relation between the number of rooms and the living space. Example: A 120 m² apartment with 2 rooms is just as difficult to rent out as a 60 m² apartment with 5 rooms. Instead, apartments between 50 and 80 m² have proven themselves in the past. One-room apartments with a size of 20 to 40 m² in very good A and B locations are also profitable. These properties are particularly popular among singles, young professionals and students. The only disadvantage: a frequent change of tenants.

Here are our tips in summary:

  1. Balanced relation between room and living space size
  2. Apartments between 50 and 80 m²
  3. One room apartments between 20 and 40 m²

Tip: Avoid vacancy with WG division

So apartments that are too large are difficult to rent out. Why? The target group for such apartments is simply smaller. If you already own such a larger apartment or are planning to buy one, then you can get around these difficulties by renting it out as a shared apartment. Although this entails a frequent change of tenants, it allows you to earn a more effective price per square meter.

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Microapartments also make excellent investment properties:

Living space for owner-occupiers: high feel-good factor

Compared to capital investors, the subjective feel-good factor plays the biggest role for owner-occupants when choosing the right living space. Most owner-occupants tend to have more living space than necessary. However, keep in mind that a larger property also comes with a higher purchase price. Not to mention the high ancillary purchase costs!

Personal preference and goals are paramount!

Conclusion: How big should your property be?

This question depends on your investment strategy as well as on your individual goals. If you are buying a house or apartment as an investment, you should make sure that the number of rooms and the size of the living space match. In addition to 2-3 room apartments between 50 and 80 m², one-bedroom apartments in A and B locations have also proven successful. If you invest in a property as an owner-occupier, your personal well-being comes first.

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