James Explains!

James Meads is a UK citizen who has lived in Germany for 12 years and now divides his time between Wiesbaden, the UK and warm, sunny places during the winter. He’s dealt with many of the same frustrations and challenges you’re probably facing and also helped friends do the same. He understands too how overwhelming it can be dealing with German administration and bureaucracy, especially if you don’t speak fluent German! James is also the Founder of Live Work Germany, an online service provider and essential reference site for expats in Germany.

Germany is a hugely popular place to buy real estate. But if you're looking to buy German property, where should you start? This article will provide some useful context on the German property market, take a look at the various strategies available when seeking to buy German real estate, and compare the main online platforms serving the market....

If you're working in Germany, it's a good idea to have a handle on German working culture and business etiquette. Even if your job is performed in English, if you’re working with Germans, then the workplace environment will likely be culturally German. In this guide we'll take a look at some common trends in German workplaces, and share some tips on how Germans like to do business. ...

When I'm back in the UK, I can buy almost everything I need with a credit or debit card. It's easy enough to go a whole weekend without having to handle a single note or coin. Even in a bar or a coffee shop, it’s easy to survive without cash…...

The market changes constantly and there are always new products and deals coming out. At the time of writing (March 2019) this is our interpretation of the best advice out there for German mobile phone deals. ...

You’ve decided that it’s time to get a car. Perhaps to explore this fine country at your leisure? Or probably more likely because you’re losing the will to walk to the S-Bahn station or tram stop when it’s cold, dark and grey in the middle of January! Great, so what now? ...

Your first Betriebskostenabrechnung will be a thoroughly confusing document and it will probably make you anxious just looking at it. We walk you through what it covers, some common pitfalls and areas where landlords may look to take advantage of you not knowing the score....

The mortgage market in Germany is full of quirks and nuances which probably don't exist in your home country. There's a lot of wrong advice out there and content aimed at foreign investors. Here. we walk through some basics for resident expats looking to buy a home here....