Notarization in Germany

For real estate purchases in Germany, the German legal system makes use of notarisation.

All contracts to buy and sell real estate in Germany need to be notarised, whether you're buying property or signing a development agreement.

There are 2 ways of notarising your contracts:
  1. Client wants to sign the purchase agreement in Germany:
  • Germanrealestate.com has a network of over 100 Notaries across Germany. We will check the availability of the notary and set a date for you. The purchase agreement will be in German so if you are need of a professional translator we will help you arrange that as well. Costs can vary between 1000 Euro up to 2000 Euro


  1. Client wants to sign at their living place (outside of Germany)
  • German consular officers are empowered by statute to undertake such legal acts for the purposes of German law (section 2 of the Konsulargesetz (Consular Act)). Documents executed before a consular officer rank equally with those executed before a notary in Germany (section 10 (2) Konsulargesetz). The fees are levied in accordance with the Auslandskostenverordnung (Foreign Costs Ordinance) and are roughly equivalent to those charged by German notaries.
  • A signature or manual sign is authenticated by being acknowledged or executed in the presence of a consular officer. Signatures on documents to be kept on file at a court may only be authenticated by being executed in the presence of a consular officer. In both cases, the person whose signature or manual sign is to be authenticated must appear in person.
  • Germanrealestate.com assists its clients with guidance in the notarization process if based in a foreign jurisdiction.
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