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1) Map by Falke (your paper navigator!!)

2) Good ads, from the internet or local newspapers

3) Camera for taking pictures of the flats…you will see so many, you need to be able to refocus at the end of the day

4) A taste for going quite often to the hairdresser, and having a chat with the owner about the neighbourhod…and check out prices and thus ability to pay rents in the Kiez. A blow dry in Berlin can be anything between 5 euro and 25 euros…

5) A passion for benchmarking supermarkets, for the same reasons as above

6) Scho-ka-kola made in Berlin…chocolate+coffee+cola, to keep you going!

7) Low-tech instruments…you do not need a laser gadget to check the flat’s surface

8  Comfy shoes, very comfy shoes…and possibly a bike!

PS

When comparing prices, check out also the amount of Grundsteuer (local taxes, they may differ considerably across Kiez) and Wohngeld (apartment costs).

Photo: a nice Altbau in Schoeneberg, on a match day (Germany-Turkey – june 2008)

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